Fixed Departures International Mt. K2 8611m Expedition spring 2019


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Highest Access: 8,611m (28,252ft)
Duration: 60 days
Group Size: 02-15 persons
Entry & Exit: Islamabad
Cost: Group Join Basic Advance Base Camp Services only
Single Person US $ 30,500
02-04 Person US $ 15,500 per person
05-08 Person US $ 13,500 per person
09-12 Person US $ 10,500 per person
12-15 People US $ 9,500 per person
Grade: Challenging
Meals: B/B plan in Islamabad & B,L,D in during Driving and climbing period
Transportation: Car, Jeep, Mini Bus
Best season: Spring Season: April-May

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Fixed Departures International Mount K2 expedition in Urdu: کے ٹو , also known as Mount Godwin-Austen or Chhogori (Balti and Urdu: چھوغوری‎), is the second highest mountain in the world, after Mount Everest (8,848m), at 8,611m (28,251ft) above sea level. It is located on the China–Pakistan border between Baltistan, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of northern Pakistan, and the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China. Mt. K2 is the highest point of the Karakoram Range and the highest point in both Pakistan and Xinjiang.

Mt. K2 is known as the Savage Mountain due to the extreme difficulty of ascent. It has the second-highest fatality rate among the eight thousanders. With around 300 successful summits and 77 fatalities, about one person dies on the mountain for every four who reach the summit. It is more difficult and hazardous to reach the peak of Mt. K2 from the Chinese side, so it is usually climbed from the Pakistani side. Unlike Annapurna, the mountain with the highest fatality-to-summit rate (191 summits and 61 fatalities), or the other eight thousanders, K2 has never been climbed during winter. Ascents have almost always been made in July and August (the warmest times of year); K2's more northern location makes it more susceptible to inclement and colder weather.

The name K2 is derived from the notation used by the Great Trigonometric Survey of British India. Thomas Montgomery made the first survey of the Karakoram from Mount Haramukh, some 210 km (130 miles) to the south, and sketched the two most prominent peaks, labeling them K1 and K2.

The policy of the Great Trigonometric Survey was to use local names for mountains wherever possible and K1 was found to be known locally as Masherbrum. K2, however, appeared not to have acquired a local name, possibly due to its remoteness. The mountain is not visible from Askole, the last village to the south, or from the nearest habitation to the north, and is only fleetingly glimpsed from the end of the Baltoro Glacier, beyond which few local people would have ventured. The name Chogori, derived from two Balti words, chhogo ("big") and ri ("mountain") (چھوغوری) has been suggested as a local name, but evidence for its widespread use is scant. It may have been a compound name invented by Western explorers or simply a bemused reply to the question "What's that called?" It does, however, form the basis for the name Qogir (simplified Chinese: 乔戈里峰; traditional Chinese: 喬戈里峰; pinyin: Qiáogēlǐ Fēng) by which Chinese authorities officially refer to the peak. Other local names have been suggested including Lamba Pahar ("Tall Mountain" in Urdu) and Dapsang, but are not widely used.

With the mountain lacking a local name, the name Mount Godwin-Austen was suggested, in honor of Henry Godwin-Austen, an early explorer of the area. While the name was rejected by the Royal Geographical Society, it was used on several maps, and continues to be used occasionally.

The surveyor's mark, K2, therefore continues to be the name by which the mountain is commonly known. It is now also used in the Balti language, rendered as Kechu or Ketu (Urdu: کے ٹو‎). The Italian climber Fosco Maraini argued in his account of the ascent of Gasherbrum IV that while the name of K2 owes its origin to chance, its clipped, impersonal nature is highly appropriate for so remote and challenging a mountain. He concluded that it was:

... just the bare bones of a name, all rock and ice and storm and abyss. It makes no attempt to sound human. It is atoms and stars. It has the nakedness of the world before the first man – or of the cindered planet after the last. Andre Weil named K3 surfaces in mathematics partly after the beauty of the mountain K2.

  • Max Height 8611m
  • Difficulty LevelChallenging
  • Start From Pakistan
  • End From Pakistan
  • Accommodation -
  • Country Nepal

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 540m
Islamabad: 30 May 2019 : Arrival at Islamabad

Arrival at Islamabad and Transfer to hotel for overnight.

Day 2 540m
Islamabad: 31 May 2019 : Islamabad

Welcome reception at Alpine Club of Pakistan. Overnight at hotel

Day 3 480m
Chilas: 01 June 2019 : Skardu/Chilas

a) Fly to Skardu PK-451 (09:30 – 10:30). (Flight is subject to weather). Upon arrival transfer to hotel for overnight.

b) In case of cancellation of flight (12-14 hrs) drive by coach to Chilas (480 km) on Karakoram Highway. Overnight at hotel

Day 4 480m
Skardu: 02 June 2019 : Chilas / Skardu

a) Day free at Skardu

b) If your are driving, complete road journey (07–08 hrs) to Skardu (275 km) En-route has good view of Nanga Parbat (8125m) at the confluence of Indus River and the rapids and fall of Indus River. Overnight at hotel

Day 5 480
Skardu: 03 June 2019 : Skardu Final preparation day at Skardu.

