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K2 Expedition Pakistan 2020-21

K2 Expedition registration is now open for 2020. K2 (8,611 m) is the second highest mountain in the world, which is located in the Karakoram mountain region of Pakistan. This perfect pyramid is also known as Chogori in the local language. 

K2 Expedition Highlights

  • Visit the green, purpose build capital city Islamabad.
  • Spectacular view of K2Nanga Parbat from the flight to Skardu.
  • Explore the ancient Himalayan Kingdom of Baltistan.
  • Experience the picturesque Shigar Valley on the way to K2
  • Trek to Concordia and Baltoro Glacier.
  • Scale the toughest mountain in the world

Overview

K2 Expedition is considered to be one of the top mountaineering adventures in the world, it combines the thrill of climbing and trekking in the glacial surroundings around Baltoro Glacier with the pleasure of touring in the colourful Himalayan and Karakorum valleys of Skardu, Shigar and Askoli. During the K2 expedition you will have spectacular view of other world famous peaks, Including  Broad Peak (8,044 m), Gasherbrum Group, Chogolisa (7,686 m), Golden Throne (7,365m), Trango Tower and many others.

Trango Adventure have been organising K2 Expeditions for mountaineering enthusiasts from around the world since 40 years. We offer an all inclusive logistic services for 60-90 days long K2 expeditions for summer and winter seasons. Duration of the expedition may be longer or shorter depending on your experience, ability and available time.

Our K2 expedition starts point is Islamabad. Your guide will meet and greet you at Islamabad international Airport then transfer you to the hotel, rest of the day in Islamabad to recover from the journey. We will meet in the afternoon for a briefing about the Expedition. Next day you will catch the spectacular mountains view flights to Skardu, Baltistan. On route you will have the first glimpse of the great Nanga Parbat, K2 and the other stunning Himalayan & Karakoram Peaks. After checking into your hotel, you have the option to rest or head out to explore the local Skardu Bazar. Skardu is the capital of Baltistan region and the getaway to K2 base camp trek, k2 and Gondogoro La Trek, Deosai Plato, Mashabrum, Gasherbrums and many other famous Karakoram peaks. In Skardu, Trekkers and climber usually do their finale purchasing and top ups for their mountaineering journeys. After spending 2 days in Skardu, today you will drive in a Jeep to Askoli. Askoli is the last civilisation before you enter into the wilderness of the Karakorum mountains. Tonight you will spend your first night in the camp under the stars. The trekking session of your expedition will start from Askoli, you will be walking towards Braldu, gorge and to the snout of the Baltoro glacier, which you then follow to Concordia. After spending a night at Concordia, you will Trek to K2 base camp. Your climbing session of the expedition will begin from here onwards. We will set up the tents at the k2 Base Camp for the whole climbing duration. Our mountain guide, chef and other staff will stay at the K2 base camp during your entire climbing session. Our chef will make delicious and nutritious food through out the expedition. We strongly believe that good balance and nutritious foods play a vital role in mountaineering. After the climbing period, you will follow the same Itinerary back to Islamabad. One night stay in Islamabad, then next day you will be transfer to Islamabad International Airport for your flight back home.

Your K2 Expedition journey will end in Islamabad, please make sure to book your return flight from Islamabad international airport.

History of  K2 Expedition.

The first ascent route is known as the standard route or Abruzzi Ridge. The route is used for more than any other route, via the Abruzzi Spur (Southeast Ridge). It was first attempted by Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi in 1909 but was first climbed by an Italian expedition on July 31, 1954. This Expedition was led by Ardito Desio and the two climbers who actually reached the top were Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni. Also on this expedition was the famous Italian climber Walter Bonatti and Pakistani Hunza porter Mehdi, who proved vital to the expedition’s success in that they carried oxygen to 26,600 feet (8,100 m) for Lacedelli and Compagnoni. Their dramatic bivouac in the open at that altitude wrote another chapter in the saga of Himalayan climbing. This spur begins at an altitude of 5,400 m/17,700 ft, where Advanced Base Camp is usually placed. The route follows an alternating series of rock ribs, snow slopes, ice fields, and some technical rock climbing on two famous features, “House’s Chimney” and the “Black Pyramid”. Above the Black Pyramid, dangerously exposed and difficult to navigate slopes lead to the easily visible “Shoulder”. The last major obstacle is a narrow couleur known as the “Bottleneck”, which places climbers dangerously close to hanging seracs. It was partly due to the collapse of one of these seracs around 2001 that no climber’s summitted the peak in 2002 and 2003 and most of the eleven people lost their lives due to the breaking of huge ice blocks from this cliff and often on their way down. 

