Are you planning to expedite high mountains other than in the Nepal region? If you are then, we have a perfect mountain expedition for you. Well, it’s none other than Mount K2, the second largest mountain at the elevation of 8611 meters/ 28,251 feet lies in the northern region of Pakistan. Also popular for another name as Chogori is a challenging trek with limitless adventurous experience.
Particularly, Mount K2 lies on the China-Pakistan border and is the highest point of Karakoram Range. The first person to reach the summit of the peak were the Italian climbers Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni, in 1954 led by Ardito Desio. Mount K2 also Known as Savage Mountain as the mountain tries to kill you with its massive sizes, unsuccessful attempts, irregular atmosphere, and high elevation. It is a consistently dark steep pyramid vertical in all directions. Mount K2 comprises one base camp and three high camps. The base camp and other high camps II, II, IV lies that the elevation of 5305 meters /17,400ft meters to 7700 meters /25,262ft respectively. The main summit of Mount K2 lines between Baltistan in the Gilgit-Baltistan of northern Pakistan and Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China.
There exist several routes to K2 Mountain via Pakistan. They are South ridge, North Ridge, East Ridge, and west ridge. Pakistan government official claims that no one has reached the summit via East Face of the mountain. North Ridge also known for Abruzzi Spur is the normal and safest route to expedite Mount K2. This route from Skardu Baltistan links via Shigar-Dassu-Askole up to Concordia over the Baltoro Glacier. The top of the summit offers the sightseeing of the entire Karakoram Range with includes Gasherbrum I to VII, ranging from 6,955 meters/ 22,818 feet to 8,080 meters / 26,510 ft., Masherbrum 7,821 meters/ 25,659 ft., Mustagh Tower 7,273 m/ 23,862 ft. and Chogolisa 7,668 metres (25,157 ft). Also, the enthusiastic climbers get a chance to closely observe the culture of Punjabis, Kashmiris, Sindhis, Muhajirs, and Makrani.
Mount K2 expedition is of technical demand climbing with extreme weather and great altitude. It is of compelling objective that requires qualified, trained and experienced Sherpa guides. Frontier treks cautiously lead and guide our climber to the Peak.
Best season to climb Mount K2
Summer season is the best season for the expedition
Clear weather, good snow condition, and favorable temperature during summer.
Winter has more risk and never climbed during this season.
Day 1: Advent in Islamabad Pakistan.
Mostly, the international flights at Islamabad International Airport arrive in the morning. Our representatives meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Later, we have a short brief about the mount K2 expedition. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Flight to Skardu (2,230 m) from Islamabad. Duration: 45 minutes.
We take morning breakfast and make our spectacular flight to Skardu, the capital of Baltistan. The flight offers a magnificent view of Himalayas and Karakoram mountain ranges, Nanga Parbat (8162 m) and Gondodogoro Pass. Skardu is the pathway to mount the K2 expedition. Later, we visit a local market, historical arts, scenic lakes, and the 8th-century Manthal Lord Buddha Rock. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Exploration and preparation day in Skardu.
We set our feet to the remains of Kharpocho Fort built in the 17th century and overlook the great view of Indus River. This location also gives the perfect sunrise and sunset views. We can as well take an optional visit to Satpara Lake via jeep. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Drive fromSkardu to Askoli (3000 m). Duration: 7 hours.
We drive on a jeep along the mighty Indus, Braldu River to Askoli through Sighar valley. Askoli is a small settlement filled with wooden houses and irrigated fields of corn and potatoes. We spend our night in Askoli under the beautiful sky. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 5: Trek to Korfong (3100 m) from Askoli. Duration: 4 hours.
We organize all the essential equipment and supplies and make our way to Korfong. The trail wends us through lanes and fields of Askoli and to Concordia. The valley widens and reveals Biafo Glacier and we have our first taste of moraine walk. Then, we cross the glacier and descend to the green spot beside the river at Korfong. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 6: Trek to Bardumal (3350 m) from Korfong. Duration: 6 hours.
Leaving the Korfong behind, we set our path to side valley, cross a bridge and make ahead to Jhola Camp. From Jhola, we can have a splendid view of Bakhor Das (5809 m) and Paiju Peak. Then, we continue to Bardumal. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 7: Trek to Paiju (3380 m) from Bardumal. Duration: 6 hours.
We start the early trek from Bardumal and the path runs at the edge of the river for a while. Then, the trails climb to a higher ground that allows us the impressive view of Paiju Peak. We encounter a couple of streams today and reach to Paiju. It is a green oasis under the foot of Paiju Peak (6611 m). Camping at Paiju gives us the first views of immense Baltoro Glacier, Trango peak and Cathedral groups. Clear weather helps us to see a glimpse of Mount K2. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 8: Trek to Khoburtse (3760 m) from Paiju. Duration: 7 hours.
An hour walk from the camp of Paiju takes us to the snout of the Baltoro Glacier. Here, we can view the outpouring of meltwater from the ice. Then we march up onto the back of the glacier which is covered by rubble and rocks. As we climb, the trail gets undulated. From here, we catch the moraines, climb up on the glacier, and reach camping place at Khorburtse (3760 m). The Khorburtse gives us a magnificent view of the Cathedral Towers, The Trango Group and the appealing rock tower of Uli Biaho. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 9: Trek to Urdukas (4130 m) from Khoburtse. Duration: 4 hours.
We make a short trek but quite hard up to the undulating moraine. We continue to the east beside the Baltoro Glacier and pass the ship-like prow of great Trango and isolated pillar. WE set our camp at Urdukas. This place gives a sensational view of the Trango Towers to the west, the vast rock wall of Cathedral peak and Lobsang. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 10: Accommodation day at Urdukas.
