K2 Expedition - 55 Days

One of the world most famous beautiful mountain is K2 known as the King of Mountains. It has been ranked on first position by climbing difficulty while second most hardest with fatal ratio. In local Balti( Tibetan) language, K2 is called as ‘Chogo Ree’ which mean a Big Mountain. It is located on the border of China Tashkurqan of Xinjiang provice and Baltistan territory of Pakistan. It is Challenging and demanding but equally rewarding, delightful and remarkable as well. Skardu, the bewitching capital of Baltistan region, is the starting point for mighty K-2 by crossing 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.

Baltoro glacier is the richest  in having the most above 7000m high mountains in the world on this particular Karakorum range with 19 above 7600m high peaks including the 4 giants of Karakorum K2, Broad peak ,Gashabrum I and Gashabrum II. Climbers call it a ‘Savage Mountain’ because of its climbing difficulty. The real adventure challengers with the experience of climbing the savage mountains can have a courage to make a new history.

The standard and most used rout for climbing K2 is the Abruzzi route(Southeast ridge) which was used by the Italian group on 31st July 1954 while climbing K2 for the First time in history. The group was headed by Ardito Desio and the two climbers who reached the top were Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni. The K2 advanced Base Camp lies at the altitude of 5,450m . The route follows an alternating series of ice fields, rock ribs, snow slopes and some technical rock climbing on two famous features, “House’s Chimney” and the “Black Pyramid”.

Above the Black Pyramid, dangerously exposed and difficult to navigate slopes lead to the easily visible “Shoulder”. The last major obstacle is a narrow couloir known as the “Bottleneck”, which places climbers dangerously close to hanging seracs. It was partly due to the collapse of one of these seracs around 2001 that no climber’s summitted the peak in 2002 and 2003 and most of the eleven people lost their lives due to the breaking of huge ice blocks from this cliff and often on their way down.

Overview

Duration:  55 days Altitude: 8611m 
Range:  Karakorum  
Camp nights:  45-50 Hotels nights:  6-8
Grade: Extremely hard Best Period: Mid June to end of August
Day 1
Arrival to Islamabad

Welcoming and receiving at Islamabad International airport and shifting to the hotel. Here meet with the group and during the day visit to the famous bazaars, Mosque and other places in Islamabad depending on time

Day 2
Islamabad to Skardu By flight or Karakorum Highway

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).

Day 3
Free day at Skardu

Go for the briefing at the Ministry of tourism A free day in Skardu, meanwhile we will complete the documentation. Sometime it may take two days, but no need to worry, we have contingency days for such delays.

Day 4
Jeep ride to Askoli

Today we take a Jeep ride to Askole 3,300m/ 10,827ft. The last village between us and K2 from where we begin our trek towards K2 the following morning.

Day 5
First day, Trek to Jula

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 5-6 hours to the Jula camp today

Day 6
Trek to Paju

Trek to Paiju (3,380m) 6 to 8 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 7
Rest day

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 8
Trek to Khoborsay

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 9
Trek to Rdukas

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 10
Trek to Goro 2

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 11
Trek to Concordia

Today, We move up to Concordia passing the Golden Throne and Mitre Peak as we enter the arena of the 8,000m/ 26,247ft. Peaks, first Broad Peak 8047m/ 26,400ft. followed by the Gasherbrums and finally K2 8,611m/ 28,251ft. The sheer size and scale of the 8,000m peaks defies description, this is a very special place and for many the view is a lifetime goal. Unlike many other treks to this area, ours continues up to K2 base camp where you will stay for a few days to enjoy the sheer majesty of K2 and its supremacy over this whole region. We will be trekking for 8-10 hours today.

Day 12
Trek to K2 Base Camp

Today, we will walk for K2 base camp which will be mini home for a month or more days while you keep climbing.

Day 13
Day 13 -44 Climbing around 31 days

Wish you best of luck and pray for your success.

Day 55
Day 45-55, Homebound Flight

Back to Skardu. Fly to your home and good bye Pakistan with the hope to come back for the next expedition.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • High Altitude porter/climber from Pakistan
  • Lodging at base camp (single supplement)
  • Full base camp with dinning tent, bathroom, showers & solar charge
  • All internal/domestic transport
  • All domestic flights
  • 60 kgs  personal baggage
  • All meals during trek and expedition (B,L,D)
  • Permit & royalty fee
  • Liason officer(s) - equipment fee and allowance
  • Group emergency equipment/satellite phone service with fixed calling charge
  • Staff insurance (guide, cook, kitchen staff, assistant(s) & porters etc)
  • Kitchen staff including an experienced cook from Pakistan
  • Porters for all expedition supplies
  • Electricity generator (backup for high voltage devices)
  • Weather reports from reliable Western sources

The Trip cost Excludes

  • International airfare cost
  • Personal climbing equipment, clothing & sleeping equipment
  • Mountain climbing rescue and evacuation insurance policy (mandatory)
  • Personal equipment cargo to/from Islamabad
  • Pakistan visa fee
  • Tips/gratuities to staff, cook, assistant(s) of US$ 400-600 in total
  • Meals in Islamabad
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early wind-up/summit (extra hotel nights, meals at hotels, evacuation)
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of World Adventure Tours
  • Personal communication (phone, fax, e-mail) between Pakistan and home country.

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K2 Expedition

Trip Facts

  • 4-10
  • 8611
  • Skardu
  • Islamabad/Lahore
  • Breakfast, lunch, Dinner
  • Hotel and Camping