We strongly believe that we have the expertise, logistic and experience staff to organise and run your “K2 Expedition” smoothly and successfully.

BRIEF ITINERARY:
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ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD,PAKISTAN:

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SPECTACULAR FLIGHT TO SKARDU (2,228m):

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SIGHT SEEING & PREPARATION DAY IN SKARDU:

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DRIVE TO ASKOLI (3,000m) 6-7 HOURS DRIVE:

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TREK TO KORFONG (3,100m) 6-7 HOURS WALK:

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TREK To BARDUNMAL (3,300m) 5-6 HOURS WALK:

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TREAK TO PAJU (3,380m) 5-6 HOURS WALK:

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TREAK TO KHOBURSTE (3,500m) 6-7 HOURS WALK:

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TREAK TO URDOKUS (4,130m) 6 HOURS WALK:

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ACCLIMATISATION & REST DAY:

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TREK TO GORO (2) (4,250m) 6 HOURS WALK:

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TREK TO CONCORDIA (4,600m) 6 HOURS WALK:

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TREK TO BROAD PEAK BASE CAMP (5,000m) 5 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO K2 BASE CAMP (5,150m) 7 HOURS WALK:

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CLIMBING & ACCLIMATISATION PERIOD:

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TREK TO KHOBURSTE (3,560) 6 HOURS WALK:

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TREAK TO PAJU (3,380m) 5-6 HOURS WALK:

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TREK TO JHOLA (3,170m) 7 HOURS WALK:

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TREK TO ASKOLI (3,050m) 3-4 HOURS WALK:

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DRIVE TO SKARDU, 7 HOURS DRIVE:

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FLY TO ISLAMABAD OR DRIVE ON KKH:

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SIGHTSEEING IN ISLAMABAD:

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FLY BACK HOME -DEPARTURE DAY:

Additional information

Duration63 Days
GradeStrenuous: Climbing, Mountaineering

Map of K2 Expedition in Pakistan.

Introduction.

We have been organising Climbing Expeditions and trekking holidays in Pakistan since many years. We had groups successfully Climbed K2 and other Karakoram peaks on many occasions. We design our itineraries, provide assistance and offer logistic services on the base of our  four decades of experience and local knowledge, which is the best in terms of acclimatisation, 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 a team is an important aspect of a mountaineering expedition.

Detailed Itinerary

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ARRIAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD PAKISTAN :

Welcome to 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 Expedition. 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.
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SPECTACULAR FLIGHT TO SKARDU (2,230m):

If cancelled we will Drive on KKH to Chilas, Isb to Chilas, 461km. 8-9 H-Drive

After breakfast you will be transfer to Islamabad 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 (8,126m), if weather is clear then we might be able to see K2 and Gondogoro Pass as well. Skardu is the getaway to k2 expedition, K2 base camp trek, K2 and Gondogoro La trek and many other other famous peaks. Check in to the Hotel, rest of the day will be spent visiting the local Bazars, historical forts, scenic lakes or visiting the 8th century Manthal Lord Buddha Rock, which shows traces of Buddhist monks and pilgrims who had influence in the area before Islam.

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SIGHTSEEING & PREPARATION DAY,SKARDU:

In the morning you can 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.
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DRIVE TO ASKOLI (3,000m) 7 HOURS:

Following day you will be driven in a Jeep along the mighty Indus, Shigar and Braldu River to Askoli via Shigar Valley. Askoli is the last civilisation before you enter into the wilderness of the Karakoram mountains. You will spend your first night under the stars in Askoli village, 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.
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TREK TO KORFONG (3,100m) 4 HOURS WALK:

