Ultimate K2 Base Camp Trek And Gondogoro La

Ultimate K2 Base Camp Trek And Gondogoro La


From £3,295
Altitude 5,050m Grade: T5

Visit Broad Peak and K2 Base Camps and the Art Gilkey memorial Unforgettable scenery whilst you cross the Gondogoro La.

This is one of the greatest treks in the world, unbeatable in terms of close-up mountain views and proximity to many of the world’s highest peaks. However this is a tough but rewarding trek, with many days being spent on the rugged, tumbled glacier as you head up to ‘Concordia’ where the Baltoro and the Godwin-Austen glaciers converge in a beauty and simplicity of ice and rock. Many trekking operators only include a trek up to BC on a day return but Adventure Peaks takes you on up past Broad Peak to K2 Base Camp where we spend a night, allowing you time to absorb the unique atmosphere and environment surrounding this unforgettable mountain. Conditions permitting, we return via the spectacular Gondogoro La (5600m), a dramatic high col that affords further stunning views of not only the Gasherbrum peaks but also Broad Peak, K2 and the Muztagh Tower. The return to civilisation is down the Hushe valley, passing the extremely photogenic and arrow-like Leila Peak.

This is a trek that requires physical and mental fitness but boy, it is worth it!

Previous experience in using ice axe and crampons is a pre-requisite for all clients wishing to cross the Gondogoro La.

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

Read a detailed client report about this Trek

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22nd Jun 2023 - 16th Jul 2023
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* A deposit of £400 will be required at checkout.

What's Included

  • Estimated International flights from London (flight inclusive package
  • Accommodation - 6 nights hotels, 14 nights camping
  • Meals - 21 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 14 evening meals
  • Park fees as appropriate
  • All road transfers in country (unless indicated in 'exclusions')
  • Domestic flights in Pakistan
  • 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

 

What's Excluded

  • Meals if not indicated in 'inclusions'
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks and personal spending
  • Personal equipment
  • Tips for local staff
  • Visas (please note you will need to apply for your own Pakistani visa and this can take several weeks).
  • Museum and monument entry fees
  • Karakorum National Park tax (US$100) if still applicable in 2018
  • Cost of extra hotel nights if required due to flight delays or bad weather

 

Itinerary

Days 1/3 Depart UK, arriving Islamabad the next day and transfer to the hotel for a few hours’ sleep. After an early breakfast we return to the airport for the flight to Skardu, 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.

Day 4/5 After a free day in Skardu,we travel by Jeep to Askole, the last village between us and K2, This journey takes about 7 hours and is on very rough narrow tracks often blocked / damaged by landslides.

Day 6 We set off early to avoid the heat of the day. We follow the Braldu river valley through green pastures and after crossing the Biafo River we skirt around the base of the terminal moraines of the Glacier for lunch at Korophon. Beyond here a new path has been cut through the cliffs making the walk to camp straightforward. 7 to 8 hours walking.

Days 7/8 We continue up the Braldo River, sometimes close to the raging water, sometimes taking a higher path used by pack animals. If the weather is clear we get our first glimpse of Broad Peak today. 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 much cleaner environment with well managed camps.7 to 8 hours walking.

An important resting day follows when the porters will prepare their food for the trek ahead. We will make a side excursion to gain some altitude from where we can get superb views up the Baltoro Glacier.

Day 9 After one hour we climb up onto the rocky moraines of the Baltoro Glacier. From here on the glacier will be our highway - sometimes icy, sometimes moraine covered, with lots of ups and downs as we cross moraine ridges. The sight of PaiyuPeak  and the Trango Towers are truly astounding. 6 to 7 hours walking.

Day 10 Today we should get our first distant sight of Broad Peak and the Gasherbrums. A shorter day of walking up the glacier to the campsite which is located on a grassy slope high above the Baltoro and commands one of the most dramatic mountain views in the world, dominated by 'Nameless Tower'. 4 hours walking.

Day 11 We continue gently upwards, passing the Yermanandu glacier which flows down from Masherbrum (7821m), while the Muztagh Tower pierces the sky on the north side. At the head of the glacier Gasherbrum 4 looms large. Tonight we camp on the glacier. 7 to 8 hours walking.

Day 12/13 A shorter day takes us on up to 'Concordia', where we spend 2 nights with a day’s rest to aid acclimatisation. Here we are at the junction of the Baltoro, the Goodwin Austen and the Broad Peak glaciers. Within sight to the north and east are four of the world's 8000m peaks, and a further 37 peaks in excess of 6500m! Where else in the world would a mountain lover dream to be? 5 to 6 hours walking.

