K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro Trek, Pakistan

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On this unique trekking expedition in Pakistan, you will head into the heart of the Karakoram mountains to the famous K2 Base Camp and the Gondogoro La pass with the best certified local guides in the region. An exhilarating adventure in a remote glacier haven for those that like the taste of a dare!

Private and Group

21 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Fit

Advanced


Highlights

  • Head to the famous K2 Base Camp and enjoy a daring trekking expedition.
  • Return through Gondogoro La and explore the amazing glaciers of the region.
  • Camp in the heart of the wild and rugged mountains of Pakistan.

Description

The K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro Trek in Pakistan is a 3-week expedition in the beautiful Karakoram mountains. On this tour, we will enjoy 14 days of very strenuous hiking at high elevations (maximum 5,600m) and spend 14 nights camping as well as 6 nights in hotels.

Concordia, in the Karakoram range, is famous for its variety of shapes and forms. In this unique place, six peaks over 7,925 meters rise to the sky, including the renowned K2 (8,611 m), which is the 2nd highest mountain on earth. On this K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro Trek, we will explore this outstanding area and immerse ourselves in the mountains.

After meeting in Islamabad, we will fly to Skardu and then drive to the trailhead. There, we will meet our expedition porters and begin our trek up to this other-worldly place.  We will enter a wilderness of ice, rock, and amazing skies. By the time we reach Paiju Camp, at the foot of the Baltoro Glacier, we will catch sight of melting ice, rolling rocks and hear the sounds of glaciers creaking.

Up next is Concordia, where we will be amazed by the incredible mountain views. We will be surrounded by K2, Broad Peak (8,051 m), Gasherbrum IV (7,925 m), and razor-edged Mitre Peak. Then, we will return via Gondogoro La (5,600 m), a challenging hike that skirts the Gondogoro Glacier, will take us down to the green irrigated fields of the Hushe Valley. Finally, we will be back in civilization with amazing memories as souvenirs. You can find a detailed itinerary below.

Please keep in mind that this is a challenging trek. It requires physical stamina and an adventurous spirit. We will be camping in deep wilderness and facing glaciers, steep inclines and more. Therefore, you will need to be prepared and have previous high-altitude mountain trekking experience. Of course, we will be there every step of the way to help and guide you.

Are you ready to go on a wild adventure in the Karakoram range? Then contact us today and join an unforgettable K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro trek in Paksitan!

Or, come with us on an even more remote trek to Snow Lake and Hispar Pass!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Islamabad

Spend the day in Islamabad finalizing permit details with the Ministry of Tourism. Evening free. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Skardu

In the morning you will be transferred to Islamabad airport for the flight to Skardu (2272m). This flight is subject to clear weather. Alternately, we take a two-day drive to Skardu, along the Karakorum Highway, sometimes referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. We stay overnight at Chilas on the banks of the Indus, the lion river.

Day 3: Free Day Skardu

Free day at Skardu, the capital of Baltistan, sometimes called little Tibet due to its geographic location and historic links with Tibet and Ladakh. Stroll down the narrow bazaar, climb up the cliff to visit the historic Kharpocho fort, visit the turquoise blue Satpara Lake which is just a few kilometers from the town. Meals and overnight at Motel/Resort.

Day 4: Start of the trek

We leave Skardu on the metal road heading east, drive over a small pass and enter Shigar, a valley of orchards. Arrive at Thongol, and leave the jeeps for a short walk to the camping site. Meals and overnight at camp. 6-7 hour jeep ride.

Day 5: Askoli – Jhula Nala

As the staff distributes 25kg each among the porters, we start our trek in the soft morning light. Walking along the Braldu river we arrive at Askole, the last permanent settlement along the trek, often mentioned by early explorers as the last human inhabitation of the Indian subcontinent. Another three hours’ walk across barren wasteland brings us to Biafo glacier, a tortured sea of ice and rocks two kilometers wide at this point. It takes around two hours to cross the glacier on an established trail, walking most of the time on moraine and occasionally on ice. Once across the glacier, it is twenty minutes to Korofan (10,200`). 6-7 hours.

