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Express K2 Base Camp Trek

Overview

Trek the classic Concordia  & Base camp of K2 —a “must-do” for every hiker—in only 17 days!

Enjoy mountain hospitality and the expertise of dedicated experienced guides

Limited in vacation time? Try our “express” version of our classic K2 Base Camp Trek! It’s three fewer days of hiking, but the breathtaking scenery, cultural attractions, and outstanding service remain unmatched. K2 is 2nd  highest peak in the world and most iconic peak. While undoubtedly one of our more rigorous treks, the K2 BC Trek never ceases to charm with days  of Glaciers clinking, colorful wildflowers and genuine alpine hospitality.

The mighty mountain, K2 is a fascinating mountain, and the world’s 2nd highest peak, stands high above all others in the rugged Karakorum range of the Himalaya’s. This is a classic glacier camping trek, through a glittering tangle of granite spires, icypeaks and wild and savage glaciers. K2 Base Camp and Concordia follows a trekking route lined with rugged mountains all the way from Askole, the last village in the Braldu gorge, to Concordia.  On our walk up the Baltoro glacier we will see the Trango Towers, Masherbrum, K2 and Broad Peak among many others. Your journey into K2 base camp is truly astounding, you will discover amazing cultural diversity, and real adventure.  This trek is achievable for most fit trekker and rated as one of the best treks in the world.

We hike along the most direct path to the base of K2 and cover the trail with the help of experienced guides and porters. The panoramic views from Concordia must be seen to be believed.

Highlights

  • Trek to the foot of greatest amphithetere of mountain God, Concordia.
  • Explore porters villages and the ancient Buddhist sites
  • Superb views of Broad Peak, Mitre Peak Gasherbrum and K2 from Concordia
  • Trek past the dramatic towers of Trango, Mashbarum, Cathedral and Lobsang
  • Option to trek to the Gilkey Memorial at K2 Basecamp
  • Trek to Camp, from where mountaineering climbs of the one of the worlds highest peaks begin.

Itinerary

  Days               Activities

  • Arrival in Islamabad

    Welcome to Islamabad! You will be greeted by an English-speaking assistant at the airport after immigration and custom. The assistant will escort you to bus for your hotel. We will have ample time for sightseeing and shopping in colorful old bazaars of Rawalpindi and new markets of Islamabad. We may also drive to the modern Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. 

  • fly to Skardu /drive to Chilas

    We rise early to be at the airport in time for our flight to Skardu. If the weather is good, we’ll be treated to one of the finest views available in the world of aviation, as we thread our way up the largest congregation of mountains of Karakoram, Hindukush, Himalaya and Indus River gorges, third longest in Asia and one of the deepest in the world. To our east is K2 (2nd highest in the world and Nanga Parbat (killer mountain) and countless peaks and glaciers. It is sometime possible to catch a glimpse of K2 in the distant before our dramatic landing at Skardu. On arrival we are met by our local staff with jeeps and make the short transfer to the hotel. SKARDU is the administrative capital of Baltistan and gateway to the high peaks of Northern Pakistan. We have some time to explore the town and enjoy the hustle and bustle in peak season of tourists here. Sightseeing in Skardu and surrounding areas during the day. For those seeking a good overview of Skardu, or a place from which to photograph the sunset, Kharfocho Fort is an ideal spot. If the flight is unable to operate because of bad weather, we will resort to travel by road on Karakoram Highway (KKH) to Chilas. The drive is compensated by the beautiful scenery along the Karakoram highway and Indus gorges. The journey on the Karakoram Highway is most exciting and thrilling. It is a monument to the engineering feast and one of the most spectacular roads and the world’s highest metalled border crossing. It connects Pakistan and China stretching over a distance of 1300km between Islamabad and Kashgar, winding through three mountain ranges and following the ancient Silk route along the Indus Valley to the Chinese border at Khunjerab Pass. We pass through the historical town of Taxila, beautiful hill station of Abbottabad, quake affected lush green towns of Mansehra, Shinkiari and finally meet the great Indus on Thakot Bridge. From there onward the road snails along the bank of the Indus with contrasting landscape after every two kilometers. We pass through Besham, Dassu, Komila and Shatial to arrive at Chilas with many rock carvings and inscriptions along the way left by Chinese pilgrims and ancient travelers of 5th century A.D. Chilas was on the ancient caravan trail over the Babusar Pass into India. The view after crossing the Rai kot Bridge of Nanga Parbat is without any parallel. Standing at around 1,000 m. you see a mountain which rises to above 8,000 m! This is the largest land escarpment in the world. This is also where the three greatest mountain ranges meet; Himalaya, Hindukush and Karakoram.

    Flight    45 Minutes

    Drive    10-12 hrs

    Activities           Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Hiking,Jeep Safari

  • skardu free day /drive to skardu

    This day may be needed to complete the KKH road journey from Chilas to Skardu. Alternatively, leaving Skardu today will enable us to enjoy an extra day of trekking.

    Drive    10-12 hrs.

    Activities           Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Hiking,Jeep Safari

  • Jeep to ASKOLE

    Today we rise early and view the beautiful sunrise against the backdrop of the Karakoram. After breakfast drive to Shigar, a history-soaked medieval town. There is also a heritage Palace cum Fort (Fong khar ). Completely renovated by the AKCSP a few years back, the Palace and its suburbs reflects a medieval look. Here we will pay a brief visit to the Garden House, Royal room, museum handicraft shop and The Khanqah Moalla, famous for its uniquely carved wooden windows and meditation cells. Shigar retains a mystical, medieval aura that may leave you feeling like you have stepped through the looking glass.Then an exciting jeep journey takes us through the fields of the Shigar valley before the road narrows to a mountain track leading to the trail head at Askole, the last inhabitancy on our way to the great glaciers. Highest in the region, the stone & timber abodes contain dark & narrow stairwells raven by gloomy, unlit alleys cluster within the embrace of the fertile terraces.

