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K2 Base Camp Trek

100 Adventures - 21 days

  • K2 Base Camp Trek
  • 21 days / 20 nights
  • Max. group: 0 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Itinerary
Included
Accommodation
Packing List
100 Adventures Travel
Safety
Visa for Pakistan
FAQ
How to book

Overview

> Amazing Views of the highest peaks in the world
> 'The throne room of the mountain gods'
>  Visit the K2 Base Camp Memorial
> Challenge of the toughest treks in the world

K2 is the world's second-highest mountain. Gasherbrum 4, Broad Peak, Mitre Peak, and Chogolisa from the rest of an astounding circle of mountain giants also known as 'the throne room of the Gods'. This stunning trek starts in Askole and follows the Braldu gorge to the snout of the Baltoro glacier, which trekkers can follow to Concordia. There is an optional day walk to K2 and Broad Peak base camps. This is one of the world’s most stunning mountain treks and it is wild and remote with scenery of unmatched grandeur.

 

Itinerary

Route

DAY 1: ISLAMABAD
On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel, in Islamabad. You will meet your guide in the afternoon at the hotel for a trip briefing and gear check. If the flight lands late night the briefing will be held the next day.

DAY 2: FLY TO SKARDU (45 min flight / 10-12 hour drive to Chilas) 

a) Weather permitting, we take a spectacular flight to the high mountain region of Baltistan in the northeast. On a clear day, we should be able to see Nanga Parbat (8124m) and K2 (8611m) towering above all other mountains. (adverse weather in Islamabad or Skardu may affect our flight plans and make it necessary to drive by the Karakoram Highway to Skardu, a journey of approx two days). 

b) In case of cancellation of flight drive. 10-12hrs by air-conditioned coach/car to Chilas (480km) on the Karakoram highway. Overnight at hotel

DAY 3: DRIVE TO SKARDU FROM CHILAS / REST DAY (2340m / 7677ft) 

a) Overnight Hotel. Preparations for our trek and depending on our time of arrival into Skardu, there may be time to visit the town and possibly an excursion to Kachura Lake situated at the edge of the valley. Skardu is the regional capital of Baltistan, lying at the edge of a broad floodplain that is the confluence of the Shyok, Indus and Basha Rivers.

b) If we are driving the road journey today will be 7-8 hrs to Skardu (275km). On route are spectacular views of Nanga Parbat (8125m) overnight Hotel.

DAY 4: DRIVE TO ASKOLI (3000m / 9842ft) Approx 7-8 hrs
Jeep drive. It takes about six hours to drive from Skardu to Askolie or near Askolie. The drive through the Braldu Gorge is guaranteed to knock your socks off. Overnight in tents.

DAY 5: TREK TO JOLA (3200m / 10498m) Approx 6-8 hrs
After the considerable organization of equipment, supplies and porter loads for the journey ahead, we commence trekking towards Jola. The walk from Askoli to Jola is on an easy gentle plain and can be done in 6 to 8 hours. We cross the snout of the Biafo Glacier on the way. The first sight of the pinnacles of the Paiyu Group is stunning. Overnight in tents.

DAY 6: TREK TO PAIYU (3450m / 11318ft) Approx 7-8 hrs 
We follow the Braldu and the Biaho rivers to a river’s edge campsite. On the way, we have to cross the Domurda River coming out of Choktoi and Panmah Glaciers. This crossing is done on a ‘garari’ or on a bridge upstream. Depending upon the time it takes for the crossing, the walk can take 8 hours or more. The Masherbrum Group may be glimpsed to our right via the Xiangang Valley. The range is a vast array of peaks that extend almost the full length of the southern side of Baltoro. Walking conditions are hot and dry and care must be taken to prevent sunburn.

DAY 7: PAIYU – REST DAY (3450m / 11318ft) 
Rest day. Wash up, relax, read, climb on a steep ridge behind the camp, sing and dance with the porters! Depending upon the size of the party, goats or a goat will be sacrificed and meat will be distributed to the porters as a form of thanksgiving and to bring us good luck on our next day’s walk on the Baltoro.

DAY 8: TREK TO KURBUTSE (3930m / 12893 ft) Approx 6-8 hrs
Trek on Baltoro Glacier. Six to eight hours of walking. A tough day as we climb on the rocky moraines of the Baltoro, but the sight of Baltoro pinnacles and Paiyu Peak is astounding! An earlier alternative campsite is Liligo, but there is no water there. We will cross some gushing streams on the way.

