Baltoro Glacier – K2 BC & Gondogoro La Trek -2022
Trip Duration: 23 days
Season: July – August
Grade: Entry level normal trek & Mountaineering
Activities: Trekking, Climbing & exploring the traditional valleys
Accommodation: 23 days trip, 15 days trek, 07 nights hotel, 16 nights camping
Tour from Islamabad Airport to get to the Trek start at Askoli.
Our trek to Baltoro Glcaier- K2 Base Camp start from Islamabad Treks to K2 start with a breath taking flight past Nanga Parbat 8,125m and down into Skardu city 2,228m, located on the mighty Indus river, that main city of Baltistan (known as Little Tibet in history) home of the impressive Manthal Buddha Rocks, the 8th century Kharpocho Fort above Skardu town; the K2 Museum, a gem city, downstream from some of the largest glaciers and highest peaks in the world. Followed by a Jeep ride to the confluence of the Indus and Shigar rivers and then through the beautiful Shigar River valley to Askoli, 3,000m.
The next morning the spectacular trek to K2 base camp up the Baltoro Glacier begins. You will pass some of the most breath taking scenery in the Karakoram.
About this Trek
“A mountain of stunning dimensions. It seems to rise like a perfect cone, but incredibly tall.” With these words, in 1887, the Englishman Sir Francis Younghusband described K2. He was the first westerner to see the mountain from close up. From then on, with reference to the second highest mountain on earth, descriptions of this sort have been used by generations of travellers, scientists, and mountaineers. Very few mountains come close to perfection, in terms of shape and proportion of K2. Such enormous beauty cannot be conquered without equally enormous effort.
Baltoro, K2 base camp trek is a world-wide favorite and a ‘must do’ on the wish list of many trekking enthusiasts, the trek up the Baltoro Glacier is an awe inspiring venture into the inner sanctum of the Karakoram Himalaya.
The western end of the Himalayan Range is geologically the youngest, subsequently there are few surrounding foothills, and the dominant skyline feature consists of untold hundreds of jagged peaks ranging from spectacular rock spires soaring thousands of feet into the sky, to the reality defying 8,000m giants at the Concordia confluence.
Unlike the approaches to most 8,000m Nepalese base-camps, there are no major foothills to negotiate, with most of the hiking either on, or to the side of the valleys and glaciers.
As a result you are constantly surrounded by, and enjoy an unfettered view of, the most stunning array of high peaks on the planet. As you proceed up the route, each hour and day brings with it new vistas to marvel at.
Treks to K2 start with a breath taking flight past Nanga Parbat 8,125m and down into Skardu city 2,228m, located on the mighty Indus river, that main city of Baltistan (known as Little Tibet in history) home of the impressive Manthal Buddha Rocks, the 8th century Kharpocho Fort above Skardu town; the K2 Museum, a gem city, downstream from some of the largest glaciers and highest peaks in the world. Followed by a Jeep ride to the confluence of the Indus and Shigar rivers and then through the beautiful Shigar River valley to Askoli, 3,000m.
The next morning we begin the spectacular trek to K2 Base Camp, up the Biaho Lungma river trail and the Baltoro Glacier to Concordia and beyond. As we climb over moraines, pick our way through glaciers and trek through gorges up the Baltoro Glacier we will be struck by the endless beauty of the granite towers, multitudes of cathedral peaks, needle spires, the snow capped domes and icy glaciated mountains that line our trek.
To Concordia is the most popular trek in Pakistan for good reason. It is stunning scenery. You will be amongst some of the most breath taking scenery in the world where eight of the world’s 30 highest mountains are clustered in the heart of the Karakoram mountain range.
