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K2 And Gondogoro La Trek

K2 And Gondogoro La Trek
K2 And Gondogoro La Trek

Trango Adventure has a long track record of organizing Trekking in Pakistan. We have had groups successfully completed K2 and Gandogoro Trek on previous occasions. We designed our itinerary based on over 40 Years of experience, which is the best in terms of acclimatization, safety and enjoyment. It is our intention to keep to the day by day itinerary detailed below, although there might be some flexibility due to local conditions or other factors beyond our control. If this is the case the trek leader will do everything possible to work out the changes to the itinerary in order to minimize your inconvenience.

Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last-minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in team is an important aspect of all of our trips.

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN

Pass By: Islamabad International Airport, Airport Ave, Islamabad Gandhara International Airport, Islamabad, Attock, Punjab, Pakistan
Most of the international flights arrives at Islamabad International Airport in the mornings. Your Guide will meet and greet you at the airport, then you will be transfer to the hotel. Rest of the days is free to recover from your journey. Later in the day, when everyone has arrived, we will have a group briefing about the K2 and Gandogoro Trek. Depending on the time available to us, there may be an option to do some sightseeing in Islamabad, A purpose-built City in 1961 as the new capital of Pakistan.

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Tourist Standard Hotel

Day 2: SPECTACULAR DRIVE TO SKARDU (2,230m):

Stop At: Skardu Tour, Radio Pakistan Chowk Skardu، Nagolispung, Skardu, 05815
Today you will travel to Islamabad International Airport to take a spectacular flight (weather permitting) across the mountains to Skardu, the Capital of Baltistan. It’s a 45 minute flight which offers Spectacular Mountains views of Himalaya & Karakoram mountain range, you can also enjoy the breathtaking views of world’s 9th highest peak, Nanga Parbat (8126m), if weather is clear then we might be able to see K2 and Gandogoro Pass as well. Check in to the Hotel, rest of the day will be spent visiting the local Bazar, historical forts, scenic lakes or visiting ancient rock inscriptions, one of which is of 8th century Manthal Lord Buddha Rock that shows traces of Buddhist monks and pilgrims who had influence in the area before Islam.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast: All meals included
Accommodation included: Hotel

Day 3: SIGHTSEEING & PREPARATION DAY,SKARDU

Stop At: Upper Kachura Lake, Skardu Pakistan
Skardu is the Capital of ancient Baltistan Kingdom so there is so much to see and explore. It is the getaway of many famous treks and Climbing expeditions, including K2 and Gandogoro Trek. In the morning you we will walk up to the remains of Kharpocho Fort (builded early 1700), which overlooks the town and has a great view of the Indus River. If you are into photography then this is a perfect location to take photos of Skaradu Town at sunrise or sunset. (we can arrange this for you). We will then walk to a small village, called Organic village, which grows all its crops organically. The afternoon is free to explore, perhaps you would like to take an optional jeep tour to Satpara Lake or explore the bazaar.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: All meals Included
Accommodation included: Hotel

Day 4: DRIVE TO ASKOLI

Stop At: Shigar Valley, Shigar Pakistan
Following day we will drive along the Mighty Indus, Shigar and Braldu River to the lush green Shigar Valley towards Askoli. Askoli is the last village before entering into the heart of Karakoram. We will spend our first night under the Stars in Askoli, which is high above the thundering Braldu River. Askole is a single street of wooden houses, backed by irrigated fields of corn, potatoes and groves of apricot trees.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel

Day 5: TREK TO KORFONG

Stop At: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
Today will be our first walking day of K2 and Gandogoro Trek. After organising all the equipment and supplies our porters load up for the journey ahead towards Korgong. From your campsite you will wend your way through the lanes and fields of Askole which will be the last settlement that you will encounter on our trek to Concordia. Watching the local people go about their daily business is a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the hardy Balti people. The valley opens out to reveal the Biafo Glaciers, you have your first taste of moraine walking, we cross the snout of the glacier and descend to the green spot beside the river at Korofon. We will be in camp by lunchtime we can spend the afternoon relaxing by the river, and also do a short acclimatization walk if we wish. If the weather is clear then it can be a hot day so keep your Sun creams and lots of water with you.

Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Camping

Day 6: TREK TO BARDUMAL

Stop At: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
From Korofong you continue your Day by following the path up a side valley to do a detour to cross the fast flowing river by a foot bridge. you then walk for another half an hour or so to reach the Jhola Camp. The views are impressive with Bakhor Das (5,809m) and Paiju Peak’s needles in the distance. From Jhola you will continue your k2 and Gandogoro Trek towards Bardumal campsite.
Duration: 6 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping

Day 7: TEAK TO PAJU

Stop At: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
Today you will have an early start from Bardumla. The path runs for a while at the very edge of the river, before climbing to higher ground and allowing us excellent views of the impressive Paiju Peak. You have to negotiate a couple of streams today and depending on the melting of the glaciers above, you may have to ford these (sports sandals or old trainers useful). Paiju is a green oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak (6,611m). From this camp you have the first views of the immense Baltoro Glacier, granite peaks of the Trango and Cathedral groups, and if the weather is clear then might see a glimpse of K2.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping

Day 8: TREK TO KHOBURTSE

Stop At: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
Another early start today. From your camp at Paiju, a walk of approximately one hour brings you to the snout of the Baltoro Glacier. After viewing the outpouring of melt water from the ice we now climb up onto the back of this great beast. At this point the ice of the glacier is completely covered by rubble and rocks and although we are following a trail used by many expeditions, the going here can be quite tough. The trail undulated as we climb over the swells of the flowing glacier and it is fascinating to think that the stones underfoot could have come from the summit of Broad Peak, Gasherbrum or K2. Gradually we work our way across the glacier to its south side where we can use a path along lateral moraine. Heading roughly east we continue, sometimes on the moraine and sometimes down beside the glacier until we reach a side valley. At this point it may be possible to continue more or less directly by climbing up onto the glacier. Or, if the glacier is not easily accessible, we will turn off into the valley for approximately half an hour to reach a point where we can cross the meltwater stream (sandals or old trainers required). Finally reaching the camping place at Khorburtse (3,760m) we have sensational views of the Cathedral Towers, the Trango Group and the striking rock tower of Uli Biaho. A great day of trekking over difficult and mixed terrain.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping

Day 9: TREAK TO URDUKAS

Stop At: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
Today is a short day but quite hard work as we walk up the undulating moraine and gaining height all the way. We continue east beside the Baltoro Glacier either along the lateral moraine or sometimes on the glacier itself, passing the ship-like prow of Great Trango and the isolated pillar of the ‘Nameless Tower’ to our next camp at Urdukas. It has truly sensational views of the Trango Towers to the west and directly opposite and almost a mile away across the valley, the vast rock walls of Cathedral Peak and Lobsang rise like ramparts above the glacier. This is a truly awesome place. We should reach here in time for a late lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free to camp, relax and soak up our fabulous Mountain vistas.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: CAMPING

Day 10: ACCLIMATISING DAY AT URDUKAS

Pass By: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
From many years of k2 and Gandogoro Trek experience we have learnt that taking a rest day at Urdukas has worked well, the advantages of spending an extra night here are very Helpful. It helps the acclimatization process and has proved to be more effective than a rest day at Paiju.

This is the last campsite on grassy slopes off the main glacier, it also has facilities for washing and cleaning. There is a pleasant walk behind the campsite through grassy slopes full of alpine flowers. Climbing high & sleeping low is the best way to help the acclimatization process.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: CAMPING


Day 11: TREAK TO GORO II

Stop At: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
Leaving Urdukas behind, you will follow the moraine edge eastwards until it is possible to climb up onto the broad back of the glacier. The trail on the Baltoro goes past the Yermanandu glacier, which flows from Masherbrum, and there are views of Muztagh (7,270m), Masherbrum (7,800m) and Gasherbrum IV at the head of the Baltoro and Concordia. We are quite high now and camping on one of the largest pieces of ice outside the polar regions, so we will make sure to wrap up warmly for the cooler nights ahead. The campsite is on the glacier where ledges have been levelled out for the tents.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: CAMPING

