Baltoro Concordia K2 Trek.
K2 base camp trekking
Guaranteed departure date program with experienced mountaineering guide: 15 July to 4 August 2013.
The Baltoro glacier from the air, looking east. (From L-R): Marbal Peak,
Gasherbrum IV, Gasherbrum II(behind Gasherbrum IV), Concordia, Gasherbrum I,
Mitre Peak, Golden Throne, and Chogolisa (or Bride Peak).
Baltoro region as seen from the
The Baltoro Glacier
The Baltoro Glacier, at 62 kilometers long, is one of the longest glaciers
outside the polar regions. It is located in Baltistan, in the Gilgit-Baltistan
region of Pakistan, and runs through part of the Karakoram mountain range. The
Baltoro Muztagh lies to the north and east of the glacier, while the Masherbrum
Mountains lie to the south. At 8,611 m (28,251 ft), K2 is the highest mountain
in the region, and three others within 20 km top 8,000 m.
The glacier gives rise to the Shigar River, which is a tributary of the Indus
River. Several large tributary glaciers feed the main Baltoro glacier, including
the Godwin Austen Glacier, flowing south from K2; the Abruzzi and the various Gasherbrum Glaciers, flowing from the Gasherbrum group of peaks; the Vigne
Glacier, flowing from Chogolisa, and the Yermandendu Glacier, flowing from
Masherbrum. The confluence of the main Baltoro Glacier with the Godwin Austen
Glacier is known as Concordia; this location and K2 base camp are popular
The trough of this glacier is very wide. Small valley glaciers form icefalls
where they meet the trunk glacier. The sidewalls vary from very steep to
precipitous. The glacier has carved striations on the surrounding country rocks.
Moving ice has formed depressions, which serve as basins for numerous glacial
The glacier can be approached via the important Balti town of Skardu.
A list of notable peaks adjacent to or near the Baltoro Glacier includes:
K2, 2nd highest of the world at 8611m
Gasherbrum I, 11th highest of the world at 8,080m.
Broad Peak, 12th highest of the world at 8,047m.
Gasherbrum II, 13th highest of the world at 8,035m.
Gasherbrum III, 7,946m. (Often regarded as a subpeak of Gasherbrum II.)
Gasherbrum IV, 17th highest of the world at 7,932m.
Masherbrum (K1), 22nd highest of the world at 7,821m.
Chogolisa, 36th highest of the world at 7,665m.
Muztagh Tower, 7,273m.
Snow Dome, 7,160m.
Biarchedi, 6,781 m
Uli Biaho Tower, 6,417m.
Trango Towers, 6,286m. (Their vertical faces are the world's tallest cliffs.)
Mitre Peak, 6,010m.
Broad Peak (8,047m) from Concordia
Concordia is the name for the confluence of the Baltoro Glacier and the
Godwin-Austen Glacier. The name was applied by European explorers, and comes
from this location's similarity to a glacial confluence, also named Concordia,
in the Bernese Oberland, part of the Central Alps.
Concordia offers the region's best place to camp for mountain enthusiasts not
involved in climbing. With breathtaking views, it also offers short hikes to
several important base camps: K2 (three hours), Broad Peak (two hours) and the
Gasherbrums (three hours). An alternative exit to returning down the Baltoro
Glacier is available by climbing the Gondogoro Pass (5450 meters).
21 days detail itinerary
Arrive at Islamabad airport transfer to hotel. After refreshment welfare
meetings with Alpine club of Pakistan, Afternoon city tour of Rawalpindi and
Rawalpindi is a lively, bustling city with the crowded streets and colorful
bazaars, thorough it lacks the grand monuments; nonetheless, the bazaar should
appeal to anyone with the desire to see the real Pakistan.
Islamabad is new capital 36 years old well-planed city of Pakistan is lush green
at the footsteps of potwar hills. Visit one of the biggest Shah Faisal mosques
in the world; also an interesting round trip combines a tour of Shakespearian
Park with a visit to Lok versa, the institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage.
D-02 Islamabad- Chilas
Drive to Chilas on Karakorum highway 11-12 hrs 461km, overnight at hotel
Karakorum high way is 8th wonder of the world. The Karakorum Highway was
constructed jointly by the Chinese and Pakistanis, begun in 1960s and finally
constructed in 1976,s as a link road between Pakistan and China. It is an
engineering wonder, but at the cost of many lives.
D-03 Chilas- Skardu
Drive to Skardu along with Indus River 8-9hrs 290km, overnight at hotel
D-04 Skardu- Askoli
Drive to Askoli by jeeps via Shigar valley 6-7hrs 3000m. Overnight in camp
It is spectacular drive from Skardu to Askoli; the jeep road crosses the Braldu
River three times and passes the villages of Dassu, Apligon, Pakora, Hoto chongo
and Thongal. There are hot Sulphur Springs just 20 minutes behind Thongal.
