22 Days K-2 & Gondogoro La Trek

The famous Gondogoro La trek, which lies between Gondogoro glacier and Baltoro glacier connect Shigar valley. With Hushe valley, crosses the most fascinated Area of Karakorum in the east of Karakorum. Among the high peaks of K-2 8611-m, and other 8000-m peaks long glacier, in lengths of 65 km to 40 to 45 km. The approach to K-2 Base camp is from both valleys Shigar & Hushe which covers Shayok river Indus River and Barldu river of Karakorum, the fascinating route through the Baltoro cathedrals, which reminds people the Church of Rome, take a day excursion to K-2 base camp from Concordia a place lying in the middle of high mountains. Which is a place called mountain paradise.

Duration: 22 days
Range: Karakorum
Region: Baltoro
Grade: Strenuous
Altitude: 600-5135-m
Best Period: June to September 15
Camps: 15
Hotels nights: 06

Day 1 Arrive Islamabad. Overnight hotel
Day 2 Islamabad- Skardu (Fly) or Naran- Chilas (Drive 11-12 hrs, 352km) Overnight hotel
Day 3 Skardu or Chilas- Skardu (Drive 8-9hrs, 290km) Overnight hotel
Day 4 Skardu- Askoli (Drive 6-7hrs, 113km) Overnight tent
Day 5 Trek to Jhola (Trek 6-7 hrs 3100m) Overnight tent
Day 6 Trek to Paiyu (6-7 hrs 3450m) Overnight tent
Day 7 Free day in Paiyu Overnight tent
Day 8 Trek to Khubertse (5-6hrs 3990m) Overnight tent
Day 9 Trek to Urdukas (3-4hrs 4050m) Overnight tent
Day 10 Trek to Goro-II (5-6hrs 4380m) Overnight tent
Day 11 Trek to Concordia (4-5hrs 4650m) Overnight tent
Day 12 Full day excursion to K-2 BC (5135m) And Broad Peak BC back to Concordia Overnight tent
Day 13 Rest Day Overnight tent
Day 14 Trek to Ali camp (9.5km, full day, 5010m) Overnight tent
Day 15 Trek to Hispung after crossing Gondogoro La Pass 5680m Overnight tent
Day 16 Trek to Daltsampa (3-4hrs, 6.8km 4300m) Overnight tent
Day 17 Trek to Saicho (3-4hr 3330m) Overnight tent
Day 18 Trek to Hushe (4-5hrs 9.3km 3050m) Overnight tent
Day 19 Hushe to Skardu (Drive 6-7hrs) Overnight hotel
Day 20 Fly to Islambad (1hr) or Drive to Chilas (8-9hrs 290km) Overnight hotel
Day 21 Free day Islambad or Drive to Islamabad on Karakorum highway (11-12hrs 461km) Overnight hotel
Day 22 Depart Islamabad

22 Days DETAIL ITINERARY

D-01 Islamabad
Arrive at Islamabad airport transfer to hotel, afternoon welfare meeting with Alpine club of Pakistan and city tour of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan located within the federal Islamabad Capital Territory. With a population of two million, it is the 10th largest city of Pakistan, while the larger Islamabad Rawalpindi metropolitan area is the third largest in Pakistan with a population exceeding five million. The city is the political seat of Pakistan and is administered by the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation, supported by the Capital Development Authority (CDA). Rawalpindi is a lively, bustling city with the crowded streets and colorful bazaars, thorough it lacks the grand monuments; nonetheless, the bazaar should appeal to anyone with the desire to see the real Pakistan.

D-02 Islamabad- Skardu or Naran- Chilas
Fly to Skardu 1hr, arrive and transfer to hotel, [flight is subject to weather] in case of flight cancellation drive to Naran 6/7 hrs (239.2 km) via Mansehra- Naran- Jalkhad. After refreshment continue drive to Chilas 3-4 hrs (113.3 km) via Babusar Pass 4173m).

Naran valley is the most beautiful & picturesque valley. That’s why it is called virtual paradise, unbelievably in pristine state and still unspoiled by the human. You’ll find the Himalayan peaks hidden with clouds or snow, somewhere you’ll find the beautiful fairy tale lakes, which will attract you toward them, and you might decide not to leave this at any cost. Where Kaghan is full of scenic beauty there it is full of thrill and excitement for the mountaineers and treks.

