K2 | Nanga Perbat Base Camp Trek

24 Days

Skardu the bewitching capital of the Baltistan region is the starting point for the mighty K-2. We cross a beautiful lush green fertile and fruit-laden Shigar valley and drive as far as Ascoli, the last inhabitant before falling into the throne of mountains.

Walking on the unpredictable but charismatic and enchanting Baltoro Glacier, we glimpse several famous and beautiful mountains on the way toward K2. Finally, we arrive at Concordia, the junction of Baltoro and Godwin Austin Glaciers with several other tributaries and a place serving as the base for the four giants of Karakorum, i.e. Gasherbrum II ( 8035m ), Broad Peak ( 8047m ) and Hidden Peak or Gasherbrum I ( 8068m ) dominated by the king of the mountains, K-2 ( 8611m ).

The beauty of the place has no match in the world and the view of K2 is gorgeous. The return journey is possible via the same route or by crossing the Ghondoghoro La, a technical pass at 5690 meters, offering a good challenge of ascending and descending to another stunning Hushey valley of the Khaplu region.

Overview

Duration:

25 days

Altitude:

3000-5690M

Range:

Karakorum

Camp/Hut nights:

 19-20

Hotels nights:

4-6

 

 

Grade:

Strenuous Trek

Best Period:

June to September

Itinerary

All clients will be picked up by World Adventure Tours representative on arrival at Islamabad International Airport and taken to the group hotel. Land Only package services begin with this transfer to the group hotel. The majority of international flights arrive in the early morning and you may want to rest before lunch. Depending on time availability, there may be an option to do some sightseeing in Islamabad, a city purpose-built in 1961 as the new capital of Pakistan. Alternatively, we could visit the Twin City of Rawalpindi a town from the days of the British Raj. The two cities are very different in character; the older settlement is rather sprawling with enormous and complicated bazaars where you can easily get fascinatingly lost. Islamabad, by contrast, is much more open, a modern city with many parks and wide streets arranged on a grid system. There is not always the opportunity to include a sightseeing tour and, if there is, it is optional and there will be a charge payable locally. Accommodation: Hotel Meals: Breakfast
We take the Karakorum Highway on the old silk route. This is just spectacular. It’s a long drive but one of the great journeys of the world between the deep gorges of the mighty Indus. Driving over Babsur Pass will minimize the distance and the night stay will be in Chilas (10-12 hour drive). Accommodation: Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast, we will start our journey towards Fairy Meadows. We shall transfer you to Tatu village on 4×4 Jeeps. Then, you will be hiking for 2-3 hours to reach Fairy Meadows. Arriving at The Fairy Meadow, we will spend the night in tents or in comfortable log cabins/Huts. The Fairy Meadows is the perfect place to chill out and unwind; watch the clouds dance past the mighty Nanga Parbat, the glacier snaking through the valley below, and explore the cool woods surrounding our log cabins. From Fairy Meadow, you can see the most beautiful mountain in Pakistan and the ninth highest mountain in the world, Nanga Parbat. Accommodation: Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today you will trek to Nanga Parbat base camp (6-8 h). A few kilo-meters after Fairy Meadows, there is a second campsite called Beyal, where it is much quieter and has even better views than the previous camps and comes back to Fairy meadows. Accommodation: Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Descend to Thakot bridge and Drive to Kagan/Naran. Or drive to Besham Overnight at a hotel Accommodation: Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today is a fee day in Skardu. you can explore the city and markets in the evening. Accommodation: Hotel Meals: Breakfast
We leave Skardu by jeep for Ascoli, passing through the fertile Shigar Valley. The last 2 hours of the drive cover the ground which used to make up the first 2 days' walk of the trek and includes the passage of the infamous Braldu Gorge section. This high and steep-sided valley is prone to landslides and we may have to walk short sections of the road where it has been made unstable by rock-fall. Given reasonable road conditions, we will spend our first night under canvas in this famous Balti village high above the thundering Braldu River. Askole is a single street of wooden houses, backed by irrigated fields of corn and potatoes and groves of apricot trees. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
We set off early to avoid the heat of the day. The route is gentle and enjoyable. We cross the Biafo Glacier on the way and get our first sight of the Paiyu pinnacles. We will be trekking for around 5 hours to the Jula camp today. Our lunch point Korofong (3,075 m) lays across the glacier’s other foot. The trees here are habitats for a variety of beautiful birds. From Korofong we gain altitude and follow the Braldu course till we reach the Panama River which is crossed by taking a detour through a trail built on the face of the cliff. These pulley bridges known as Jhola were common in the Karakorum Mountains. Beyond this bridge is our campsite called Jhola. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Ascent: 290 Descent: 190 Distance: 21KM Time: 6-7 hours trekking
Trek to Paiju (3,380m) 4 to 5 hours walking. The path is quite loose in places and again it is likely we will have to take boots off where the river has flooded the path in a few places. Paiju is a green oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak (6,611m). From this camp we have the first views of the immense Baltoro Glacier. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Ascent: 570 Descent: 290 Distance: 22KM Time: 7-8 hours trekking
Today is a rest day at paiju to aid acclimatization and an important resting point for porters, they prepare food for the trek ahead. Normally there is much singing, drumming (or barrel bashing) and dancing amongst the porters with a real feel good atmosphere. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Another early walk of approximately one hour brings us to the snout of the Baltoro. After viewing the outpouring of meltwater from the ice we climb up onto the back of this great beast. At this point, the ice of the glacier is completely covered by rubble and rocks, and going here can be quite tough. Finally reaching Khoborsay camping place (3800m). we would be able to see the cathedral Towers, the Trango, and the striking rock tower of Uli Biafo.A great day of trekking over difficult and mixed terrain. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Ascent: 610 Descent: 220 Distance: 13KM Time: 7-8 hours trekking