Around the hot springs are copper colored stones known as Limpi Kiser (Kiser
Fort) King Kiser was a mythical ruler with magical powers- dozens of legends
tell of his exploits in Baltistan, Nagar and Hunza valley.
D-05 Askoli- Jhola
Trek to Jhola 6-7hrs 18km 3200m, overnight in camp
The early morning light finds us beginning our trek as the Loads are distributed
among the porters. Walking along the Braldu River, We pass the town of Askoli
after about an hour. Another three hours' walk brings us to the Biafo Glacier.
It takes 3 to 4hrs from Askoli to Korofoung at 3100m. continue trek to Jhola
(4-5 hrs) you have panoramic view of Bakhor Das peak 5809m) also mighty Biafo
Glacier. Follow the riverside trail to the confluence of the Biafo and Dumordo
rivers. Cross the formidable Domordo River at Jhola which flows from the Panmah
glaciers Camp at Jhola at 3200m.
D-06 Jhola- Paiyu
Trek to Paiyu 6-7-hrs 16.6km 3450m, overnight in camp
This is an undulating walk, difficult at times, with the first views of dramatic
mountains ahead. There is a rest stop by some tamarisk trees beside the stream
flowing down from Paiyu Peak, where we saw ibex tracks and fox spore. The trail
climbs to a vantage point from which you see the snout of Baltoro Glacier and,
in the far distance, a magnificent panorama of the Cathedral Towers and, left of
them, the unmistakable triangle of K2.
D-07 Paiyu-Rest day
Free day for local exploration and Porter will prepare their food for further
trek also porters slaughter goat, driven from Askoli and porters and clients
sing and dance through most of the night.
D-08 Paiyu- Urdukas
Trek to Urdukas 6-7hrs 15.9km 4050m. Overnight in camp
Beautiful views of Great Trango & Uli Biaho Towers. The tail traverses the
glacier angling gently towards its southeast margin. Exit the glacier in to the
ablation valley at Liligo. The route alternates between the lateral moraine and
the glacier, heading out on the glacier to avoid the outflow from the advancing
Liligo glacier. Continue trek to Urdukas, named for the obvious split boulder.
Camp with its extraordinary views of Paiyu Peak 6610m, Uli Biaho 6417m, Great
Trango Tower 6286m, Lobsang Spire 5707m & the Cathedral Towers.
D-09 Urdukas- Goro-II
Trek to Goro-II 5-6hrs 12.1km 4380m. Have a spectacular view of Masherbrum 7821m
& Muztagh Tower 7284m. Overnight in camp
D-10 Goro-II- Concordia
Trek to Concordia 4-5hrs 9.2km 4650m. Overnight in camp
Today it is golden opportunity to see 7000m to above 8000m peaks including
mighty K-2 (8611m) Broad Peak 8047m, G-I 8068m, G-II 8035m, Sia Kangri 7422m,
Muztagh Tower 7284m, G-IV 7925m, Miter Peak 6025m Golden Throne 7240m.
D-11 Concordia/K-2 BC- Concordia
Full day excursion to K-2 Base Camp and back to Concordia, K-2 is locally known
by the name of "Chogori" which means " The Great Mountain " 8611m, is the 2nd
highest mountain in the world.
K2 is placed on the Pakistan-China border in the mighty Karakorum Range. K-2 is
rocky mountain up to 6,000m, beyond, which it becomes an ocean of snow. K-2 was
firstly discovered and measured by the survey of India in 1856, and first named
for English topographer Henry Godwin-Austen, who explored and surveyed the
region and it was firstly climbed on July 31, 1954 by Italian climbers team lead
by Ardito Desio and accompanying him were Lino Lachdelli and Achille Compagnoni.
D-12 Concordia- Ali Camp
Full day trek to Ali camp 9.5 km 5010m
The first two hours of the trek are difficult as we leave the Concordia and
traverse the Baltoro Glacier and its crevasses. It's a comparatively easy and
gradual walk over snow and ice, Mighty Chogolisa (25,110') stand s guard in the
south. Ali Camp (16,600') a combination of small rocky platforms between the
cliff Face and crevasse. We turn in early, as we have a midnight wake-up call
for the departure over the Gondogoro La.
D-13 Ali Camp- Hispung
Trek to Hispung after crossing Gondogoro La Pass 5680m. Overnight in camp
We leave camp at about 1:00 a.m. to climb the Gondogoro La (5680m). For the
first two hours we walk on the lateral moraine to avoid crevasses. As we get
closer to the pass we shift on snow until the base of the pass. The final ascent
involves a steep walk on snow and, depending on conditions, the use of fixed
ropes as well as crampons and ice axe. The views from the top of the pass are
unparalleled, with K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I to IV, Masherbrum, and many
other mountains appearing at our level. The descent on the Hushe side is
steeper, requiring god balance on the rocks.