Day 6: Jhula – Bardumal

A tough day’s walk along a cliff face to arrive at the cable bridge to cross the Dumordo River. We may have to wait here for some time for our turn to cross the river over the newly built wooden bridge which replaced a swinging pulley. The last two hours are a comparatively easy walk beside the river. This section of the trek can be unexpectedly hot and dry, so protect yourself well from the sun. Our campsite Khrobrak (4242m) is a small stretch of land just by the Braldu River, which will provide natural music all the time. 7-8hrs trek.

Day 7: Paiju

The trek starts in easy fashion with an occasional scramble over rock. Three hours’ walk brings us to the point where waters from the Paiju peak divide themselves into four rushing streams, that can be crossed by jumping over the stones and then walking through the meltwater. In the east dominating, the horizon is the towering summits of Gashabrum 4, Cathedral Towers and Broad Peak. After negotiating scree and sand, we walk along the river, arrive at Paiju (3560m), a refreshing campsite situated in a grove of willows and poplars through which flows a stream of fresh water. 4-5 hours trek.

Day 8: Baltoro Urdukas

We begin our day’s trek with a walk for about an hour across gradually ascending barren territory to arrive at the snout of the Baltoro Glacier, a vast, turbulent sea of rocks and ice more than two miles wide and nearly forty miles long. The first stretch of the walk on the undulating glacier can be a little challenging as we dodge small crevasses. The view is magnificent with the Cathedral and Trango Towers, rising to 6000metre -plus on our left. We begin to feel the pulse of creation: the melting ice, the shifting rocks, and the groans of the glacier as it rearranges its icy rivers. As we walk across boulder-strewn ice, we gradually gain height over three hours to the south side of the glacier. We arrive at a flat, sandy area of the lateral moraine, our campsite Khobursay at 4000m. 5-6hrs trek.

Day 9: Biango

We walk on the lateral moraine of the glacier for the first two hours. After arriving at the green pastures of Urdukas, we cross crevasses and then walk on the medial moraine of the glacier. The middle part of the glacier has its own surprises for us, small streams of water rushing over clear blue ice, and huge mushroom-like ice towers erupting from the glacier. As we proceed Gasherbrum 2 (8035m), the 14th highest peak in the world) peeps from the right shoulder of G-4 in the east. Biango, at 4030m, is our campsite, dominated by a stunning view of Mashabrum (7900m) due south. As we are camping on a thin layer of moraine over glacial ice the night can be cold. 7-8hrs trek.

Day 10: Concordia

Start your trek walking on the medial moraine of the glacier to the incredible sanctuary of Concordia. As we make our approach, Gashabrum – 4 stands guard in the east. On our left, we have magnificent views of Muztagh Tower (7200m) on the border between Pakistan and China. Excitement mounts and paces quicken as we arrive at Concordia, lured by the classic views of K2 (8612m), The second highest mountain in the world. Concordia – the meeting place of five glaciers, is named after “Place de la Concorde” in Paris. Within a radius of 15km are 41 peaks above 6500 meters, almost half of them still virgin and unnamed. Also visible from Concordia, clockwise from K-2 are Broad Peak (8068m), Gasherbrum 4 (7900m), Baltoro Kangri (7245m), Kondus (7000m), Mitre (6000m), Paiju (6610m), Crystal (6300m), Marble (6200m) and Angel Peak (6800m). 4-5 hour trek.

Day 11: K2 BC

Full day excursion to the base camp of K2. A strenuous 10-hour round-trip trek over snow, rock, and ice. As we start our trek, we cross crevasses of the Baltoro Glacier, then walk on the lateral moraine of the Godwin Austin glacier to the base camp of Broad Peak. Chogolisa (7586m) now appears on the scene, standing guard in the south and hinting at the new crossing from Concordia to the Hushe valley. As we proceed towards base camp, we walk on the moraine of Godwin Austin glacier. Walking here is much easier than the first two hours’ stretch on rocks. When we arrive at K2 base camp at 5000m, which is normally occupied by five mountaineering expeditions during the climbing season each year, we are overwhelmed by the sheer size of K2. Return to Concordia for overnight.