DAY 9: URDUKUS (4050m / 13287) Approx 3-4 hrs 
A short 4 hour plus walk on the rocky moraines and ablation valley of the Baltoro. We will cross a couple of icy side glaciers on the way and may have our first sight of Broad Peak and the Gasherbrum. The historical campsite is located on a grassy slope high above the Baltoro and commands one of the most intense mountain views in this world. The campsite was prepared by the Duke of Abruzzi at the beginning of this century.

DAY 10: TO GORO II (4380m / 14370 ft) Approx 6-7 hrs 
This is a tough day’s walk on the undulating Baltoro. However, the footing becomes easy as the rocks become smaller and smaller as we move up the Baltoro. It takes about 7 hours to get to Goro II. We walk right up the center moraine of the Baltoro. As Masherbrum emerges on the right, it takes our breath away and so does Gasherbrum IV right in front of us. Goro is a cold campsite! It has a great view of the Muztagh Tower.

DAY 11: CONCORDIA (4650m / 15255 ft) Approx 4-5 hrs 
A special day today as we trek into Concordia and enjoy our first views of K2 (weather permitting!). This location must be considered one of the world's most spectacular camps as it is surrounded by stunning peaks. As we leave Goro II, the Biange Glacier to the north provides a superb view up to Mustagh Tower (7284m), one of the most difficult mountains in the Karakoram to climb. The trail continues along fairly easy rolling slopes of moraine marked by cairns and then passes among ice towers or seracs as we approach the colliding glaciers at Concordia. Mitre Peak (6030m) rises to our right, with Golden Throne (Baltoro Kangri) (7312m) beside it, while the Gasherbrum Group is directly before us. The expanse of Broad Peak (8050m) is to the left and finally, K2 (8611m) looms above the ridge towering over the Godwin Austen Glacier twelve kilometers away.

DAY 12: AT CONCORDIA / K-2 BASE CAMP / CONCORDIA Approx 4-5 hours each way 
Our schedule is somewhat flexible according to the prevailing weather conditions and group preference. One of our objectives is to visit K2 Base Camp (approx 5150m) and the Gilkey Memorial, a spectacular full-day trip from camp. The most exciting day of this trek as you walk past Broad peak and get nearer to K-2 and arrive at the strip which is the most popular camping area for nearly all the expeditions to K-2. Here some of the top climbers of the world can be seen busy in preparations for the challenges ahead. Return to your camp at Concordia for overnight (K-2 base camp is too high and trekkers can get seriously ill from altitude if they stay for the night at this altitude, therefore the group must return to Concordia).

DAY 13: HIKE TO GORO II (4380m / 14370 ft) Approx 4-5 hrs
We begin the return trek descending first to Goro II where we have magnificent views of the surrounding granite spires and towers. Camp.

DAY14: TREK TO URDUKUS (4050m / 13287) Approx 3-4 hrs 
We continue our descent of the Baltoro glacier, today reaching as far as Urdukas where we make camp off the glacier for the first time in several days.

DAY 15: TREK TO PAIYU (3450m / 11318ft) Approx 8-10 hrs
Crossing the Baltoro to its north side beneath the towers of Uli Biaho we finally climb down its snout to reach a good trail back to the spring oasis of Paiyu.

DAY16: TREK TO JOLA (3200m / 10498m) Approx 6-7 hrs
Following the Braldu River downstream, we make the detour into the Panma Valley to the bridge across its tributary to reach Jhola or Korofon.

DAY 17: TREK TO ASKOLI (3000m / 9842ft) Approx 3-4 hrs
The final day of trekking to the village of Askole. Here we say goodbye to our porters who will return to their villages.

DAY 18: DRIVE TO SKARDU (2340m / 7677ft) Approx 5-6 hrs
Making an early start we drive to Skardu through the relatively verdant Shigar Valley. We check into the hotel and the afternoon is free for sightseeing.

DAY 19: FLY ISLAMABAD OR DRIVE TO CHILAS
a) Weather permitting we will fly to Islamabad today, on arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight. b) In case of flight cancellation, it is necessary to drive to Chilas and overnight at the hotel on the banks of the Indus.

DAY 20: ISLAMABAD
Extra 'cushion' day! *Note: Day 20 will be used as a 'cushion' day in case of delays in travel due to weather, route change, health, acclimatization issues during the trek, etc.

DAY 21: TRIP CONCLUDES IN ISLAMABAD 
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

The above schedule should be taken as a guide only. Inclement weather may cause delays in our journey, whether we are on foot or traveling by vehicle. Our schedule has been planned to allow for variations and where necessary, spare days will be used to compensate for these changes. Our guide reserves the right to make modifications or alterations to the trip schedule in the best interests and safety of all involved. A flexible approach will allow us to efficiently and effectively achieve trip objectives.

