K2 Basecamp

K2 Base Camp

24 Days / Pakistan
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Overview

This epic adventure to K2 Base Camp (5,400m) is one of the world’s most iconic trekking expeditions. Rather than take the normal out-and-back route, we take the trail less travelled. After we reach K2 Base Camp we cross the Gondogoro La pass (5,585m) and finish our trek in the Hushe Valley. This maximises our time and experience in 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. Known as the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” You are rewarded with a stunning panoramic view. The view includes more than 40 peaks over 6,500m in height, four of which are over 8,000m.

This 24-day journey includes 14 days of trekking and is suitable for experienced and adaptable trekkers. You’ll need a strong sense of adventure and an appreciation for remote areas. It is a camping trek which is fully supported by our team of friendly porters from Baltistan region.

Security in Pakistan

At Earth’s Edge, we feel it is safe to trek to K2 Base Camp. We do advise you to do your own research and decide for 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. Both the FCO and the DFA advise against travelling the Karakoram Highway (KKH), however, we are hopeful they will downgrade this advice soon. We will only take the KKH in the event that the internal flights from Islamabad to Skardu and Skardu to Islamabad are cancelled due to weather.

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.

If you want to hear more about our K2 expedition, you can watch our information talk in the Great Outdoors below!

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart Dublin.

    Depart Dublin for Islamabad. Overnight flight.

    depart
    plane
  • 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.

    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
    hotel
  • Day 4

    Free day in Skardu.

    Today we enjoy a free day in Skardu where we can visit the bazaar and Skardu Fort. Note: If our flight on day 3 was cancelled we will spend nine hours driving from Chilas to Skardu today.

    breakfast
    relax
    hotel
  • Day 5

    Drive Skardu to Askoli, 7hrs.

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

    transfer
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • 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. Altitude 3,100m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • 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. Altitude 3,450m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • 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.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • 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. Altitude 3,990m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • 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. Altitude 4,050m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • 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. Altitude 4,650m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • 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. Altitude 4,650m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 13

    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. Afterwards, we continue on to K2 Base Camp (5,400m) and then return to Concordia for the night. Altitude 4,650m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 14

    Day 14: Rest day in Concordia.

    We take a rest day to soak up the stunning surroundings.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • 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. Altitude 5,010m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    camping
    dinner
  • 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. Altitude 4,680m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 17

    Trek Hispung to Daltsampa, 4hrs, 6.8km.

    Today we descend the Gondogoro Glacier to reach Daltsampa. Altitude 4,300m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • 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. Altitude 3,330m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • 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. Altitude 3,050m.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 20

    Drive Hushe to Skardu, 7hrs.

    Today we drive back to Skardu.

    breakfast
    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

    Islamabad to Dublin.

    We depart for Dublin. Overnight flight.

    breakfast
    plane
  • 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

  • July 6th, 2020 - Jul 29th, 2020
    Good availability
  • Aug 4th, 2021 - Aug 27th, 2021
    Good availability
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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. 

 

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