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K2 Expedition

K2 Expedition (8611m)

The 8611 meters K-2, the pyramid of Pakistan in the Karakoram chain was discovered in 1856 during a geo-political survey by British explorers, which later became a flash point for the mountain lovers. T.G. Montgomery, Godwin-Austin is the name among few who brought this treasure to the world’s vision. Since its exposure it has been attracting many mountaineers from all over the world. In 1954, an Italian expedition engraved an extraordinary feat on the rocks of K-2 as pioneers.K2 Expedition registration is now open. Climbing K2 is considered one of the top mountaineering expeditions in the world. The mighty K2 is every tough mountaineer’s dream. We are offering K2 Expedition departures (guided and non-guided) for mountaineers and alpinists from around the world. Climbing K2 is much more challenging and far more dangerous than climbing Everest via the standard North or Southside routes, and for this reason, we plan to keep our team size small and comprised of qualified climbers, supported by some of the best climbing Sherpas and mountain guides in the world. Unlike on Everest, because the weather and route conditions are notoriously fickle on K2, we must be prepared to take advantage of very brief periods of good weather.
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ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive Islamabad
On arrival Chogholingsa Treks & Tours guide will pick you from Islamabad international air port  and transfer you to hotel. Afternoon a sight-seeing trip will take you to the twin cities of modern capital Islamabad and the old city Rawalpindi. Overnight will be in hotel.

Day 2: Flight to Skardu
Early hours transfer to airport for flight to Skardu, which is very spectacular mountain flight but very dependent on weather conditions. Alternately, we take two day drive to Skardu, along the Karakorum Highway. We stay overnight at Chilas, over heading by the Nanga Parbat, the second highest peak in Pakistan .

Day 3: Skardu (275km)
In case the flight operate than we have a free day for acclimatization and preparations at Skardu, the capital of
Baltistan and the gateway to great Karakorum mountains. If we are driving the road journey today will be 7-8 hrs to Skardu (275km) along the Indus River.
On route are spectacular views of Nanga Parbat (8125m), Haramosh peaks etc afternoon the group will attend a briefing session at the Ministry of Tourism Meals and overnight hotel.

Day 4: Drive to Askoli (3000m)
Having an early breakfast we start our jeep journey(7-8 hrs) along the Shigar and Braldu valleys to Askoli village (3050m), the last permanent settlement of Shigar Valley. This seven hours hard drive is an extremely spectacular and fascinating journey through little changed traditional villages and orchards. Overnight in tents.

Day 5: Trek to Jhola(3200m)
After an early breakfast and distribution of luggage among porters, we start the trek (6 hrs) and walk along the turbulent waters of the Braldu River towards Jhola(3200m). Most of the trek is an easy walk on established trails except the rocky snout of the Biafo Glacier which we cross and continue to up to Jhola camp site situated just after the confluence of the Braldu and Dumordo Rivers. Meals and overnight in tents.

Day 6: Trek to Paiju (3450m)
We leave Jhola early for Paiju (3450m). Most of the way is easy mainly at riverside of Braldu River. 7 – 8 hours walking in a hot and dry conditions and crossing many side streams we will reach Paiju afternoon. The Masherbrum group on our right side and whilst ahead of us we gradually begin to see the spires and towers of Trango and Cathedral groups. Today we will also see the snout of the Baltoro Glacier. Picnic lunch will be provided. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 7: Paiju (3450m)
A relaxation, acclimatization and preparations day at Paiju. Meals and overnight in tents.

Day 8: Trek to Urdukas (4,200)                                                                                                                                         today we will cross the Baltoro Glacier which is hard but rewarding with the fascinating views of Paiju Peak, Trango Towers, Lobsang Spires, Grand Cathedral, Uli Biafo and many other needle like rock peaks. We cross the glacier to the southern side and continue along an ablation valley to our campsite at Urdukas. Meals and overnight in tents.

Day 9: Trek to Goro (4,300m)
Trek to Goro from Urdukas is easy due to the bare glacier. There are breathtaking views all around us. Heading ahead there are Broad Peak (8047m) and Gasherbrum IV (7925m) on the right side the Mashabrum Group and the left the Trango group of peaks situated. 4-5 hours trekking and overnight in tents.

Day 10: Trek to Concordia (4650m)
After three to four hour trek, today, we will reach Concordia, the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods. All around us guarding by the world’s highest peaks including the K2 (8611m) the second highest mountain in the world, Gasherbrum I (8068m), Broad Peak(8047m), Gasherbrum II (8035m) and Chogolisa (7653m). We will camp at the confluence of the Baltoro and Godwin Austin Glacier.

Day 11: Trek to K-2 Base Camp
Three to four hours trek will take us to the base camp of K2. We will erect our tents for the rest of the climbing period here.

Day 12-52:    CLIMBING

Days 53-57:                                                                                                                                                                               Return to Askole or Hushe over Gondogoro La and drive to Skardu

Day 58:                                                                                                                                                                                           In the morning debriefing at Tourism Office, Skardu. Transfer to airport for flight to Islamabad, in case of flight cancellation, drive (9 hours) to Chilas along the Karakorum Highway. Meals and overnight at hotel.

Day 59:                                                                                                                                                                                           Free day in Islamabad or drive to Islamabad from Chilas for 12 hours.

Day 60: Onward flight

FACT SHEET

No. of Days:60
Season:June- August
Grade:Challenging
Zone:Permit Needed
Region:Karakoram
Max Altitude:8611M