Today will be the first walking day of k2 Expedition. After organising all the equipment and supplies your porters will head towards Korgong. From your campsite you wend your way through the lanes and fields of Askoli which will be the last settlement that you will encounter on your trek to Concordia. Watching the local people of Askoli 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 Glacier, you have your first taste of moraine walking, you cross the snout of the glacier and descend to the green spot beside the river at Korofon. You will be at the campsite by lunchtime, you can spend the afternoon relaxing by the river or do a short acclimatisation walk if you wish. If the weather is clear then it can be a hot day so keep your sun creams and lots of water with you.
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TREAK TO BARDUMAL (3,350m) 6 HOURS WALK:

From Korofong you continue your journey 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 continue onto Bardumal campsite which is not too far.
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TREAK TO PAJU (3,380m) 6 HOURS WALK

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.
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TREAK TO KHOBURTSE (3,760m) 7 HOURS WALK:

Another early start of the K2 Expedition walking session. 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 you 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 you work your 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 you 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, you 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) you have sensational views of the Cathedral Towers, the Trango Group and the striking rock tower of Uli Biaho. A great day of trekking toward the k2 base camp over difficult and mixed terrain.
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TREAK TO URDUKAS (4,130m) 4 HOURS WALK:

Today is a short day but quite hard work as you walk up the undulating moraine and gaining height all the way. You 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 situation.
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ACCLIMATISING DAY AT URDUKAS (4,130m):

From many years of 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 acclimatisation 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 Baltoro 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.

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TREK TO GORO II (4,250m) 7 HOURS WALK:

Leaving Urdukas behind, you 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 Galcier, 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.
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TREAK TO CONCORDIA (4,600m), 5 HOURS WALK:

 Today you will Trek to Concordia, it will take us 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 (7,284m). Ahead of us Gasherbrum IV (7925m) acts like a beacon drawing us on, whilst at some points on today’s walk you can also see Gasherbrum ll (8035m) which peeks out to the right of Gasherbrum lV. As you make our way up the Baltoro, the aptly named Broad Peak (8,051m) 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 Gasherbrum 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.
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TREK TO BROAD PEAK BASE CAMP (5,000m) 4 HOURS WALK:

Today you will have the option to Trek to K2 Base Camp or spend the night at Broad Peak base camp then walk up to k2 base camp next morning. 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.
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TREK TO K2 BASE CAMP (5,150m) 6 HOURS WALK:

Today you will make an early start for the amazing  trek to K2 Base Camp. For many people a visit to the actual k2 basecamp used by climbers on K2 will certainly be a highlight of the Expedition. You will camp here for the next few weeks so take a long breath and  admire the sensational view of K2 in one direction and on the other side, Concordia framed by Mitre Peak and the bulk of Chogolisa, also known as Broad Peak.
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CLIMBING & ACCLIMATISING PERIOD:

Non guided K2 Expedition climbing session will start from today onwards. During the climbing period our staff will be base at the k2 base camp to help and assist you.
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TREK TO KHOBURTSE (3,560m) 7 HOURS WALK:

After the climbing session of the Expedition, you will start descending on the Baltoro Glacier. It is amazing how different everything looks in descent with our constant field of vision now filled with an entirely different view. The drop in altitude starts to become more noticeable as the granite walls and spires lining the glacier, which yesterday looked almost lower than us, now tower to lofty heights above. It is also a little warmer and there is more oxygen in the air. Passing through the campsite of the Duke of Abruzzi at Urdukas we can marvel at the tenacity of those early pioneers who endured untold hardship simply to get to their base camps. After taking lunch on the Duke’s terrace, with sensational views across the glacier to Biale Peak which remains hidden except from this vantage point, you continue trekking down this huge valley, sometimes on the glacier and sometimes along the moraine or the valley sides until we reach Horbose, our first off-glacier camp for some days. Ahead now you can make out the end of the glacier and the start of the valley of the Braldu. We can even see the patches of green on the lower slopes of Paiju Peak which mark the location of the spring water camp.
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TREK TO PAJU (3,380m) 5 HOURS WALK:

Today we will continue our trek on the Baltoro Glacier with spectacular views of the Trango Towers towards Paiju. As on our approach we have to detour to the south in order to cross the Liligo Glacier. This glacier defies world trends in that it is steadily growing. Twenty years ago its snout was half a mile up the valley and now it has collided with the main Baltoro Glacier, with the result that the churning forces have made it impossible to cross without the detour.

