K2 North Base Camp Trek China

Altitude 5200m, Grade T6

A remote lesser-travelled trek to the world’s second highest peak base camp.

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K2 (8,611m): the second highest mountain on earth. While most treks and climbs approach K2 from the south, this special Adventure Peaks Expedition to K2 North Base Camp takes the remote northern approach by way of China’s great desert province of Xinjiang.

It is a unique trek and a spectacular journey on a little-travelled route following trails alongside the Yarkand and Shaksgam rivers. As we make our way through dramatic mountain valleys, a caravan of camels carry our gear. After we reach Sughet Jangal (K2 Base Camp) at 3,940m, we leave our camels behind and backpack to the Italian K2 Advance Base Camp (4,700m) on the K2 Glacier. Camped on the glacier beneath this remarkable peak, we enjoy an acclimatisation day trekking through ice seracs toward the sprawling glacial amphitheatre that laps the base of K2’s immense North Face. The optional trek to K2 Advance Base Camp is a 4-day, 3-night journey over rugged glacial terrain. Each member of our group carries their own clothing, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad (porters carry our camp gear and food). The K2 North Base Camp trek is a strenuous trip but well worth it. The overall journey is a fantastic cultural odyssey through ancient Silk Route outposts and a rare chance to explore one of the greatest mountain sanctuaries in the world.

To compare this with the traditional southern approach trek to K2 Base Camp via Pakistan, please see this page.

  • Estimated International flights from London (flight inclusive package
  • Accommodation – 4 nights hotels, 16 nights camping
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Park fees as appropriate
  • All road transfers in country (unless indicated in ‘exclusions’)
  • Qualified UK group tour leader (subject to minimum numbers)
  • Local guides
  • Local trekking staff to assist (cook and porters)
  • Trekking permit
  • All camping equipment (excl. personal kit)
  • Adventure Peaks kitbag. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK and returning clients
  • 24hr back-up and support from our UK staff
  • 15% discount from the RRP on clothing and equipment from Adventure Peaks shop


  • Meals if not indicated in ‘inclusions’
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks and personal spending
  • Personal equipment
  • Tips for local staff
  • Visas
  • Museum and monument entry fees
  • Cost of extra hotel nights if required due to flight delays or bad weather
  • Costs associated with an expedition/trek finishing early, or you leaving an expedition/trek early
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances including the cost of extra nights accommodation.


It is vitally important that you have adequate travel insurance for your trip with Adventure Peaks. 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 Peaks itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken.

Adventure Peaks do not provide any advice on travel insurance, although it is a requirement of our booking conditions that you have travel insurance which covers the activities which you are likely to be undertaking on your holiday. Cover must include emergency medical, helicopter evacuation, repatriation and rescue expenses.

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

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