K2 8611m

The 8611 meters K-2, the pyramid of Pakistan in the Karakoram chain was discovered in 1856 during a geo-political survey by British explorers, which later became a flash point for the mountain lovers. T.G. Montgomery, Godwin-Austin is the name among few who brought this treasure to the world’s vision. Since its exposure it has been attracting many mountaineers from all over the world. In 1954, an Italian expedition engraved an extraordinary feat on the rocks of K-2 as pioneers.

ITINERARY

Day 01:  Arrive Islamabad
Arrive at Islamabad International Airport. Welcome by Blue Sky staff company guide and transfer to Hotel. First we will have lunch and proceed for sightseeing trip will take you to the twin cities of modern capital Islamabad and the old city Rawalpindi. Overnight will be in hotel.

Day 2: Flight to Skardu

Early hours transfer to airport for flight to Skardu, which is very spectacular mountain flight but very dependant on weather conditions. Alternately, we take two day drive to Skardu, along the Karakorum Highway. We stay overnight at Chilas, over heading by the Nanga Parbat, the second highest peak in Pakistan.

Day 3: Skardu (2350 m)

In case the flight operate than we have a free day for sight-seeing, acclimatization and preparations at Skardu, the capital of Baltistan and the gateway to great Karakorum mountains.

If we are driving the road journey today will be 7-8 hrs to Skardu (275km) along the Indus River. On route are spectacular views of Nanga Parbat (8125m), Haramosh peaks etc. Afternoon breifing in the Ministry of Tourism, Skardu. Meals and overnight hotel.

 Day 4: Drive to Askoli (3050m)

Having an early breakfast we start our jeep journey(6-7 hrs) along the Shigar and Braldu valleys to Askoli village (3050m), the last permanent settlement of Shigar Valley. This seven hours hard drive is an extremely spectacular and fascinating journey through little changed traditional villages and orchards. Overnight in tents.

Day 5: Trek to Jhola(3200m)

After an early breakfast and distribution of luggage among porters, we start the trek (6 hrs) and walk along the turbulent waters of the Braldu River towards Jhola (3200m). Most of the trek is an easy walk on established trails except the rocky snout of the Biafo Glacier which we cross and continue to up to Jhola camp site situated just after the confluence of the Braldu and Dumordo Rivers. Meals and overnight in tents.

Day 6: To Paiju (3450m)

We leave Jhola early for Paiju (3450m). Most of the way is easy mainly at riverside of Braldu River. 7 – 8 hours  walking in a hot and dry conditions and crossing many side streams we will reach Paiju afternoon. The Masherbrum group on our right side and whilst ahead of us we gradually begin to see the spires and towers of Trango and Cathedral groups. Today we will also see the snout of the Baltoro Glacier. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 7: Paiju

A relaxation, acclimatization and preparations day at Paiju.  Meals and overnight in tents.

DAY 8:  Trek to Urdukas (4200m)

Today we will cross the Baltoro Glacier which is hard but rewarding with the fascinating views of   Paiju Peak, Trango Towers, Lobsang Spires, Grand Cathedral, Uli Biafo and many other needle like rock peaks.. We cross the glacier to the southern side and continue along an ablation valley to our campsite at Urdukas.   Meals and overnight in tents.

DAY 9:  Trek to Goro (4,300m)

Trek to Goro from Urdukas is easy due to the bare glacier. There are breathtaking views all around us. Heading ahead there are Broad Peak (8047m) and Gasherbrum IV (7925m) on the right side the Mashabrum Group and the left the Trango group of peaks situated. 4-5 hours trekking and overnight in tents.

DAY 10: Trek to Concordia (4,650m)

After three to four hour trek, today, we will reach Concordia, the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods. All around us guarding by the world’s highest peaks including the K2 (8611m) the second highest mountain in the world, Gasherbrum I (8068m), Broad Peak(8047m), Gashabrum-II (8035m) and Chogolisa (7665m). We will camp at the confluence of the Baltoro and Godwin Austin Glaciers.

DAY 11 Trek to K-2 Base Camp

3 to 4 hours trek will take us to the base camp of K-2. We will erect our tents for the rest of the climbing period here.

DAYS  12-61 Climbing

Days 62-66: Return to Askole or Hushe over Gondogoro La.

Day 67: Drive to Skardu – Afternoon debriefing at Ministry of Toursim Office, Skardu

DAY 68:  Transfer to airport for flight to Islamabad if the flight operate, otherwise drive (9 hours) to Chilas along the Karakorum Highway. Meals and overnight at hotel.

DAY 69:  Free day in Islamabad or drive to Islamabad from Chilas for 12 hours.

DAY 70:  Onward flight