K2 Gondogoro La Trek

22 Days / 21 Nights

K2 Gondogoro La Trek is one of the impressive treks in the world. The K2 Gondogoro La trek will bring you to multiple breathtaking views of four eight thousand peaks. The most famous trekking route in Pakistan.  

The Concordia ( 4,691m ) is the junction point of the trek. The most beautiful mountain views of the world is the Concordia camp at the confluence of the glaciers
right under the mighty peaks. During our trek we will see the Trango Towers, Muztagh Tower, Masherbrum, K2 and Broad Peak among many others. Galen Rowell described Concordia in his book as the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods”. We camp at Concordia and will see its unique panorama of 7,000m and 8,000m mountains and impressive views of the highest peak, K2.

From Concordia, we start the challenging trek out over Gondogoro La. Nanga Parbat Adventure team will place the ropes on the route up and down. You need to have mountaineering skills to cross this technical pass. The mountain view from the top is superb. We see the slender lines of Leila peak on the Hushe side. On the other side,
we see K-2, Broad peak and many peaks of the Karakoram mountains.

 

Highlights of the Trek

  • K2 and Broad Peak Base Camp
  • Concordia  (Throne Room of the Mountain Gods)
  • Gasherbrum I & Gasherbrum II (8,035m), 
  • Baltoro Glacier (5th longest and world’s largest outside polar region).

Itinerary

Usually, most of flights departure on afternoon and the flights will be land in Islamabad the next day in the morning in Islamabad.

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

Today we take the short but spectacular flight to Skardu. The flight time will be 60 minutes. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Free/preparation day in Skardu (Today we enjoy a free day in Skardu where we can visit the bazaar and Khurpucho Fort). Overnight at Hotel.

Note: If our flight canceled on day 2, than we will use the day 3 to fly from Islamabad to Skardu, in this case we will not have a day (3) free in Skardu.

Drive 6-7 hrs 129km. Alitude 3000 + 772m.

Today we take the spectacular drive by jeeps to Askoli 129km drive time 6-7hrs.

The starting poitn of our trel. altitude 3,000m. it is a spectacular drive from Skardu to Askoli, the jeep road crosses the Braldu River three times and passes the villages of Dassu, Apligon, Pakora, Hoto Chongo and Thongal. Overnigt in tents.

Trek to Jhola 6-7hrs 12.6km. Altitude 3,200m. + 200m

The early morning light finds us beginning our K2 Base Camp & Concordia trek as the Loads are distributed among the porters. Walking along the Braldu River. It takes 3 to 4hrs from Askoli to Korofoung. After lunch, continue to trek to Jhola (3-4 hrs) you have a panoramic view of Bakhor Das peak 5809m) also mighty Biafo Glacier. Follow the riverside trail to the confluence of the Biafo and Dumordo rivers. Cross the formidable Domordo River at Jhola which flows from the Panmah glaciers. Overnight in tents.

Trek to Paiyu 6-7-hrs 16.6km. Altitude 3,450m . + 250m

This is an undulating walk, difficult at times, with the first views of dramatic mountains ahead. There is a rest stop by some tamarisk trees beside the stream flowing down from Paiyu Peak, where we saw ibex tracks and fox spore. The trail climbs to a vantage point from which you see the snout of Baltoro Glacier and, in the far distance, a magnificent panorama of the Cathedral and Trango Towers and left of them, the unmistakable triangle of K2. Overnight in tents.

Free day for local exploration and Porter will prepare their food for further K2 Base Camp & Gondogoro La trek, We enjoy a slow start today taking in our stunning surroundings. We take a short acclimatization trek during the day and in the evening sing and dance with the porters.

Trek to Khubertse 5-6hrs 10.8km. Altitude 3,990m: + 540m.

On our way to K2 Base Camp Trek, our clients will have a nice view of Paiyu Peak 6610m, Uli Biaho 6417m, Great Trango Tower 6286m, Lobsang Spire 5707m & the Cathedral Towers.Overnight in tents.

Trek to Urdukas 3-4hrs 5.1km. Altitude 4,050m: + 60m.

Beautiful views of Great Trango & Uli Biaho Towers. The trail traverses the glacier angling gently towards its southeast margin. Exit the glacier into the ablation valley at Liligo. The route alternates between the lateral moraine and the glacier, heading out on the glacier to avoid the outflow from the advancing Liligo glacier.  Continue trek to Urdukas, named for the obvious split boulder. Camp with its extraordinary views of Paiyu Peak 6610m, Uli Biaho 6417m, Great Trango Tower 6286m, Lobsang Spire 5707m & the Cathedral Towers. Overnight in tents.

Trek to Goro-II 5-6hrs 12.1km. Altitude 4380m: +330m.

We will have a spectacular view of Masherbrum 7821m, Muztagh Tower 7284m, Biarchedi 6,781 Gasherbrum-IV 7925m. Overnight in tents

Trek to Concordia 4-5hrs 9.2km. Altitude 4,650m: +270m

Today it is golden opportunity to see 7000m to above 8000m peaks including mighty K2 (8611m) Broad Peak 8047m, G-I 8068m, G-II 8035m Sia Kangri 7422m, Muztagh Tower 7284m, G-IV 7925m, Miter Peak 6025m Golden Throne 7240m. Overnight in tents.