Naran Valley is a 155 Kms long scenic wonderland. Lofty peaks crown the mountains ranges on either side like turrets, ranging in height from 12,000 to 17,000 ft and more, with the eastern range higher than the western. The bed of valley slopes up from 3,000 ft at Balakot, which, as it were, the gateway of the valley, to 12,000 ft at Gittdas beyond which the valley crosses at Babusar Pass 14,000 ft. The first ten miles or so are largely barren, but when the valley raises to about 5,000 ft forests of pine and fir appear, densely overgrown with a variety of plants, which has won for Kaghan the epithets of ‘the botanists paradise’. The forests continue till about Naran 8,000 ft.

Babusar Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.173 m (13,691 ft) above the sea level. The pass is the highest point in the Kaghan Valley, Pakistan. The pass connects the Kaghan Valley via the Thak Nala with Chilas on the Karakoram Highway. It’s one of the famous hair pinned roads in the world.

D-03 Skardu or Chilas- Skardu
Free day in Skardu or in case of flight cancellation drive from Chilas to Skardu along with Indus River 8-9hrs 290km

Karakorum high way is 8th wonder of the world (KKH). Karakorum highway is the highest paved international road in the world. It connects China and Pakistan across the Karakoram Mountain range, through the Khunjerab Pass, at an elevation of 4,733 m/15,397 ft. It connects China’s Xinjiang region with Pakistan’s Gilgit- Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regions and also serves as a popular tourist attraction. Due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed, it is also referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.

The Karakoram Highway, also known as the Friendship Highway in China, was built by the governments of Pakistan and China, it was started in 1959 and was completed in 1979 (open to the public since 1986) about 810 Pakistanis and about 200 Chinese workers lost their lives, mostly in landslides and falls, while building the highway. The route of the KKH traces one of the many paths of the ancient Silk Road.

The rising of Indus stretches down to Baltistan valley from Tibet to Gilgit and down to the Arabian Sea, which cuts the Indian sub-continent from Asia; Baltistan valley is called a little Tibet in the North of Pakistan. Baltistan is situated at the last end of Himalaya, beside Deosai Plain and Satpara Lake. Baltistan the tourist destination of Mountains paradise where the world 2nd highest peak is K-2 (8611-m) and the other 8000m are Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I & II Likely 8068 to 8047m and there are many peaks 7750- 7800m. Its snowcapped peaks, and long glaciers give you the spectacular view for climbers, trekkers and travelers.

D-04 Skardu- Askoli
Drive to Askoli by jeeps via Shigar valley 6-7hrs 3000m, 113km. Meals & overnight in tents

It is spectacular drive from Skardu to Askoli; the jeep road crosses the Braldu River three times and passes the villages of Dassu, Apligon, Pakora, Hoto Chongo and Thongal. There are hot Sulphur Springs just 20 minutes behind Thongal. Around the hot springs are copper colored stones known as Limpi Kiser (Kiser Fort) King Kiser was a mythical ruler with magical powers- dozens of legends tell of his exploits in Baltistan, Nagar and Hunza valley.

D-05 Askoli- Jhola
Trek to Jhola 6-7hrs 12.6km 3100m, Meals & overnight in tents

The early morning light finds us beginning our trek as the Loads are distributed among the porters. Walking along the Braldu River. It takes 3 to 4hrs from Askoli to Korofoung. After lunch continue trek to Jhola (3-4 hrs) you have panoramic view of Bakhor Das peak 5809m) also mighty Biafo Glacier. Follow the riverside trail to the confluence of the Biafo and Dumordo rivers. Cross the formidable Domordo River at Jhola which flows from the Panmah glaciers.

D-06 Jhola- Paiyu
Trek to Paiyu 6-7-hrs 16.6km 3450m, Meals & overnight in tent

This is an undulating walk, difficult at times, with the first views of dramatic mountains ahead. There is a rest stop by some tamarisk trees beside the stream flowing down from Paiyu Peak, where we saw ibex tracks and fox spore. The trail climbs to a vantage point from which you see the snout of Baltoro Glacier and, in the far distance, a magnificent panorama of the Cathedral Towers and, left of them, the unmistakable triangle of K2.

D-07 Rest day
Free day for local exploration and Porter will prepare their food for further trek also porters slaughter goat, driven from Askoli and porters and clients sing and dance through most of the night.

