One of the world most famous trekking route is the K2 base camp, a challenging and demanding but rewarding, delightful and remarkable as well. Skardu the bewitching capital of Baltistan region is the starting point for mighty K-2. We cross a beautiful lush green fertile and fruit laden Shigar valley and drive as far as Askoli, the last inhabitant before falling into the throne of mountains.
Walking on the unpredictable but charismatic and enchanting Baltoro Glacier, we glimpse several famous and beautiful mountains on the way towards K2. Finally we arrive at Concordia, the junction of Baltoro and Godwin Austin Glaciers with several other tributaries and a place serving as the base for the four giants of Karakurums, i.e. Gasherbrum II ( 8035m ), Broad Peak ( 8047m ) and Hidden Peak or Gasherbrum I ( 8068m ) dominated by the king of the mountains, K-2 ( 8611m ).
The beauty of the place has no match in the world and the view of K2 is gorgeous. The return journey will be back trek the same route if you are not an advance level hiker or trekker.
June to September
List 1 - Must Bring Items
First Aid Pack (Diamox (Altitude), Dioralite (re-hydration salts), antiseptic cream, blister treatment, throat lozenges, plasters, Imodium (diarrhea treatment), painkillers)
Hiking Backpack (Day Pack) 32-42 Litres
Fleece jacket with hood or a warm jumper
Headtorch with spare batteries
Sleeping bag (-16°C comfort rated)
Sandals (sports) or old shoes (to cross rivers)
Sun protection cream (including total block for nose, lips etc.)
Sunglasses and Sunhat
Thermarest or any similar mat/pad for sleeping
Warm hat and Warm jacket (down)
Water bottles 1litre (x2)
Antibacterial hand wash
Underwear (normal and thermal)
Trekking poles (highly recommended)
Wash-bag and toiletries
Walking socks (2/3 pairs)
Baselayer - leggings (Thermal)
Baselayer thermal shirts (2 long sleeves, 2 short sleeves)
Harness (for Snow Lake Biafo Hispar Traverse, Gondogoro La, Trek
Helmet, ice axe and crampons (for Gondogoro La only)
List 2 - Optional
Buff or scarf
Small padlock (for locking your bag)
Pen-knife (important: pack sharp tools in hold luggage)
Repair kit (e.g. thread, needle, duct tape)
Liner (for sleeping bag)
Bottle for Pee
Batteries and Accessories
Preparations for Trekking
Confirmed international group departure date 2nd July 2022
Our trekking holiday prices will not change once you have paid the deposit so the price when you book is the price you will pay.
Make your bookings early to avoid increase in holiday prices.
Separate hotel rooms (Single Supplement) will cost additional 390 US Dollars. This includes all hotel nights. This payment should be made with the balance amount.
Separate tent (Single Tent) will cost additional 160 US Dollars. This payment should be made with the balance amount.
Deposit: Once paid, the deposit is non-refundable as it will be spent on making in-country arrangements. In case of visa rejection, a refund/partial-refund will be considered. In such cases, a valid proof of visa rejection must be submitted to our office within 72 hours of rejection.
Balance: If you cancel after paying the balance, the following applies to the balance amount:
Up to 30 days – 80% refundable
Up to 20 days – 50% refundable
After travel date – non-refundable
If you have any further questions after reading this trip dossier, please let us know. We would be more than happy to answer them. We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully having you join what promises to be one of the most amazing adventures in the world.
Day 1 Meet our guide(s) waiting at Benazir International Airport, Islamabad.
All clients will be picked up by World Adventure Tours representative on arrival at Islamabad International Airport and taken to the group hotel. Land Only package services begin with this transfer to the group hotel. The majority of international flights arrive in the early morning and you may want to rest before lunch. The first group get-together will be at lunch. Depending on the time available to us there may be the option to do some sightseeing in Islamabad, a city purpose-built in 1961 as the new capital of Pakistan. Alternatively, we could visit the Twin City of Rawalpindi a town from the days of the British Raj. The two cities are very different in character; the older settlement is rather sprawling with enormous and complicated bazaars where you can easily get fascinatingly lost. Islamabad, by contrast, is much more open, a modern city with many parks and wide streets arranged on a grid system. There is not always the opportunity to include a sightseeing tour and, if there is, it is optional and there will be a charge payable locally.
