K2 Expedition

K2 Expedition


From £31,500
Altitude 8,616m Grade: 6D

To the mountaineer, K2 can be regarded as the 'mountain of mountains'.

Our K2 Expedition team in 2016 was perhaps the strongest on the mountain, but unfortunately like other teams our expedition was brought to an abrupt close following an avalanche that swept away Camp 3 taking with it vital equipment and oxygen that had been put in place by teams in readiness for their impending summit attempts. Adventure Peaks will be returning in 2018 as we already have a very strong team confirmed. The expedition team will be supported by experienced British leaders, 1:1 Nepali Sherpa and High Altitude Porters.

To the mountaineer, K2 can be regarded as the ‘mountain of mountains’. Its allure arises from the combination of its isolation, extremes of weather, great altitude and technical climbing demands; K2 is a very serious and compelling objective. Our challenging route takes us onto the well documented Abruzzi Spur.or the Cesen Route. Even though these routes have become the most common, they are by no means completely straightforward. We negotiate steep snow slopes and difficult rock steps over fairly open and exposed ground, including the infamous ‘Shoulder’ at around 8000m.

We are truly amongst the stuff of dreams as we climb our way into the higher reaches of our route. The vertical height gain from Base Camp to summit is over 3500m, on which we will aim to place four further camps to support our ascent and acclimatization. The expedition will be fully supported by a team of Nepali Sherpa’s. You must have previous experience of 8000m and be technically skilled to at least Scottish grade 3.

TRAVEL BETWEEN ISLAMABAD AND SKARDU WILL BE BY AIR AND NOT BY ROAD, EVEN IF THIS CAUSES DELAYS IN OUR ITINERARY

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16th Jun 2023 - 20th Aug 2023
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* A deposit of £2,000 will be required at checkout.

Extras

Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date

ItemPriceDays
K2 Oxygen, 5 cylinders (including £500 refundable deposit for Mask & Regulator) £3,000
Broad Peak extension from £7000 £7,000+7 days

* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip

What's Included

Our experienced Expedition leader will be supported by some of our regular Nepali climbing Sherpas. This friendly staff team will also include a team of Pakistani high altitude porters, who we work very well with. In addition, we are also supported by equally good cooks who all have high levels of hygiene and care. Climber to Sherpa ratio 1:1.

This is a professionally led non-guided expedition for experienced mountaineers who want to work as part of a team to tackle the mountain. We say non-guided because our leader and climbing Sherpa team working with you will not be able to protect your every move. You must, therefore, have a broad base of mountaineering experience enabling you to be capable and willing to move between camps unassisted. You will have good support on the mountain from our leader and Sherpa team.

  • Estimated International flights from London (Flight inclusive package)
  • A British expedition team leader. Small groups may use a local leader.
  • Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition.
  • Food, fuel and cooking equipment whilst on the mountain.
  • Hotel and other accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • All tents and other communal equipment necessary for the climb.
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies.
  • Communication equipment (each member on a Grade 3B or above are normally provided with a radio whilst on the mountain and the team is often supported with a Satellite Telephone and e-mail facilities on extended expeditions at Base Camp).
  • 90 - 120 litre kit bag for expedition members for UK based clients. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK and returning clients
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchases from Adventure Peaks shop

What's Excluded

  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment.
  • Air travel (unless otherwise specified).
  • Personal insurance, departure tax and inoculations.
  • Visas (please note you will need to apply for your own Pakistani visa and this can take several weeks)
  • Drinks and hotel or guest house meals, unless specified.
  • Personal medical supplies and personal use of communication equipment.
  • Excess baggage.
  • Tips for porters and local guides & sherpa summit bonus.
  • Costs associated with an expedition finishing early.
  • Costs associated with you leaving an expedition early.
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances.

Itinerary

Days 1 - 2

International Flight. Arrive in Islamabad with time to relax and enjoy a well earned rest in our comfortable hotel with the option to take a swim in the hotel pool. Tour of the exciting bazaars of Rawalpindi where you will see much gold and silver jewellery, Kasmiri shawls and Bokarra carpets. (H, B)

Day 3

Final preparations in Islamabad. (H,B)

Day 4

Given good weather we fly to Skardu (perhaps the most spectacular commercial flight in the world) with magnificent views of Nanga Parbat the ninth highest mountain in the world. If the weather doesn’t allow the flight we take the Karakoram Highway (the old silk route) which is just as spectacular. It’s a long drive but one of the great journeys of the world between the deep gorges of the mighty Indus. Overnight hotel in Chilas (10-12 hour drive). (H,B,L,D)