We have a schedule of acclimatization on this day. Our body needs rest from continue treks. More importantly, the altitude is getting higher, so our body needs to be fit for further elevation. Meanwhile, we can enjoy the grassy slopes and Baltoro glacier. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 11: Trek to Goro II (4250 m) from Urdukas. Duration: 7 hours.
From Urdukas, we follow the eastwards moraine edge until we trace possible broad to climb up the steep. The trail to Baltoro crosses the Yermanadu Glacier which flows from Masherbrum. We can have significant views of Muztagh (7270 m), Masherbrum (7800 m) and Gasherbrum from the top of the Baltoro and Concordia. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 12: Trek to Concordia (4600 m) from Goro II. Duration: 5 hours.
We trek to Concordia and it takes us through heaving swells of the Baltoro Glacier as we cross Mustagh Tower (7284 m). Further, we can witness Gasherbrum IV (7925 m), Gasherbrum II (8035 m), Broad Peak (8051 m) and crystal peak K2. The insights that we have while traveling to Concordia will never goes out of our mind. Concordia is a large area where the glacier coming from K2, Gasherbrum and Choglisa meet. We set a camp at 4500 meters on a moraine ridge and from here, we can have a picturesque view of surrounded mountains like Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak, Mable Peak, Crystal Peak, Chogolisa, Baltoro Kangri, Broad Peak, and K2. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 13: Trek to Broad Base Camp (5000 m) from Concordia. Duration: 4 hours.
We trek to the Broad Base Camp passing through some jumbled ice fins and moraine ridges. The trail further walks across Godwin Austen glacier and finally, we mark our day at Broad Base Camp. Broad Base Camp gives the best view of Mount K2 and the marvelous Karakoram. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 14: Trek to K2 Base Camp (5150 m) from Broad Base Camp. Duration: 6 hours.
Today, we make an early start to the beautiful K2 Base Camp. We stay at this base camp for a few weeks as a part of preparation and acclimatization and climb to the summit. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 15- Day 55: Acclimatization and climbing period.
Camp I is at the elevation of 6,050 meters/19,849 ft. Camp II is at the elevation of 6,700 meters/ 21,981 ft. Camp III steep climb up the “Black Pyramid” with an additional 400 meters is at the elevation of 7,200 meters/ 23,622 ft. Camp IV is at the elevation of 7,600 meters/ 24,934 ft. K2 Summit at the elevation of 8611meters/ 28,251 ft.
Day 56: Trek to Khoburtse (3560 m) from Broad base Camp. Duration: 7 hours.
After the successful climbing session, we drop to Baltoro Glacier. The altitude gradually falls and we start to notice granite walls and spires lining the glaciers. We trek across the campsite of the Duke Abruzzi at Urdukas, moraine, the valley of Braldu and finally made to Khoburtse. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 57: Trek to Paiju (3380 m) from Khoburtse. Duration: 5 hours.
We trek on the beautiful Baltoro Glacier having a spectacular view of Trangp Tower towards Paiju. WE detour to the south to cross Liligo Glacier and return to main Baltoro Glacier. Now, we march towards the ramparts of Uli Biaho. From Biaho we head towards the Braldu. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 58: Trek to Jhola (3170o m) from Paiju. Duration: 7 hours.
Now we are at the lower elevation. The trail has several ups and downs as we pass through alluvial fans, streams. We catch the trail through mainstream Braldu River downstream to its meeting with the Panma River and finally reach Jhola. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 59: Trek to Askoli from Jhola. Duration: 3-4 hours.
We set our feet on a pleasant trail to the Biafo Glacier (Korofon). Before Korofon, we trek of the glacier moraine of the Biafo, walk beside the river. The trail then takes us to the King’s Polo Ground. We descend via several small side valley and habitation and reach to Askoli. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 60: Drive from Askoli to Skardu via Shigar Valley. Duration: 7 hours.
We take an early breakfast and catch a ride to Skardu via Shigar Valley. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 61: Fly or drive to Islamabad.
After taking an early breakfast, we drive to Islamabad. We can also catch a flight to Islamabad.
Day 62: Departure day: Fly back to home.
We have a farewell program and then escort you to the International Airport.
Inclusion / Exclusion
International and domestic airport Pick and Drop
4 Nights’ accommodation in Islamabad and 4 nights’ accommodation in Skardu with B/B
Transportations cost (Land and Domestic) for our overall expedition crew for the entire expedition
Climbing permit for K2 & all essential documents
Meal for trekking and entire expedition Liaison officer
Base camp cook and kitchen helpers, Porter up to Base camp and return from Base camp
National park entry & garbage disposal fees
Heli rescue insurance for high altitude staffs
50 kg per head as personal baggage
Base camp Tents, Dining, Kitchen, Store, Toilet, and shower Tents, Mattresses, Table & Chairs, Cooking gears etc.
Generator or Solar panel for Base camp
Daily weather forecast during the whole expedition
Oxygen: 5 bottles for member and 4 bottles for respectively Climbing Sherpa. Extra Oxygen for emergencies deposited at Base camp (chargeable as per use)
VE25 North face or other branded tents at base camp and C1/C2/C3 & C4
One Set of Top Out or Summit mask and Regulator for each member and Sherpa
Satellite Phone and walkie talkie for communication
One professional Sherpa guide per Member (K2 Successfully Climbed)
Essential cooking EPI gas, cooking pot, high food, climbing ropes and other climbing gears for C1/C2/C3/C4 and summit
Climbing Sherpa equipment payment, carrying bonus, transportation, accommodation, Meal and his daily wages
Meal (Lunch & dinner) during your stay in Islamabad and Skardu
Internet, laundry, any alcoholic beverages, personal climbing gears
Pakistan Visa fees upon arrival as per the rules
Personal insurance: Travel, accident, medical, emergency rescue and lost luggage.