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K2 Base Camp Trek

  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Season: Summer
  • Duration: 24 Days
  • Region: Asia
  • Type: Trekking
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Season: Summer
  • Duration: 24 Days
  • Region: Asia
  • Type: Trekking
About The K2 Base Camp Trek

This epic to K2 Base Camp Trek (5,400m) is one of the world’s most iconic trekking expeditions. Rather than take the normal out-and-back route, after reaching K2 Base Camp we cross the Gondogoro La pass (5,585m) and finish our adventure in the Hushe Valley, maximising our experience of the Karakoram.

Located on the border between China and Pakistan, K2 (8,611m) is the world’s second highest mountain. It is considered to be one of the toughest mountains to climb in the world due to its extreme height, the technical route and the extreme weather common in the Karakoram.

The K2 Base Camp trek is made special by the epic scenery throughout our journey up the Baltoro Glacier, with more mountains coming into view the further we travel. The highlight of the trek is reaching Concordia which is the confluence of the mighty Baltoro and Godwin-Austen Glaciers. Also known as the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” one is rewarded with a stunning panoramic view which includes more than 40 peaks over 6,500m in height, four of which are over 8,000m.

This 24-day journey which includes 14 days of trekking is suitable for experienced and adaptable trekkers with a strong sense of adventure. It is a camping trek which is fully supported by our team of friendly porters local to the Baltistan region.

Why Trek to K2 Base Camp with Earth's Edge

100% Financial Protection – Earth’s Edge is Ireland’s first fully licensed (TA:0711) and financially bonded adventure travel company.

Our K2 Base Camp trek is led by an experienced Irish guide and doctor who travel with the group from Dublin.

Our packages are inclusive of a pre-departure weekend, flights from Dublin, internal flights, in-country transport, a full local guiding & support team, accommodation, all meals on the trek, trekking permits, a celebratory meal & an Earth's Edge bandana.

Our 24-day expedition includes a 14-day trekking itinerary designed with acclimatisation in mind, thus maximising your chances of reaching Base Camp.

We use excellent local guides, cooks and porters. We have a strict Responsible Travel Policy and ensure our local partners are treated fairly.

Pre- Departure Weekends – Meet an Earth's Edge expedition leader, an Earth's Edge expedition doctor and your fellow K2 Base Camp trekkers two months before departure. Our pre-departure weekends consist of a full brief and two hikes in Glendalough, Co. Wicklow.

We have a strict Leave No Trace policy and do everything we can to ensure we leave the trail as we found it. 

Our K2 Base Camp Itinerary & Costs

Day 1: Depart Dublin.

Depart Dublin for Islamabad. Overnight flight.

Day 2: Arrive in Islamabad.

Arrive in Islamabad and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon we enjoy a city tour of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Overnight hotel.

Day 3: Fly Islamabad to Skardu, 1 hr.
Today we take the short but spectacular flight to Skardu. Free day to explore Skardu. Overnight hotel. 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. 

Day 4: Free day in Skardu.
Today we enjoy a free day in Skardu where we can visit the bazaar and Skardu Fort. Overnight hotel.

Note: If our flight on day 3 was cancelled we will spend nine hours driving from Chilas to Skardu today. Overnight hotel.

Day 5: Drive Skardu to Askoli, 7hrs.
Today we take the spectacular drive to Askoli, the starting point of our trek. Overnight camp. Altitude 3,000m.

Day 6: Trek Askoli to Jhola; 7 hrs, 12.6km.
After meeting the porters in the morning, we walk along the Braldu River to Korofoung for lunch. In the afternoon we enjoy great views of Bakhor Das (5,809m) and the Biafo Glacier as we continue on to Jhola. Overnight camp. Altitude 3,100m.

Day 7: Trek Jhola to Paiyu; 7 hrs, 16.6km.
A tougher day as the trail to Paiyu undulates for most of the day. We do enjoy our first distant views of the Cathedral Towers and of K2, with its unmistakable triangle shaped peak. Overnight camp. Altitude 3,450m.

Day 8: Rest and acclimatisation day in Paiyu.
We enjoy a slow start today taking in our stunning surroundings. We take a short acclimatisation trek during the day and in the evening sing and dance with the porters. Overnight camp.

Day 9: Trek Paiyu to Khubertse; 6 hrs, 10.8km.
Another stunning day on our journey to K2 Base Camp. We see Paiyu Peak (6,610m) Uli Biaho (6,417m), Great Trango Tower (6,286m), Lobsang Spire (5,707m) and the Cathedral Towers. Overnight camp. Altitude 3,990m.

Day 10: Trek Khubertse to Urdukas; 4 hrs, 5.1km.
A shorter day today as we navigate our way over the moraines to reach Urdukas. Overnight camp. Altitude 4,050m.

