K2 is the world’s second highest mountain after Mt. Everest. It is located on the border between China and Pakistan. It is said to be much more technically difficult to summit than Mt. Everest. The most popular and generally considered one of the most dangerous routed, is the Abruzzi Spur. While passing through this avalanche prone route, we have to be very careful. K2 is also called ‘The Savage Mountain’ due to the extreme difficulty of ascent and highest fatality rate among the world’s eight thousand highest mountains. From the summit, we can see the entire Karakoram Range, including the Gasherbrums (I-VII), Masherbrum, Mustagh Tower and Chogolisa.
We can complete K2 expedition less than eight weeks (from/to Islamabad) or as long as ten weeks or more depending on the weather conditions. After the summit we cross over the 6000 meter high Gondogoro Pass and descend to the beautiful green Hushe valley until we reach Skardu.
An unexpected situation can always occur, especially this part of the region. So please make sure your Travel Insurance includes right level of Cancellation Cover for you.
Arrive in Islamabad. You will be met at the airport on your arrival and transferred to hotel.
We will make early departure for Chilas via Karakorum highway through the hot, dusty and dry Indus Gorge. En route you will enjoy mesmerizing views of the great Nanga Parbat (8,125 m.) and the high Karakoram peaks in the distance. This drive may take approx. 8 hours. Overnight in hotel
While driving through the Karakoram Highway (the old silk route) you will enjoy good view of Nanga Parbat (8,125m). It will be a long drive and one of the great journeys of the world between the deep gorges of the mighty Indus. Overnight in hotel
After completing your final preparations in Skardu you will have chance for sightseeing around the area before departing for the mountains. On your sightseeing you will visit the K2 Museum, home to the famous photographs of Vittorio Sella, and have a walk around the town.
Today we will drive to Askole, the last village between Gasherbrum II and K2 from where we begin our trek next day morning.
After breakfast we begin the real adventure along a gentle plain .We cross the snout of the Biafo Glacier on the way to our lovely campsite at Korofong. After 7hrs walk we will reach our camp by lunchtime. We will spend the afternoon relaxing by the river and do a short acclimatization walk around.
We will cross the Dumurdo River over a wooden bridge and trek to Jhula. We camp beside a torrent facing the Bakhordas.
Today we start on a moderately easy trail for 3-4 hrs along a 2-km stretch of sandy River beach. After lunch we continue towards Paiju for another 2-3 hrs walk and climb to a Vantage Point which provides view of the Snout of Baltoro. In the far distance we will see a marvelous panorama of Cathedral Towers and triangle of K2 to the left for the first time. Paiju is a herded campsite where we spend overnight
A rest day is reserved for better acclimatization and our porters will prepare their food for the high trek ahead. Normally there is much singing, drumming (or, barrel bashing) and dancing amongst the porters with a real feel good atmosphere! We will get our first sights of the Trango and Cathedral Groups.Overnight camp
We will begin the trek after an early breakfast. It will be 7 to 8 hours gradual climb up the Baltoro Glacier through the southern edge. After about two hours the path divides at the snout of the Baltoro glacier where the left branch goes to the BC of Tango Tower and the Sarpo Lago pass. We continue to the right climbing up on to the glacier that stretches up the valley for 62 km. Another 2-3 hours of steady climbing we reach the crest of the lateral moraine with stunning views of Paiju Peak, Chorichi, Uli Biaho, Trango Towers and other great mountains. Urdukas is a spectacular campsite; however like Paiju this site is over used and is polluted. Overnight camp
Today we make a long walk on the icy Baltoro Glacier, the Yermanandu Glacier which flow down from Masherbrum & join the Baltoro. You will enjoy magnificent views of Muztagh, Mitre & Gasherbrum IV.Overnight cam p
This day begins with 6-8 hours of easy walking, with spectacular views of Muztagh Tower, Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak and the mighty K-2. The camp at Concordia is named by Martin Conway after the placeDe La Concordia in Paris. Lunch at Concordia. We will also check out the crevasses near the Godwin Austin glacier. Overnight camp
After an early breakfast, we trek 4 hrs up and 3 hrs down to K2 Base Camp. Overnight camp
We choose the Abruzzi Spur (South East Ridge)
This is the closest to a “normal” route on K2, but is still very difficult and dangerous. The route starts on
loose scree for about 3000 feet to Camp 1.
Camp 1 at about 21,000 feet is relatively secured route, with little or no history of avalanche danger.
Camp 2 includes a 50-meter off-width crack called House’s Chimney which is currently a spider’s web of
old ropes. Camp 2 is sheltered by a large rock, but can get extremely windy and cold.
Camp 2 to Camp 3 is the most technical section of the climb, with approximately 400 meters of vertical
and near-vertical climbing on mixed rock and ice in a region known as the Black Pyramid. House’s Chimney, Black Pyramid and Bottleneck are the most noted aspects of this route.
Camp 3 is at about 23,500 feet and is very susceptible to avalanches.
Camp 4 at about 25,000 is still more than 1/2 a day (most likely closer to a full day) from the summit. The
climb to camp 4 is a long snow slog typically accomplished without fixed lines. Best to travel fast as
possible in this area as sections have been known to collapse along the shoulder.
The Summit (28,250 feet)
Most climbers leave between 10 P. M. and 1 A.M for the summit. Consider bringing a thin line (4-5mm)
for the Bottleneck, a 100-meter narrow couloir at 8300 meters that is 80-90 degrees. If it is windswept
and cold, the ice in this couloir can create extremely challenging, sustained climbing. At least 10 of the
climbers who have died on K2 lost their lives in the Bottleneck.
After an early breakfast we resume our trek to Concordia. Overnight camp
After 5-6 hours continuous walk on Vigne Glacier, and having enjoying gorgeous views of Chogolisa and Mitre Peak we finally reach to Ali Camp which lies just below pass. Overnight camp
Day 47: Ali Camp to Khuspang (5700 m) A very early start as early as 2 or 3 O’clock in the morning to cross the Gondogoro Pass to reach Khuspang. The basic theme behind the early walk to reach the top of the Gondogoro Pass 5700 m. is that in the morning snow will be soft and you will not get tired quickly as the sun is not strong, but as the sun gest strong snow gets soft, snow going to be melt and bring water and stones, also the chance of ice falls or avalanches. Overnight camp.
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 Dal Sangpa, meaning ‘field of flowers’, lives up to its name. It is a beautiful campsite at about 4,150 m set between two lakes, with Masherbrum Mountain and the white glacier cascading down from Masherbrum Pass reflected in the still water. Overnight camp
Continue your trek along the path goes downhill to the summer settlement called Shaicho, a large shepherd’s settlement with its own 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.
An easy day will bring you to Hushey village. In the evening stay on your own .Overnight camp.
After breakfast we make a full day ride on a winding trail to Skardu. Upon arrival you will be transferred to hotel
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