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Explore the beauty of the mountains of Pakistan.
As we trek up the peaks of these mountains, we enter a remarkable wilderness of ice, rock and sky. By the time we reach Paiju Camp at the foot of the Baltoro Glacier, we begin to feel the pulse of creation: the ice melts the rocks roll, and the glacier creaks, rearranging its icy rivers.
When we reach Concordia, we are rewarded with the most incredible mountain views in the world, surrounded by K2 (8611 m), Broad Peak (8051 m), and Gasherbrum IV (7925 m), and Mitre Peak (6010 m).
Our return trek is by way of the Gondogoro La (5600 m), a challenging hike skirting the Gondogoro Glacier, and down to the green irrigated fields of the Hushe Valley. This is an exciting, challenging trek, geared for hikers looking for an adventure.
Get ready for this amazing itinerary!
Skardu to AskoliBreakfast then drive to Askoli, the last settlement of Skardu Valley. Take a break for lunch and then drive along The Braldu River. Arrival at 1st campsite in Askoli.
Askoli to JulaBreakfast and then the trek will begin. Lunch break taken along the route. Arrival at 2nd campsite in Jula.
Jula to PaijuThe trek will start in an easy fashion with an occasional small climb over rocks. Three hours walk will lead to the point where waters from the Paiju peak divide into four rushing streams that can be crossed by jumping over stones. In the east, dominating the horizon are the towering summits of Gasherbrum 4, Cathedral Towers and Broad Peak. A hike along the river will lead to Paiju (3560m), which is a refreshing campsite situated in a grove of willows and poplars through which flows a stream of fresh water. This is a 4 – 5 hour trek and regular breaks will be taken.
Paiju RestFull day rest at Paiju Camp
Paiju to UrdukasThe day’s trek will begin with a walk for about an hour across gradually ascending barren territory to arrive at the snout of the Baltoro Glacier, a vast, turbulent sea of rocks and ice more than two miles wide and nearly forty miles long. The first stretch of the walk on the undulating glacier can be a little challenging due to dodging small crevasses. The view is magnificent with the Cathedral and Trango Towers. A walk across boulder-strewn ice, we gradually gain height over three hours to the south side of the glacier. We arrive at our campsite, Urdukas. This is a 6 – 7 hour trek and regular breaks will be taken.
Urdukas to Biango/Goro 2The day beings by walking on the surface of the glacier for the first two hours. After arriving at the green pastures of Urdukas, the trek continues along the middle part of the glacier. The views feature small streams of water rushing over clear blue ice, and huge mushroom-like ice towers erupting from the glacier. Approaching Gasherbrum 2 (8035m – 14th highest peak in the world), Biango (4030m), is our campsite, dominated by a stunning view of Masherbrum (7900m). This is a 7 – 8 hour trek and regular breaks will be taken.
Biango/Goro 2 to ConcordiaThe trek starts by walking along the middle of the glacier to the incredible sanctuary of Concordia. As approaching Concordia, Gasherbrum 4 stands guard to the east. On our left we have magnificent views of Muztagh Tower (7200m) on the border between Pakistan and China. Excitement mounts and paces quicken as we arrive at Concordia, lured by the classic views of K2 (8612m). Within a radius of 15km are 41 peaks above 6500 meters, almost half of them still unconquered and unnamed. Also visible from Concordia, clockwise from K2 are: Broad Peak (8068m), Gasherbrum 4 (7900m), Baltoro Kangri (7245m), Kondus (7000m), Mitre (6000m), Paiju (6610m), Crystal (6300m), Marble (6200m) and Angel Peak (6800m). This is a 4 – 5 hour trek and regular breaks will be taken.
Rest day at ConcordiaFull day Rest at Concordia to enjoy the breathtaking view of the world’s highest peaks.
Concordia to Ali CampThe first two hours of the trek are difficult due to traversing the Baltoro Glacier and its crevasses. Once on the Vigne Glacier the trek is easy, The Mighty Chogolisa (7600m) stands guard in the south. Camp overnight at Ali Camp (5030m). This will be an early, as the trek continues at midnight for the departure over the Gondogoro La. This is a 5 – 6 hour trek and regular breaks will be taken.
Ali Camp to KhuyspanThe trek starts at 1 am to climb the Gondogoro La (5566m). For the first two hours the trek will be on the lateral moraine to avoid crevasses. Approaching the base of the pass. The final ascent involves a steep walk on the snow and the use of fixed ropes as well as crampons and ice axes. The views from the top of the pass are unparalleled, with K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum 1 to 4, Masherbrum, and many other mountains. The descent on the Hushe side is steeper, requiring good balancing on the rocks. Camp at Khuyspan (4629m), a campsite with greenery and wildflowers. This is a 9 – 10 hour trek and regular breaks will be taken.
Khuyspan – DalsangpaThe trek to leave Khuyspan, is along the Gondogoro Glacier, first encountering small crevasses, then hiking over the soft ice of the glacier. The last half hour is a pleasant walk through wildflowers, with views of the Gondogoro Glacier, Yermandu Kangri (7555m), Masherbrum South (7688m), and the Masherbrum La. Camp at Dalsangpa (4198m) by a small Lake. This is a 3 – 4 hour hike and regular breaks will be taken.
Dalsangpa to SaichoThe trek continues as by descending to the meadows and pastureland at Saicho (3727m). There are still tremendous views, including Namika Peak (6230m), and Defokhar (6445m). This is a 4 – 5 hour hike and regular breaks will be taken.
Back to Civilization – SkarduEnjoy the final breakfast at camp and say ‘Khuda Hafiz’ to your camping staff who had been pitching tents preparing meals. A drive on 4×4 jeeps for a bumpy ride through Karakoram. This part of Baltistan appears greener and more prosperous than the drive to Thongol. Arrive at Skardu and transfer to a hotel – Enjoy a hot shower! End of tour
1 night in a hotel – Twin sharing.
Dome tents and toilet tents – Comfortable and resistant even in the harshest parts of the world
Mess Tent with full kitchen, table, chairs and kitchen utensils.
Full board during camping and in Skardu.
We provide excellent quality food during your adventure.
One of the only expedition outfitters in Pakistan which provides fresh meat and vegetables at the base camps.
Professional and qualified guides throughout the tour.
Experienced, humorous and enjoyable company.
Porters – To carry equipment and 12kg of personal luggage.
Jeeps – Skardu to Askoli to Skardu.
Personal Equipment (Sleeping bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc.)
Personal insurances of clients.
Any personal expenses.
Evacuation and rescue charges if any.
Domestic Air tickets are not included.
Porter for extra luggage.
Horse for trekking.
Personal trekking equipment.
Any expense due to forced measures, natural calamities, and acts of God, beyond the control of our staff and suppliers.
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