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K2 Gondogoro La Trek
 

Trekking in Pakistan is most popular among the tourists all over the world. The area is ideal for mountaineering, trekking and nature watching. The place is ideal for those who want to discover a peace of mind.
One can enjoy the unspoiled and pollution free natural beauty of the land. The
Karakoram Highway and the link roads have made easier to reach starting points for trekking into the region. There are many trekking routes, some of short duration and some long duration. The Northern Areas of Pakistan offer the easy to strenuous trekking for those looking for a cultural experience. And for those looking for challenging treks like the K-2 Concordia Ghondhgoro la, K-2 Base camp, and Biafo-Hisper treks offers some of the most challenging, remotest and demanding trekking anywhere in the world. Trekking in these areas is a wonderful experience for any one who enjoys the world most spectacular and diverse scenery of snow capped lofty mountains, lush valleys, chuckling streams and emerald green lakes, atypical wildlife like the Snow Leopard and the Ibex and colourful ancient culture and its friendly people leave an everlasting impression on the visitors.

 

ITINERARY

DAY 01 ARRIVAL
 
Briefing at Alpine Club of Pakistan.Overnight in hotel.
 
DAY 02 RAWALPINDI/SKARDU
 
Departure for Chilas via Silk Rout, sight seeing all along the rout with the company of Indus river the longest river of Pakistan It flows from Tibet northwest across the Indian-controlled portion of Jammu and Kashmir, passing between the western extremity of the Himalayas and the northern extremity of the Hindu Kush mountain range; it then courses generally south through Pakistan to the Arabian Sea. Check in hotel. Overnight in Chilas.
 
DAY 03 CHILAS/SKARDU
 
Arrival in Skardu. Total drive time from Islamabad to Skardu is 22-24 hours.
 
DAY 04 SKARDU
 
Final arrangement of the trek.
 
DAY 05 SKARDU -TO- ASKOLE
 
A full day ride on a winding jeep trail to Askole. The last inhabitance on our way to the Great Glaciers. Highest in the region, the stone & timber abodes contain dark & narrow stairwells riven by gloomy, unlit alleys cluster within the embrace of the fertile terraces. Overnight in tents.
Distance 96 km
Drive 07-08 hrs
Altitude 3050 m
 
DAY 06 ASKOLE -TO- KOROPHONE
 
Today we leave the last inhabited village. For the remaining portion of our journey we rely on our porters who carry our food and equipment's and sustain our expedition. After scrambling over a ridge we come across what legend says an old polo field. Passing through a rock gap we cross the Biafo glacier and camp beside its snout at korophone. The Biafo Glacier is a huge river of ice 63 Km long which descends from the central peaks of the Karakoram & flows East into the Braldu Valley at a point about 10 Kms east of Askole. Overnight in tents.
Walk : 03 - 04 hrs
Grade : Easy
Altitude : 3100 M
 
DAY 07 KOROPHONE -TO- JHULA
Trek to the Dumurdo river cross at Jhula., now a wooden bridge is made cross it & camp beside a torrent facing the Bakhordas.
 
DAY 08 JHULA -TO- PAIJU
 
Resume trek along the Braldu River to a green Oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak 6611 M. Paiju - is a Balti word which means "SALT". Since there are some rock salt deposits at the base of this peak, the locals believe that the snow on the summit of Paiju Peak is not snow but a huge deposit of salt which drips down to the base. From this camp we have the first view of the impressive Baltoro Glacier. Overnight in tents. Walk : 05-06 hrs
Grade : Moderate
Altitude : 3480 M.
 
DAY 09 PAIJU - Rest Day
 
Rest & acclimatization day at Paiju. Overnight in tents.
 
DAY 10 PAIJU -TO- URDUKAS
 
Begin trek after an early breakfast. Traverse the junction of Paiju - Baltoro Glaciers through crevasses & lunch below Liligo, the traditional camp under the muddy cliffs with fine views of rock spires. Cross the Khuburse torrent early morning and ramble over two glacier moraines to reach the grassy slopes of Urdukas offering splendid views of the Trango, Uli Biaho & Bial Groups. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff.
Walk : 06-07 hrs
Grade : Moderate
Altitude : 4130 M
 
DAY 11 URDUKAS -TO- GORO
 
A long walk on the icy Baltoro Glacier. Traverse the Yermanandu Glacier which flows down from Masherbrum & joins the Baltoro. Magnificent views of Muztagh, Mitre & Gasherbrum IV. Overnight in tents.
Walk : 06-07 hrs
Grade : Strenuous
Altitude : 4500 M.
 