    Distance           135 Km,  Drive: 07-08 hrs. Altitude: 3050 M

    Activities           Jeep Safari, Cultural Exploration

  • Trek to JULA

    Today we leave the last inhabited village Askole. Porters are assembled to carry our luggage for the next section of the journey. For the remaining portion of our journey we rely on our porters who carry our food and equipment 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. The Biafo Glacier is a huge river of ice 63 km long which descends from the central peaks of the Karakoram and flows east into the Braldu valley at a point about 10 km east of Askole. After two and a half hour trek a long and uphill walk over a steep ridge along the Dumordo river. descend at Jula, (wire rope bridge supported by a wooden basket) cross it and camp beside a torrent facing the Bakhordas peak.

    Walk     06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3150 M

    Activities           Trekking

  • Trek to PAIU

    Resume trek along the Braldu River to a green oasis under the shadows of Paiu Peak, the last grove of trees before the trail moves onto the glacier, 6611 M. Paiu – is a Balti dialect word that 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 Paiu Peak is not snow but a huge deposit of salt which drips down to the base. From this camp we have the first views of the impressive Baltoro Glacier.

    Walk     05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3480 M

    Activities           Trekking

  • Trek to KHO BURSE

    Today we resume trek with a gradual climb up Baltoro Glacier on the southern edge.

    After about two hours the path divides at the snout of Baltoro glacier where the left branch goes to the base camp of Trango Tower and the Serpo Lgo pass. Continue to the right climbing up on to the glacier that stretches up the valley, 62 km long and 2 km wide.

    Further 2-3 hours steady climb on a long diagonal to the other side. Follow the southern edge to Liliwa and onward to Khuburse, a lovely walk for about 90 minutes to the campsite with clear water.

    Walk     Walk: 05-08 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3760 m

    Activities           Trekking

  • trek to URDUKAS

    Today morning we leave Kho-burse camp and walk mostly along the crest of lateral moraine towards Urdukas. This camp has superb views across the Baltoro Glacier to the Trango peaks, having view of Paiu Peak, Chorichi, Uli Biaho, Trango Tower and so on and is our last ‘green grass’ campsite.

    Walk     05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4130 M

    Activities           Trekking

  • trek to GORO II

    A long walk on the icy Baltoro Glacier, Traveling on the glacier all the time now, it is an all day walk over the boulder-strewn glacier to the campsite at Goro. Traverse the Yerma-nandu Glacier which flows down from Masherbrum & joins the Baltoro. Masherbrum is visible on the right side of the glacier, and Mustagh Tower on the left. Gasherbrum IV and Broad Peak can be seen directly ahead, as they catch the evening sunlight.

    Walk     06-07 hrs, Grade : Strenuous Altitude: 4250 m

    Activities           Trekking

  • trek to CONCORDIA

    Trekking to the campsite at Concordia, we pass through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world; 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 planet.

    Walk     04-05 hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 4600 m

    Activities           Trekking

  • Rest Day/ Trek to K2 Broad Peak Base Camp and return to Concordia

     Option to trek to Broad Peak Basecamp (4800m) and K2 Basecamp (5100m).                              

  • Trek back to URdukus

     Trek down the Baltoro Glacier to Goro I and onward to Urdukus

  • Trek down to Paiu

     Trek down to Paiju.                            

  • Trek down to Askole & jeep to Skadru

    Trek on the Baltoro Glacier with spectacular views of the Trango Towers, Panma Valley and the ‘Cliffs of Jhola to the village of Askole and drive through Bradlo and Shigar Valley to Skardu  

  • fly to Islamabad /Drive to CHILAS

    Early in the morning fly to Islamabad,. With clear skies we will be able to board a plane and be back at our hotel in Islamabad in 45 minutes. If the weather is not so favorable and the flight doesn’t come, then we will have to drive the Karakoram Highway to Rawalpindi through the narrow gorge of the Indus River . The outcome is in the lap of the God, so we will be praying that they’re on our side! If we are able to fly down, for those who want to escape the heat of the city a very pleasant excursion is up to the former British hill station at Murree. The faded remnants of the town’s colonial past can be seen in its gable- roofed buildings and small Anglican churchyard. This excursion is not included in the trip price but if any member of the group wish to make this journey, a private vehicle and driver can be hired locally for a very modest sum. Back in Rawalpindi we enjoy a final evening meal usually taken at one of traditional food streets either in Islamabad or in Rawalpindi.

    Flight: I hr, Drive: 10 hrs

  • Drive to Islamabad/Islamabad Sightseeing

    Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Rawalpindi. Evening sightseeing. If unable to fly on day 18 th , this day will be use to travel from Chilas to Islamabad by road.  Evening transfer to airport for onward flight.

    Drive: 12 hrs

 

Departures Dates

Months Pack Dates Code Price Status
July
August
September

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bed & Breakfast
$ 000
  • 2-3 Stars Hotels
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Double bed, Meals, Transfer
$ 000
  • 3-4 Stars Hotels, where available
  • Directed Flight
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Premium

All Inclusive
$ 000
  • 5 Stars Hotels, where is available
  • 24/7 Customer Support

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M Ebran
Travel Guide

From early childhood a place somewhere beyond the horizon was where I wanted to be and in the passing years since, I have made it my goal to satisfy that yearning! growing up in Baltistan gave me a great love for that part of the world, from K2 to Nanga Parbat to makin the first venture on Gondogoro la and much in between.

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