Having made the detour and returned to the main Baltoro Glacier, we now cross to its north side, climbing over the huge swells of the glacier towards the ramparts of Uli Biaho. On the other side we then work our way down to the valley where we pick up the main trail and pass by the snout where the underground river which flows through the length of the glacier erupts out in a cascade to become the Braldu. The last hour of the day is an easy walk on a good path although there is a final uphill pull to reach the campsite. On our first arrival here we relished the prospect of a cooler climate ahead. Now we will welcome its warmth! We will spend our night at the green oasis of Paiju.

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TREK TO JHOLA (3,170m) 7 HOURS WALK:

Now we are off the glacier and at a lower elevation it is considerably warmer and we may make an early start to use the cool of the morning. Leaving Paiju we walk on a good trail down the valley. Once again it is surprising how different the experience is compared to our ascent. The trail rises and falls as we cross several alluvial fans. We have to cross some side streams today, mostly using makeshift bridges or stepping-stones but it may be necessary also to wade across, especially later in the day. The source of all these streams is meltwater and so they grow bigger as the day gets warmer. At one point the trail passes close to the river beside walls of conglomerate and it is possible to feel its tremendous power. We follow the main Braldu River downstream to its confluence with the Panma River where we turn north-east to reach a camping place beside the toll bridge at the place known as Jhola.
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TREK TO ASKOLI (3050m) 3-4 HOURS WALK:

Today will be the final walking session of K2 Expedition and our return to civilisation after two weeks in the wilderness. Soon we will follow a pleasant trail which leads down to the little ablation area beside the Biafo Glacier known as Korofon, surrounded by sparse grasses and tamarisk bushes. Beyond Korofon we first follow the glacial moraine of the Biafo and then walk beside the river that issues from its snout until we reach a bridge which allows us to cross to its north side. The trail passes through a wide flat area known locally as the ‘King’s Polo Ground’ before climbing to pass through a convenient cleft in a ridge of rock which threatens to bar further progress down the valley. Descending steeply down the other side of this ‘window’, we have a pleasant stroll through a boulder-strewn landscape before climbing once again up onto a shallow plateau. We cross several small side valleys and begin to see various signs of habitation before reaching an irrigation channel bring meltwater to the field of Askoli. We follow the channel for a while and can appreciate the tremendous skill of the local people who have harnessed the distant snows to grow their crops in a high altitude desert. Eventually we reach green fields and stone walls which lead us into the village. Most of our porters are from Askoli and will be pleased to be home. To reach our campsite at the road head, we must first walk through the outlying fields and then descend from the little plateau on which the village is located.

Today we can celebrate our success of the Expedition with the porters and hand out their tips as a token of our appreciation for their hard work throughout the trek. Also, we often give them any spare kit that we no longer needed which is also a way of saying thank You. Most of our porters are from this village so later on at the campsite we will say goodbye to our crew who are now our friends and we will perhaps have a final party here.

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DRIVE TO SKARDU VIA SHIGAR VALLEY, 7 HOURS DRIVE:

Our vehicles will already be waiting for us in Askoli so we make an early start for the return drive to Skardu. Crossing the Braldu on a suspension bridge we follow the remarkable road built through the Braldu Gorge. It is not uncommon for this road to be blocked by landslide and we may have to change vehicles if the road is blocked. If this is the case we will retain some of our porters to transfer the bags while we walk across any landslide areas. Once we have climbed up out of the gorge at the other end the road improves as we travel down the fertile Shigar Valley to its confluence with the Indus. Now 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.
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FLY OR DRIVE TO ISLAMABAD

If the weather is clear then will take the flight to Islamabad. Skardu airport is a 40 minute drive from the hotel along a good road lined with poplar trees. Boarding our plane we have an exciting flight out of the valley, once again passing by Nanga Parbat before turning south for Islamabad. Arriving in the Pakistani capital after a period in the mountains is always a strange experience and it takes a little time to get used to the hustle and bustle and especially the traffic. Our private bus will be waiting at the airport to transfer us to the group hotel and once we have settled in it will be time to take lunch (unless we have experienced unusual flight delays). After lunch the rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing or to relax at the hotel. Your Guide will advise you on the possibilities for sightseeing. Shopping for hand-made Iranian & Afghan rugs is a usually popular option. This evening we come together again for a celebratory meal at the hotel or in a local restaurant.