Day 01 Arrival in Islamabad (600m) – Hotel
Day 02 Fly to Skardu (2,228 m) or (drive to Chilas) (9,15m) – Hotel
Day 03 Day free in Skardu, Permits – sightseeing, K2 Museum (or the second day of the drive to Skardu) (2,228 m) – Hotel
Day 04 Jeep transfer to Askole Village (3,200m) – (6-7hrs) – Camp
Day 05 Trek to Korophon – camp (3,400m) on glacier side (6 hrs) – Camp
Day 06 Trek to Jula (3,500m) – (5hrs) – Camp
Day 07 Trek to Paiju (3,700m) – (7hrs) – Camp
Day 08 Rest and acclimatize Paiju – Camp
Day 09 Trek to Urdokas (3,950m) – (5 hours) – Camp
Day 10 Trek to Goro 2 (4,300m) – (6 hours) – Camp
Day 11 Trek to Concordia (4,550m) – Camp
Day 12 Rest and acclimatize at Concordia (4,550m) – Camp
Day 13 Trek to Broad Peak Base Camp (4,700m) – Camp
Day 14 Trek to K2 Base Camp (5100m) & return to Broad Peak Base Camp (4,700m) – Camp
Day 15 – 19 Trek Back to Askoli (3,200m) – Camp
Day 20 Jeep drive to Skardu (2,228 m) – Hotel
Day 21 Fly Islamabad or drive to Chilas – Hotel
Day 22 Day free in Islamabad or second day of drive to Islamabad (600m) – Hotel
Day 23 Departure from Islamabad to home
Our Services Include
An experienced English speaking high altitude Guide.
Full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) and cooking and eating utensils and mess tent.
Wages for guides, cook and porters.
Good quality accommodation in cities and towns in twin bed shared rooms. Single room supplement is available.
Internal Jeep transport by private vehicle.
Tented camps on shared basis while trekking.
Porters will carry your large pack – one waterproof kit bag per client, – weight not to exceed 15kgs. an excess baggage will incur extra porter wage.
Trekking permit and Camping Fees.
Porters, Guides, Cook and other staffs insurance.
Invitation letter for travel to Pakistan to assist your visa application.
Our Service does not include
Bottled water, aerated drinks, alcohol, laundry and other items of personal nature
Meals except where indicated in the itinerary
Personal snacks, energy bars, energy gels, sweets
Personal gear, sleeping bags, phone calls and laundry
Tips for crew members
International airfares, Travel Insurance, Airport and departure taxes.
Cost of helicopter or other means of evacuation and you should cover in your trip insurance.
Any other service not mentioned in this condition sheet.
Guides and porters
Our local guides and porters are all experienced, handpicked and trained by Shaheen Baig and Qudrat Ali, directors of Shams Alpine to ensure that our clients have the best opportunity for success with comfort. A porter will carry your kit bag and you will be expected to carry your own day pack which should be large enough to carry all you will need throughout the day e.g. sunscreen, raincoat, water bottle, camera, spare long sleeved clothing, snow protection glasses, sun protection gloves, hat and scarves, snack food, etc.
Please consult a travel vaccination specialist for up to date information
A single supplement is not always possible on this trip. In many instances campsite size is limited and it will be necessary to share with another team member. This also applies to mountaineering expeditions. Single supplement in hotels is available. Please contact Shams Alpine Mountaineering & Trekking Pvt Ltd for specific detail, relevant to your trip.
K2 Base Camp can be reached from Islamabad by plane or by road to Skardu city and drive to Askoli where your trek to the Baltoro Glacier begins. The second way is from China via Khungerab National Park, through KKH and joins the Skardu road at Thalechi.
Discover the spectacular hidden Karakoram with English speaking,
world renowned Shimshali mountain guides
By its very nature adventure travel involves an element of the unexpected. In remote and developing countries do not expect standards you are used to at home. Remote areas are sometimes unpredictable and itineraries may be altered. To get the most out of your adventure it is important that you are flexible, positive and eager to take on all the challenges that arise. If you are uncertain about your suitability for this trip we recommend that you contact us with any concerns. We are happy to answer any questions.
The environments we travel through are fragile. It is our responsibility as visitors to minimize the impact of our presence