22 days 21 Nights
K-2, at 8,611 metres (28,251 feet) above sea level, is the world’s second-highest peak, behind Mount Everest (at 8,849 metres) (29,032 ft).
The ultimate Karakoram glacier journey to the base camp of the world’s second-highest peak, K2 8. (611 meters). The spectacular K2 Base Camp walk offers a taste of Pakistan’s native culture as well as visits to the magnificent Concordia, Baltoro, and Godwin-Austen Glaciers and Broad Peak base camp in the Karakoram mountains. K2 base camp walk is an adventure holiday across the countryside and native communities by aircraft, road, and hiking, revealing local life, captivating native Pakistani culture, and mountainous scenery of the middle Karakoram national park along the route to K2.
The K2 Base Camp Trek, mixed with a crossing of the high-altitude mountain pass of Gondogoro La (5650 M), checks all of the boxes for an incredible active adventure; traverse massive glaciers, meet internationally renowned climbers, see FOUR 8000-meter peaks, including the world’s second highest mountain (K2), and countless other 6000 and 7000-meter peaks, while gaining experience and testing yourself at altitude throughout the trek.
This voyage will take you deep into gorgeous Northern Pakistan via plane, jeep track, footpath, and snow-covered route, giving you the opportunity to experience one of the world’s remaining great adventure places.
As we go across Pakistan, we will take in the breathtaking scenery of the Karakoram Range and the Baltoro Glacier.
Arrive at the airport in Islamabad, where our driver will meet you and transport you to the hotel so you can relax and freshen yourself.
Participants will fly from Islamabad airport to Skardu airport this morning. If the clouds allow, you will be able to view Nanga Parbat. The day after arriving in Skardu is free. ISLAMABAD TO SKARDU FLIGHT (45 minuets), 2,230 m/7,316ft
After checking into our accommodation, we'll spend the day exploring Bazar, historical forts, gorgeous lakes, or old rock inscriptions, one of which is the 8th century Manthal Buddha Rock, which exhibits evidence of Buddhist monks and pilgrims who had influence in the area before to Islam. In the east of Pakistan’s northern Gilgit-Baltistan region at around 2,230 meters altitude lies Skardu.
We will begin our 7-hour jeep adventure to Askole village by first traveling the chilly desert to Shigar valley. However, it is dependent on the road conditions. The distance will take you between six and eight hours to complete. As of 2021, the road into the national park has been expanded, allowing us to begin the walk from Jhula camp rather than Askole, saving us a day of hot, dusty trekking on the road.. We will eat lunch in route.
On this Day Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner GPS Data Trekking distance: 20km Altitude gain/loss: 283 m up Camp elevation: 3,383 m early start and a 5- to 7-hour hike. again largely level, with minor ascents and descents, and a brief river crossing.
On this Day Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner GPS Data Distance: 14.7 km Time: 8-9 hours Average Pace: 38 min/km Elevation Gain/Loss: 641m/221m Min/Max Elevation: 3,379m/3,909m
Trekking distance: 6.75 km Altitude gain/loss: 564 m up Camp elevation: 4,130 m Easy day, finishing after about 6.75 kilometers (2-4 hours). As we gain altitude, we are mindful not to push ourselves too hard or sleep too high too fast.
Trekking distance: 12 km Altitude gain/loss: 120 m up Camp elevation: 4,250 m 5 – 8 hours of moderate difficulty up and down glacier terrain. Today we are starting to feel the altitude. Lunch stop at Goro 1. Temperatures can drop below zero at night at Goro 2. Basic toilets at the camp.
Trekking distance: 14 km Altitude gain/loss: 350 m up Camp elevation: 4,600 m Today we reach the “Throne Room of the Gods”, aka Concordia. 5-7 hours of pleasant trekking over the glacier, with more ice present than on previous days. Amazing views of Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak, Broad Peak, Marble Peak, and of course, K2 can be seen from camp!
Trekking distance: 15 km Altitude gain/loss: 400 m up Camp elevation: 5000 m Early (6 am) departure to K2 Base Camp. Total trekking distance to Concordia is roughly 15 km. We will visit the Art Gilkey Memorial and then head to K2 Base Camp for tea and to chit-chat with expedition teams hoping for a successful summit bid.
Trekking distance: N/A Altitude gain/loss: N/A Camp elevation: 5000 m After our big hike to K2 Base Camp, we will spend the day relaxing at the camp – reading, drinking tea, eating, going on short explorations of the area – this is the agenda for this chill day.
Trekking distance: 14 km Altitude gain/loss: 400m down Camp elevation: 4600 m Today, we trek back down the Godwin-Austen Glacier to the famed Concordia campsite the way we came. We aim to arrive back at camp by mid-afternoon. The rest of the day is spent resting and preparing for our trek to Ali Camp the following day. If the weather is bad, it is possible that we will sleep an additional night at Concordia – giving us the best chance for the Gondogoro La crossing in a few days.