In Case of Flight cancellation we will drive down the Karakoram Highway. We will arrive in Chillas/Naran late afternoon. Night stay in Chilas/Naran.

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CONTINGENCY DAY IN CASE OF DELAYS, ISLAMABAD:

If driving down the Karakoram Highway we will arrive to Islamabad late afternoon. If we managed to fly the day before then we will spend today sightseeing in Islamabad. In the evening we will have a final group meal.

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 but local weather conditions can bring cloud and rain from time to time. If we cannot fly we will travel down to Islamabad by road along the spectacular Karakoram Highway. If we 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 we have flown to Islamabad this will be a further day for sightseeing in the capital and your leader will advise the group on the options available for today.

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DEPARTURE DAY- FLY BACK HOME:

After Breakfast you will be transfer to Islamabad International Airport for the flight back home. End of “K2 Expedition”.

K2 Expedition Cost & Dates 2020-21

Groups – Chose your own Dates

K2 Expedition start and finish in Islamabad-Domestic Flight Inc

BEST SEASONS PER PERSON K2 ROYALTY  FEE DEPOSIT
JUN-JULY USD $ 6,000 USD $7,200 (up to 7 members) USD $ 1,200
AUG-SEP USD $ 6,000 USD $7,200 (up to 7 members) USD $ 1,200

Our K2 Expedition price is without Royalty, Liaison officer and High Altitude Porters Fees. High Altitude Porters and Liaison Officer Fees will be provide upon request. Above Price is for our full board services from Islamabad To k2 Base Camp and back to Islamabad. Islamabad has good flight connections from most major cities, return flights will depart from Islamabad International airport on the last day of the K2 Expedition itinerary. We recommend you to plan your expedition as early as possible to avoid high cost Internationale Arline fares. Royalty Fees needs to be paid to government of Pakistan in advance to secure a climbing permit.

We can also make your Expeditions and Trekking holiday in Pakistan according to your needs and available time. The beauty of tailor-made travel is that every trip is unique. Wether you want to stay in a luxury or simple accommodation, have great guide on hand or explore under your own stream, travel for one week or five, we can create a trip for a special occasion, wether this a spectacular honeymoon or milestone anniversary. K2 Expedition Itinerary and through out the website you will find suggested Itineraries and some of our favourite places to stay, but these are just for inspiration as each trip is created uniquely for your and there are many more options available. Speaking to one of our specialist is the best way to start planing your K2 Expedition, whether you already know where you want to go or just have the seed of an Idea.

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The price of our k2 Expedition 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 tour 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.

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K2 Expedition Pakistan 2020-21 information

Climbing A Mountain In Pakistan.

Pakistan occupies about 880,000 square kilometres of land, it is stretch from the Arabian sea to the high mountains of the Central Asia. Pakistan is a country of contrasts: expansive dusty plains to the high snowy peaks of the Karakoram and the Himalaya in Gilgit Baltistan. Here the world three Great mightiest mountain ranges meet: the Karakoram, the Handukush and the Himalayas. This region is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking mountains. The five of the fourteen highest peaks of the world are here, the mountains of the mountain K2 (8,611), the Magnificent Nanga Parbat (8,126m), Hidden Peak (8,080m), Broad Peak (8,047m), and Gasherbrum II (8,035m ). Gilgit Baltistan (northern areas) has also the largest Glaciers outside the polar glaciers, Baltoro and Hispar Glaciers. The scope for climbing a mountain and other mountaineering activities in Pakistan is virtually unlimited. Climbing  and mountaineering holidays in Pakistan will depend on what type of climbing you would like to do, how much experience you have, which season you would like to go, how many days you have available, etc. We have been organising climbing Expeditions in Pakistan since 40 years, we have the expertise and experience staff to help and assist you to organise your K2 Expedition in Pakistan. In Pakistan, we have to apply for climbing permits for many Peaks, so if you a know which mountain you want to climb then please DO let us know in good time so we can arrange this for you.

Climbing & Trekking Permit.

