K2 Basecamp

K2 Base Camp

24 Days / Pakistan
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training weekend
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parkfees
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international
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doctor
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4,999.00

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Overview

We are the only company in the world who send an International guide and doctor on our K2 Basecamp (5,400m) treks while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Sending an international guide and doctor on all our K2 Basecamp treks allows us to deliver an unrivalled level of safety and service for each and every one of our clients. Having smaller group sizes allows us to minimise our environmental impact and foster a stronger team dynamic.

Trekking to K2 Basecamp (5,400m) is one of the most remote and iconic trekking adventures in the world. Unlike other companies we do not retrace our steps once we have reached Basecamp, instead we traverse the Boltoro Glacier and cross the Gondogoro La Pass (5,585m) – the highest point of our trek. We descend from there through the Hushe Valley and maximise our experience of the greater Karakoram range. These mountains stretch for almost 500km along the border of China, Pakistan and India and it is the most heavily glaciated stretch of land outside the Polar regions.

K2 (8,611m) is the world’s second highest mountain and considered by many experienced mountaineers to be one of the toughest mountains to climb, it is frequently referred to as ‘King of the Mountains’ or ‘the Mountaineers Mountain’. It is the extreme height, severe weather conditions and the demanding technical route that make K2 such an epic challenge for all those that dare to attempt to summit.

It is the awe-inspiring scenery that surrounds you every step of the way that makes the K2 Basecamp trek such a special one. More and more mountains of the greater Karakoram range are brought into view as we travel up the Baltoro Glacier towards our ultimate goal. The highlight for many is the time spent in the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” or Concordia – which is where the Baltoro, Abruzzi and Godwin Austen Glaciers meet. On a clear day you can see 10 of the world’s 30 highest peaks, including 4 over 8,000m.

Our 24-day itinerary includes 14 days of trekking and is best suited to adaptable and experienced adventurers.  Our expedition is fully supported by our incredible local team of friendly porters who help make the transitions from camp to camp so much easier and teach us about their unique culture and history along the way.

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart Dublin.

    Depart Dublin for Islamabad. Overnight flight.

    depart
    plane
  • Day 2

    Arrive in Islamabad.

    Arrive in Islamabad.

    arrive
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 3

    Fly Islamabad to Skardu, 1 hr.

    Today we take the short but spectacular flight to Skardu. Free day to explore Skardu. Altitude 2,228m. Note: If our flight is cancelled due to bad weather we will start the drive to Skardu travelling for 10/11 hrs on the Karakorum Highway to reach Chilas.

    breakfast
    plane
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 4

    Free day in Skardu.

    Today we enjoy a free day in Skardu. Overnight hotel. Note: If our flight is cancelled due to bad weather we will continue the drive to Skardu travelling for 10/11 hrs on the Karakorum Highway to reach Skardu.

    breakfast
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 5

    Drive Skardu to Askoli, 7hrs.

    Today we take the thrilling and spectacular drive to Askoli, the starting point of our trek. Altitude 3,000m.

    breakfast
    transfer
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 6

    Trek Askoli to Jhola; 9 hrs, 12.6km.

    We walk along the Braldu River to set up camp at Jhola. Altitude 3,100m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 7

    Trek Jhola to Paiyu; 9 hrs, 16.6km.

    A tougher day as the trail to Paiyu undulates for most of the day. Altitude 3,450m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 8

    Rest and acclimatisation day in Paiyu.

    A rest day in Paiyu.

    breakfast
    lunch
    relax
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 9

    Trek Paiyu to Khubertse; 10 hrs, 10.8km.

    We enjoy stunning views of Paiyu Peak, Uli Biaho, Great Trango Tower, Lobsang Spire and the Cathedral Towers on the route to Khubertse. Altitude 3,816m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 10

    Trek Khubertse to Urdukas; 4 hrs, 5.1km.

    A shorter and easier day today crossing beautiful slopes covered in wildflowers. Altitude 4,168m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 11

    Trek Urdukas to Goro II; 6-8 hrs, 12.1km.

    Another stunning day today as we walk across the moraine and glacier with a lot of fun rock-hopping and stream-jumping. Altitude 4,319m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 12

    Trek Goro 11 to Concordia; 5 hrs, 9.2km.

    A challenging but rewarding day trekking across more moraine and glacier. It is a gradual climb up to Concordia where the Baltoro, Abruzzi and Godwin Austen glaciers meet. Altitude 4,570m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 13

    Trek Concordia to Broad Peak Base Camp, 5 hrs.

    Today’s route to Broad Peak Basecamp offers one of the best views of K2. Altitude 5,400m

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 14

    Trek Broad Peak Base Camp to K2 Base Camp to Concordia, 7 hrs.

    We arrive at K2 Base Camp today! Altitude 4,570m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 15

    Rest day in Concordia.

