K2 Base Camp Trek
A walk towards the heart of the Karakoram. K2 trek is one of the most famous and most attempted treks in the world. Strenuous and demanding trek under the shadows of sky kissing peaks with breathtaking views of Karakoram. It starts from Skardu on the willy jeep, after crossing the lush green fertile Shigar, here comes the Askole, The last human settlement before the wilderness. From Askole, trek on barren, dry soil & rocks till Paiju then approximately 65 km walk on Baltoro glacier till Concordia. A straightforward uphill walk on a white hard glacier, Vigne till Ali camp, and then GGLA base camp. Then a determined tricky walk with the help of fixed ropes in the darkness on the glacier to cross the Challenging and technical mighty giant of ice, GGL (5650 m), one of the highest pastures in the world. The top of this pass offers the most awesome mountain panoramas anywhere in the world, with all the 8000 + m giants of Karakoram in Pakistan. The Ghondoghoro La, though popular with trekkers, involves Class 4 climbing. The northeast side has up to 50-degree snow slopes with avalanche danger requiring fixed ropes. The southwest side is a long, continuous 50-degree slope with rock-fall and avalanche danger that requires fixing as much as 300 meters of rope. Dynamic ropes are fixed on both sides of the pass. But still crossing this pass needs some serious determination, physical fitness, and prior acclimatization. After crossing Ghondoghoro La, a straight walk on mixed rock and glacier till the green patch, Hispanic. From Hispanic to Saicho, going down and down, walking on white glacier till the view of Masherbrum and then on muddy trek till the beautiful campsite before the first human settlement at the end of the trek, Hushe.
Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing basis
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Air-conditioned luxury transport
English speaking tour guide
Domestic flights tickets Tips for baggage handling at airport & at hotels
Member international flight tickets Member personal insurance and all personal expenses such as telephone calls, fax, email charges, liquor or soft drinks, Helicopter emergency rescue fees Room service, personal services, items of purely personal nature any unforeseen expenses (just like road block extra hotel stay) then members will be payable according to the numbers of days basses
Travel Safety & Covid-19
Arrive at Islamabad International Airport, Islamabad
Our guide will receive you from the airport. Soon you will be transferred to hotels.
Fly to Skardu, Karakoram
This morning will take the spectacular flight from Islamabad airport to Skardu airport. You will be able to see Nanga Parbat if clouds allow. After arrival in Skardu, the day is free.
Spend free day in Skardu
After breakfast, the participants will walk to Kharpocho fort in Skardu, which is located up on a mountain. The Kharpocho fort gives a splendid view of the Indus and Skardu town. The participants will also have an option to take a tour to Sadpara Lake followed by free shopping time in Skardu Bazaar.
Drive to Askole village
The participants will begin the jeep safari towards Daso, the passage will go through the Shigar valley. The journey will be followed on the sides of the Braldu river which extends to Askole. Askole will be the last village on our route; the participants will start walking after leaving jeeps behind. However, at times the participants may begin their walk before arrival in Askole but it depends on the road conditions. Overall it will take you between six hours to eight hours in covering the distance.
Trek from Askole to Jhola via the snout of Biafo Glacier
After completion of the necessary supplies list and equipment, the porters will load up for the trek ahead to Jhola. The valley is the gateway to the Biafo glacier that flows over fifty km from Hispar La to Braldu. The participants will experience the moraine walking as the snout of the glacier is crossed and they will descend to lunch spot beside the Korofon river.
The route will take us to the confluence of the rivers of Braldu and Domordo. The former trail is not taken for the trek and instead, a newer trail will lead us to go upstream where the participants will cross the river by bridge. On the other side of the bridge, the participants will descend to the edge of the Braldu river and will follow the river bank to reach the camp at Jhola.
Day 06: Trek from Jhola to Paiju following the Braldu river
On this day of our K2 base camp trek, the participants will follow the Braldu gorge, along the bank of the Braldu River. The participants will be able to view the astonishing rocks of Trango Tower and Cathedral Peak. The participants should prevent themselves from possible sunburns and during this day as the walking conditions can be very dry and hot.
Several streams from glaciers flow down into the valley and on the way, the participants will have to use river crossing shoes depending on the water levels. The participants will be able to spot the snout of Baltoro Glacier on a clear day. On this day the participants will end their day by climbing away from the river to camp at Paiju.
Acclimatize and rest in Paiju
The participants will spend the day at Paiju Camp for acclimatization and rest. However, the porters will take their time to bake themselves bread for next week on the glacier. Acclimatization walk can also be taken towards Paiju Peak base camp on this day.