D-14 Hispung- Dalsangpa
Trek to Dalsangpa 3-4hrs 6.8km 4300m, as we leave Hispung, we make a long
traverse of the Gondogoro Glacier, first encountering small crevasses, then
hiking over the soft ice of the Glacier. The last half-hour is a pleasant stroll
though wildflowers, with Commanding views of the Gondogoro Glacier, Yermanadu
Kangri (23,495 ft.) Masherbrum South (25,604 ft) and the Masherbrum La Camp at
(13.980 ft) by two small lakes
D-15 Dalsangpa- Saicho
Trek to Saicho 3-4hrs 3330m via wild roses, Cedar and Tamarish Bushes to Saicho.
Overnight in camp
We gradually leave the icy landscapes and descend to the meadow and pastureland
at Saicho (12,300 ft.). Although we've left the icy wilds, we still have
tremendous views of the mountains, including Namika Peak and Defokhar (21,464
D-16 Saicho- Hushe
Trek to Hushe 4-5hrs 9.3km 3050m. Overnight in camp
Hushe, Descend to the Gondogoro River, enjoying spectacular views of K6 (23,881
ft.), K7 (22,744 ft.) and Link Sar (23,094 ft.). We continue to descend, passing
through small summer settlement en route to the green irrigated fields at Hushe
The Hushe valley runs from Masherbrum Mountains (at 7821 meters) the 24th
highest in the world, first climbed by the American in 1960. South to the Shyok
River, opposite Khaplu, Hushe, the last village up the valley, is about 140
kilometers east of Skardu and is the starting point for treks to various summer
pastures up five glaciers.
Drive to Skardu 5-6hrs passing through many picturesque villages including
Khapalu village, perched on vertical rocks. This part of Baltistan appears
greener and more prosperous than on our drive to Thongal.
Khapalu Village: This handsome village of timber-and-stone houses and
precision-made dry walls climbs up a wide alluvial fan beneath an arc of sheer
granite walls. Painstaking irrigation has made it a shady, fertile oasis. As you
climb its twisting track, the icy peaks of the Masherbrum Range rise on the
other side of the valley. It's hard to imagine a more majestic setting near a
public road anywhere in Pakistan. The main attractions are the 2600m-high
village itself, the old Royal Place and even older Mosque above it at Chakchun,
and the heart-stopping views. Overnight at hotel
D-18 Skardu- Chilas
Fly to Islamabad incase of flight cancellation drive to Chilas by Karakorum
highway 8-9hrs. Overnight at hotel
D-19 Chilas- Islamabad
Free day in Islamabad or drive from Chilas to Islamabad 11-12 hrs. Overnight at
Morning farewell meeting with Alpine Club, afternoon free for shopping,
overnight at hotel
D-21 Fly back
Transfer to Islamabad Airport for International Flight
Land cost for 21 days K-2 BC/Gondogoro La trek 2013
Pax Price based sharing twin room & tent
07/10 Pax 2230 U$ per person
11/15 Pax 2115 U$ per person
16/20 Pax 1985 U$ per person
Services included in given price
Trekking permit 50U$ per person
Domestic flight Skardu- Islamabad
Member’s personal baggage 15 KGs per person
Islamabad: Regency hotel or guesthouse (bed & breakfast)
Chilas: Panorama hotel or Midway Shangri-La (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Skardu: Concordia Motel or Masherbrum hotel (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Transport: Air-condition van from Islamabad, Skardu, Islamabad, pick, and drop
from airport to hotel, airport, and sightseeing in Islamabad etc
4 X4 Jeeps: Skardu, Askoli and Hushe, Skardu
Camping Food: Askoli K-2 base camp, Hushe
Porters: Askoli, Concordia, Hushe
Porters, wages, food, equipment, transport, and their insurance
Staff: Guide, Cook, assistant cooks
Wages, camp food, transport and their insurance
The Mountain Guides of
ClimberCA team, working under the direction of Ilyas Tuhvatullin,
who 30.05.2004 reached the summit of
Mt. Everest via a demanding new line up the Central Pillar of Everest's North Face; 22.08.2007 reached the summit of
K2 (Chogori) along the center of the Western face – abrupt rocky bastion etc
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Camping Equipment: D3V sleeping tent, mess tent kitchen tent, toilet tent
mattress, chairs, table lamps etc
Kitchen utensils: Complete brand new kitchen utensils (crockery)
General Services: Arrange welfare meeting with Alpine Club
Assist to deposit fee and obtain trekking permit
Tips for baggage handling at airport & at hotels
Fess: (Bridge crossing, cable crossing, camping)
International flights tickets re-confirmation
Services not included in given price
Hotel meals in Islamabad (lunch & dinner)
Single supplement 250 U$ per single
If need extra low altitude porters 125 U$ per porter
Helicopter charges 6000U$ in case of use for rescue
Transfers to and from airports for participants making individual air
Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour
Sleeping bag and all personal expenses such as telephone, fax, email charges,
liquor or soft drinks,
Room service, gratuities for personal services, items of a purely personal