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Concordia / K.2 Base Camp Trek

This trek leads into the heart of the Karakoram, the “throne room of the mountain goods“ (Galen Rowell), “the most marvellous mountain landscape on earth“ (G.O. Dyhrenfurth). Getting to Concordia (about 70 km) takes about 7 or 8 days, getting back to Askole maybe 5 or 6 days. Trekkers have to walk between 3 and 7 hours a day.

From Askole,  the path first runs along the Braldo river, until shortly after Payu the Baltoro glacier is reached. After crossing the glacier, you follow it on its true left side until you get to Urdukas, a flower meadow from where you have a unique view of the surrounding mountains (Broad Peak, Trango Towers, Uli Biaho, Cathedral, among others). From then on you stay on the Baltoro which for the most part is covered with debris so that you hardly ever walk on ice.

The scenery gets more and more breath-taking: wherever you look, giant rock and ice pyramids, of which Masherbrum, Muztagh Tower and Gasherbrum IV are the highest and the most striking, tower up. Having reached Concordia you can admire K 2 in all its majesty.

If you have time you can walk from here to K 2 base camp on the Godwin Austen Glacier, or to the base camp of Gasherbrum I and II on the Abruzzi Glacier, from where you get a grand view of those  8000 metre peaks as well as of Chogolisa and Baltoro Kangri (Golden Throne).

Itinerary


Note: Itinerary (can be shortened or extended depending on time, weather and physical condition)

Days Destinations / Day by day itinerary Accommodation  
01 Arrive at Islamabad afternoon welfare meeting with Alpine Club Hotel  
02 Drive to Chilas on Karakorum highway 11-12hrs 461km Hotel  
03 Drive to Skardu along with Indus River 8-9hrs 290km Hotel  
04 Drive to Askoli Braldo Valley 6-7hrs 3000m Camp  
05 Trek to Jhola (strong trekkers can walk here directly from Askole and thus win a day)6-7hrs 18 km Camp  
06 Trek to Paiyu 6-7-hrs 16.6km Camp  
07 Rest day in Paiyu for acclimatisation (optional) Camp  
08 Trek to Urdukus 6-7hrs 15.9km 4050m Camp  
09 Trek to Goro-II(this camp is on the glacier) 5-6hrs 12.1km 4380m Camp  
10 Trek to Concordia(with the option of visiting the base camps of K 2, Gasherbrum I and II) 4-5hrs 9.2km 4650m Camp  
11 Trek to Goro-II (5-6hrs) 4380m Camp  
12 Trek to Urdukas 4-5hrs 4050m Camp  
13 Trek to Paiyu 5-6hrs3450m Camp  
14 Trek to Jhola 6-7hrs 3200m Camp  
15 Trek to Askoli 6-7hrs 3000m (of course you can stay at the same camps as on the way up, or you can trek down in a shorter time)    
16  Drive to Skardu 5-6hrs Hotel  
17 Drive to Chilas 8-9hrs Hotel  
18 Drive from Chilas to Islamabad 11-12hrs Hotel  
19 Morning farewell meeting with Alpine Club afternoon sightseeing Hotel  
20 Transfer to Islamabad airport for international flight    

Dates & Prices


Dates & Prices

Best Time For Climbing Duration of Expedition Group size Expedition package
June - August 20 Days ISB-ISB 05-07-12 Climbers Depends on group Size
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Services


Services included in the Package

•    Trekking permit
•    Environmental Fee
•    Guide daily wages and insurance
•    Guide equipment
•    Cooking Staff
•    Cooking Equipment/ kitchen utensils
•     Required porters their insurance & equipment
•    Accommodation with B/L/D(except in Islamabad)
•    Transportation Islamabad to Islamabad
•    Camping Equipment
•    Arrange welfare meeting with Alpine Club
•    Cargo equipment store
•    Tips for baggage handling at airport & at hotels
•    International flights tickets re-confirmation
•    Fess: (Bridge crossing, cable crossing, camping)