Once you have decided which mountain you want to climb we can start the preparations and apply for the necessary permits. A climbing permit is required to climb peaks which are above 6,500 meters, a trekking permit is required for some areas, one of them is the Central Karakoram National Park area (CKNP). We have extensive details of all peaks, permit fees, rules and regulations regarding mountaineering in Pakistan. We will take care of everything so you can focus on your climbing.

Royalty Fees.

At the beginning of each year the Gilgit-Baltistan Council publishes the official royalty fees for the upcoming summer and winter climbing season. This notification is publicly available and makes a distinction in terms of mountain, trekking and waste disposal fees for various areas and the two seasons. We have to apply for the Permits that’s why we need a deposit from you. The royalty fees for the permits are paid to the Gilgit-Baltistan Government and they are not refundable. Please contact us for more details.

Government Clearance.

All particulars with regard to your K2 Expedition including the details of all members must be sent to us so that we can get the government clearance for the approval of your climbing permit. Additional members can still be added or changed at a later date if needed but it is best to send everything well in advance to prevent any delays at the start of your expedition. We currently advise to apply not later than 3 months in advance as unfortunately we have noticed that the time for clearance is taking longer each year.

Helicopter Rescue Bond.

Each k2 Expedition has to obtain a helicopter rescue bond of US$/- from Askari Aviation in order to be allowed to commence the expedition. If these rescue services are not used, the bond will be refunded after the end of the expedition minus the administration charges from Askari Aviation. We are able to assist with these arrangements if needed.

Liaison Officer.

To all peaks between 6,500 meters to 8,611 meters, Government of Pakistan sends One Liaison officers with expeditions. All his expenses, food, accommodation and transportation are borne by the expeditions team. In addition to the above mentioned standard kit, the Liaison Officer is paid a daily allowance in Rawalpindi / Islamabad as well as in the mountains for his food. A part of his cost, sharing the cook, insurance, provision of two porters for his personal stuff & food while trekking up & one porter while Trekking down is paid by us.

Environment.

All K2 Expedition are required to submit an environmental undertaking which states that they will take their garbage with them after the end of the expedition. The Liaison Officer will have to certify that the team has left the mountain clean, if this has not been done satisfactory fines will be imposed. A separate environment waste management fee is charged to each expedition member for maintenance of the mountain environs which is non refundable.

Expedition Cargo & Climbing Gear

Trango Adventure will take care of all the formalities to clear your K2 Expedition cargo & safely store it before your arrival. Any charges which incur at clearance (during export or import) of your equipment will not be paid by us. All non-consumable equipment that you bring in will be duty-free if you take it back with you. You are not allowed to trade in it. The consumable goods are similarly duty-free as long as they are used for the purpose they have been brought in for. The unconsumed materials have to be re-exported. We have a selection of well-maintained climbing materials which we are renting out to expeditions and items for sale like different variations of climbing rope and gas canisters.

Base Camp Staff & High Altitude Porters.

There will be a complete kitchen staff and other crew to take care of you and your K2 Expedition team members at the base camp and during k2 Base Camp Trek. The number of staff depends on the number of climbers. However, for our normal expeditions ranging from 10-15 members, we provide one head-cook, one assistant-cook and one or two helpers who take care of base camp services. We are also able to arrange experienced high altitude porters to assist you during your climb, kindly inquire well in advance so that we can hire the best High Altitude Porters for you.

Cancellation.

In case you have to cancel your k2 expedition plans or want to postpone your trip, the royalty fee will be forfeited. It cannot be carried forward to a future trip or be re-funded. The royalty is refunded if the government cancels a permit for some reason. Cost related to our services will be (partially) refunded based on our Terms & Conditions.

What is Included.

  • Liaison with Ministry of Tourism in Islamabad/Skaru for climbing permit process, providing measurements of the appointed Liaison officer for his prescribed kit.
  • Process of import/export permit from ministry of tourism.
  • Clearance of cargo before arrival of the team and its storage.
  • Assistance upon arrival/departure. Official Briefing/Debriefing.
  • Hotel accommodation in Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Chilas and Skardu.
  • All meals during k2 trek and at B.C. as per itinerary. Porterage of 75 kg per person of expedition equipment and high altitude food etc. to the B.C. and 50 kg per person on return from BC.
  • Road transfers between airport/hotel and within city as per itinerary.
  • 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, 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.
  • Mail handling/forwarding to BC/overseas except postage charges.
  • confirmation of air tickets.
  • Hiring of HAPs, mail runner(s) and any other crew as per requirement.
  • The team arranges the wages and kit.

