K2 Base Camp Trek Pakistan 2021
If you want the greatest trekking experience of your life, trek to K2 base camp, Karakoram, Pakistan. You will feel truly in awe when you are standing next to them; left gasping by their sheer size and enormity. And, for two nights you will live at the basecamp of the most awesome: K2; the Savage Mountain; the Mountain of Mountains.
- Spectacular flight with stunning mountain views
- Explore the Ancient Himalayan kingdom of Baltistan
- Beautiful walk through the picturesque Skardu and Shigar valley
- Trekking to one of the remotest parts of the world, the Karakoram
- Walks to K2, Baltoro and Concordia
- Base camp at the foot of K2, the Savage Mountain
- Amazing first-hand views of K2, Broad Peak, Trango Towers and Gasherbrums
K2 Base Camp Trek Overview
K2 is the world’s second highest mountain. Among many of the world’s climbing elite, it is considered to be the most challenging summit to reach. K2, also known as the Savage Mountain or the Mountain of Mountains in climbing circles, is part of the Karakoram mountain range which is located in a remote area of Pakistan called Gilgit Baltistan. Getting to this giant on foot is ranked among the most exciting treks there is.
On the K2 base camp trek, you will have the opportunity to share sights and experiences witnessed only by a relative handful of people before you. On no other trekking holiday will you have the opportunity to experience such close-up views of some of the world’s biggest mountains.
You will walk past three of the world’s giants: Broad Peak at 8,047 meters; Gasherbrum slightly higher at 8,080 meters; and, of course, K2 almost half a kilometre higher again at 8,611 meters. Nowhere else on the planet can you stand so close to mountains of this scale.
The K2 base camp trek is one of the most rewarding experiences you will have in your life. But, it is tough, and you wouldn’t want it any other way. You are going to be walking over rugged glaciers as you travel beyond Concordia to the convergence of the Godwin-Austen and Baltoro glaciers. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. There is good reason why you will be among a small band of outsiders to have stepped upon this ice. It is a tough but the rewards are more than worth it.
A Little Bit About Us
Trango Adventure have been providing organized K2 base camp treks for several years. We have taken many groups of mountaineering enthusiasts and hikers from all over the world on our K2 base camp trek.
Our experience of working in this remote part of the world ensures that you get the most out of this K2 base camp trek. We have been there and done it – many times. We know the country, we know the people, we know the routes; we can ensure that you get the best K2 trekking experience possible.
Our K2 base camp trek has a planned duration of between 21-23 days. Bespoke packages can be tailored to clients’ specific needs depending on fitness, ability, experience and time available.
K2 Base camp Trek Schedule
Your K2 base camp trek starts in Islamabad, Pakistan, where you will be met by your guide at the international airport. From there, you will be taken to your hotel where you can rest and freshen up. In the afternoon of your arrival day, there will be a trek briefing.
Once you’ve checked into your hotel, you will have the rest of the day to prepare for the trek. The following morning, you will drive to Askoli, following the Indus, Shigar and Braldu rivers upstream.
After Askoli, there is nothing but the barren wilderness of the Karakoram. Here you camp overnight and have the opportunity to visit the village and its small museum. The village has been there for around 400 years, first settled by people fleeing from tyranny on the other side of the mountains.
After your first night under canvas, you will set off on your approach walk to Paiju Camp. Here, you will be a mere 60 minutes by foot from the toe of the Baltoro glacier and you will have stunning views of Atwa, Liligo Peak, Paiju Peak, Trango and many more famous peaks. The following day you will have your introduction to the Boltoro glacier. Progress will be slow and steady; routes through these moving ice giants are changing continuously as the glacier slowly inches downhill.
Following the Boltoro glacier will eventually lead you to Concordia; the centre of the Karakoram mountains. It is home to some of the world’s most gigantic mountains and glaciers. From here, in all directions, you have the chance to view 10 of the world’s top 30 highest peaks including Broad Peak, Gasherbrum and, of course, K2.
You are now stood in the centre of the largest concentration of 8,000 metre mountains in the world. You will experience something stood here in their midst, something quite cathartic. And it is a feeling that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
You have a night at Concordia, under canvas, and the next morning you will set off for Broad Peak base camp. In our many years of conducting the K2 base camp trek, we have discovered that the majority of groups choose to overnight here before striking out for K2 base camp the next day. This schedule is flexible, so an overnight stay at K2 base camp is optional – but it is the K2 base camp trek, so we recommend an overnight there.