Today is a short day. we continue Baltoro glacier on the lateral moraines or sometimes the glacier itself, passing great Trango and the isolated pillar of the Nameless Tower to our next camp Rdukas (3900m). This is a truly awesome place a hundred meters above the glacier we should reach here in time for a late lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free to tend to camp chores or just to soak up our fabulous situation. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Ascent: 250 Descent: 140 Distance: 7KM Time: 3-4 hours trekking
On this day we follow the moraine edge and climb up onto the glacier. Soon we come to have the enchanting view of Mashabrum (7821m) on our right side. Ascending and descending on the mountains of rubbles over the ice we have a glimpse ahead to the peaks which surround Concordia. Goro is the camp name (4290m) and camping is one of the largest glaciers outside the polar region with an attractive view of Gasherbrum IV (7925m). Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Ascent: 330 Descent: 90 Distance: 12KM Time: 6-7 hours trekking
Today, we move up to Concordia passing on Baltoro, views of Broad Peak (8051 m) appear while Marble and Crystal Peaks appear on the left. K2 remains concealed till the minute we reach Concordia; a breathtaking sight that becomes a beautiful memory forever. Concordia is a wide area of glaciers which is one of the greatest places on earth. We will be surrounded by 4 eight-thousanders, 10 out of 30 highest peaks in the world. The camp will be set at 4,500 m in Concordia on the moraine. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Ascent: 250 Descent: 40 Distance: 12KM Time: 5-6 hours trekking
Go to broad peak base camp (4800m), K-2 base camp (5100m) 0r Rest at Concordia. If you chose to go, start early in the morning you can return to Concordia in the evening. On this day, we can start early through crevasses and small rivers created by melting ice. We follow on to the glacier that is named after Godwin Austin who first declared K2’s height. After three hours we will be at Broad Peak base camp where we will have a great sight of the astonishing Karakoram 2nd (K2), Mitre Peak behind us, and Bride Peak. We walk on the moraine which is mostly boulders. However, we do walk on ice occasionally. After another 3 hours trek, we shall complete a one-way journey of the K2 Base Camp reaching a moraine safe zone, a traditional base camp area for K2 climbers. One can also visit Gilkey Memorial if time allows. The memorial has names of brave souls inscribed on plates and plagues. These tough ones died attempting K2. The decisions about trekking to K2 Base Camp, Broad Peak BC, Gilkey Memorial, choosing one or another or all options, or choosing to rest at Concordia on this day depends on the participants. Return to Concordia on this day is compulsory. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner Time: 6-12 hours trekking
We set out the journey on a less explored route today. The nature and difficulty of trekking depend on snow which is not common between the months of June to late August. Normally we would walk on non-slippery ice which is in fact easy to hike on. In case of large crevasses, we would take short detours only to make progress. However, in case of snow conditions at Baltoro, participants and porters would walk together (all hooked to a rope) and use their crampons for safety. After walking for more than 5 hours, we should reach the junction point of Baltoro with West Vigne Glacier which is linked to Gondogoro La’s base. We set camp for tonight on the high moraine near the junction. Our campsite is known as “Ali Camp” as Ali (a porter belonging to the nearby village) had first been recorded to cross Gondogoro La while returning as a porter from a climbing expedition to Gasherbrum. Reaching camp, we would have enough time to learn and practice some basic skills for moving on the Gondogoro La Trek’s fixed lines the following day. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Ascent: 380 Descent: 10 Distance: 12KM Time: 5-6 hours trekking
On this day of Gondogoro La Trek, participants are woken up sooner than first light. After a good breakfast, harnesses and crampons are put on and we hit the incredible West Vigne Glacier, all roped as one unit until we make it to Gondogoro La’s base. Depending on the weather and snow conditions on the lower slope of the high pass, we may possibly continue as one unit attached to the rope, or we might be in a position to ascend the slope un-roped. Normally there would be at least one steep part to cross on the higher slopes. During these parts of the climb, our support crew will fix ropes. It normally takes around three hours to reach the top of Gondogoro La Pass. One can have a splendid view of four of the 8,000-meter peaks, specifically Gasherbrum 1 and 2, Broad Peak, and the mighty K2. The giant pass is one broad shoulder from where we get a perfect view of the astonishing Gondogoro valley on the opposite side. While descending down the other sturdy side, one can enjoy views of Trinity peaks, not to mention the stunning Laila Peak (6,096 m). The fall is comparatively sudden and therefore requires the use of fixed ropes for most of the descent. Crampons would be required for the most part of moving down the pass and also on the upper segment of Hushey valley which will normally be covered in snow. Participants will need to watch their every step while descending to avoid jolting stones into their team members. Once the gradient eases, we get to a trail running along the beautiful Gondogoro valley above Trinity Glacier where we meet soon. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Ascent: 700 Descent: 950 Distance: 13KM Time: 9-12 hours trekking
