Mt. K2 8,611m (28,251ft) Expedition
Group size: 5-10 people Max-Altitude: 8,611m (28,251ft) Destination: Pakistan Fitness level: 4E Arrival on: Islamabad,Pakistan Departure from: Islamabad,Pakistan Meals: All meals Accommodation: Hotels in cities, teahouses and camps for trekking and climbing
K2, at 8,611m (28,251ft) above sea level, is the second highest mountain in the world, after Mount Everest at 8,848m (29,029ft). 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. K2 is the highest point of the Karakoram range and the highest point in both Pakistan and Xinjiang.
K2 is known as the Savage Mountain after George Bell, a climber on the 1953 American Expedition, told reporters “It’s a savage mountain that tries to kill you.” Of the five highest mountains in the world, K2 is the deadliest where approximately one person dies on the mountain for every four who reach the summit. Also occasionally known as Chhogori, or Mount Godwin-Austen, other nicknames for K2 are The King of Mountains and The Mountaineers’ Mountain, as well as The Mountain of Mountains after climber Reinhold Messner titled his book about K2 the same. K2 is the only eight-thousand metre peak that has never been climbed during winter or from its East Face. 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 peak has now been climbed by almost all of its ridges. Although the summit of Everest is at a higher altitude, K2 is a more difficult and dangerous climb, due in part to its more inclement weather and comparatively greater height from base to peak. As of June 2018, only 367 people have completed the ascent. 86 people have died attempting the climb according to the list maintained on the List of deaths on eight-thousanders.
The summit was reached for the first time by the Italian climbers Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni, on the 1954 Italian Karakoram expedition led by Ardito Desio.
Day 01: Arrival in Islamabad 540m (1,770ft) airport, meet our representative & transfer to hotel.
Accommodation: 3*Hotel | Meal: Welcome Dinner
When the traveler arrivals airport in Islamabad, Our representative will meet you and transfer to the hotel, then take a rest in the evening time will have welcome dinner at restaurant. Overnight stay in hotel at Islamabad.
Day 02: Flight from Islamabad to Skardu 2,228m (7,310ft)
Walking hrs: 26menutes | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast
Early morning flight to Skardu (flights are subject to weather), if unable to fly we will depart for Skardu by road with overnight stay at Chilas. Overnight stay in hotel at Skardu.
Day 03: Drive from Chilas to Skardu 2,228m (7,310ft)
Walking hrs: 22-24hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
In case of flight has operated we will go for sightseeing tour of Skardu and in case no flight, the day will be used for over land travel from Chilas to Skardu (total drive is 22 – 24 hrs from Islamabad to Skardu). Overnight stay in hotel at Skardu.
Day 04: Rest day at Skardu for Acclimatization
Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Skardu is a city in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, and serves as the capital of Skardu District. Skardu is located in the 10 kilometres wide by 40 kilometres long Skardu Valley, at the confluence of the Indus and Shigar Rivers at an elevation of nearly 2,500 metres. Sight seen in Skardu final packing for the Expedition.
Day 05: Drive from Skardu to Askole 3045m
Walking hrs: 4:15hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast we will embark jeeps for a full day ride on a winding jeep trail to Askole – The last inhabitance on our way to the Great Glaciers. (Tent) Askole, Askoli, or Askoly is a small town located in Shigar Valley, in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan. Askole is located in a remote region of the Karakoram mountains 3040 meters above sea level. It is notable for being the final settlement before one enters the wilderness of the high Karakorams
Day 06: Trek from Askole to Jhula 3170m (10,400ft)
Walking hrs: 5hrs | Accommodation: Camping | Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Trek to the Dumurdo river cross at Jhula, (Jhula means wire Rope-Bridge supported by a wooden basket); now a day wooden bridge has been built to cross it. (Tent)
Day 07: Trek from Jhula To Paiju 5758m (18891ft)
Walking hrs: 6-7hrs | Accommodation: Camping | Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Paiju (3,666 m): Camp, trek. We return to Paiju camp site not stopping at Khobrse on the way down. We are now well acclimatized and the walk down is not as hard as going up and much quicker. Approximate walking distanced is 6-7 hours. We will resume trek along the Braldu River to a green oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak 6611 M. Paiju is a mountain in Pakistan, with an elevation of 5758m (18891ft) and a prominence of 0m (0ft) in the Karakoram. (Tent)
Day 08: Rest day at Paiju for Acclimatization
Accommodation: Camping | Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Rest and acclimatization day at Paiju. Relax, read, climb on a steep ridge behind the camp, sing and dance with the porters! Depending upon the size of the party, goats or a goat will be sacrificed and meat will be distributed to the porters as a form of thanksgiving and to bring us good luck on our next day’s walk on the Urdukas.
Day 09: Trek from Paiju to Urdukas 4084m (13,400ft)
Walking hrs: 7-8hrs | Accommodation: Camping | Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Begin trek after an early breakfast. (Tent) Paiyu (3,666 m: Camp, trek. This takes about 6 hours of walking and will give us our first sight of the mighty Baltoro Glacier and the Trango and Cathedral Groups. Paiyu is the last campsite before the Baltoro. Efforts are underway to clear out the pollution and there has also been a recent plantation of many trees in the area. The walk follows the Biaho River all the way to Paiyu. The campsite is perched high above the valley with excellent views.
Day 10: Trek from Urdukas to Goro II 4500m
Walking hrs: 5-6hrs | Accommodation: Camping | Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
A long walk on the icy Baltoro Glacier. (Tent) From Urdukas you ascend along the Baltoro glacier crossing it until you reach Goro camp and then Goro II camp, just ahead. The entire route runs along the Baltoro glacier, passing at the base of Masherbrum face with its icy peak reaching further upwards to 7821 m. Along the way, the glacier is modelled, small and white icy walls sudden rise up in front of you. The trail pass around these icy structures : the famous Baltoro sails.
In front of Masherbrum, the Muztagh Tower, up ahead you find the Gasherbrum peaks. From Goro the view is open, in south direction you can see the path covered, in north direction, at the end of the dark glacier you can see Gasherbrums and Broad peak.
Day 11: Trek from Goro II to Concordia 4691m
Walking hrs: 4-5hrs | Accommodation: Camping | Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After an early breakfast, we will resume a long walk on the Baltoro Glacier to a point called Concordia – a huge junction of Baltoro, Abruzzi & Godwin Austin Glaciers at 4000 meters.(Tent) At Concordia Circus, the Karakorum icy square, you are finally in presence of the great Pakistani 8000 peaks. The panorama is really superb. Looking left, you can see the unmistakable pyramid of K2 in all its unflappable greatness. In front you can see the Broad peak and Gasherbrum various ridges. On the right the glacier continues up to Chogolisa, Snow Dome and Baltoro Kangri. You are now in one of the most extraordinary places on Earth.
Day 12: Trek from Concordia to K2 Base Camp 5135m
Walking hrs: 3-4hrs | Accommodation: Camping | Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After Breakfast then trek to K-2 Base camp. From Concordia Circus you point north, towards the K2 pyramid, almost perfect from here. In few hours you arrive at the base camp, final destination of the trek. From here the eyes can follow the line of the Abruzzi Spur, right up to the shoulder, at 7950 meters, the most advanced camp. From there the climbers attempted the summit. Above the terrible bottleneck with its hanging serac, still behind you can see the peak of the Great Mountain.
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