D-08 Paiyu- Khubertse
Trek to Khubertse 5-6hrs 10.8km 3990m. Meals & overnight in tents

Have a nice view of Paiyu Peak 6610m, Uli Biaho 6417m, Great Trango Tower 6286m, Lobsang Spire 5707m & the Cathedral Towers.

D-09 Khubertse- Urdukas (4050m)
Trek to Urdukas 3-4hrs 5.1km 4050m. Meals & overnight in tents.

Beautiful views of Great Trango & Uli Biaho Towers. The tail traverses the glacier angling gently towards its southeast margin. Exit the glacier in to the ablation valley at Liligo. The route alternates between the lateral moraine and the glacier, heading out on the glacier to avoid the outflow from the advancing Liligo glacier. Continue trek to Urdukas, named for the obvious split boulder. Camp with its extraordinary views of Paiyu Peak 6610m, Uli Biaho 6417m, Great Trango Tower 6286m, Lobsang Spire 5707m & the Cathedral Towers

D-10 Urdukas- Goro-II
Trek to Goro-II 5-6hrs 12.1km 4380m. Meals & overnight in tents

Have a spectacular view of Masherbrum 7821m, Muztagh Tower 7284m, Biarchedi 6,781 Gasherbrum-IV 7925m.

D-11 Goro-II- Concordia
Trek to Concordia 4-5hrs 9.2km 4650m. Meals & overnight in tents.

Today it is golden opportunity to see 7000m to above 8000m peaks including mighty K-2 (8611m) Broad Peak 8047m, G-I 8068m, G-II 8035m Sia Kangri 7422m, Muztagh Tower 7284m, G-IV 7925m, Miter Peak 6025m Golden Throne 7240m.

D-12 Excursion to K-2 AND Broad Peak BC
Excursion to K-2 base camp 5135m and Broad Peak base camp, evening back to Concordia for overnight.

K-2 is locally known by the name of “Chogori” which means “ The Great Mountain “ 8611m, is the 2nd highest mountain in the world. K2 is placed on the Pakistan-China border in the mighty Karakorum Range. K-2 is rocky mountain up to 6,000m, beyond, which it becomes an ocean of snow. K-2 was firstly discovered and measured by the survey of India in 1856, and first named for English topographer Henry Godwin-Austen, who explored and surveyed the region and it, was firstly climbed on July 31, 1954 by Italian climbers team lead by Ardito Desio and accompanying him were Lino Lachdelli and Achille Compagnoni.

D-13 Rest day
Rest day for photography or local explorations. Meals & overnight in tents

D-14 Concordia- Ali camp
Trek to Ali camp 9.5 km 5010m, Meals & overnight in tents,

The first two hours of the trek are difficult as we leave the Concordia and traverse the Baltoro Glacier and its crevasses. It’s a comparatively easy and gradual walk over snow and ice, Mighty Chogolisa (25,110′) stand s guard in the south. Ali Camp (16,600′) a combination of small rocky platforms between the cliff Face and crevasse. We turn in early, as we have a midnight wake-up call for the departure over the Gondogoro La.

D-15 Ali Camp- Hispung
Trek to Hispung after crossing Gondogoro La Pass 5680m. Meals & overnight in tents

We leave camp at about 1:00 a.m. to climb the Gondogoro La (5680m). For the first two hours we walk on the lateral moraine to avoid crevasses. As we get closer to the pass we shift on snow until the base of the pass. The final ascent involves a steep walk on snow and, depending on conditions, the use of fixed ropes as well as crampons and ice axe. The views from the top of the pass are unparalleled, with K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I to IV, Masherbrum, and many other mountains appearing at our level. The descent on the Hushe side is steeper, requiring good balance on the rocks.

D-16 Hispung- Daltsampa
Trek to Daltsampa 3-4hrs 6.8km 4300m, Meals & overnight in tents

As we leave Hispung, we make a long traverse of the Gondogoro Glacier, first encountering small crevasses, then hiking over the soft ice of the Glacier. The last half-hour is a pleasant stroll though wildflowers, with Commanding views of the Gondogoro Glacier, Yermanadu Kangri (23,495 ft.) Masherbrum South (25,604 ft) and the Masherbrum La Camp at (13.980 ft) by two small lakes

D-17 Daltsampa- Saicho
Trek to Saicho 3-4hrs 3330m via wild roses, Cedar and Tamarish Bushes to Saicho. Meals & overnight in tents

We gradually leave the icy landscapes and descend to the meadow and pastureland at Saicho (12,300 ft.). Although we’ve left the icy wilds, we still have tremendous views of the mountains, including Namika Peak and Defokhar (21,464 ft.).