Trek from Paiju to Khoburtse
On this day the walking will get tough however the scenery will become amazing with each step taken onto the snout of Baltoro Glacier. The trail has continuous up and down climbs on the glacial moraine, although the trail is quite safe, it is highly recommended to be careful at all times. The participants will experience the stunning views as they move ahead; the views of Trango Tower and Uli Biaho. The participants are required to go across the glacier to Liligo. From this point, the participants will follow a rocky trail which is along the edge of the Baltoro or sometimes to Khoburtse, the side of the glacier where camp will be made.
Cross small glaciers and walk to Urdukus
Trango Towers can be eventually seen after coming across two small glaciers. For the following night, the participants will make their stop at Urdukas near the army camp. The camp is 100m above the glacier.
Trek to Goro II, the junction of the Baltoro glaciers and Young husband
On this day of our K2 base camp trek, the participants will be walking in the middle of the glacier. The medial moraine will be followed, to the south, we will get the views of Masherbrum (7821m). The participants will be climbing up and down on the rocky moraine and as the participants move ahead they will walk on massive ice seracs.
This will be the first-night stay camp on Baltoro Glacier at Goro II, it is the confluence of Baltoro Glacier and Younghusband. The temperature may drop dramatically. Masherbrum and Muztagh Tower will be uncovered for the sight.
Trek to Concordia through a rocky moraine
On this day of the K2 base camp trek, the participants will reach Concordia after continuously walking up the moraine, on the way more and more high snowcapped peaks will appear, the culmination for the sighting of K2 will be experienced on this day. Other peaks that can be seen include Broad Peak, Mitre Peak, Gasherbrum, Sia Kangri, and many more.
Trek to Broad Peak BC, Gilkey Memorial and K2 Base Camp (optional)
Today there is the opportunity to walk up the Godwin-Austen glacier to the Art Gilkey Memorial (an American geologist and mountaineer) just before K2 Base camp. This is a very long but spectacular day. We will leave early morning, crossing the glaciers onto the faint trail heading towards K2 (there is a faint rocky trail all the way). As we follow the glacier towards K2 the mountain seems to grow bigger and bigger. Broad Peak rears up to our right and after about 3 hours we pass Broad Peak base camp (there is the option to turn back here). We usually have our lunch break here and then those who are continuing carry on with K2 towering above us as we get closer and closer.
Just before base camp, amongst the boulder and ice-strewn landscape is the Art Gilkey Memorial. A short scramble brings us to the place where those whose life K2 claimed are remembered. Plaques and engraved tin plates are attached to a small rocky outcrop at the foot of this great mountain. There are great views directly above us of K2 and we may see some climbing expeditions. After lunch, we retrace our steps back to Concordia.
Trek to Goro I/Biango
On this day of the K2 base camp trek, the participants will have to leave this camp and move back towards Goro I. The trek on this day will be quite easy and you will be descending down.
Trek to Khoburtse with views of Trango Towers
On this day the participants will make their way to the campsite of Urdukas, they will follow the same trail down via the glacier to Goro I. They will experience great views of the Trango Towers before their arrival at Khurburtse. Even though the participants will be going on the same trail, however, the views on the way back will be completely different.
Trek back to camp Paiju
The participants on this day of the K2 base camp trek will be walking down on the side of the glacier via Liligo, this will be the last area where they will be shifting their trail from the moraine on the relatively stable ground. The participants will have the opportunity to find themselves in the trees after a break and enjoy their stay at the Paiju campsite.
Trek to Jhola campsite
The walking on this day will be quite easier as the participants will be following the same trail to the Bradlu gorge. However, there may be some river crossings this day. The campsite will be made at Jhola.
Trek to Askole and drive to Skardu town
On this day the participants will be back to Askole village after walking up the side of the river to the bridge. The participants will give some relaxation to their feet as they will be transferred in jeeps after lunch to Skardu.
Contingency days for trek delays
This day is allocated for any potential delays during trekking. We do not want our guests to miss their domestic flight due to delays. These delays can be caused by multiple factors including (but not limited to) roadblocks. This time can be utilized for sightseeing in Skardu
Fly to Islamabad
On this day the participants will take a flight from the airport in Skardu to Islamabad airport. You will have a good time, relaxing at the hotel in Islamabad.
Domestic flights sometimes get canceled due to weather conditions. In case of flight cancellation, you will drive to Chilas overnight. It takes eight to ten hours by vehicle.
Contingency day for flight cancellation
This day is allocated for any potential delays in case the domestic flight does not operate the previous day. Our guests will depart early morning from Chilas to Islamabad which can take up to ten hours. However, it will be a free day in case the participants make it to Islamabad on a domestic flight. This time can be utilized for sightseeing in Islamabad.
Fly to home country
Our staff will transfer all our guests to the airport at their respective departure timings. The checkout time of all our partner hotels is 12pm.