DAY 12 GORO TO CONCORDIA
 
After an early breakfast, resume a long walk on the Baltoro Glacier to a point called Concordia - a huge junction of Baltoro, Abruzzi & Godwin Austin Glaciers at 4000 meters . Within a short radius of 15 Kilometers, stand 41 peaks over 6500 meters. including 04 peaks above 8000 M. The 360 view offers a panorama of peaks nowhere to be found on this Earth. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff.
Walk : 05 - 06 hrs
Grade : strenuous
Altitude : 4720 M
 
DAY 13 CONCORDIA REST DAY
 
Explore K2 base (A day trip 4 hrs up 3 hrs down) After an early breakfast, resume your walk to K2 Base Camp. Overnight in tents at Concordia.
Walk : 07 hrs
Grade : strenuous
Altitude : 4650 M.
 
DAY 14 CONCORDIA -TO- ALI CAMP
 
After an early breakfast leave the Concordia and we will cross several side glacier to reach our right path. After 2 hours we will reach Vigne glacier, it is also possible to walk on the Vigne glacier which is fairly easy then walking on the stony bath on the right side of the glacier but it depend on the snow condition. Overnight in tents
 
DAY 15 ALI CAMP -CROSS GONDOGORO PASS- KHUSPANG
 
A very early start as early as 2 or 3 O'clock in the morning to cross the Gondogoro la to reach Khuspang. The basic theme behind the early walk to reach the top of the Gondogoro Pass 5700 metres is that in the morning snow will be soft and you will not get tired quickly as the sun is not strong, but as sun get strong snow get soft, snow going to be melt and bring water and stones, also the chance of ice falls or avalanches. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff.
Walk : 10 - 11 hrs
Grade : Strenuous
Altitude : 5700 M
 
DAY 16 KHUSPANG
 
Rest day at Khuspang.
 
DAY 17 KHUSPANG -TO- DALSANGPA
 
After a couple of minutes of easy walk we will comes onto the glacier. You pick your way across moving boulders and ice, finally crossing the glacier up to the camping site to reach Dalsangpa, meaning 'field of flowers', lives up to its name. It is a beautiful campsite at about 4,150 metres, set between two lakes, with Masherbrum Mountain and the white glacier cascading down from Masherbrum Pass reflected in the still water.
Walk : 05-06 hrs
Grade : Moderate
Altitude : 4150 M.
 
DAY 18 DALSANGPA -TO- SHAICHO
 
Resume trek along the path, Keep yourself on the left side of the lateral moraine, crossing several side streams. The next hour is an unpleasant scramble along the stony, sliding glacier edge, with huge boulders poised above, ready to fall.
Continue your trek along the path goes down hill to the summer settlement called Shaicho, a large shepherds settlement with its won mosque, now here you can find a hotel and mountaineering equipment shop. This is the traditional camp among the forest of juniper, cedar and willow trees with giant bushes of wild roses and a good water supply. After a short break continue your walk along the Hushey river on a easy path. Upon arrival camp near the fields in Hushey village. Overnight in tents.
Walk : 06 - 07 hrs,
Grade : Easy
 
 
DAY 19 SHAICHO -TO- HUSHEY
 
An easy day will bring you to Hushey village. Evening free. Overnight in tents
 
 
DAY 20 HUSHEY -TO- SKARDU
 
Drive for a full day ride on a winding jeep trail to Skardu. Upon arrival transfer to hotel.
 
DAY 21 SKARDU - ISLAMABAD
 
Flight to Islamabad, if unable  due to bad weather same day drive to Chilas. Overnight in hotel.
 
DAY 22 CHILAS / ISLAMABAD
 
Early morning drive to Islamabad. with the company of Mighty Indus and beautiful valleys of Himalaya.Overnight at Hotel.
 
DAY 23 ISLAMABAD
 

De-briefing at Alpine Club of Pakistan Islamabad & Transfer to Benazir International Aiport Islamabad for your onward destination.

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