Day 2 Early morning air travel to Skardu town (2,500 m). Sightseeing during the day.
Given good weather we will fly to Skardu (perhaps the most spectacular commercial flight in the world, with magnificent views of Nanga Parbat the 9th highest mountain in the world. If the weather doesn?t allow the flight we take the Karakorum Highway on the old silk route. This is just spectacular. It?s a long drive but one of the great journey?s of the world between the deep gorges of the mighty Indus. Overnight hotel in Chilas, driving over Babsur Pass will minimize the distance and the night stay will be in Naran. (10-12 hour drive). After check in at our hotel, the day will be spent visiting Bazar, historical forts, scenic lakes or visiting ancient rock inscriptions, one of which is of 8th century Manthal Buddha Rock that shows traces of Buddhist monks and pilgrims who had influence in the area before Islam.
Day 3 Jeep Safari to Askole (3,000 m) via Shigar Valley
We leave Skardu by jeep for Askoli, passing through the fertile Shigar Valley. The last 2 hours of the drive covers the ground which used to make up the first 2 days’ walk of the trek and includes the passage of the infamous Braldu Gorge section. This high and steep-sided valley is prone to landslide and we may have to walk short sections of the road where it has been made unstable by rock-fall. Given reasonable road conditions, we will spend our first night under canvas in this famous Balti village high above the thundering Braldu River. Askole is a single street of wooden houses, backed by irrigated fields of corn and potatoes and groves of apricot trees.
Day 4 First day of walk towards Jhola Campsite (3,100 m) via Biafo Glacier
We set off early to avoid the heat of the day. The route is gentle and enjoyable. We cross the Biafo Glacier on the way and get our first sight of the Paiyu pinnacles. We will be trekking for around 5 hours to the Jula camp today. Our lunch point Korofong (3,075 m) lays across the glacier?s other foot. The trees here are habitat to a variety of beautiful birds.
From Korofong we gain altitude and follow Braldu course till we reach Panma River which is crossed taking a detour through a trail built on the face of the cliff. These pulley bridges known as Jhola were common in the Karakorum Mountains. Beyond this bridge is our camp site called Jhola.
Day 5 Trek to Paiju (3,380 m) through Braldu Valley
Trek to Paiju (3,380m) 4 to 5 hours walking. The path is quite loose in places and again it is likely we will have to take boots off where the river has flooded the path in a few places. Paiju is a green oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak (6,611m). From this camp we have the first views of the immense Baltoro Glacier.
Day 6 Acclimatization and rest at Camp Paiju (3,420 m)
Today is a rest day at paju to aid acclimatization and an important resting point for porters, they prepare food for the trek ahead. Normally there is much singing, drumming (or barrel bashing) and dancing amongst the porters with a real feel good atmosphere.
Day 7 Start of Baltoro Glacier Trek. Walk to Camp Khoburtse (3,795 m)
Another early walk of approximately one hour brings us to the snout of the Baltoro. After viewing the outpouring of melt water from the ice we climb up on to the back of this great beast. At this point the ice of the glacier is completely covered by rubble and rocks and the going here can be quite tough.Finally reaching at Khoborsay camping place (3800m).we would be able to see the cathedral Towers, the Trango and the striking rock tower of Uli Biafo.A great day of treekingover difficult and mixed terrain.
Day 8 Baltoro Glacier Trek. Views of Trango Towers. Camp at Urdukas (3,900 m).
Today is a short day. we continue Baltoro glacier on the lateral moraines or sometime glacier itself, passing great Trango and the isolated pillar of the Nameless Tower to our next camp Rdukas (3900m).This is truly awesome place hundred meters above the glacier we should reach here in time for a late lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free to tend to camp chores or just to soak up our fabulous situation.
Day 9 Baltoro Glacier Trek. Trek to Goro Camp (4,295 m). Sights of Masherbrum Peak.
This day we follow the moraine edge and climb up on to the glacier. Soon we come have the enchanting view of Mashabrum (7821m) on out right side. Ascending and decending on the mountains of rubbles over the ice we have the glimpse ahead to the peaks which surround Concordia. Goro is the camp name with (4290m) and camping one of the largest glacier outside the polar region with the attracting view of Gashabrum IV (7925m).