What’s not included.

  • International flight, airport tax, excess baggage charges.
  • Surface transfers in case of flight cancellations to the kick off point.
  • Liaison Officer kit and equipment, allowances, travel, hotels, meals and insurance and his personal expenses of any kind.
  • High altitude porters/any crew above BC.
  • Tents, sleeping bags, personal and climbing equipment of any kind beyond base camp including high altitude porters food and oxygen.
  • Medications, ground evacuations and helicopter rescue charges of any kind.
  • Room services, laundry, beverages, phone/communication bills and items of personal nature.
  • Insurance liability of member (s) and other under force majeure conditions.
  • Climbing Permit fee, Pollution and Environmental fee or any other fee requirement by Government of Pakistan.
  • Clearing agent charges.
  • Tips to porters and other staff etc

Meal Plan.

Fully inclusive of all meals throughout the trip, from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 63.

Accommodation.

During the k2 expedition, you will spend 2-3 nights in Islamabad at a good international tourist standard hotel. Group will also have a night in a tourist standard hotel in Skardu before and after the trekking. Accommodation at each of these hotels is twin-sharing with en-suite facilities. Whilst on k2 trek there will be a share base camping in 2-person tents. 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 tent while on the k2 trek for an additional cost. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. For the  hotel nights, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Islamabad are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact our Advisers. Hotels rooms are subject to availability and prices may vary.

Internal flights.

SKARDU FLIGHTS.

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 we will travel by road. If we did not do this groups would risk being stranded in Islamabad and you should beware of companies that say they will only fly to Skardu as this may mean you have no possibility of trekking. See our ‘Important Note’ about travel on the Karakoram Highway for more details.

Health & Vaccinations.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you specific 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 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 places visited. 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.

INSURANCE.

We highly recommend that you have adequate travel insurance for your k2 expedition trip. 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 Trango 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 during your k2 expedition trip.

It is strongly recommended that suitable cancellation insurance is purchased at the time of booking as all deposits (Royalty Fees) for Expedition are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Group Leader & Support Staff.

The group will be led by an experienced Mountain Guide. During the k2 trek the group will be accompanied by a full support crew, assistant Guide a cook and kitchen crew, as well as porters to carry all equipment and personal trek bags.

ALTITUDE.

K2 Expedition involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4,000 metres and/or trekking to 5,000 metres or above. 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 we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before K2 Expedition you should read the advices on trekking and climbing at high altitude. Unless you have previous experience of climbing above 7,000 metres you should consult one of our expedition experts before embarking on this Expedition.

CLIMATE

From mid June to August, we can expect to encounter temperatures as high as 30°C at Skardu and 25°C at Hushe and Askole. In June and early July there will be a good covering of snow on the slopes leading to and from the Gondoro la and we may also encounter snow on the upper part of the Baltoro. Above 4,000 metres snow can fall at any time of the year. At any time of the season the night-time temperature above 4,000 metres are likely to drop to freezing or below and at our highest camps may reach minus 15 or 25°C. The 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 of the year.

BOOKS

  • Trekking in Pakistan. Isobel Shaw.
  • Karakoram Highway. King.
  • In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods. Galen Rowell.
  • K2 Triumph and Tragedy. Jim Curran.

PASSPORT & VISA.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your expedition. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.

PAKISTAN VISA.

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is approximately $100 and you must apply for it prior to departure. To obtain a visa for Pakistan you will require a letter of introduction from an approved Pakistan agency which will be provided by Trango Adventure. For k2 expedition you will also be required to submit a copy of the group ‘Restricted Area’ permit which will be provided by Trango. Visa applications can be made ONLINE or in person at the Pakistan consulate/Embassy in your home country. Please read our Blog & news or Pakistan Visa section for more information about online visas.

EQUPMENT LIST.

We will send you a detailed list of items close to your Holiday departure. 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. Anything not required on the k2 trek can be left at the group hotel in Islamabad or 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 12.5 kgs weight limit.

If you would like to know more about “K2 Expedition” Please contact our advisers at info@trangoadventure.com

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