Included

Included:

 All Transport and Airport Transfer
You will be picked up from the airport of Islamabad and all other transport during your trip is taken care off as well. 

English speaking trekking guides & porters
During the trek, you will be accompanied by an excellent English speaking guide. Porters will join the group as well to help to carry the luggage. The porters carry a maximum of 25 kg. They will carry your tents, food and cooking utils.  

√ Both ways airfare between Islamabad – Skardu – Islamabad.
The inland flights (if the weather is right) between Islamabad and Skardu are included. 

Two nights in a double room in Islamabad
Your hotel nights in Islamabad on your first and last day are included. 

√ Two nights in Skardu Hotel with full board, double bedroom.

Hotel nights in Skardu on the way to the start point of your trekking are included. 

√ Local staff Wages, insurance, food, and equipment.
All necessities for our local staff is taken care off and included in the price. 

All Camping fees, road taxes & bridge crossing fee.
Everything is taken care off over here. 

√  All camping gear
Comfortable members tent, Mattresses, Mess tent, Kitchen tent, store tent, office tent,  shower tent, toilet tent, table, chairs & kitchen utensils are coming along on your way to the K2 Base Camp. 

√  Electric Generator, Solar system at base camp.
You will have access to electricity to charge your device on the K2 Basecamp. 

√  Heating system at base camp.
K2 Basecamp can be very cold. There is a heating system to warm up. 

Not included:

× Sleeping bag and other equipment
Sleeping bags are not included in the trek, you will have to bring your own. Other necessary trekking equipment such as trekking boots, crampons are not included.

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

× Personal expenses
Any personal expenses that may take place during the trek, such as buying snacks, souvenirs or alcoholic drinks are on your own account.

× Tipping
Tipps for the guide and porter are not included in the price of the trek. You decide how much to tip, but if you got a good service from your guide, be generous.

× Airfare

You will have to make your way to Islamabad, the starting point of this trek. Flight tickets to Pakistan are not included in the price of the trek. In order to know which airlines fly to Islamabad Airport (IIAP), you can have a look at their website.

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

× Sleeping bag and other equipment
Sleeping bags are not included in the trek, you will have to bring your own. Other necessary trekking equipment such as trekking boots, crampons, and gumboots are not included.

× Personal expenses
Any personal expenses that may take place during the trek, such as buying snacks, souvenirs or alcoholic drinks are on your own account.

× Water
You will not be provided with bottled water. You will get the water from the rivers and streams in the mountains because it’s clean. The locals drink it and they are okay. But if you don’t trust it, it’s okay to add some water filters to your water to avoid any inconveniences (these won't be provided by your trekking company).

Accommodation

Accommodation

Hotel nights in Islamabad and Skardu
On your way to the starting point of the trek you will sleep in decent hotels in Islmabad and Skardu. Full board and based on a double room. 

Camping 
During your trek you will stay in campsites along the trails. The porters will take care of all camping equipment. Comfortable members tent, Mattresses, Mess tent, Kitchen tent, store tent, office tent,  shower tent, toilet tent, table, chairs & kitchen utensils are coming along on your way to the K2 Base Camp. 

Packing List

Packing List

Trekking in Nepal requires decent gear. Especially the basics like an 80-90l backpack and quality trekking socks. Read here what to bring with you.

Documents
– Passport
– Travel insurance
– Boarding passes for flights
– 2 passport photos
– Driving License
– Dollars in cash
– Credit card (make sure you have $500 available on your card
in case evacuation by helicopter is required)

Sleep
– Sleeping bag
– Extra sleeping bag lining

Footwear
– Mountain shoes: 3 or 4 season lightweight
– Slippers or sandals for the city
– Aircraft shoes (optional)

Clothing
– Make sure you have non-cotton clothing for during the trek
– 2 t-shirts with underlayer (e.g. running t-shirts)
– Fleece / softshell jacket
– Waterproof jacket
– Down jacket for warmth
– Travel and citywear
– Underwear
– Trousers for underlayer (optional)
– Waterproof pants
– Trekking pants
– Trekking shorts (optional)
– 2 thick trekking socks
– Lightweight and breathable trekking socks
– Gloves and woolen hat

Accessories
– One backpack: 35 liters
– A duffel bag or backpack with straps to go over your back (Max
8kg weight for the porters to carry)
– Drybag or waterproof cover for your backpack
– Water bottle/thermos: at least 2 litres.
– Sunglasses
– Sunscreen
– Personal medication – Inhaler, blister plasters, etc.
– General toiletries, contact lenses, spectacles (if necessary)
– Towel
– Electronics – Headlight, travel adapter, phone & charger
– Lip balm
– Book
– MP3/Music and headphones
– Hand disinfectant, biodegradable wet wipes

100 Adventures Travel

100 Adventures Travel

We are a leading adventure travel company with one philosophy in mind - to share the culture and natural beauty of Pakistan. Whether you're hiking up one of the world's tallest mountains, cycling through the Old Silk Route, or driving through remote authentic villages, our expert local knowledge and ground-breaking itineraries will provide you with an extraordinary adventure that only Pakistan can offer.

