Trekking - Concordia & Ghondogoro La Trek

SEASON: JUNE TO SEPTEMBER:
GRADE: STRENOUS.
ALTITUDE: 3000 – 5800 METERS.
DAYS: 20

One of the most adventurous and marvelous scenic trek in Karakoram, offers a breath taking view of the highest mountains and longest glaciers out side the polar region. We begin from Islamabad the modern capital of Pakistan, visiting the colorful bazaars in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Driving through the Karakoram Highway, the eighth wonder of the world, the Mighty Indus snakes through three great Mountain Ranges; The Himalayas, Karakoram and Hindukush, under the shadow of Nanga Parbat (8125 meters).


The Mighty River Indus flows in between these Mountain Ranges and scenic villages which form the small settlements on the both sides of the river Indus. We visit the ancient Rock inscriptions of 4th to 6th century ad, at Shatial and Chilas, and enjoy the magnificent view of Nanga Parbat.

After exploring the beautiful city of Skardu, a gateway for the enthusiasts of adventure and nature lovers, we visit the beautiful and impressive Satpara and Kachura lakes. Driving through the scenic mountain villages and snow covered peaks towering above, one can also visit the 17th century Mosque and Shigar Fort, a depiction of Tibetan architecture. Concordia, the confluence of Godwin Austin and Vign glaciers, offers one of the most panoramic view of the four Highest mountains rising above 8000 meters in the Karakoram. K-2 (8611 m), Broad Peak (8048 m), Gasherbrum iv (7935 m), Gasherbrum1 (8045), and Gasherbrum 2 (8035 meters), and many countless peaks above 7000 meters are visible during the trekking excursion.

The trek starts from Askoli, the last permanent settlement on Braldu River in the Shigar valley and after Concordia the trail follows the Vign Glacier with a backdrop view of K-2, Broad Peak and the Gasherbrum group of peaks. We cross over the Ghondoghoro La and enter the Hushe valley, a scenic mountain village in the Khapulo valley.





ITINERARY:
       
Day 01     Islamabad.
rrive Islamabad International airport meet and transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit the Shah Faisal Mosque and colorful bazzars of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Overnight hotel.

Day 02     Chilas.
Morning drive to Chilas, visit Taxila archeological museum enroute and drive through the beautiful Abbot bad and Mansehra valleys. Overnight hotel. 12-13 hours.

Day 03     Skardu.
Morning visit the ancient Rock carvings at Chilas and after then we drive to Skardu, stop at the Thalichi to have a magnificent view of the Nanga Parbat, and continue drive to Skardu. Overnight hotel. 8-9 hours.

Day 04     Askoli.
Morning drive by jeeps to Askoli village through the scenic mountain villages, enroute visits the 17th century Fort and Mosque in Shigar. Meals and overnight in tents. 7-8 hours.

Day 05     Jollah.
Today we start our first day of trekking, walking through the sandy pony trails and cross the edge of Biafo glacier before reach to Korofon and after lunch we continue walk to Jolla. Over night in tents.5-6 hours.

Day 06     Bardumal.
After break fast start the trek to Bardumal. An easy walk through the wild bushes and willows on the sandy trail along the Braldu River. Overnight in Tents. 5-6 hours.

Day 07     Paiju.
Day free to explore the area or day at Leisure.

Day 08     Khubarse.
To day we enter the Baltoro glacier and will see the Great Trango Tower on our left and cathedral group of Towers, walk along the morains. Overnight in tents. 6-7 hours.

Day 09     Urdokas.
We walk through the glacier morains and in the glacier sometimes and have the backdrop view of the Paiju peak and Ulibiaho peaks. Overnight in tents. 5-6 hours.

Day 10    

Goro 2.
Trek to Goro ii, follow the Glacieral trail on the Baltoro Glacier with a very magnificent view of the Mashabrum peak and Mustagh Tower. Meals and overnight in tents. 6-7 hours.

Day 11     Concordia.
We trek through the glacier facing the view of Gasherbrum iv and Broad peak in front and enjoy the magnificent views of many beautiful peaks before reaching to Concordia. Over night in tents.

Day 12     Concordia.
Free day at Concordia; here enjoy the spectacular views of giant peaks of Karakoram like K-2 (8611 meters) Broad Peak (8048 meters) Gasherbrum iv (7935 meters) Baltoro Kangri (7240 meters) and many countless peaks of above 7000 meters peaks. Overnight in tents.

Day 13     Ali Camp.
Morning after break fast we start the leaving behind the back drop view of the K-2, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum iv, the Golden throne and Chogholisa peak shadows on our left sides. Overnight in ten.

Day 14     Ghondogoro La Base Camp.
Today we cross the Ghondoghoro la, follow up the steep snow with help of Ropes to the pass, where you enjoy the impressive panoramic view of the giant peaks and longest glaciers. After shortstop at the pass we descend through the fix ropes. Over night in tents.

Day 15     Sayacho.
Morning start the walk down through the rocky trails and green pasture meadows with streams of glacier water. A spectacular view of K-6 and k-7 from this campsite. over night in tents.

Day 16     Hushe.
An easy walk through the green meadows and wild juniper trees takes you to the beautiful and scenic Hushe village. After noon free at leisure. Overnight in tents.

Day 17     Skardu.
Morning drive by jeeps to Skardu.visit the 17th century Khapulo Fort and Mosque with wooden carvings and a Tibetan architecture. After lunch we drive to Skardu through the beautiful and scenic mountain villages along the mighty Indus River.. Meals and overnight in hotel.

Day 18     Islamabad.
Morning fly to Islamabad, subject to weather conditions, or drive to Chilas takes 8 hours. Over night hotel.

Day 19     Islamabad.
Morning debriefing in Ministry of Tourism and Afternoon day free to explore the colorful bazzars and visit the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Or drive from Chilas to Islamabad in case the cancellation of the flight.12 hours. Overnight hotel.

Day 20     Departure.
Depart for homebound flights.
       
     
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