The return leg is the exact opposite of the way out, but you will get a completely different perspective and views approaching from the opposite direction to the outbound trek. In seemingly no time, you will be back in your hotel in Islamabad, just having had a hot shower and delicious meal. And, the one place you will want to be is back at the base of K2, under canvass, cooking your own rations.
We strongly believe that, with our four decades of experience, the majestic Karakoram Mountains and the unique culture of Baltistan will make your “k2 base camp trek” journey once in a life time experience.
Please have a look at our TWO videos about this trek on YouTube, booth videos are taken in July-August 2019. Second video is taken by a member of our K2 and Gondogoro La trek. The links are below.
K2 Base Camp Trek 2019, on Trango Adventure’s YouTube channel.
K2 and Gondogoro La trek 2019, on Trango Adventure’s YouTube channel.
Flights Arrives at Islamabad airport from most cities of the world.
Currency: Pakistani Rupee.
Languages: Urdu, Balti and English are widely spoken.
ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN
SPECTACULAR FLIGHT TO SKARDU (2,230m)
SIGHTSEEING & PREPARATION DAY
DRIVE TO ASKOLI (3,000m) 7 HOURS
TREK TO KORFONG (3,100m) 4 HOURS TREKKING
TREK TO BARDUMAL (3,350m) 6 HOURS TREKKING
TREK TO PAJU (3,380m) 6 HOURS TREKKING
TREK TO KHOBURTSE (3,760m) 7 HOURS TREKKING
TREK TO URDUKAS (4,130m) 4 HOURS TREKKING
ACCLIMATISING DAY AT URDUKAS
TREK TO GORO (4,250m) 6 TO 7 HOURS TREKKING
TREK TO CONCORDIA (4,600m), 5 HOURS TREKKING
TREK TO BROAD PEAK BASE CAMP (5,000m) 4 HOURS
TREK TO K2 BASE CAMP & BACK TO CONCORDIA (5,150m) 6-7 HOURS TREKKING
TREK TO GORO (4,170m) 7 HOURS TREKKING
TREK TO KHOBURTSE (3,560m) 7 HOURS TREKKING
TREK TO PAJU (3,380m) 5-6 HOURS TREKKING
TREK TO JHOLA, (3,170m) 7 HOURS TREKKING
TREK TO ASKOLI (3,050m) 3-4 HOURS TREKKING
DRIVE TO SKARDU VIA SHIGAR VALLEY, 7 HOURS
FLY TO ISLAMABAD
CONTINGENCY DAY IN CASE OF DELAYS -ISLAMABAD
DEPARTURE DAY - FLY BACK HOME
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Map & Itinerary of K2 Base Camp Trek Pakistan 2021
K2 Base Camp trek distance (days) can be completed in 19-20 days if you are a fit trekker and short on time, but our set itinerary is for 23 days which is best in terms of acclimatisation, safety and enjoyment. We have been organising K2 Base Camp Trek in Pakistan since 40 years. We have had groups successfully completed this trek on many previous occasions.
It is our intention to keep to the day by day K2 Base Camp Trek itinerary detailed below, although there might be some flexibility due to local conditions, weather or other factors beyond our control. If this is the case then your Guide will do everything possible to work out the changes to the itinerary in order to minimise your inconvenience.
Adventure holidays & Trekking 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.
K2 Base Camp Trek Itinerary
ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD
- Hotel De Papae Islamabad or similar
SPECTACULAR FLIGHT TO SKARDU (2,230m)
After a good night sleep in Islamabad, today, you will take a spectacular mountain view flight to Skardu. During the flight you will have first glimpse of K2 and Gondogoro La pass, Nanga Parbat (8,126 m) and many other famous Karakoram Peaks. After 45 minutes you will arrive in Skardu. Skardu is the Capital and administrative town of Baltistan region. Baltistan is also know as little tibet because of the similarity of culture and traditions from Tibet. Skardu town is spread out on the south bank o the Indus River separates The Karakoram and the Himalaya. Skardu has a long bazar with shops along booth sides of the main road. The centre of the town is Yadgar Chowk which is a memorial inscribed with the names of those who died fighting for liberation from the Dogra rule in 1947-48.
You have the option to spent rest of the afternoon in the hotel to prepare your gears for the K2 Trek or head to the local Bazar of Skardu.
- Summit Hotel Skardu
SIGHTSEEING & PREPARATION DAY SKARDU
- Summit Hotel Skardu
DRIVE TO ASKOLE (3,000 m), 7 HOURS DRIVE
WALK TO KORFONG (3,100m) 4 HOURS TREKKING
After organising all your equipments and supplies, you will start trekking towards Korfong campsite. It will be fascinating to see the local Balti people of Askoli getting on their daily task as you pass the corn and barley fields. Valley will be opening out soon which will reveal the Biafo Glacier. Today you will have the first experience of walking on the moraine, which will lead to the snout of Baltoro Glacier. You will be in the camp by lunch time, rest of the afternoon is to get a rest of do a acclimatisation walk.
