Pastore Peak

Pastore Peak


From £4,600
Altitude 6,209m Grade: 2C

Sandwiched between the 8000m giants of K2 and Broad Peak, Pastore Peak is a beautiful 6000m peak located in the heart of the Karakoram. This expedition also takes in a visit to K2 Base camp and a return journey over the Gondogoro La.

Pastore Peak offers everything! A breathtaking approach trek, considered by many as one of the best treks in the world, a shapely 6000m peak, sandwiched between the 8000m giants of K2 and Broad Peak. A visit to K2 Base camp and a return journey over the Gondogoro La. A unique offering by Adventure Peaks.

It is still suitable for those who have experience with ice axe and crampons to Scottish grade 1 or Alpine PD. For those who do not wish to ascend the final peak there is the welcome opportunity to relax and just visit K2 Base Camp.

Pakistan is a beautiful wilderness for any mountaineer or trekker. The Balti people are some of the friendliest and happiest folk we have met on our travels, always singing and dancing.

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20th Jun 2023 - 16th Jul 2023 Spaces27 £4,600£5,300 Book Now
18th Jul 2023 - 13th Aug 2023 Spaces27 £4,600£5,350 Book Now

* A deposit of £400 will be required at checkout.

What's Included

Our experienced Expedition leader will be supported by our Pakistani High Altitude Porters (HAPs). In addition, we are also supported by equally good cooks who all have high levels of hygiene and care.

  • Estimated International flights from London (Flight inclusive package)
  • Transfers to and from the in country airport if flights booked with Adventure Peaks
  • A British expedition team leader.
  • Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition.
  • Return domestic flight to Skardu
  • Land Transport to from Mountain
  • Food, fuel and cooking equipment whilst on the mountain.
  • Hotel 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 for returning clients
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchases from Adventure Peaks shop

What's Excluded

  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment.
  • 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).
  • Transfers to and from the in country airport if flights NOT booked with Adventure Peaks
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Costs associated with missed international flights as a result of delays on domestic flights from skardu or other circumstances.

Itinerary

Days 1 - 2

Depart UK, arriving in Islamabad the next day. Transfer to hotel, briefing at Alpine Club of Pakistan. (H)

Day 3

After an early breakfast we return to the airport for the 45 min flight to Skardu (2228m), which usually departs mid-morning. Given good weather this is perhaps the most spectacular commercial flight in the world, with magnificent views of Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world. The flight however will not operate in poor weather, and you must be prepared for a wait in Islamabad if the flight is cancelled. (H,B,D)

Day 4

Free day in Skardu (2228m). Visit bazaar and Khurpucho Fort (H,B,D)

Day 5

Travel by Jeep to Askole 3048m, the last village between us, Pastore Peak and K2. This journey takes about 6-7 hours and is on very rough narrow tracks often blocked / damaged by landslides. (C,B,L,D)

Day 6

Trek Askole 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. 6-7hrs 12.6km +200m (C,B,L,D)

Day 7

Trek Jhola to Paiyu 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 riverbed that leads to Paiyu, our campsite for the next two nights. Despite the stories in old guidebooks 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 6-7hrs 16.6km +250m (C,B,L,D)

Day 8

Rest Day at Paiyu camp. A rest day to aid acclimatisation and an important resting point for porters, they 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 9

Trek Paiyu to Khubertse 3990m. A tough day of walking as we tackle the rocky moraines of the Baltoro Glacier, but the sight of Paiyu Peak, Cathedral Towers and the Trango Towers are truly astounding.
5-6hrs 10.8km +540m (C,B,L,D)

Day 10

Trek Khubertse to Urdukas 4050m. We continue to traverse along the edge of the glacier to our camp at Urdukas. 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 nameless Tower, claimed to have the tallest granite wall in the world 3-4hrs 5.1km +60m (C,B,L,D)

Day 11

Urdukas Trek to Goro 4380m. 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 IV and the most
spectacular of them all Masherbrum, it’s 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- 5-6hrs 5.1km +330m (C,B,L,D)

Day 12

Trek Gore to Concordia 4650m. Concordia is the most famous campsite in all the Karakorum. With views of four 8000m peaks; K2, Broad Peak, GI and GII. and many more stunning peaks. 4-5hrs 9.2km +270m (C,B,L,D)

Day 13

Concordia to Broad Peak Base Camp 5135m. 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. 5-7hrs (C,B,L,D)

Day 14

Broad Peak BC - K2 BC - Pastore Peak BC 5200m. Today porters take our camp equipment to Pastore BC as we take our trek to K2 Base Camp, spend a few hours there before heading back down and onwards to Pastore BC.

Day 15

Preparation and Training for Ascent of Pastore Peak or for crossing the Gondogoro La.

Day 16

Climb Pastore Peak 6209m. During our 2018 joint K2 summit expedition, we identified this peak as a possible objective for clients to tackle a first Himalayan Peak with minimal previous crampon and ice axe
experience. Its location is second to none; Pastore Peak is situated at one tip of a triangle between K2 and Broad Peak. The climb to the summit can be done in around 10hrs from base camp. Those who do not wish to attempt the peak can relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery from camp. 8-10hrs 6km +1010m (C,B,L,D)

Day 17

Reserve summit day

Day 18

Pastore BC to Concordia (4700m) Trek back to Concordia 4-5hrs. Then the following day 4-5 hrs of glacial Trekking (C,B,L,D)

Day 19

Concordia to Ali Camp 5010m. Today we leave the Concordia and the Baltoro glacier initially for 2hrs over difficult ground to regain easier ground as we pass Chogolisa 7665m that leads to Ali Camp
a collection of rocky platforms on which our tents are perched. 4-5 hrs 9.5km +360m (C,B,L,D)

Day 20

Ali Camp – Gondogoro La – Hispung 4600m Today we depart at 2am to cross the famous Gondogoro La pass 5680m into the beautiful Hushe Valley. Initially on moraine before returning to the glacier, the final ascent involves steep walking perhaps with the use of fixed ropes.

Days 21 - 22

Huispung-Dalsangpa 4150m - Hushe 3050m Two more days of spectacular trekking, dominated by the beautiful Laila Peak, that gradually takes us down into the warmth of the Hushe valley below. (C,B,L,D)
5-6hrs 10km -450m // 4-5hrs 9.3km -1100m

Day 23

Return drive Hushe to Skardu Drive by 4x4 jeep 6-7hrs. (C,B,L,D)

Day 24

Flight to Islamabad

Day 25

In Islamabad or spare flight day

Days 26 - 27

Return International Flight

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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

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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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