    We take a well deserved rest day to soak in our stunning surroundings. Overnight camp.

    breakfast
    lunch
    relax
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 16

    Trek Concordia to Ali Camp; 6 hrs, 9.5km.

    We leave Concordia and say farewell to some of the staff and ponies that have helped us until now. Overnight camp. Altitude 5,010m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 17

    Trek Ali Camp to Hispung via the Gondogoro La Pass, 12 hrs, 8.5km.

    The toughest day on the trek takes us across the Gondogoro La Pass (5,585m). Overnight camp. Altitude 4,680m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 18

    Trek Hispung to Daltsampa via Saicho, 8hrs.

    We walk through beautiful alpine meadows to Daltsampa. Overnight camp. Altitude 4,300m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 19

    Trek Daltsampa to Hushe; 4 hrs, 9.3km.

    Our last day of this epic journey is spent on the trail from Daltsampa to Hushe where we bid farewell to the porters. Overnight hotel. Altitude 3,050m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 20

    Drive Hushe to Skardu, 7hrs.

    Today we drive back to Skardu.

    breakfast
    transfer
    hotel
  • Day 21

    Fly Skardu to Islamabad, 1 hr.

    We fly back to Islamabad in the morning. Your afternoon is free for exploring. Note: If our flight is cancelled due to bad weather we will start the drive to Islamabad travelling for 9 hrs on the Karakorum Highway to reach Chilas.

    breakfast
    plane
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 22

    Free day Islamabad.

    Enjoy a free day in Islamabad for exploring, sightseeing and shopping. Note: If our flight on day 21 was cancelled we will spend 11 hours driving from Chilas to Islamabad today.

    breakfast
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 23

    Depart Islamabad.

    Transfer to the airport.

    breakfast
    plane
    depart
  • Day 24

    Arrive in Dublin.

    Arrive back in Dublin in the morning. Expedition ends.

    arrive

Facts

Pakistan is one of the most underrated and under-visited places in the world. Combine the amazing culture with the stunning Karakoram region where K 2 is, and you've got a truely amazing place!

To give you a bit of an introduction to the region, we've compiled a list of fun facts for you to sink your teeth into!

Facts about K2

K2 is 8,611 metres high, making it the second highest mountain in the world.

Mount Everest is 8,848 m, making K2 just 237 metres shorter.

It got the name K2 in the Great Trigonometrical Survey where a British man Thomas George Montgomerie sketched the largest peaks he could see. The K stands for the Karakoram region, and he assigned K1 to K6 for the peaks.

There doesn't seem to be a name for the mountain locally. This may be to do with how remote it is and that the peak isn't visible from the nearest town of Askole.

The first attempted to summit K2 was in 1902, but it wasn't conquered until 1954 by an Italian team.

The first female climber on K2 was Wanda Rutkiewicz from Poland in 1986.

Facts about Pakistan

Pakistan is the 6th most populated country in the world, with 204 million people!

The name Pakistan comes from Urdu and means "land of the pure".

There are over 60 different languages in Pakistan but Urdu is spoken by 75% of the population.

There are four main ethnic groups in Pakistan: Punjabis, Pashtuns (Pathans), Sindhis, and Balochs.

 

Available Dates

  • Aug 4th, 2021 - Aug 27th, 2021
    Good availability
  • Aug 10th, 2022 - Sep 2nd, 2022
    Good availability
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4,999.00

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What Our Clients Say

If you are looking to travel to perhaps the most remote part of the world, meet truly inspirational people, be challenged physically like never before and be absolutely blown away by the most awesome scenery and mountains you will ever witness, the K2 basecamp Trek and the Gondogoro La pass in Pakistan with Earth’s Edge is for you!

Niall Sheil, Co. Wexford, Ireland

K2 Basecamp and the Gondogoro La Pass, has been one of my favourite trips. Beautiful scenery, amazing food and very knowledgeable local guides. The pass provided a nice challenge where I was able to use crampons and ropes for the first time. Descending the back of the pass was a highlight. The real highlight was meeting mountaineers ready to summit K2 and Broad peak, we were able to have a group dinner with them and really get some insight into high altitude climbing. Mike Horn was at K2 base camp and being able to meet him and hear his stories about trekking and adventures across the world was so inspiring. I can honestly say that meeting these people really made the trip for me.

Megan White, Co. Donegal, Ireland

I have done two expeditions with Earth's Edge. They have both been wonderful experiences and I have enjoyed the company of the locals and climbers who I have set out with. Not only have we learned more about the mountains I have climbed but I have learned more about the countries that I have visited (.i.e. people, language, cuisine).

Cillian Mac Gabhann. Co. Westmeath, Ireland. 

 

Why Us

We are Ireland’s first fully licensed & bonded adventure travel company and 100% Irish owned. We send expedition leaders from Ireland with solid travel experience & who are ‘salt of the earth’ genuinely lovely people.

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