ASCENT 250m, DESCENT 150m,
WALK TO BARDUMAL (3,350m) 6 HOURS TREKKING
ASCENT 250m, DESCENT 150m
WALK TO PAIJU (3,380m) 6 HOURS TREKKING
ASCENT 330m, DESCENT 160m
WALK TO KHOBURTSE (3,760 m) 7 HOURS TREKKING
ASCENT 785m. DESCENT 355m
WALK TO URDUKAS (4,130m) 4 HOURS TREKKING
ASCENT 420m, DESCENT 150m
ACCLIMATISATION PERIOD (4,130m)
This campsite is on a grassy place which has the facilities of cleaning and washing. There are short walks around the camp which can be use to acclimatise your body.
WALK TO GORO (4,250m) 7 HOURS TREKKING
ASCENT 535m, DESCENT 280m
TREK TO CONCORDIA (4,600m) 5 HOURS WALK
ASCENT 700m, DESCENT 380m
CONCORDIA TO BROAD PEAK BASE CAMP (5,000m) 4 HOURS TREKKING
ASCENT 425m, DESCENT 150m,
TREK TO K2 BASE CAMP & BACK TO CONCORDIA (5,150m) 6-7 HOURS TREKKING
ASCENT 450m, DESCENT 500m
WALK TO GORO (4,170m) 7 HOURS TREKKING
As you start descending, K2 will be hidden but Gasherbrum IV resumes its prominence at the head of the Baltoro Glacier and also reveals a sliver of Gasherbrum I. Down valley, the serried ranks of granite towers and spires of the Lobsang, Cathedral and Trango tower move into the distance, beyond which lies Paiju Peak and Uli Biaho. The snow-capped red granite spire of Masherbrum Peak is directly opposite to the south. This is an atmospheric place and now that we are headed for home it is quite possible that our crew might want to have a party. Anything can be a musical or percussion instrument and if you have the chance, listening to the voices of the Baltis in full song will be an amazing experience.
ASCENT 375m, DESCENT 600m,
WALK TO KHOBURTSE (3,560m) 7 HOURS TREKKING
ASCENT 750m, DESCENT 1080m
WALK TO PAJU (3,380m) 5 HOURS TREKKING
ASCENT 400m, DESCENT 800m
WALK TO JHOLA, (3,170m) 7 HOURS TREKKING
ASCENT 500m, DESCENT 750m
WALK TO ASKOLE (3,050m) 3-4 HOURS TREKKING
Today you will celebrate your success of k2 Base Camp Trek with the porters and hand out their tips as a token of your appreciation for their hard work throughout the K2 trek. Also, you can give them any spare kit that you no longer needed which is also a way of saying thank You. You will say goodbye to many member of the crew who are now your friend.
ASCENT 365m, DESCENT 475m
DRIVE TO SKARDU, 7 HOURS
- Summit Hotel Skardu
FLY TO ISLAMABAD:
In Case of Flight cancellation You will drive down the Karakoram Highway. We will arrive in Naran late afternoon.
- Hotel De Papae Islamabad or Similar
CONTINGENCY DAY IN CASE OF DELAYS - ISLAMABAD
Skardu is a ‘weather dependent’ airport which means the planes will only fly here if the visibility allows line of sight to the runway by the pilot on the approach. Fortunately the weather is mostly clear in the Karakoram . If you cannot fly ( due to the bad weather) then you will drive on Karakoram Highway to reach Islamabad. Driving on Karakoram Highway also offers a spectacular mountains views. If you flew up to Skardu this will be an added bonus as it is a fantastic travel experience in its own right. The drive down the Indus River to Islamabad takes two days so this is an important contingency day to allow for this. If you have flown to Islamabad this will be a further day for sightseeing in the capital and your guide will advise the group on the options available for today.
DEPARTURE DAY - FLY BACK HOME
K2 Base Camp Trek Cost and Dates 2021
Private Groups – Chose your own Dates
Join K2 Base Camp Trek Solo travellers join In Islamabad – Max 6 Person in a Group
Above prices and dates are exclusively for K2 Base Camp Trek Solo group departures. All our solo departure groups sizes are maximum 6 person per group. Smaller groups are easy to maintain and we will be able to give you real authentic travel experience of Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. Private Groups, please chose your own dates and contact us for a quotation. Discounts are available for families, groups and couples, please do contact us before booking. All our Pakistan Holidays are fully inclusive, including the domestic flights to Skardu. K2 base camp trek cost and dates are for the itinerary starting and finishing in Islamabad.
