K2 Base Camp Trek

K2 Base Camp Trek

K2 is the crown of Karakoram. The expedition to the K2 Base Camp makes for one of the most exciting and breath-taking treks in existence. Being the second highest mount in the world, this means it is relatively difficult to climb. However, the terrain is rather easy. The expedition begins in the remote village of Askole, the trail winds its way along the grand Braldu Valley before mounting the Baltoro Glacier to Concordia. Concordia is one of the few places on Earth where it’s possible to see four peaks from one place: K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II.

Of course, this is no Sunday afternoon ramble. The K2 Base Camp trek requires willpower, with 12 days of challenging trekking at altitudes of up to 5,400 metres. However, the views, the people and the experiences make every step worth it. 

You will spend the 18 days mostly treking up the gigantic mountain that is Karakoram and gouping at the once in a life-time scenery that you will bare witness to along the way accompanied by some well earned grub and pit stops. 

Day 1

TRAVEL TO ISlAMABAD AIRPORT

Depart the UK and arrive in Islamabad Airport where you will be privately transferred to the Guesthouse where you will stay.

Day 2

Islamabad to Skardu

Travel from Islamabad to Skardu where you will camp in Deosai National Park.

Day 3

Travel from Shigar to Jhola

Depart from Skardu and drive 7 hours to Askole passing through Shigar Valley. The journey will take us to the confluence Braldu and Dumordo Rivers. We will then decend to the River Braldu and follow the bank to Jhola Where we will camp. Throughout this journey you will bare witness to some of the breath-taking views Pakistan has to offer.

Day 4

Jhola to Paiyu

Follow the route along the Braldu River where, as we reach higher ground, the beautiful Paiyu Peak will present itself and stunning scenery. At the high peak of today you will be able to spot the snout of the Baltoro Glacier and the granite peaks of the Trango Towers and Cathedral Peaks. Paiyu is the campsite will spend the night with toilets and running water, located close to the snout of the Baltoro glacier.

Day 5

Paiyu to Khuburtse

A walk of less than an hour brings us to the snout of the Baltoro Glacier, this is the beginning of our trek on Baltoro. As we progress, the scenery becomes rugged, wild and even more spectacular. Stunning views gradually emerge of granite peaks on the north side of the glacier. It takes a few hours to cross the glacier and it maybe required to cross a melt water stream as part of the crossing. From here we follow a rocky trail along the edge of Baltoro to Khuburtse where we have sensational views of the Grand Cathedral, the Trango Towers and the striking Uli Biaho tower and peak.

Day 6

Khuburtse to Urdukas

We continue eastwards beside the Baltoro Glacier, eventually we can see the Trango Towers and the isolated pillar of the Nameless Tower as we reach Urdukas. The campsite is set above the lateral moraine, the area is covered in grass and flowers.

Day 7

Urdukas to Goro II

After this we walk on to the center of glacier. Another 2-3 hours of walking brings us to our campsite at Goro I where we will stop for lunch. The campsite is opposite the Yermanendu glacier which flows down from Masherbrum pass. It will take another 3-4 hours to get to walk to Goro II, as we head toward Gasherbrum IV. Here we will spend our first night on the glacier.

Day 8

Goro II to Concordia

We wake up to views of Masherbrum , the 24th highest peak in the world. It takes 3-4 hours to get to Goro II where we will have lunch. The final approach to Concordia takes us through incredible mountain scenery, as one after another the big peaks come into view. We pass Mustagh Tower, an imposing monolith of rock Ahead of us is Gasherbrum IV to the right we will get peeks of Gasherbrum ll. As we make our way up the Baltoro, the aptly named Broad Peak comes into view above the ridge connecting Marble Peak and Crystal Peak on our left. K2 keeps itself hidden until the very moment we reach Concordia when suddenly its full height is revealed in sweeping lines that climb almost 4000 meters from the valley floor to the summit. We make our camp at on a moraine ridge surrounded on all side by jagged peaks.

Day 9

Concordia to K2 Basecamp

Concordia, the joining of five glaciers, is an immense sea of ice covered in stone. In every direction, the views here are stunning, K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, Mitre Peak, Chogolisa and Sia Kangri are all prominent, along with dozens of smaller peaks. The first few kilometers after leaving Concordia are covered with crevasses and meltwater rivers. It will take approximately 3 hours to reach Broad Peak base camp. Here we have an excellent view of K2 in one direction and in the other you look back at Concordia framed with Mitre Peak and the bulk of Chogolisa, also known as Bride Peak. After lunch we will continue to K2 basecamp. It will take another 2-3 hours to reach the Gilkey memorial.  We will have dinner and camp here for the night.

Day 10

K2 basecamp to Concordia

Today we take a mostly downhill walk back to Concordia.

Day 11

Concordia to Goro II

We continue to walk downhill back to Goro II, rest and enjoy the views.

Day 12

Goro II to Urdukas

Trekking for the day – approximate walking time 6 to 8 hours.

Day 13

Urdukas to Khuburtse

Trekking for the day – approximate walking time 4 to 6 hours.

Day 14

Khuburtse to Payiu

Trekking for the day – approximate walking time 7 to 8 hours.

Day 15

Paiyu to Jhola and Skardu

Today is our final day of trekking; 4-6 hours of easy descent bring us back to Jhola from where we get our Jeep and head back to Skardu. We arrive at the Shigar Fort Hotel, a very relaxing space. You will finally get a chance to take a hot shower and relax before your flight back to islamabad.

Day 16

Fom Skardu to Islamabad

Check out of Serena Shigar Fort Residence and travel from Skardu to Islamabad where we will be taken by private transport from the airport to the guesthouse in Islamabad.

Day 17

Contingency Day

This day will be used as a free day or a Contingency Day in case of flight cancellation due to the weather.

Day 18

Fly Home

Today we make our way to the airport and fly home back to the UK.

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Because, of course, it’s not quite as simple as rocking up to the Lake District with some walking boots, and if you’ve thought about this trek at all, you’ll have plenty of questions.

But don’t worry we’ve got you covered, CLICK HERE to read our full article, ‘Everything you need to know about trekking to K2 Base Camp in Pakistan’.

Whilst the easiest answer is, sign up to both, we have written a full article for you, where we unpack the pros and cons of both iconic treks, helping you decide in your own mind which trek is right for you. CLICK HERE to learn more!

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