Since the beginning, we've always offered big adventures with a small impact on the local communities our unique experiences encounter.  As a result, we enable the true awe-inspiring nature and culture of Pakistan to be seen by all who travel with us. With 100 Adventures, the beaten path has never looked so beautiful.

Here at 100 Adventures, we're constantly striving to offer new and unique experiences that you can't get anywhere else, far away from the well-walked tourist paths. Each one of our adventures grants true exploration, authentic experiences, and genuine cultural exchange that showcases the excellence of Pakistan's landscape and it's people. Our knowledge of Pakistan is unrivalled, whereby with each coming year we continue to innovate and provide new adventures so that even our most experienced loyal traveller will find a desirable experience.

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.

While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built-in. In some cases, it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather in Pakistan Mountains is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is, therefore, best to plan a number of extra days in Pakistan for possible unforeseen circumstances. 

Visa for Pakistan

How to get a visa for Pakistan? 

Recently, the government has launched a new visa portal and made the visa obtaining procedure easier for 175 countries where you can fill up an online application and submit it to get a tourist visa. Before you can even apply you need to get a letter of invitation (LOI) from  100 Adventures , basically we will accept responsibility for you. The process is pretty straight forward. After you received your letter of invitation you can apply directly via this portal

For more information feel free to contact us. 

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

There is a number of questions we are frequently asked about traveling to Pakistan. Below are 100 adventures’ answers to some of your common questions. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, feel free to contact us!

Q. But is it safe?

A. Whilst it has become incredibly difficult to predict where in the world is safe and where in the world is not these days, from our experience of traveling year after year in northern Pakistan, I would say that the regions we go to, in the manner with which we travel, are safe for western visitors. We believe the situation has improved radically since the appalling events of December 2014 when a school was attacked in Peshawar and several children were killed. Since then, the authorities – the army, the politicians and the people in general – seem to have galvanized their opinion against the militants and marginalized them. So to answer the question, in our opinion, yes, this region is safe for the international traveler. 

Q. Why Pakistan?

A. Back in the day, northern Pakistan was one of the most exciting adventure travel destinations in the world. There were rafters, trekkers, paragliders, horse riders, mountain bikers, all traveling the region for its immense natural beauty and fascinating and hospitable population. The people you’ll meet in Pakistan, in the true traditions of Islamic hospitality, are among the most hospitable and friendly you’re ever likely to meet.

Q. Who will I fly with? Are flights direct?

A. You can fly direct with PIA (Pakistan International Agency) which is not too bad and reasonably inexpensive. If you’re looking for more comfort, fly via the Gulf with Emirates or Qatar there are more options such as British and Turkish Airlines which are operating flights to Islamabad.

Q. Will people speak English?

A. Yes. It’s surprising how many do! You have to remember that English is the language of the law, of university teaching, of the middle classes in general. Urdu, the national language, is only spoken by 7% of the population as a first language, English is, therefore, another unifying language.

Q. What’s the food like?

A. Delicious! Many of the staples you find in "Indian" restaurants in the UK are in fact Pakistani in origin, such as rogan josh, tandoori, jalfrezi and naan bread.

Q. Can I drink alcohol?

A. Yes, you can… but generally speaking, you need to take your own. The only alcohol readily available is either Kalash wine (very much an acquired taste – comes with a nice bouquet of goat!) or in Hunza, you will find an equally acquired taste, made from distilled mulberries.

Q. When’s the best time to visit? Can I go during Ramadan?

A. The best months are May through to the end of October and yes, it’s fine to go during Ramadan, the only difference you’ll find is there’ll be no polo in Chitral or Gilgit and the chaikhanas (teahouses) won’t be serving food or drink. Everything else is pretty much normal.

Q. Do I have to cover up?

A. Whilst it’s always advisable to be respectful towards the customs where you’re traveling, northern Pakistan is not unused to western tourists and would not expect women to wear a veil. That said, everyone should dress conservatively, i.e. no shorts or skimpy tops.

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The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy
You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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