K2 Gandogoro La Circuit Trek

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This challenging trek is thought by many to be one of the best high mountain treks in the world. Our unique itinerary visits Gasherbrum II Base Camp and crosses the high, glaciated Gondogoro La pass.

Some of the wildest and most dramatic landscapes on earth are found in the vast, rugged Karakoram Range, situated in Northern Pakistan. Remote and spectacular, the icy peaks and vast glaciers of the Karakoram offer unparalleled opportunities for adventurous trekking. The 62km long Baltoro Glacier is Pakistan’s number one trekking destination. Seven of the world’s twenty-five highest peaks rise above this glacier, while the lower reaches are surrounded by some of the world’s highest granite walls and spires.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Camping, Trekking, Wildlife
  • Activity Level Challenging
  • Group Size Small Group
    12
  1. Day 1 Islamabad Arrival

    Arrive in Islamabad. You will be met upon arrival by your trekking guide and transferred to our hotel. Depending on your flight schedule, possible city tour of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Overnight in Hotel.

  2. Day 2 Skardu

    Weather permitting; we take the short but spectacular one hour flight from Islamabad to Skardu. Once in Skardu we will check into our hotel and enjoy free time exploring the area. Skardu Valley, in Baltistan is located 2500m above sea level and is hub for trekkers and tourists exploring this mountainous region. If poor weather does not allow us to fly, we will drive on the Karakoram Highway to Chilas (B)

  3. Day 3 Skardu (2500 m)

    We either have a free day for exploring in and around Skardu or we are completing our drive from Chilas to Skardu.
    Overnight in Skardu (B))

  4. Day 4 Askole (3050 metre)

    We drive in 4×4 vehicles through spectacular scenery to Askole (3000m) in the Braldu Valley, passing through the infamous Braldu Gorge. Overnight in camp (BLD)

  5. Day 5 Trek to Jolla (3300m)

    We will leave the last village and trek to Jolla. We traverse across the Biafo Glacier which is 37 miles long and have lunch at Korefong. We continue towards the Panma (Dumordo) river and reach Jolla after crossing the river by a rope bridge.
    Overnight in camp (BLD)

  6. Day 6 Trek to Payu (3450 m)

    We start today’s trek on a relatively easy trail for 3-4 hours before crossing the Bardumal campsites along a 2 km stretch of sandy river beach. After a lunch break, we continue towards Paiyu for another 2 to 3 hours. From your campsite you will have a view of Baltoro glacier.
    Overnight in camp (BLD)

  7. Day 7 Payu Free day

    Free day in Payu for altitude acclimatization.
    Overnight in camp (BLD)

  8. Day 8 Urdukas (4050 m)

    Today’s trek will lead us across the famous Baltoro Glacier. En-route we will have a magnificent view of the Trango Tower (6237m) to (6617m.) and the Paiju (6601m) mountain ranges.

    Overnight in Tent. (BLD)

  9. Day 09 Goro (4380 m)

    Today we trek along the Baltoro Glacier toward Goro. On our right we will see Yarmandu Glacier, which joins Baltoro Glacier at Byango, as well as Musherbrum peak (7821m). We have lunch at Byango and then to continue along the Baltoro Glacier to Goro, from here we can see Miter Peak (6025m) and Gasherbrum IV (7925m).
    Overnight in camp (BLD)

  10. Day 10 Concordia (4650 m)

    Today we trek to Concordia which brings us to what many consider the most spectacular mountain camp anywhere in the world. Concordia is the area which has the largest concentration of glaciers and peaks in the world. From here you will have an awe-inspiring view of some of the world’s highest peaks, including K-2 (8611m), Broad Peak (8068m), Gasherbrum IV (7980m),Chogolingsa 7664m) and others. Overnight in camp (BLD)

  11. Day 11 Concordia to K2 base camp (5000 m)

    We will spend a free day at the Concordia or have an optional day excursion to the K2 Base Camp area.
    Overnight in camp (BLD)

  12. Day 12 Concordia-Ali Camp (5050 m)

    Today we trek to the upper Baltoro and then to the Vigne glacier over a mix of terrain of morraine boulders to straight forward level ice. We are trek on the pure white Vigne Glacier surrounded by dramatic peaks. We have an early night at Ali Camp in preparation for an early start and a tough day ahead. Overnight in camp (BLD)

  13. Day 13 Gondo Goro Pass to Khuspang (4833 m)

    An early start is required to utilise the good snow condition to cross the pass safely. On the top to Gondogoro La you will find the most spectacular view on earth. From here you can see the K2, Broad Peak, G1, G2, Muztagh Tower and towards Hushe side you will find Laila peak, Ninchi peak and many others. Please note: Gondogoro La crossing is dependent on favourable weather and safe conditions on the trail to the pass. In the case of adverse conditions we descend the mountain via the same route.
    Overnight in camp (BLD)

  14. Day 14 Saicho (3400 m)

    Today we trek down to Shaicho following the Ghondogoro Glacier. En-route we have a beautiful view of Laila peak (6200m) and Mashabrum peak (7821m).
    Overnight in camp (BLD)

  15. Day 15 Free day in Saicho

    Full free in Saicho to relax and enjoy the scenery.
    Overnight in camp (BLD)

  16. Day 16 Hushey (2750 m)

    Occasional stream. Eventually, we reach the village of Hushe and the end of an amazing trek.
    Overnight in camp (BLD)

  17. Day 17 Skardu

    A jeep journey will take us through some small villages to Skardu.
    Overnight in Hotel (BL)

  18. Day 18 Skardu free day

    Free day in Skardu.
    Overnight in Hotel (B)

  19. Day 19 Besham

    Transfer to the airport for flight to Islamabad. If flights are unavailable we will drive to Besham instead.
    Overnight in Hotel (B)

  20. Day 20 Free day in Islamabad or drive from Besham to Islamabad

    Free day in Islamabad or drive down the Karakoram Highway to Islamabad in the case of flight cancelation.
    Overnight in Hotel (B)

  21. Day 21 Onward flight

    Transfer to the airport for onward flight (B)