Do the K2 Base Camp Trek Solo but never alone. An escorted holiday is a fantastic way to travel-having a great group of like minded people to share the trip’s memorable moments with makes them all more special. Plus you will have the peace of mind that everything’s taken care of, from the itinerary details to the airport transfers. We welcome hundreds of solo travellers on our K2 Trek and other Pakistan holidays every year. Our fix departure holidays are reserved exclusively for solo travellers.
On this holiday we have included a Tea/Coffee reception in the hotel hosted by your Guide on the arrival day – ideal for getting to know everyone – and throughout. Your Guide will be on hand to make sure everyone in the group gets the best of their Pakistan holiday. If you would like to travel solo but do not want to share the hotel and tents, you have the single supplement option for minimum extra charges. We aim to keep the single supplement as low as possibly can.
All our trekking groups are limited to maximum 6 guest. Keeping numbers low means we can take you further off the beaten track then we would be able to do with a bigger group. We can stay in smaller, boutique-style hotels, and get to know your destination and local People.
Please be aware that there are often only a limited number of seats available at the advertised price for the K2 Base Camp Trek Solo departures. We recommend you to book as early as possible, especially during peak times.
BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE – NO SURCHARGE GUARANTEE
K2 Base Camp Trek Cost can change depending on a variety of factors but unlike some other tour operators, Trango adventure have undertaken to guarantee the price of your holiday will not change after you have Booked. The price when you book is the price you will pay, whether you are booking for this year or the next. Book early to avoid any Trek price increases, get the best flight prices and take advantage of our ‘No Surcharge Guarantee’. Trango Adventure is a Government licensed and bonded tour operator to follow the strict Regulation set by the Tourism Department of Pakistan.
Secure your place in our fix departure K2 Base Camp Treks with a small deposit and pay the remaining amount when you arrive in Pakistan.
We accept cash on arrival, Bank Transfers, PayPal and all major Credit & debit Cards.
K2 Base Camp Trek information 2021
- Professional English speaking Mountain Guide. (Government requirement)
- Airport transfers for Domestic & international flights.
- Internal flights and associated airport transfers
- All land transport involved in the itinerary
- Accommodation as described
- All meals
- All permit fees
- Private vehicle with driver
- Sleeping tents, mattresses, mess, kitchen and toilet tent with tables/field stools and camping ground fees. Kitchen equipment, crockery, cutlery, fuel and related community gear.
- Wages and basic kit of guide, sirdar, Porters cook and assistant(s).
- Insurance of our field staff and low altitude porters (except helicopter rescue).
- Porterage at airports, hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
- confirmation of air tickets.
- The team arranges the wages and kit
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Travel insurance
- Pakistan Visa fee
- Tips for local guides and support staff
- Miscellaneous expenses
- souvenirs etc
- PLEASE NOTE: an airport departure tax of Rs 1500 is sometimes payable
- Additional hotel cost, food, room service etc.
- Sightseeing of Islamabad and Skardu.
Food during k2 Base Camp Trek is excellent and designed to stimulate your appetite and keep you going despite frequent altitude induced loss of appetite. Breakfast includes cereal followed by eggs and either bread or chapattis with jam, honey etc. The evening meals can start with soups (often with a healthy dose of garlic to aid acclimatisation) accompanied by poppadoms, samosas and other local starters. The main meal varies from local Pakistani cuisine (Rice, Curry, lentils etc), western or Chinese foods. Desserts are equally appealing and can include cakes and custard etc.
during the K2 Base Camp Trek, groups will spend nights in good international tourists standard hotel (3 star) in Islamabad and Skardu. Accommodation at each of these hotels is twin-sharing with en-suite facilities. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired with another single client of the same-sex. It is possible to hire a single room for an additional cost. Additional hotel nights in Islamabad are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact us. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.
Skardu is a weather-dependent airport. Since the valley is completely surrounded by high mountains, planes can only land here in good visibility and this means flights to and from Skardu are never guaranteed. The planes do fly more often than not, but cancellations can and do occur and in these circumstances you will travel by road on Karakoram Highway.