Trekking distance: 15 km Altitude gain/loss: 200 m Camp elevation: 4800 m 5-7 hours of trekking over glacier and pockets of deep snow, especially as we approach the upper end of the valley close to Ali Camp. Some of our porter team will be leaving us today with the pack mules, as the mules are unable to cross over Gondogoro La.
Altitude: 4,010 m Distance: 15.9 km Time: 6-7 hours On this day of the K2 base camp trek, the participants will have to leave this camp and move back towards Goro I. The trek on this day will be quite easy and you will be descending down.
GPS Data Altitude: 3,788 m Distance: 13.8 km Time: 5-7 hours On this day the participants will make their way to the campsite of Urdukas, they will follow the same trail down via the glacier to Goro I. They will experience great views of Trango Towers before their arrival at Khurburtse. Even though the participants will be going on the same trail, however the views on the way back will be completely different.
GPS Data Altitude: 3,418 m Distance: 14.7 km Time: 5-7 hours The participants on this day of the K2 base camp trek will be walking down on the side of the glacier via Liligo, this will be last area where they will be shifting their trail from the moraine on the relatively stable ground. The participants will have the opportunity to find themselves in the trees after a break and enjoy their stay at Paiju camp site.
GPS Data Altitude: 3,418 m Distance: 19.8 km Time: 5-7 hours The walking on this day will be quite easier as the participants will be following the same trail to the Bradlu gorge. However there may be some river crossings this day. The camp site will be made at Jhola.
GPS Data Altitude: 2,498 m Distance: 20 km trek + 127 km drive Time: 5-7 hours trek + 6 hours drive On this day the participants will be back to Askole village after walking up the side of the river to the bridge.The participants will give some relaxation to their feet as they will be transferred in jeeps after lunch to Skardu.
GPS Data Altitude: 538 m This day is allocated for any potential delays during trekking. We do not want our guests to miss their domestic flight due to delays. These delays can be caused by multiple factors including (but not limited to) road blocks. This time can be utilised for sightseeing in Skardu.
GPS Data Altitude: 538 m On this day the participants will take a flight from the airport in Skardu to Islamabad aiport. You will have a good time to relax at the hotel in Islamabad. The domestic flights sometime get cancelled due to weather conditions. Incase of flight cancellation, you will drive to Chilas for overnight. It takes eight to ten hours by a vehicle.
We booked in an extra day in Islamabad in case of travel complications getting back from Skardu. Since you have just completed the most epic hike of your life, we do not want to add any group stress by making the departure window tight. Today will be a free day in the city with group breakfast and dinner included. After a final meal together, our epic journey of a lifetime has come to an end and the time has come to say goodbye.
We arrange for transfers to the airport for those who are flying out over the next 12 hours. Check out of the hotel is around 11 am on Day 21. You can choose to stay on at the same hotel if you are not flying home right away, though any additional nights at the hotel are not covered by EBT.
It would be extremely sensible to spend some time preparing yourself before your leave. You can seek professional advice from professional trainers, or you can follow the fundamental rules (hike, long walks, and other cardio exercises that will help you build stamina), knowing that your body should be healthy enough to walk for long hours, ascend for hours on rugged terrain ranging from boulders to dirt, snow to glacial ice.
The temperature will fluctuate during your trekking vacation. Up to 45 degrees Celsius in Islamabad, 30 degrees Celsius in Skardu, and 26 degrees Celsius in Askole. A usual day will be warm unless the sky is cloudy, until we arrive at camp at Concordia, when the temperature might be as low as 10 °C or higher. The slopes leading up to the Gondogoro La Pass will be snow-covered until early July. In June, we may walk on snow on upper areas of the Baltoro Glacier. Snow usually melts by mid-July. Snowfall may occur in August and September, depending on meteorological conditions. Temperatures in the Karakoram Range are erratic. Temperatures in places between Paiju and Concordia may drop to -10 °C at any moment during the hiking season. Fixed departures in September might reach temperatures as low as -10 °C. Monsoon rains have little effect on the Karakoram Range, therefore summer is the perfect period for a journey with clear sky. However, because the weather is unpredictable, participants must be prepared to confront any bad weather circumstances, based on our previous experiences.
The majority of the nights will be spent tent camping among the majestic mountains, with a few nights being spent in Skardu and the capital city of Islamabad. While the accommodations in Islamabad are in conventional hotels, the lodgings we chose in Skardu town are some of the best. The accommodations we give at the hotels will be twin-sharing rooms with en-suite bathrooms.