Compared to yesterday’s exertions, today will be a relatively easy trek as we follow the Gondogoro Glacier downstream. Except in conditions where snow is lying on the surface of glaciers (unusual from mid-June to August), our crampons, harnesses, and other mountaineering paraphernalia can be packed away as we no longer need these things. We have completely new vistas as we head towards the Hushe Valley, initially trekking down the central moraine of the Gondogoro Glacier. About halfway down the glacier on today’s walk, we pass Laila Peak. We continue our descent of the Gondogoro Valley starting by following the trail through this pleasant ablation valley. On the other side of this obstacle, the ablation valley continues and the walking becomes easier. We pass through a widening of the valley known as Gondogoro Village (although there is no village – just a few temporary stone shelters for goat herders) and beyond here we have to cross a small stream before continuing along the crest of the lateral moraine. At this point, we have returned to more benign altitudes where things grow and the trees actually become bigger than us as we continue the descent of the moraine to the valley bottom. We make our camp at Saitcho (3350m), a sandy area of sparse grasses beside the river at the junction of the Gondogoro and Charakusa valleys. This will be the first night in almost a week where we can breathe the oxygen-rich air below 4000 meters and sleep to the sounds of running water! Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Descent: 1200 Distance: 18KM Time: 5-6 hours trekking
It is in the nature of a journey such as this that there can be delays and it is important to build in some time to allow for this. If we have not experienced any delays or been required to use this contingency day at this point in our trek, this will be a well-earned rest day. The switch is a great place to relax in the sunshine, catch up on diaries or laundry, or for those with an insatiable trekking appetite, a walk up into the Charakusa Valley is well worth the effort. If this option is taken we will make a relatively early start and follow a huntsmen’s trail up onto the lateral moraine of the Charakusa Glacier. This is snow leopard country and although you will be very lucky if you spot one of the animals, you are very likely to see its signs and the local guide will take delight in pointing these out. After crossing a side glacier over rubble and ice, we get back onto the lateral moraine until it is possible to step onto the main Charakusa Glacier. Just how far we can go today depends on what time we start, the nature of the glacier, and the energy of the group but we should be able to go far enough for views of K6 and K7. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Time: Around 6 – 8 hours If we walk, it will take the walking option
Now that we are off the glacier and down below 4000 meters, the daytime temperatures can climb into the high thirties so it is well worth getting an early start to avoid the main heat of the day. This is a relatively easy day of about 3 to 4 hours, following the river draining the Gondogoro and Charakusa glaciers down to its confluence with those draining the Masherbrum and Ailling glaciers. Here the valley swings to the south and we begin to see various signs of a habitation with walls and temporary houses. Eventually, we reach the extensive fields of Hushe and climb up to a small plateau on which the main village is sited. Hushe is quite large with a warren of alleys and buildings. Most traditional houses are built from rounded river stones and are 2 stories high, with space for the animal downstairs and people upstairs. Hushe also has some more modern houses, a shop, a school, a hotel, and a trekkers’ campsite. We check into the campsite and the rest of the day is free to explore this fascinating village. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Descent: 350 Distance: 7KM Time: 3-4 hours trekking
Just as when we began our trek, leaving the high valleys of the Karakoram necessitates an exciting road journey by jeep. The return is not as arduous as the approach and the scenery is superb as we make our way down the valley passing villages of intense agriculture on both sides. Eventually, we reach a junction where the Hushe River meets the Shyock River which flows from Ladakh. We cross the Shyock on a suspension bridge to reach a paved road on the other side of the large town of Khaplu which is the Capital of the Ghanche District. From Khaplu our journey becomes considerably smoother and much faster as we now drive on the tarmac road first following the Shyock to a confluence with the Indus, then along this major river back to Skardu. Arriving in the Balti capital, we check into our hotel and enjoy our first hot shower in over two weeks! Accommodation: Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
The drive from the hotel to the airport is 40 minutes and it’s a metal road. We board the plane for a thrilling flight towards Islamabad. We once again fly by the Nanga Parbat. Reaching Islamabad airport after a great adventure is a very different experience and takes getting used to. Our vehicle will be at Islamabad airport to take us straight to the hotel. We will settle in and have lunch if there isn’t any unusual delay. After a good meal participants can take the day for rest or sightseeing around the city or shopping for popular options like artifacts or rugs. In the evening we will be together to enjoy a special meal at a local restaurant or at our hotel and share experiences of Gondogoro La Trek. Accommodation: Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Skardu is a ‘weather dependent’ airport which means the planes will only fly here if the visibility allows line of sight to the runway by the pilot on the approach. Fortunately, the weather is mostly clear in Karakoram but local weather conditions can bring clouds and rain from time to time. If we cannot fly we will travel down to Islamabad by road along the spectacular Karakoram Highway. If we flew up to Skardu this will be an added bonus as it is a fantastic travel experience in its own right. The drive down the Indus River to Islamabad takes two days so this is an important contingency day to allow for this. If we have flown to Islamabad this will be a further day for sightseeing in the capital and your leader will advise the group on the options available for today. Accommodation: Hotel Meals: Breakfast
Our land package for K-2 Trek ends only with breakfast and transfer to the airport.

