K2/Chogori (8616m) Expedition

K2 Base Camp

Jhula Camp  Paiyu Peak   Lunch at Bardumal  K-2 8611m

In 1856 A.D. Capt. Montgomery surveyed a number of peaks in the Baltoro area of the Karakorum from a distance of about 200km. He explored a cluster of high peaks and named them K1, K2, K3

and soon with the prefix "K" for Karakorum.
 

In 1861 A.D. the area was further surveyed by Col. Godwin Austin and recommended K2 as the highest and measured it to be 8619m. Its local name is Chogori, which means the “Great Mountain”. 

K2 is the second highest mountain in the world. It was first climbed by Italians in 1954. The route to K2 goes through the Baltoro region of Baltistan. There are several high peaks, which are persisted, in the world's largest temperate zone glacier.  A wonderful nineteen of these peaks stand over 7600m while four of them are 8000meters. the hugeness of the mountain.

K-2 has variously been described as “Awesome” Killer” and “Savage” Mountain. This is because of massiveness of its size and unsuccessful attempts made on it by various expedition parties, including Americans, who made quite a few attempts on it.   

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City / Station name

Schedule

01

Islamabad

Arrive Islamabad, meet our guide with transport and transfer to hotel for overnight.

02

Islamabad

AM Welcome reception at Alpine Club of Pakistan.  

PM proceed for city tour including: Faisal Mosque, Visit Pakistan Monument and Museum at Shakar Parian, Rawal Lake also. In Rawalpindi   the famous places to look are Raja (King) Bazaar, Silver and Gold bazaars will allow us to catch traditional craftsmen at work.  

Drive back to hotel for dinner & overnight.

 

03

Islamabad–Skardu or   

Islamabad-Chilas

 

Fly to Skardu, if flight does not operate, drive to Chilas. 

Chilas (490km, 12-13 Hrs) on Karakorum Highway, the most adventurous and thrilling. It connects Pakistan and China spreading over a distance of 1300km between Islamabad and Kashghar. Continue drive and finally meet the great Indus on Thakot Bridge. From there onward the road snails along the bank of the Indus.  

Lunch at Besham - is the largest town and commercial centre. Besham shops are famous for their China and international goods. Continue drive to Chilas - with many rocks carving and inscriptions and is standing under the shadow of world famous Nanga Parbat.  

Dinner & overnight at hotel.

 

04

Skardu or  Chilas -Skardu

Full day free at Skardu is at a height of 7,500 feet. It is the trekker and mountain climbers' paradise. OR complete the road journey from Chilas to Skardu. (280km, 8-9 Hrs).  

Lunch on the way at Besham. After lunch continue drive to Chilas.  

Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

05

Skardu

Final shopping day at Skardu. Lunch, dinner & Overnight at hotel.

 

06

Skardu - Askole

Drive by jeep from Skardu - Askole (3000 m, 6-7 Hrs) - is the last friendly village. Drive through Shigar valley and its stunning scenery. 

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

07

Askole - Jhola

Start to walk & will reach at Jhola - 3200m, 6-7 Hrs. Lunch at Korophon. The landscape is flat, somewhat sandy & hot sun will be beating down and there is very little shade. Lunch at Korophon. 

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps at Jhola.

 

08

Jhola - Paiyu

Trek to Paiyu ('Salt' in Balti) 3450m, 6-7 Hrs. This is an undulating walk, difficult at times, which the first views of dramatic mountains ahead. There is a rest stop by some tamarisk trees besides the stream flowing down from Paiyu Peak.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

09

Paiyu

Day at leisure for acclimatization. Meals & overnight in Tents

 

10

Paiyu - Khuburse

After breakfast trek to Khuburse, 3930m, 6-7 hrs. Gradual climb up Baltoro Glacier on the southern edge. Continue to the right climbing up on the glacier. Further 2-3 hours steady climb on a long diagonal to the other side & reach at campsite.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

11

Khuburse - Urdukas

Trek to Urdukas – 4200m, 7-8 hours. Urdukas is a magnificent Campsite with spectacular views of Paiyu Peak, Choricho, Uli Biaho, The Trango Towers, Cathedral and Biale.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

12

Urdukas – Goro-II

Trek to Goro-II – 4500m, 5-6 hours. We will cover two porter stages. Baltoro shows a little more of the ice today and you are reminded that you are walking on one of the largest glaciers in the world. Masherbrum Peak welcomes you and Gasherbrum IV is now in front of you. Broad Peak is now also seen clearly.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

13

Goro-II  - Concordia

Trek to Concordia (4700m, 5-6 Hrs).  We pass Mustagh Tower then Broad Peak comes clearly into view. The Gasherbrum Range is straight ahead and we reach Concordia K2 finally reveals herself. All around are stunning peaks and you are standing in with one of the most amazing mountain panoramas on the planet. Concordia was named by Martin Conway in 1892, as it is the junction point of five glaciers.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

14

Concordia –

K2 Base Camp

Concordia (4700m) / K2 Base Camp (5100m), 6-8 hours slightly easy 

walk, with spectacular views and titanic mountain panorama, including

Mustagh Tower, Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak and the mighty K-2. Camp

at Concordia named by Martin Conway after the place De La  Concordia in Paris. Lunch at Concordia. You will be meeting some Crevasses near Godwin Austin glacier.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

 

15 - 59

Climbing Period

 

44 days for acclimatization and climbing. 

60

Vigne Glacier  or

Ali Camp (4800m)

5-6 hours continue walk on Vigne Glacier, proving superb views of

Chogolisa, and Mitre Peak, A rare mountain panorama and camp just

below pass.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

 

61

Gondogoro_La –

Khuspang

Gondogoro_La (5680m) - Khuspang (4680m), 4-5 hours. Start very

early in the morning for the strenuous and steep ascend to Gondogoro

la (high pass), and another 3-4 hrs descend to the high camp

(Khuspang) on the other side. Also BC for Gondogoro Peak. Continue

trek to Dalzampa: (4300m) another 4-5 hours easy descends glacier

Moraine to beautiful campsite of Dalzampa "field of flower". A climb to

the lateral Moraine provides spectacular views of glacier and jagged

spires.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

62

Shaieshcho - Hushe

Shaieshcho (3600m) - Hushe: (3300m), 4-5 hours walk on the lateral

moraine through wild roses, gooseberry cedar and Tamarisk bushes.

The Charksa valley joins the Gondogoro at Shaieshcho and the route

leads towards the base camp of K6 and K7. Another 4-5 hours the last

day of the trek follow the east bank of Hushe River on an easy path

through the field and camp out side the village.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

63

Hushe-Skardu

Hushe - Skardu (2340m). By jeep drive to Skardu via Khaplu. The

second largest kingdom in the old Baltistan guarding the trade route to

Ladakh along Shyok River.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

64

Skardu - Islamabad

Fly to Islamabad OR in case flight does not operate drive to Chilas.

Upon arrival transfer to hotel.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

65

Islamabad

A.M Farewell meeting at Alpine Club of Pakistan. PM free at Islamabad OR drive from Chilas to Islamabad.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

66

Islamabad

Transfer to airport for your onward flight.

 

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