Day 14 We continue up to the K2 base camp, passing Broad Peak camp on the way. 5 to 6 hours walking.

Day 15 We spend the morning at K2 base camp before returning to Concordia where we will have time to sort out and practice with the gear that we may need to cross the Gondogoro La in a couple of days’ time. 3 to 4 hours walking.

Day 16 Heading south we cross several moraine ridges on the Baltoro glacier before turning up the Vigne glacier which is flatter and less crevassed. Early to bed for an early start tomorrow. 6 to 7 hours walking.

Days 17/18 Starting in the early hours to minimise the risk of stone fall as we descend from the Gondogoro La later. The ascent is normally all on snow, and we may need to rope up to cross the glacier to the base of the pass. On the steeper sections ropes are in place to use as a handrail and for safety. From the top the 'big four' are clear to the northeast, and to the south we look down the Hushe valley dominated by the arrow-like Leila peak. The descent is initially a 45o snow slope, with the angle easing and the snow changing to scree as we descend. Our exact campsite for the night will be determined by our pace and whether or not we have been delayed. 10 to 12 hours walking.

Days 19/20 We continue on down the Gondogoro glacier, passing a camp at Dalsan and once off the glacier pleasant trekking through yak pastures and passing trees (the first we have seen since Paiju) take us to the village of Shaisho and on to the road head at Hushe.  7 to 9 hours walking total.(Note: days 18 to 20 will be condensed into two days if needed, giving us an extra day to cross the Gondogoro pass in case of bad weather).

Days 21/23 A 7-hour jeep drive back to Skardu, followed by flight or 2-day drive via the Barbusar Pass to Islamabad. Free day in Islamabad if flying.

Days 24/25 Depart Islamabad, arriving home the following day.

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

 

Reviews

Brian · 5 years ago ·

Epic adventure, just what I was expecting. Stunning scenery, sheer scale of the mountains and landscape.

David A · 7 years ago ·

The support team were first-class. A total of 50 people on the trek including 5 clients and porters, all welcoming and made every possible effort on our behalf of our comfort, safety and well-being.

All our travel and check in arrangements worked well on the itinerary exception of the Gondogoro La which was impossible due to snow.

Andrew S · 7 years ago ·

The Adventure Peaks team booked flights for me punctually and emails and queries were responded to promptly. We had excellent spacious tents and good chairs - all brand new so no leaks.

Lee was excellent guide - professional, everyone including local portals etc were superb, food was good, the trekking team with properly matched in terms of fitness so no problems. The trip definitely fulfilled my expectations.

John K · 7 years ago ·

Mike, We have arrived in Skardu. The trip was fabulous. The team jelled quickly and with Lee's excellent leadership consistently performed well and was ready and able to cross the Gondogoro La. Unfortunately the route conditions lead us to a unanimous decision to not cross the pass. Our decision was confirmed with a change in the weather.

K2 blessed with three days of spectacular views from the moment we arrived at Concordia, the day we walked to K2 BC and almost until we left. This is without a doubt one of the most special places on the planet. For me personally seeing K2 has fulfilled a 35+ year dream.

The local team were incredible. Our lead guide Aman and assistant guide Yasser were great. Everyone had full confidence in their leadership and decisions.

The entire group gelled like none other I have been a part. By the end everyone; clients, leaders, porters were working side by side setting up, breaking down, crossing rushing waterways all to ensure everyone was safe and healthy.

Ian T · 8 years ago ·

The trip was an amazing experience and Mike is an extremely talented trekking guide (and has more patience in dealing with interesting people than me…). Unfortunately through no fault of your company end/or the guide we were unable to complete the Gondogora La due to some people joining the track end not fully understanding the rigors of the treck against their ability. It would have been good to split the group of Concordia however that was not practical, and despite setbacks I was fortunate to travel with some great people with good camaraderie. I have no objections to turning back based on peoples safety.

The travels back to Islamabad in the buses was great and one of the highlights of the trip, all credit to Mike for taking the initiative and enabling us to see some amazing country and people. It was probably good that Yorkshire Airways were not flying from Skardu.

Sam W · 8 years ago ·

I thought Michael was tremendous. Always in attendance and vigilant for those feeling unwell. His cheerfulness and knowledge and sensitivity to local customs was of a true professional. Adventure peaks is indeed fortunate to have him.

Vicky B · 10 years ago ·

Pakistan is an amazing, fascinating, challenging country. I was surprised and disappointed at how hard I found it but thank you very much for an excellent trip I won't forget it.


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