D-18 Saicho- Hushe
Trek down to Hushe, overnight in tents

D-19 Hushe- Skardu
Drive to Skardu (6-7 hrs), Meals & overnight in tents

D-20 Skardu- Islamabad or Chilas
Fly to Islamabad, and transfer to hotel, in case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas 8-9hrs 290km

D-21 Islamabad or Chilas- Islamabad
Free day in Islamabad of drive from Chilas to Islamabad 11-12hrs 461km

D-22 Fly back
Transfer to Islamabad airport for return flight

LAND Price per person in SGD

Tour Code: PAK-K2GL_22

PaxCost per person
4-5 pax$ 5100
6-8 pax$ 4850
9 & above*$ 4830
Single supplement+ $ 490
*With Singapore Tour Leader

 

Price is subjected to changes without prior notice
AirfareBy Thai Airways from S$ 1200 with taxes
Day 01 SIN-BKK-ISB 1555/ 2210
Day 22 ISB-BKK-SIN 2320/ 1115+1

 

LAND Price includes

  • Trekking permit, CNKP Fee, Gondogoro La Crossing Fee
  • Domestic flight Islamabad – Skardu – Islamabad
  • Member personal baggage 15 KGs per person
  • Hotels: Islamabad – Hill view or similar (Bed and Breakfast); Chilas – Midway Shangri-La hotel or similar (Breakfast, lunch, dinner); Skardu – Concordia Motel, PTDC Motel or similar (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) [Check in before 12pm is subjected to previous night charges]
  • Transport: AC mini bus for all Airport Pick and drop; AC mini bus for briefing, debrief and sightseeing; In case of flight cancellation  AC mini bus from Islamabad to Skardu and  back to Islamabad [Mini bus ~ 2-5 pax by Toyota hi roof 12-seater van; 8-10 pax Toyota Coaster 19 -seater; 11-16 pax Toyota Coaster Saloon 25-seater]
  • Jeeps: 4×4 Jeeps in Skardu, Askoli and Hushe, Skardu for members & luggage
  • Porters: Lower Altitude porters to carry trekking food, camping equipment and members’ personal gear (max weight 15kg)
  • Porter cost is inclusive of their wages, food, equipment, kerosene oil, tarpaulin, cooking stove and insurance
  • Camping Food: Full board camp food during trekking from Askoli-K2 base camp-Hushe
  • Staff: Professional English Speaking Guide, assistant guide as per group size, cook & assistant cooks, porter sirdars and lower altitude porters:  their wages, food, equipment, transport and insurance
  • Camping Equipment: D3V sleeping tent shared by 2 pax (3 men dome tent), mess tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, mattress, chairs, dining table and table lamps, toilet paper etc
  • Kitchen Equipment: Complete kitchen utensils (crockery), cooking stoves, lamps for light
  • Other fees such as road taxes, Fort entrance fees, camping fees during trek, bridge crossing fees
  • Briefing prior departure

 

Price excludes

  • All airfares, Airport taxes and fuel surcharge not mentioned
  • Expenses of personal nature such as telephone, fax, email charges, mineral water, liquor or soft drinks, room service
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Tips to drivers, porters, guides and cook (recommended in USD, Cash)
  • Hotel meals in Islamabad, Chlas, Skardu (lunch & dinner)
  • Climbing gears, sleeping bag
  • Helicopter charges 15,000U$ in case of use for rescue
  • Extra low altitude porters 150 U$ per porter
  • Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
  • Transfers to and from airports for participants making individual air arrangements
  • Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour
  • Any other service that is not mentioned in the list above

Information about trek

Domestic flight

We have included domestic flight from Islamabad – Skardu- Islamabad for K-2 Treks. Gilgit Baltistan flights are subject to weather & backlog conditions and thus operates on an ad hoc basis. If the reserved flight not operates on the day scheduled as per the itinerary, alternative surface transportation will be arranged in same given cost.