Day 12: TREAK TO CONCORDIA

Stop At: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
Today you will Trek to Concordia, it will take you through what must arguably be the most spectacular mountain scenery anywhere in the world! Our approach to Concordia continues along the heaving swells of the Baltoro Glacier as we pass Mustagh Tower (7284m). Ahead of us Gasherbrum IV (7925m) acts like a beacon drawing us on, whilst at some points on today’s walk we can also see Gasherbrum ll (8035m) which peeks out to the right of Gasherbrum lV. As we make our way up the Baltoro, the aptly named Broad Peak (8051m) comes into view above the ridge connecting Marble Peak and Crystal Peak on our left. K2 keeps itself hidden until the very moment we reach Concordia when suddenly its full height is revealed in sweeping lines that climb almost 4000 metres from the valley floor to the summit – a sight that will never be forgotten. Concordia is a wide area where glaciers coming down from K2 meet those from the Gasherbrums and Chogolisa. It is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular places on the planet and here you can stand within 24 kilometres of no fewer than four eight-thousanders and ten of the world’s thirty highest peaks! We make our camp at approximately 4500 metres on a moraine ridge surrounded on all side by jagged peaks including Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak, Chogolisa, Crystal Peak, Marble Peak, Baltoro Kangri, Broad Peak and K2.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: CAMPING

Day 13: TREAK TO BROAD PEAK BASE CAMP

Stop At: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
Most of the trekkers Camp at Concordia which gives them a very long walk to k2 Base Camp. Our Experience has taught us that camping at the base camp of Broad Peak will give us a better and an amazing view of K2. From Concordia the route passes through some jumbled ice fins and moraine ridges before gaining the medial moraine of the Godwin Austen glacier. Broad Peak Base Camp is located on this moraine near the base of climbing route on Broad Peak. One of the best views of K2 is from Broad Peak Base Camp. Enjoy the marvellous situation of Karakoram.
Duration: 4 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: CAMPING

Day 14: TREAK TO K2 BASE CAMP & BACK TO CONCORDIA

Stop At: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
Today you will make an early start for the amazing walk up to the Mighty K2 Base Camp. For many people a visit to the actual base camp used by climbers on K2 will certainly be a highlight of their Trek. We can stop and admire the sensational view of K2 in one direction and in the other look back to Concordia framed by Mitre Peak and the bulk of Chogolisa, also known as ‘Broad Peak‘. On the return you pass through Broad Peak Base Camp and then continue down to Concordia. From Concordia we will descend Baltoro.

Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: CAMPING

Day 15: TREAK TO ALI CAMP

Stop At: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
Today you will leave the main trekking trail behind you, striking out on a far less travelled route which will take you along the Upper Baltoro, one of the glaciers coming down from Chogolisa that feed the huge glacial junction of Concordia. From Concordia there are several moraine ridges to scramble over to reach the Vigne Glacier which is flatter with fewer crevasses. After 5 – 7 hours of trekking along the Upper Baltoro towards the enormous bulk of Chogolisa at the head of the valley, you eventually reach the confluence of this glacier with the West Vigne Glacier which sweeps down from the base of the Gondogoro La. Here on the moraine beside the junction we make our home for the night at the place known locally as ‘Ali Camp’ (4800m).

We would normally reach Ali Camp around mid-day or the early afternoon and after settling in, your trip leader will organise a skills session to practice the simple techniques of using a jumar to safeguard moving on fixed lines.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: CAMPING

Day 16: CROSS GANDOGORO LA TO KHUSPANG

Stop At: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
Today you will have an early start before the lights breaks in the morning. Probably around 2am, this is to minimise the risk of rockfall on the descent down the Hushe side of the pass.

After fuelling up in the dining tent with breakfast, you will do crampons and harnesses and set off roped together onto the West Vigne Glacier. In the black, star-studded crisp night air you will make your way slowly over the sparkling glacier illuminated in pools of light from your head torches.

This is a tough day but the views from the top of the pass really make it worthwhile. All four 8000’ers are visible in one direction and the other way looks down the Hushe Valley with the beautiful Leila Peak.

Depending on the snow conditions it may be necessary to rope up for the crossing of the glacier before getting to the base of the pass. There are several sections with fixed ropes in place which can be used as a handrail. It is also best practice to clip a carabiner and sling onto the rope for safety.