Day 10 Baltoro Glacier Trek. Walk to Concordia (4,500 m).
Today, we move up to Concordia passing on Baltoro, views of Broad Peak (8051 m) appear while Marble and Crystal Peaks appear on the left. K2 remains concealed till the minute we reach Concordia; a breathtaking sight that becomes a beautiful memory forever. Concordia is wide area of glacier which is one of the greatest places on earth. We will be surrounded by 4 eight- thousanders, 10 out of 30 highest peaks of the world. Camp will be set at 4,500 m in Concordia on the moraine.
Day 11 K2 Base Camp (5,100 m) & Broad Peak B Camp (4,800 m) OR Optional day
Go to broad peak base camp (4800m), K-2 base camp (5100m) 0r Rest at Concordia.
If you chose to go, start early in the morning you can return to Concordia in the evening On this day of Trek, we can start early through crevasses and small rivers created by melting ice. We follow on the glacier that is named after Godwin Austin who first declared K2?s height. After three hours we will be at Broad Peak base camp where we will have a great sight of the astonishing Karakoram 2nd (K2), Mitre Peak behind us and the Bride Peak. We walk on the moraine which is mostly boulders. However we do walk on ice occasionally. After another 3 hours trek, we shall complete one way journey of the K2 Base Camp reaching a moraine safe zone, a traditional base camp area for K2 climbers.
One can also visit Gilkey Memorial if time allows. The memorial has names of brave souls inscribed on plates and plagues. These tough ones died attempting K2. The decisions about trekking to K2 Base Camp, Broad Peak BC, Gilkey Memorial, choosing one or another or all options or choosing to rest at Concordia on this day depends on the participants. Return to Concordia on this day is compulsory.
Day 12: to Day 17 Trek Back to Askoli Village. Overnight.
Trek Back to Askoli Village. Overnight.
Day 18 Fly to Islamabad and Sightseeing during the afternoon.
The drive from hotel to airport is 40 minutes and it?s a metal road. We board the plane for a thrilling flight towards Islamabad. We once again fly by the Nanga Parbat. Reaching Islamabad airport after a great adventure is very different experience and takes getting used to. Our vehicle will be at Islamabad airport to take us straight to the hotel. We will settle in and have lunch if there isn?t any unusual delay. After a good meal participants can take the day for rest or sightseeing around the city or shopping for popular options like artifacts or rugs. In the evening we will be together to enjoy special meal at local restaurant or at our hotel and share experiences of Gondogoro La Trek.
Day 19 Contingency day for delays in fly schedule.
Skardu is weather dependent area to fly as planes only operate when there is visibility for the pilot to land. The weather in summer is mostly good for the pilots to fly but mountain weather conditions may change to bring rain. Alternative way is to go by road through the Karakorum Highway which is a great experience for many foreigners. If we fly to Islamabad, the day can be used to rest and for sightseeing. The leaders of the trekking party will guide participants on this day with available options.
Day 20 Departure from Islamabad. Airport transfer from hotel.
Our land package for K-2 Trek ends only with breakfast and transfer to airport.
Price Includes: Transport:
- Pick-up and Drop-off.
- Group transfer to the trailhead
- Pick-up at the exit from the trailhead and transfer to the hotel.
Hiking and safety equipment
- Oxygen Meters
- First Aid Kits
- Bottled Oxygen for emergency use only
- Four Season 3- person Tents
- Dining Tent, Tables, Chairs, Cutlery
- Heater for Dining Tent
- Portable Shower
- Portable Toilet
- 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
- GPS-tracking service
- Professional guides, licensed by National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications.
- Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
- Climbing National Park permits, crew fees, camping/hut fees, rescue fees and Value Added Tax (VAT) and all other fees collected by the National Parks Authority.
- All meals on the hike. Prepared by our professional cooks. (vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost )
- Celebration dinner after climb
- All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, juice, hot chocolate and water).
- 2 Nights at a 3 - star hotel with breakfast included ( before and after the climb ).
All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer), however a if you prefer a single hotel room or single tent that can be provided at an extra cost. We also offer other amenities for an extra cost such as a heater for your personal tents.
Price Does Not Include:
- Lunch & Dinner at Hotel
- Personal Gear & Equipment
- Tips for the crew ( we recommend $200-$250 per hiker )