The K2 Base Camp trek is an adventure like no other that will take you to explore the extreme wilderness of the Karakoram Range in the company of certified local guides who will take care of your safety and the logistics so that you can focus on crossing remote glaciers, rivers, and more!
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The K2 Base Camp trek is famous, not because it’s crowded, but because it is so unique. At 8,610 m (28,250 ft), K2 is the second-highest mountain in the world after Everest, and a tough one to climb. However, its base camp, at an altitude of 5,150m (16,896ft) is certainly a challenge to get to, and yet, one that you can more easily aspire to.
This 20-day program is an adventure from the moment you arrive at Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital. From there, whether you fly to Skardu or spend 2-days driving through the Karakoram Highway, it’s one thrill after another. The actual trekking starts on day 5, and it’s pure wild and remote nature from there. Crossing glaciers and rivers, steep cliffs, and the gorgeous views of the towering mountains of the Karakoram range will blow your mind away.
It all comes together at Concordia, the junction of 5 glaciers, and your stepping stone to the K2 Base Camp, which you will reach after a rocky, icy, difficult trek on day 11. It will also be waiting for you on your return before you begin the downhill path back to civilization. You can find a detailed itinerary below.
To join, you need to be fit, you need to be certain, and you need to have a deep sense of adventure. The guides will make sure you are safe, and that you have tasty meals and sheltered tents along the way. It will be unforgettable.
So, are you ready to tackle the famous K2 Base Camp Trek? Then contact us today and we will begin to get everything ready to greet you and take you to this gorgeous corner of the world!
Arrival in Islamabad, permits and briefing.
Flight or drive to Skardu (2287m). The flight is subject to clear conditions. Drive will take 2-days along the the Karakoram Highway (KKH), with an overnight at Chilas on the banks of the Indus – the Lion River. ( One-hour flight or a 12-hour drive on KKH).
Free day in Skardu, the capital of Baltistan, which is sometimes called little Tibet due to its geographic closeness and historic links with Tibet and Laddakh.
We head east from Skardu, soon crossing a small pass leading to Shigar, the valley of orchards. We leave our jeeps at Thongol for a short walk to our camping site. Meals and overnight at camp, 6-7 hour jeep ride
After walking along the Braldu River we will arrive at Askole, the last permanent settlement along the trek route.
Another three hours’ walk across barren wasteland brings us to the Biafo Glacier, 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 20 minutes to Korofan (3110m)
A tough walk along a cliff face to arrive at the new wooden bridge which has replaced the cable bridge over the Dumordo River. Near Paiju we will get our first glimpse of Gashabrum 4 and later we will reach the point where waters from the Paiju Peak divide themselves into four rushing streams, which we cross by jumping from boulder to boulder and then wading through the meltwater.
After negotiating scree and sand beside the river we arrive at Paiju (3600m), a picturesque campsite situated in a grove of willows and poplar trees.
4-5 hour trek.
Baltoro Glacier is 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 glacier can be difficult as we must dodge small crevasses but there are magnificent views all around us.
We spend about three hours walking across boulder-strewn ice, gaining height gradually until we reach a flat, sandy area of lateral moraine – our campsite Khobursay at 4000m.
The first two hours of the trek are spent walking across the glacier’s lateral moraine until we arrive at the green pasture of Urdukas, from where we cross side crevasses to traverse the medial moraine.
Biango at 4350m is our campsite and is dominated by the thrilling view of Mashabrum (7821m) to the south.
Through the medial moraine we will reach Concordia.
Gashabrum 4 stands in the East and Muztagh Tower (7250m) on the border between Pakistan and China.
As we reach Concordia, which is the point at which 5 glaciers meet, we will catch sight of K2. Within a radius of 15 km, there are 41 peaks above 6500m, almost half of them still unclimbed and unnamed. Also visible from Concordia, clockwise from K-2 are Broad Peak (8051m), Gasherbrum 4 (7925m), Baltoro Kangri (7315m), Kondus (6760m), Mitre (6060m), Paiju (6660m), Crystal (6260m), Marble (6175m) and Angle Peak (6860m).
4 to 5 hours
Full-day excursion to the stunning K2 base camp involving a strenuous 10- hour round-trip trek over snow, rock, and ice.
Overnight in Concordia.
The trail is downhill, and on the way, we will catch sight of many tall icebergs on the Baltoro Glacier and there are also outstanding views of Meshabrum Peak (7821m).
Urdukas, opposite the Trango Towers, is a beautiful camping site among large boulders and pasture. There are also graves of men who died during mountaineering expeditions.
The Jola camping site is on the banks of the Baltoro and Dumurdo river, which we can cross over a bridge.
After breakfast at camp and farewell, we board soft-top 4×4 jeeps for a bumpy ride through the Karakoram to Skardu.
5-hour jeep ride.
Either by plane or on a 2-day drive depending on weather.
Trek debriefing at the tourism office and free day to explore Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Transfer to the airport for international departure flight
Twin sharing basis in the hotels in towns. Dome 3 tents in the mountains.