Day trip to Broad Peak  & K-2 base camp Full day Excursion 8-10 hrs (Altitude 5,135m) + 485

Today it is golden opportunity to see 7000m to above 8000m peaks including mighty K2 (8611m) Broad Peak 8047m, Gasherbrum-I 8068m, Gasherbrum-II 8035m Sia Kangri 7422m, Muztagh Tower 7284m, Gasherbrum-IV 7925m, Miter Peak 6025m Golden Throne 7240m. Afterwards we continue on to K2 Base Camp (5,135m) . Excursion to K-2 base camp and explore the beautiful countless peaks around K-2, in the  evening trek back to Concordia for overnight. K-2 is locally known by the name of “Chogori” which means “ The Great Mountain “ 8611m, is the 2nd highest mountain in the world. K2 is placed on the Pakistan-China border in the mighty Karakorum Range. K-2 is rocky mountain up to 6,000m, beyond, which it becomes an ocean of snow. K-2 was firstly discovered and measured by the survey of India in 1856, and first named for English topographer Henry Godwin-Austen, who explored and surveyed the region and it, was firstly climbed on July 31, 1954, by Italian climbers’ team led by Ardito Desio and accompanying him were Lino Lachdelli and Achille Compagnoni. For the night we will return to Concordia at camp.

Trek to Ali camp 9.5 km 4 to 5 hrs. Altitude 5,010m. +360m

The first two hours of the trek are difficult as we leave the Concordia and traverse the Baltoro Glacier and its crevasses. It’s a comparatively easy and gradual walk over snow and ice, Mighty Chogolisa (7665m) stands guard in the south. Ali Camp (5010m) a combination of small rocky platforms between the cliff Face and crevasse. We turn in early, as we have a midnight wake-up call for the departure over the Gondogoro La. Overnight in tents.

Trek to Hispung after crossing the Gondogoro La . 8km. 5,680m. Altitude 4522m 9-10 hrs. Loss: -410m.

We leave camp at about 1:00 am to climb the Gondogoro La (5680m). For the first two hours, we walk on the lateral moraine to avoid crevasses. As we get closer to the pass we shift on snow until the base of the pass. The final ascent involves a steep walk on snow and, depending on conditions, the use of fixed ropes as well as crampons and ice ax. The views from the top of the pass are unparalleled, with K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I to IV, Masherbrum, and many other mountains appearing at our level. The descent on the Hushe side is steeper, requiring good balance on the rocks. Overnight in tents.

Altitude 4600m. Loss: -410m.

Today we have the oppertunty to climb Gondogoro peak. This offer is for everyone. If someone in the group member is not interested in climbing Gondogoro Peak, he/ she can enjoy the day at Hispung and relax. Overnight in Tent. Climb Gondogoro Peak (5650m) and returned to Hispung. Overnight in tents.

Trek to Dalsampa 5-6 hrs . 10km. Altitude 4,150m. loss – 450m

We gradually leave the icy landscapes and descend to the meadow and pastureland at Saicho (3330m ). Although we’ve left the icy wilds, we still have tremendous views of the mountains, including Namika Peak and Defokhar (21,464 ft.). Overnight in tents.

Trek to Hushe 4-5hrs 9.3km. Altitude 3,050m. loss-1100m.

Descend to the Gondogoro River, enjoying spectacular views of K6 (23,881 ft.), K7 (22,744 ft.) and Link Sar (23,094 ft.). We continue to descend, passing through small summer settlement en route to the green irrigated fields at Hushe (10,500 ft.), The Hushe valley runs from Masherbrum Mountains (at 7821 meters) the 24th highest in the world, first climbed by the American in 1960. South to the Shyok River, opposite Khaplu, Hushe, the last village up the valley, is about 140 kilometers east of Skardu and is the starting point for treks to various summer pastures up five glaciers. Overnight in tents.

Drive to Skardu (6-7 hrs) 180 km. Alitude 2,228 m. loss  822m.

Drive on the 4×4 jeeps to Skardu.  Overnight at Hotel Loss:-822m.

Fly to Islamabad [flight is subject to weather] in case of flight cancellation we will wait for the next day flight.

Taxila: Most of the archaeological sites of Taxila (600 BC to 500 AD) are located around Taxila museum. For over one Thousand-year Taxila remained famous as a center of learning Gandhara art of sculpture, architecture, education, and Buddhism in the days of Buddhist glory. There are over 50 archaeological sites scattered in a radius of 30 km around Taxila. In Taxila visit archaeological sites of Jaulian, Mohra Moradu, and Sirkap. It is one of the best and well-maintained site museums of Pakistan. Overnight at Islamabad Hotel or Envoy Continental.

After a long and hard trekking and journeys we will take a long sleep. After breakfast we will be ready for sightseen of Islamabad, visiting  the Log Virsa Museum where you can experience all four province culture, way of life and the strong cultural interaction with neighboring countries of Pakistan, later we will give time to walk around the bazars. In the evening will have all together farewell dinner from Nanga Parbat adventure at Monal restaurant on the Margala hills. Overnight at Hotel

Transfer to Islamabad airport for international flight.

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