Skardu Final preparation day at Skardu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6 3000m
Askole: 04 June 2019 : Askole (3000m)

By jeeps drive to Askole (8-9 hrs). The last village of about 50 houses. The villagers grow their own cereals, vegetable and fruit and own large herds of sheep's, goats, yaks and dzos. Overnight in tent

Day 7 3200m
Jhola: 05 June 2019 : Jhola (3200m)

Start 2-3 hours, walk across wasteland and traverse Biafo Glacier, a to tiny Ocean of moving boulders and crevasses 2 km wide. Cross the glacier and after a lunch break continue to Jhola (4-5 hrs). Cross-Dumardo River Bridge and camp at rather dusty campsite encompassed by a few bushes with a side stream. Overnight in tent.

Day 8 3600m
Paiyu: 06 June 2019 : Paiyu (3600m)

Start on a moderately easy trail for 3-4 hrs. Crossing Bardumal campsites along a 2-km stretch of sandy River beach. After a lunch break continue towards Paiyu for another 2-3 hrs. trail climbs to a Vantage Point providing view of the Snout of Baltoro. And in the far distance a marvelous panorama of Cathedral Towers and triangle of K2 to the left for the first time. Paiyu is a herded campsite. Overnight in tent.

Day 9 3600m
Paiyu: 07 June 2019 : Paiyu (3600m)

Traditional rest day at Paiyu. Overnight at tent.

Day 10 4000m
Khuburtze: 08 June 2019 : Khuburtze (4000m)

Start for a 5-8 hrs. slight climb up Baltoro Glacier on the southern edge. After about two hours the path divides at the snout of Baltoro glacier where the left side goes to the BC of Tango Tower and the Sarpo Lgo pass. Continue to the side right climbing up on to the glacier that stretches up the valley 62 km long and 2 km wide. Follow the southern edge to Liliwa and onward to Khuburtze lovely walks for about 90 minutes to the campsite and with clear water. Overnight at camping

Day 11 4200m
Urdukas: 09 June 2019 : Urdukas (4200m)

4-5 hours lovely walk mostly along the crest of lateral moraine with stunning views of Paiyu Peak, Chorichi, Uli Biaho, Tango Towers and so on. Urdukas is a viewable campsite. However like Paiyu this site is over used and polluted. Overnight at camping.

Day 12 4500m
Goro II: 10 June 2019 : Goro II: (4500m)

6-8 hours walk on the glacier. The first hour walk is across difficult side Crevasses, however the way is smoother and easy in the center. Continue for 2-3 hours to Goro-I opposite of Yermanendo Glacier falling down from the Mashebrum pass. For the next 3-4 hrs continue east up the Baltoro glacier. Following telephone wire from army HQ Goro to Gasherbrum IV. Goro-II campsite is pitched on the rough stones and ice in the hub of the glacier with water from the glacier melt. Overnight at tent.

Day 13 5100m
K2 Base Camp: 11 June 2019 : Concordia (4700m) / K2 Base Camp (5100m)

6-8 hours slightly easy walk, with spectacular views and titanic mountain panorama, including Muztagh Tower, Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak and the mighty K-2. Camp at Concordia named by Martin Conway after the place De La Concordia in Paris. Lunch at Concordia. You will be meeting some crevasses near Godwin Austin glacier. Overnight at tent.

Day 14-58 8611m
K2: 12 June – 26 July 2019 : 45 days for acclimatization and climbing.

45 days for acclimatization and climbing.

Day 59 4800m
Ali Camp: 27 July 2019 : Vigne Glacier or Ali camp: (4800m)

5-6 hours continue walk on Vigne Glacier, proving gorgeous views of Chogolisa, and Mitre Peak, A rare mountain panorama and camp just below pass. Overnight at camping


Day 60 4680m
Khuspang: 28 July 2019 : Gondogoro La (5680m) / Khuspang (4680m)

4-5 hours. Start very early in the morning for the uneasy and steep ascend to Gondogora_La (high pass), and another 3-4 hrs descend to the high camp (Khuspang) on the other side. Also BC for Gondogoro Peak. Continue trek to Dalzampa: (4300m) another 4-5 hours easy descends glacier Moraine to exotic campsite of Dalzampa "field of flower". A climb to the lateral Moraine provides fantastic views of glacier and jagged spires. Overnight in tent.

Day 61 3300m
Hushe: 29 July 2019 : Shaieshcho: (3600m) Hushe: (3300m)

4-5 hours walk on the lateral moraine through wild roses, gooseberry cedar and Tamarisk bushes. The Charksa valley joins the Gondogoro at Shaieshcho and the route leads towards the base camp of K6 and K7. Another 4-5 hours the last day of the trek follow the east bank of Hushe River on an easy path through the field and camp out side the village.

Day 62 2340m
Skardu: 30 July 2019 : Skardu: (2340m)

By jeep drive to Skardu via Khaplu. The second largest kingdom in the old Baltistan safe guarding the trade route to Ladakh along Shyok River. Overnight at hotel.

Day 63
Chilas: 31 July 2019 : Islamabad / Chilas

a) Fly to Islamabad PK-452 (11:20 – 12:20). (Subject to weather). Upon arrival transfer to hotel.

b) In case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas. Overnight at hotel.


Day 64
Islamabad: 01 August 2019 : Islamabad

a) Leisure day at Islamabad

In case of driving, complete road journey from Chilas to Islamabad. Overnight at hotel.


Day 65
Islamabad: 02 August 2019 : Islamabad

Farewell meeting at Alpine Club of Pakistan. Overnight at hotel.

Day 66
: 03 August 2019 : Fly Out

Transfer to airport for your return flight home.

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