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. If any member splits from the expedition for his/her own reason, that member will bear all transportation costs on the way back to Rawalpindi. In case of damage to the base camp tent or any Equipment, the trek member will be charged the original value of Equipment.
Other gear: Sleeping Bag, Trekking Boots, Camp Shoes, Crampons, Thermal socks, Liner Socks, Rain Gear, Ski Hat, Mittens or Gloves, Brimmed Sun Hat, Bathing Suit, Toiletries, Check List, Headgear Parka, Wool shirt & trousers, Sweater, Cotton shirt & pants, Gloves & Mittens, Rain/wind suit, Cotton & Wool undergarments, Socks (Cotton & Wool/synthetic), Boots (Trek & Camp), Belt, Down Jacket, Shalwar Kameez (Cotton), Spare laces for boots, Miscellaneous Items, Sunglasses, Towel, Washcloth, Bandanna/Scarf, for covering your mouth while riding in a jeep, Water bottle, with a durable screw top, Sunscreen, Headlamp with flashlight + extra batteries and bulb, Insect repellent, Swiss Army knife, or a similar one, Nylon cord for a clothesline, Personal Medical Kit, Pocket size sewing kit, Lighter or matches for general use, Wrist Watch, Optional Items, We provide closed cell matrices but you may want to supplement for additional comfort. Stuff sacks of various sizes for storing your used clothes., Toilet paper or travel pack of tissues. An interesting Notebook and pen for a journal. Snacks: personal choice of dried fruit, candy, energy bars. Camera, film, extra batteries, cleaning supplies, and extra lenses. Sports gear (playing cards/Frisbee) Water purification tablets
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!
Nov 19, 2021
I had a very good experience booking the hike through Explore-Share. Communication with the team was prompt and clear and the booking process was seamless. The trip itself was also just perfect. Uroš was a fantastic guide, highly skilled and talented. The hike felt safe at all times, even on more exposed routes, thanks to him. He was always up to date on the weather forecast and planned the days around it, checked the conditions on the route ahead of me, if needed, discussed and adapted the routes to my level and always made sure I was safe and comfortable. I highly recommend him, as well as Explore-Share.
Oct 25, 2021
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Oct 17, 2021
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Oct 13, 2021
Excellent!! Great guide and service. I had a very good experience. Id do it again.
Sep 14, 2021
Guide was very experienced and very patient with us. We learned a lot and he tried to fit in all the knowledge he could in one day, super awesome. A little tough going back and forth to get the trip set up hard to tell if the site is sketchy until you see reviews but all worked out. Ended up with an awesome day with an awesome guide. Overall pretty satisfied and thankful!
Sep 14, 2021
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Sep 10, 2021
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Aug 25, 2021
It's the 2nd time we have been booking with Explore-Share. The booking was super easy and both Explore-Share and the guide were fast in their responses. We did rafting as a family with 3 kids for the first time in Slovenia. The guide (José) was super nice. He was doing everything he could to make everyone at ease with rafting (he gave clear explanations), have a great team spirit (we were joined by 2 other girls) and have a good time. We had lots of fun and the nature there is so beautiful. Thank you Explore-share and Soca splash for the great afternoon! I would recommend this activity to anyone without a doubt. My kids immediately told me they want to do rafting again soon !"
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Aug 2, 2021
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Jul 5, 2021
I am very pleased to have booked with this group. All of my mails have been answered in no-time, I felt really safe on the rock and the atmosfere of the whole group helped a lot not to mind about stressing. Will be back for more!
Group of 1
|USD 5671 Each|
Group of 2
|USD 4640 Each|
Group of 3
|USD 4124 Each|
Group of 4
|USD 3609 Each|
Group of 5
|USD 3815 Each|
Group of 6
|USD 3506 Each|
Group of 7
|USD 3093 Each|
Group of 8
|USD 2887 Each|
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- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Transport during the trip
- Luggage transfer
- Group porters
- Mountain guide expenses
- Camping equipment tents
- Camping equipment cooking utensils
Accommodation: on twin sharing basis in the hotels in towns.
Camping Equipment: We Provide high-quality equipment to clients making their adventure the most Comfortable and enjoyable even on the harsh and hard part of the world. Dome 3 tents during trekking and at the base camp, Mattresses + Toilet Tent
Kitchen Equipment: Mess Tent with full Kitchen Equipment, Table & chairs, Kitchen utensil
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). In Pakistan, we are the only expedition outfitter which provides fresh meat and vegetable at the base camps from time to time. Break Fast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea or coffee
Our Staff: We would not say our staff is the best one in Pakistan, you would say this after you experience their punctuality and great attitude. Any helicopter rescue is not included in the price for staff. Cook helper, porters & 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 Trail Head & back.
Porterage: Porter from Road to Base Camp and back to the trail 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
Then welcome to keep your equipment In our store either in Islamabad or you can keep them in Skardu. This is a free service that only we offer.
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.
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 including in the cost. Cost of any soft drinks,
Any domestic/international airfare, transportation in an airport for pick and drop.
Personal trekking equipment like the sleeping bag 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 expanse
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 majeur, cancellation of flights, landslides, evacuation or accident, or delay beyond the control of the land operator
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