Cost

What is Included

  • • Government licensed professional guide/leader (pre-requisite for K2 Base Camp Trek)
  • • Airport transfers on first and last day from/to Benazir International Airport, Islamabad
  • • All domestic flights and transfers (according to itinerary)
  • • All road transport in Pakistan (according to the itinerary above)
  • • All accommodation in Pakistan (hotels and camps) according to the itinerary
  • • All meals in Pakistan during the trek (breakfast, lunch, and dinner ) while only breakfast in Islamabad.
  • • All trekking requirements on the ground (including cook, support staff, porters, gears (excluding personal), etc
  • • Government trekking permit fees/paperwork for k2 and CKNP cleaning Fee

Not Included

  • • Travel insurance
  • • Visa to Pakistan (Letter of Invitation and other supporting documents will be offered by us for visa application)
  • • International flights
  • • Tips for guides, porters, staff etc
  • • Miscellaneous (drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc at hotels)
  • • Souvenir
Do I need visa for entering Pakistan and what If I am already in the country?

Yes, all Nationalities need a valid visa to enter Pakistan. However, many nationalities can get visas on arrival in Pakistan.
A tourist visa (visit visa) is required to come to Pakistan for trekking.
People on work visas (already in Pakistan/abroad) require a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) which normally takes up to 6 weeks. To apply for a tourist visa online, we advise you to read the details given on the official visa portal at the link attached and apply for Mountaineering and Trekking visa.
Visa Link: (https://visa.nadra.gov.pk/)

How much money should I carry for miscellaneous Expenses and Tipping?

For expenses other than your holiday cost, you can carry approximately 230 EUR/250 USD/200 GBP /9,000 Thai Baht, 100AED (or equivalent in your own currency). This can be used for other expenses including tips for porters and supporting staff. You can purchase Pakistani Rupees (PKR) upon arrival at the airport at good rates. US Dollars, Euros and Pound Sterling can quickly be converted into the local currency at the airport.
The porters are paid in Pakistani Rupees, not to mention everything else you may want to purchase in Pakistan. US Dollars will have an advantage of being easily exchanged at even smaller towns but we recommend one-time exchange. Credit cards can come handy for shopping in Islamabad for souvenirs/gift items including rugs. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) will be available in Islamabad and Skardu but using your debit/credit cards, you will only be able to withdraw Pakistani Rupees from ATMs.

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Trip Facts

  • 2-16
  • 5690M
  • Plan, Bus/Coach and Jeep
  • Hotel/Camping
  • Intermediate+
  • Islamabad
  • June to September
  • Guide ration 05/1
  • Adventure
  • All Meals during the trek
  • 15
  • 75