HEALT & VACCINATION
You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you specifically require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is discretionary for this trip. Malaria do exists in the area around Islamabad. However, incidences of urban transmission of malaria are extremely low. In Skardu and in the mountains there is no malaria risk. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro. Dengue fever is a known risk in Islamabad Area. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites
We highly recommend that you have adequate travel insurance for your K2 Base Camp Trek with Trango Adventure Pakistan. We recognise the complexity and variety of choice in the insurance market and know that many of you either have your own preferred insurer or have annual multi trip cover in place already. If this is the case, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your Adventure itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken.
Trango Adventure do not provide any advice on travel insurance, although it is Highly recommended that you have travel insurance which covers the activities which you are likely to be undertaking on K2 Base Camp Trek.
Travel insurance providers
EXPEDITIONS or TREKS
- HCC Medical Insurance Services LLC Tel: +1-800 605 2282
- Austrian Alpine Club (UK) Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
- Snowcard Tel: +44 (0)1295 660836
- The B.M.C. Tel: +44 (0)161 445 6111 (please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
- Travelex Insurance Services Tel: +1-800 228 9792
- True Traveller Insurance Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
- Dogtag Tel: 0800 036 4824 (UK residents only)
- World Nomads (up to 6,000m)
- Insure for Less (Australians only)
TREKS & TOURS ONLY
- Campbell Irvine Tel: +44 (0)207 938 1737
- J S Insurance Tel: +44 (0)844 848 1500
- Rothwell & Towler Tel: +44 (0)845 908 0161
GROUP LEADER & SUPPORTING STAFF
K2 Base Camp Trek group will be led by an experienced and licence Mountain guide. During the K2 Trek, group will be accompanied by a full support crew.
K2 Base Camp Trek is an ultimate adventure holiday, which involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be above 3,500 metres for 4-6 days. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that you follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should get some basic advice on Tours and treks at high altitude.
From mid June to August, you can expect to encounter temperatures of 30°C in The Gilgit Baltistan Region. Weather is generally good throughout the summer season,with clear skies and little rain or snow. However, weather in mountainous areas is difficult to predict, and short-lived storms can occur at any time.
- Trekking in Pakistan. Isobel Shaw.
- Karakoram Highway. King.
- K2 Triumph and Tragedy. Jim Curran.
LANGUAGE AND TIME
Languages: Pakistan’s official language is Urdu. The local language on the k2 Base Camp Trek is Balti. Guides and cooks will speak fluent English.
Time: GMT+5 No daylight saving time at present.
The currency in Pakistan is the Rupee (PKR). ATMs and change bureaux are available in the arrivals hall at the airports, but it is easier to change your money or use an ATM or authorised money changer in the hotel or in Islamabad. You will get better exchange rate in the money changer markets compare to the change bureaux. Credit cards are accepted for purchases in Islamabad and Skardu.
PASSPORT & VISSAS
A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to Pakistan. Please check your nearest Pakistan embassy or consulate for more information. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your Pakistan holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. Pakistan has recently started on arrival and E-Visa for over 150 Countries. Pleas visit Government of Pakistan’s official visa website to check your eligibility for E-Visa and on arrival visas. It is recommended to have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for the country you visit.
All nationalities require a visa to enter into Pakistan. The visa fee is approximately $80 and you must apply for it prior to departure. To obtain a tourist visa you will require an invitation letter from an approved Pakistan Tour Operator, which will be provided by Trango Adventure.Visa applications can be made ONLINE or in person at you nearest Pakistan Embassy/Consulate. For more information about the tourist visa please visit our Blog & News or Pakistan Visa sections.
Visit Government of Pakistan official Visa site for information about online visa applications. www.visa.nadra.gov.pk
Note: if you are planning to continue your journey to China, Afghanistan, Iran or India, make sure to arrange visa for those countries prior to your departure for Pakistan.
K2 Base Camp Trek is a tough and demanding Trek but the rewards are spectacular. You must be used to multi day hill walking, be able to cope with sustained walking on rough and loose terrain and have a high level of fitness to fully enjoy your time on this trek. Although much of the time is spent walking on the Baltoro glacier, crampons and ice axes are not required. There may be one or two occasions where you a rope is in place to help you ascend or descend steep slopes on the glacier. Most days involve 6 – 7 hours walking plus plenty of rest stops.
As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your Trek bag whilst trekking including your sleeping bag and mattress should be no more than 15.5 kgs. This limit which is set by the porters is strictly enforced and bags will be weighed prior to setting off on Trek. Anything not required on the k2 trek can be left at the group hotel in Islamabad or in our Office in Skardu. Please note that your mountaineering equipment will be packed into additional, communal kitbags at the start of the trekking and this equipment will not be part of your personal 15.5 kgs weight limit.
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