Helicopter charges/ Rescue facility

Rescue by helicopter is now handled by a senior-government organization which requires and advance deposit of U$ 15,000 by the trekking party or expedition before leaving for the mountains or, in its place, a letter of guarantee from the concerned Embassy on behalf of the expedition. The deposit is refundable after deduction of U$ 300 as service charges to party at the end of the expedition if need for rescue/evacuation has not arisen. For more information please visit www.askariaviation.com also link http://www.askariaviation.com/helireservation.html

Note-

Helicopter rescue of staff members is not included as no insurance company offers this service in Pakistan.

Crews

Guides

We have well experienced, professional English speaking guides who lead groups from Islamabad to Karakorum, Hindukush, Himalayas and Pamir Mountain valleys. Depending on group size, we will allocate number of staff accordingly, i.e. Main guide and Assistants guides as well.

Kitchen crew

We have well trained and experienced professional cooks and assistants. We assure you to allocate professional kitchen staff who can provide local and continental dishes in camps.

Helicopter rescue for local staff members are not included as no any insurance company offers this service in Pakistan.

Others
  • If group splits due to personal reasons, the cost will be charged additionally.
  • Extra hotel nights (if any) will be charged to trekking members.
  • Any extra cost due to road blockade or any other unforeseen reason will be charged in addition to normal package offer.
  • If government imposes a fee or new condition resulting extra charges (after the package is submitted) the same will be charged in addition to normal package offer.
Passport and visa

All participants must be in possession of a valid passport and obtain a Pakistani visa. We also help trekking/expeditions members with visa invitation letter (if required by the group).

Personal equipment

Trekking shoes, down field sleeping bag, walking sticks, down jacket, trousers, pullover, raincoat, water bottle, sun cap, sun glasses, joggers, light cloths and shorts etc.

Please also bring own first aid kit or you may buy first aid kit in Islamabad from D-Watson and Shaheen medical stores.

Equipment provided

Camping equipment

Our local partner provides D3V sleeping tents (luxury tents for 2 persons). D3V means dome 3 Pax tent with vestibule. We provide mess tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, shower tent, store tent, tables and chairs etc.  Material is designed, imported and manufactured in Pakistan, equal quality of North Face but more luxury then North Face.

Kitchen utensils

(i) Our local partner provides complete kitchen utensils i.e. tea mugs, plates, spoons, forks, table knifes, sweet bowels, soup Bowls, washing bowels, pressure cooker, cooking pots and other required items
(ii) We provide tourists class restaurant crockery in camps.

Camp food Menu

Breakfast Porridge, Quaker Oats, Corn Flex, Musuli, Alpen, Marmalade, Apple Jam, Mango Jam, Mix Fruit Jam, Honey, Coffee, Black, Green, Milk Tea, Paratha, Local thick Bread, Chappti, Eggs, apricot porridge.

Lunch Tuna, Cheese, Sardine, Corn Beef, Hunter Beef, Fruit Cocktail, Peaches, Pears, Mango Slice, pine Apple, Candies Drinking Chocolate, Magi Noodles, Mix Fruits, Tang, Oval Tine, Peanut Butter, Biscuit Cream, Biscuit Sweet, Crackles Biscuit, Tikki Biscuit, Pakoda, Samosa, Chips, Green, Black Tea, Dry Fruits, seasonal fresh fruits. Each day Kitchen staff provides some hot dishes e.g. soup, pasta, macaroni or spaghetti during trekking.

Dinner Mutton curry, Beef curry, Chicken curry, Chicken Kabab, Mutton Kabab, different Fresh vegetables, Three kinds of Dal, Plain Rice, Mutton Rice, Beryani, Spaghetti, Macaroni, Pasta Macaroni, Chinese Noodles, Green Peas, Baked Beans, Sausages, Tomato Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Vegetable soups, Chicken Soups, Green, Black Tea, Custard, Jelly, Kheer Mix, Pudding Mix, Green Salad, Russian Slade, Chappti, Fresh Fruit.

Note- Professional cooks are making daily menu from above mentioned food list. We assure you to provide quality, variety and clean food.

i) Local dishes can be providing according to choice or taste of our valued clients. ii) Each morning kitchen staff give wake up call with cup of tea and hot water for washing.

iii) Each evening and morning kitchen crew provide boiled water for drinking and water bottles will be filled each evening.