If the snow conditions are good and the trail has already been broken the pass can be ascended quite quickly (in about 4-5 hours). After approximately 4 hours of climbing from the West Vigne Glacier, with views opening up behind us, we reach the summit of the pass, an incredible and exhilarating feeling. The view from the top is breathtaking with 4 eight thousand metre peaks on view and close at hand, namely K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II. The top of the pass is a broad shoulder and on the far side the ground drops precipitously away and we find ourselves looking down into the Gondogoro Valley. Directly opposite are the faces of the Trinity peaks but all eyes will be drawn to the beautiful spire of Laila Peak (6096) and then further down, following the curve of the glacier, we can see the perfect cone of Masherbrum II

The Hushe side of the pass can be a tricky descent although there are fixed ropes in place at the top. The slope starts at a sustained 50 degrees on snow and finishes on loose scree towards the bottom. On reaching the green oasis of Khuspang, you can put your feet up and relax remembering the excitement of the day.

Important note: the crossing of the Gondogoro La is dependent on good weather and conditions on the approach to the pass. If it is not possible to safely ascend the pass the group will walk back down the Baltoro glacier to Askole.

We believe our itinerary maximise our chances of crossing the pass because:

Everyone should be well acclimatised due to the gradual ascent on the trek and also from the careful monitoring of everyone’s acclimatisation by using the pulse odometer. We have two nights at Concordia and one night at Broad Peak Base Camp.

We have two buffer days in case of delays or bad weather on Day 17 & 18 of the itinerary.
Duration: 11 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: CAMPING

Day 17: SPARE TREK DAY IN CASE OF DELAYS

Pass By: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
It is in the nature of journey such as this that there can be delays and it is important to build in some time to allow for this

In case of bad weather on Day 16, these days will give us another chance to cross the pass. If we successfully got over the pass on Day 16, you may enjoy rest or exploration days or the other option is to continue down to Hushe to spend a night.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 18: CONTINGENCY DAY FOR POSSIBLE DELAYS:

Pass By: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
It is in the nature of journey such as this that there can be delays and it is important to build in some time to allow for this.

In case of bad weather on Day 16, these days will give us another chance to cross the pass. If we successfully got over the pass on Day 16, you may enjoy rest or exploration days or the other option is to continue down to Hushe to spend a night.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: CAMPING

Day 19: KHUSPANG TO SAICHO

Stop At: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
After a couple of minutes of easy walking we get onto the glacier where we pick our way across the moraine and ice, finally crossing the glacier up to the camping site to reach Dalsangpa which means ‘field of flowers’. There is a spectacular view of Masherbrum and the glacier cascading down from Masherbrum Pass.

It is a beautiful walk to Shaicho as we pass yak pastures and see the first trees since Paiju. Shaicho is a small village. At this point we have returned to more benign altitudes where things grow and the trees actually become bigger than us as we continue the descent of the moraine to the valley bottom. We make our camp at Saitcho (3350m), a sandy area of sparse grasses beside the river at the junction of the Gondogoro and Charakusa valleys. This will be the first night in almost a week where we can breathe the oxygen-rich air below 4000 metres and sleep to the sounds of running water!
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: CAMPING

Day 20: TREK TO HUSHE 2 HOURS, DRIVE TO SKARDU

Stop At: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
Today will be our last walking day of K2 and Gandogoro trek, it will be an easy walk to Hushe village. Hushe is quite large with a warren of alleys and buildings. Most traditional houses are built from rounded river stones and are 2 storeys high, with space for the animal downstairs and people upstairs. Hushe also has some more modern houses, a shop, a school, a hotel and a trekkers’ campsite.

Our vehicles will already be waiting for us, so we make an early start for the return drive to through the lush green Khapulu Vally. We have a faster, smoother journey on a paved road following the great Indus River into Skardu. Arriving in the town we will check in to our hotel and there will be time for a welcome shower and clean up before sitting down to dinner. Tonight we will enjoy the comfort of a real bed.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel

Day 21: DRIVE TO ISLAMABAD

Stop At: Upper Kachura Lake, Skardu Pakistan
After breakfast we will follow the Indus River to Reach KKH then drive on KKH to Reach Islamabad.

Skardu to islamabad is 18-20 hours drive.

We have the option to stay over night in Chillas.
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.



Duration:21 days
Commences in:Islamabad, Pakistan
Country:Pakistan
City:Islamabad

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