Day 12: Ali Camp

The first two hours of the trek are difficult as we leave Concordia and traverse the Baltoro Glacier and its crevasses. Once on the Vigne Glacier, it is a comparatively easy and gradual walk over snow and ice. Mighty Chogolisa (7600m) stands guard in the south. Camp overnight at Ali Camp (5030m), 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. 5-6hrs hiking.

Day 13: Gondogoro La

We leave camp at about 1 am to climb the Gondogoro La (5566m). For the first two hours, we walk on the lateral moraine to avoid crevasses. As we get closer to the pass, we walk on snow to the base of the pass. The final ascent involves a steep walk on the snow and the use of fixed ropes as well as crampons and ice axes. The view from the top of the pass is unparalleled, with K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum 1 to 4, Mashabrum, and many mountains other appearing at our level. The descent on the Hushe side is steeper, requiring good balancing on the rocks. Camp at Khuispan (4629m), a level green spot that has wildflowers in July and August. 9-10hrs treks.

Day 14: Rest Day

A rest day after the ascent of the pass. We can take time to explore the area or just relax and admire the view of Laila Peak (6063m), Drangra (6230m, and Tasa Peak (6514m).

Day 15: Dalsangpa

As we leave Khuispan, 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 through wildflowers, with commanding views of the Gondogoro Glacier, Yermandu Kangri (7555m), Mashabrum South (7688m), and the Mashabrum La. Camp at 4198m by a small Lake. Three to four hours hiking.

Day 16: Saicho

As we continue, we gradually leave the icy landscapes and descend to the meadows and pasture land at Saicho (3727m). Although we’ve left the icy wilds, we still have tremendous views, including Namika Peak (6230m), and Defokhar (6445m). Four to five hours hiking.

Day 17: Hushe Valley

Descend to the Gondogoro River, enjoying spectacular views of K-6 (7171m, K-7 (6839m), and Link Sar (6935m). We continue descending, passing through small summer settlements en route to the green irrigated fields at Hushe (3153m). Four to five hours hiking.

Day 18: Back to Skardu

Enjoy your last breakfast at the camp for this trek, and say Khuda Hafiz to your camping staff who had been pitching tents for you and preparing meals for you during the trek. Board soft top 4×4 jeeps for a bumpy ride through the Karakoram. Arrive at Skardu. Transfer to the motel – and enjoy the hot shower. Meals and overnight at resort/motel. 5/6 hours jeep ride. End of rock Valley Tours Services.

Day 19: Pindi

We book the flight to Islamabad, with good luck the flight might operate, enabling us to arrive Pindi in just one hour (miracle of science!). In case of cancellation of flight, we shall drive by road to Islamabad – spending overnight at Chilas KKH.

Day 20: Rawalpindi and Islamabad

Once at Rawalpindi, we shall proceed to the office of the Ministry of Tourism for the de-briefing of the trek. Day free to explore the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Day 21: Departure

 

Details

Accommodation

Twin sharing basis in the hotels in towns and Dome 3 tents

More info

Foreigner clients must share their passport copy, 02 passport size Photograph full detail for trek permission requirement. If any member leaves the trek at any stage, the organization will not be liable to refund the payment.

Meeting point

Islamabad

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About the guide

Rock Valley Tours is a tour management company based in Lahore, Pakistan. We specialize in organizing tours, treks, hikes, hunting and climbing expeditions, team building and leadership trails all over Pakistan. Although we are experts in the Northern Areas of Pakistan, our footprint is spread over every nook and corner in Pakistan.

Pakistan has been nominated as the best adventure tourism destination in the world for the year 2020. We feel that the team we have assembled is best equipped to arrange and facilitate trips across the length and breadth of Pakistan.