Day 5

We complete our journey in around 8 hours passing Nanga Parbat and the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. You will look back in awe and reflect on what an amazing civil engineering achievement the Karakoram Highway must have been in its time. You will have crossed the point where four great continental plates come together forming four of the world’s greatest mountain ranges (Himalaya, Karakoram, Hindukush and the Pamir. (H,B,L,D)

Day 6

Jeep to Askole 3300m the last village between us and K2 from where we begin our trek in the morning. (C,B,L,D)

Day 7

Trek to Jhola 3200m We set off early to avoid the heat of the day, an umbrella is also useful but the route is gentle and enjoyable. We cross the Biafo Glacier on the way and get our first sight of the Paiyu  pinnacles. 5 hours. (C,B,L,D)

Day 8

Trek to Paiju 3450m If the river is sufficiently low we will edge our way round the base of the huge rock walls that guard the valley towards the Baltoro glacier. If not then a higher traverse will be taken before we regain the old river bed that leads to Paiju, our campsite for the next two nights. Despite the stories in old guide books and journals, much has been done in recent years to remove rubbish and human waste to leave an incredibly clean environment with well managed camps. In fact they are some of the best we have seen. 8-9 hours. (C,B,L,D)

Day 9

Rest day at Paiju camp A rest day to aid acclimatisation and an important resting point for porters to prepare their food for the high trek ahead. Normally there is much singing, drumming (or barrel bashing) and dancing amongst the porters with a real feel good atmosphere! We will get our first sights of the Trango and Cathedral Groups. (C,B,L,D)

Day 10

Trek to Khoburste 3930m A tough day of walking as we tackle the rocky moraines of the Baltoro Glacier. The sight of Paiyu Peak and the Trango Towers are truly astounding. 6 hours. (C,B,L,D)

Day 11

Trek to Urdukas 4130m Today you should get your first distant sight of Broad Peak and the Gasherbrums. The campsite is located on a grassy slope high above the Baltoro and commands one of the most intense mountain views in the world which is dominated by a nameless Tower, claimed to have the tallest granite wall in the world. 4hrs. (C,B,L,D)

Day 12

Trek to Goro 4350m Now we are in the heart of Concordia with only ice on which to place our tents. We are surrounded by views of the great peaks: Muztagh Tower, Gasherbrum 4 and the most spectacular of them all Masherbrum; guaranteed to take your breath away. If we are rewarded with a clear evening, nothing will have prepared you for the evening sunset and the red hue over Masherbrum, it will never be forgotten! 7-9hours.

Day 13

Trek to Concordia 4650m If the mountains had been placed in order for this trek, today the finale would have won an Oscar. We move up to Concordia passing the Golden Throne and Mitre Peak as we enter the arena of the 8000m Peaks: first Broad Peak (8047m) followed by the Gasherbrums and finally K2. The sheer size and scale of the 8000 metre peaks defies description, but this is a very special place and for many the view is a lifetime goal. 8-10hrs. (C,B,L,D)

Days 14

The final day of our walk heads to K2 base camp. The base camp will be established on the Godwin Austin glacier at c5100m. (C,B,L,D)

Days 15 - 56

Climbing Period. Our choice of route  will be either the Cesen Route or the Abruzzi Spur depending on snow conditions. (C,B,L,D)

Days 57 - 59

Descend to BC & Clear Mountain. (C,B,L,D)

Days 60 - 63

Return to Skardu via Gondogoro La.

Days 64- 66

Return to Islamabad and International flight.

Insurance

It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

Adventure Peaks partners with Global Rescue to offer the world’s leading travel protection services.  Medical and security emergencies happen. When they do, we rely on Global Rescue to provide our clients with medical, security, travel risk and crisis response services. Without a membership, an emergency evacuation could cost over $100,000. More than one million members trust Global Rescue to get them home safely when the unexpected happens. We highly recommend our clients enroll with Global Rescue:
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We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK) www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler: www.world-first.co.uk  Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
Campbell Irvine: www.campbellirvine.com  Tel: 0207 938 1737 (Not for treks/climbs with ropes – OK for Aconcagua)
J S Insurance: www.jsinsurance.co.uk  Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard: www.snowcard.co.uk  Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.: www.thebmc.co.uk  Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag: www.dogtag.co.uk  Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK): www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins: www.axainsurance.com  Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International: www.ingleinternational.com  Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: www.insure4less.com.au (Australian clients)

You do not have to use any of the above, but if you make your own insurance arrangements documentary evidence of your own policy is required.

Please forward the details of your Insurance as soon as you have it: we need the insurance company’s name, their 24 hour emergency telephone number and your insurance policy number – admin@adventurepeaks.com

 

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