Day 11: Trek Urdukas to Goro II; 6 hrs, 12.1km.
A special day today if the weather is clear as we are greeted by our first full view of the giant peaks of the Karakoram. K2 (8,611m) Broad Peak (8,047m), G-I (8,068m), G-II (8,035m), Sia Kangri (7,422m), Muztagh Tower (7,284m), G-IV (7,925m), Miter Peak (6,025m) and Golden Throne (7,240m) all come into view. Overnight camp. Altitude 4,650m.

Day 12: Trek Goro 11 to Concordia; 5 hrs, 9.2km.
Today we trek to Concordia where the Baltoro, Abruzzi and Godwin Austen glaciers meet. The 360-degree panoramic view here is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. On a clear day, you +can see ten of the world’s thirty highest peaks including four 8,000m peaks. Overnight camp. Altitude 4,650m.

Day 13: Trek to K2 and Broad Peak Base Camps, 10 hrs.
We start by trekking to Broad Peak Basecamp (5,000m) which offers one of the best views of K2. Afterward,s we continue on to K2 Base Camp (5,400m) and then return to Concordia for the night. Overnight camp. Altitude 4,650m.

Day 14: Rest day in Concordia.
We take a rest day to soak up the stunning surroundings. Overnight camp.

Day 15: Trek Concordia to Ali Camp; 6 hrs, 9.5km.
We leave Concordia and traverse the Baltoro Glacier, crossing a number of crevasses. We turn in early tonight ahead of a midnight departure to cross the Gondogoro La Pass tomorrow. Overnight camp. Altitude 5,010m.

Day 16: Trek Ali Camp to Hispung via the Gondogoro La Pass, 11 hrs, 8.5km.
We make an early start to ascend to the Gondogoro La Pass (5,585m). Depending on conditions we may use fixed rope to get over the pass. The views from the pass including K2, Board Peak, Gasherbrum I to IV are unparalleled, making all the hard work worthwhile. After crossing the pass we descend to Hispung. Overnight camp. Altitude 4,680m.

Day 17: Trek Hispung to Daltsampa, 4hrs, 6.8km.
Today we descend the Gondogoro Glacier to reach Daltsampa. Overnight camp. Altitude 4,300m.

Day 18: Trek Daltsampa to Saicho; 4 hrs, 9km.
We leave the rock and ice behind us as we walk through meadows and pastures to reach Saicho. Overnight camp. Altitude 3,330m.

Day 19: Trek Saicho to Hushe; 4 hrs, 9.3km.
Our last day of this epic journey is spent on the trail from Saicho to Hushe. Overnight camp. Altitude 3,050m.

Day 20: Drive Hushe to Skardu, 7hrs.
Today we drive back to Skardu. Overnight hotel.

Day 21: Fly Skardu to Islamabad, 1 hr.
We fly back to Islamabad in the morning. Your afternoon is free for exploring. Overnight hotel.

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. 

Day 22: Free day Islamabad.
Enjoy a free day in Islamabad for exploring, sightseeing and shopping. Overnight hotel.

Note: If our flight on day 21 was cancelled we will spend 11 hours driving from Chilas to Islamabad today. Overnight hotel.

Day 23: Islamabad to Dublin.
We depart for Dublin. Overnight flight.

Day 24: Arrive in Dublin.
Arrive back in Dublin in the morning.  Expedition ends.

€399 deposit at the time of booking, followed by a €1,000 payment six months prior to departure & a €3,600 balance payment due two months prior to departure - Total €4,999. Read our best price guarantee.

*If you would like to book this expedition excluding international flights, please contact us for a land only price.

Costs include; a pre-departure weekend, international flights to Islamabad, internal flights in Pakistan, an expedition leader & doctor travelling with the group from Dublin, all transport in Pakistan, all meals on the trek, all accommodation based on twin sharing in hotels & camping, all local park and guide fees & an Earth’s Edge bandanna. For more details on inclusions and exclusions please review the expedition information pack.

Security in Pakistan

At Earth’s Edge we feel it is safe to trek to K2 Base Camp, however, it is essential you do your own research and decide yourself if you wish to join this trek. We recommend taking travel advice from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) rather than the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) as they are better resourced.

Significantly, both the FCO and the DFA advise against travel along the Karakoram Highway (KKH), however, we are hopeful they will downgrade this advice soon. In the event that the internal flights from Islamabad to Skardu and Skardu to Islamabad are cancelled due to weather on days three and 21, we will need to make the journey by road along the KKH.

For more information on security in Pakistan click here for the FCO and here for the DFA. We require all participants travelling on this expedition to sign a disclaimer form which we will send you after you make your booking.

How To Book

Expedition Dates:

If you would like to sign up to this expedition but need some time before you can confirm your commitment, we can hold a space for you. We will hold your space for 48 hours after which time you will need to complete the booking form & pay your deposit.

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