Born and raised in the Karakorum region of Pakistan, our team has spent their childhoods crisscrossing the endless trails of these parts of the country. They have all been trained and certified to ensure that your experience is supreme and that safety remains paramount no matter what.

Pakistan welcomes you with open arms!


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 5671 Each

Group of 2

USD 5155 Each

Group of 3

USD 4640 Each

Group of 4

USD 4124 Each

Group of 5

USD 3712 Each

Group of 6

USD 3299 Each

Group of 7

USD 3093 Each

Group of 8

USD 2887 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Accommodation: on a twin basis in the hotels in towns.

Camping Equipment: high-quality equipment.Dome 3 tents during trekking and at the base camp, Mattresses Toilet Tent

Kitchen Equipment: Mess Tent with full Kitchen Equipment, Table & chairs, kitchen utensils.

Meals: Full board during camping and base camp, We provide excellent quality food during your adventure when you start your Trek from Skardu to BC and back to Skardu (full board). We provide fresh meat and vegetable at the base camps from time to time. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea, or coffee

Our Staff: Experienced and friendly. Helicopter rescue is not included in the price for staff. Cook helper, porters, and Sardar, their daily allowance, Food, kit & equipment, insurance, accommodation, RVT Traveling Exp, like Islamabad to Skardu and Back to ISB.

Transportation: Jeeps etc. with all expedition Luggage. Road head to Trek Head & back.

Porterage: Porter from Road to Base Camp and back to trek head, including food. Kitchen. And 12. Kg of member luggage.

If you are coming to Pakistan for Expeditions, Trekking and you wish to keep your equipment in Pakistan, You are more than welcome to keep your equipment In our store either in Islamabad or you can keep it in Skardu.

Official formalities: Submission of application for climbing permits and coordination with the Ministry of Tourism in order to update climbers with the progress.

Arrangements of the first meeting with Guide and Ministry Briefing/De-Briefing in the Ministry of Tourism.

Processing application for satellite permit (if required), documentation for import and export of mountaineering cargo.

Taxes, Fees & Tipping:

The following fees and taxes are included in our quotation, for members, RVT crew and Camping fees, Bridge crossing Fees (Porter, porter Sardar, and RVT staff Tip is not included in the cost)

NOT INCLUDED:

Following mentioned services are not included in our price, but some of them can be arranged at your request:

Any meals at the hotel or on the way are not included in the cost. Cost of any soft drinks, domestic/international airfare, airport pick-up, and drop-off, personal trekking equipment such as sleeping bags, sacks, shoes, and all personal expenses such as mineral water, telephone, liquor, etc.

Hotel accommodation in Islamabad, and in towns.

Transportation from ISB to ISB.

Porter from Concordia to BC and back to Concordia, any additional expense.

Porter for personal extra luggage on the trek.

Trekking permit fee US$ 50 per person.

Horse for the trek.

Medicines and any expense of personal nature.

Rescue Helicopter charges 10,000 U$ in case of use for rescue.

Transfers to the airports for participants, optional excursions, or deviations from the scheduled tour.

Room service, gratuities for personal services, items of a purely personal nature.

Any expense due to Force Majeure, cancellation of flights, landslides, evacuation or accident, or delay beyond the control of the land operator

Luggage and Cargo:

Before your arrival and departure, we will take care of your luggage.

Clearance of Cargo before arrival, Clearance of your Cargo after your departure to your home.

Storage of your unwanted belongings in Islamabad or Skardu, which you do not need during your adventure.

Miscellaneous:

Mail delivery at the Base Camp.

Reconfirmation of international flight tickets.

The arrangement of high-altitude porters (if required).

The arrangement of high-altitude tents (VE 25 North Face Tents) on payment.

A farewell dinner will be hosted from RVT in one of the best restaurants or hotels in Rawalpindi/Islamabad with your staff who will be coming back with you from the base camp or your adventure.




 

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