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Adult (Age 18-80)

22 Days Trek to K2 BC & Concordia Pakistan

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Duration: 20 days
Product code: 4412
Overview
The world’s greatest museum of shape and form" is how Italian mountaineer/author Fosco Maraini described Concordia in his book, Karakoram.

In Concordia, six peaks over a 7925 m rise to touch the heavens, including K2 (8611 m) the second highest mountain on earth!

This is an exciting, challenging trek, geared for hikers with previous high altitude mountain trekking experience.

Highlights
  • Portage of 15kg, of personal luggage during the trek
  • Camping facilities: 2-person dome tent with mattresses, dining tent with folding table & chairs, kitchen tent and staff, toilet tent;
  • Accommodation on a twin-share basis at standard category hotels in towns
  • Air conditioned transport in Islamabad, soft-top 4x4 jeeps from Skardu to trek head and back
  • Meals: half board at hotels, full board during trek
  • Trek Permits, Processing & payment to the Ministry of Tourism.
  • English-speaking qualified Mountain Guide.
Good to Know
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Semi-Private Tour
  • Languages offered on the Activity / TourLanguages offered on the Activity / Tour: English, German, French, Chinese
  • Duration Duration: 20 days
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • A minimum of 4 adults is required to book this tour A minimum of 4 adults is required to book this tour
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Airport pickup/drop off available.
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    There is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or trek. There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or trek. There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or trek.
  • On Request On Request
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 12 days before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Inclusions
  • English-speaking qualified Mountain Guide.
  • Trek Permits, Processing & payment to the Ministry of Tourism
  • Portage of 15kg, of personal luggage during the trek;
  • Camping facilities: 2-person dome tent with mattresses, dining tent with folding table & chairs, kitchen tent and staff, toilet tent;
  • Transport: Air conditioned transport in Islamabad, soft-top 4x4 jeeps from Skardu to trek head and back; C
  • Meals: half board at hotels, full board during trek
Exclusions
  • Gratituities
  • Any expense due to cancellation of flights
  • Medicines or any personal items
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Any domestic/international air fares
Itinerary
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We will spend the day in Islamabad finalizing trekking permits with the Ministry of Tourism and visiting the deputy chief of operations for a briefing on the trek. Evening free.

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In the morning you will be taken to Islamabad airport for the PIA Boeing flight to Skardu (2287m).

Please note: This flight is subject to clear conditions in Skardu and if the flight is cancelled we make the two-day drive to Skardu along the Karakoram Highway (KKH), which is sometimes known as the eighth wonder of the world. If we drive we will stay overnight at Chilas on the banks of the Indus - the Lion River. ( One-hour flight or a 12-hour drive on KKH).

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  • Flight : Islamabad - Skardu

A free day in Skardu, the capital of Baltistan, which is sometimes called little Tibet due to its geographic closeness and historic links with Tibet and Ladakh. Stroll through the narrow bazaar, climb up the cliff to visit the historic Kharpocho Fort, visit the turquoise blue Satpara Lake that is just a few kilometres outside the town. Meals and overnight at motel/resort.

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We head east from Skardu: soon crossing a small pass leading to Shigar, the valley of orchards. We leave our jeeps at Thongol for a short walk to our camping site. Meals and overnight at camp, 6-7 hour jeep ride.

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After the staff distribute 25kg loads to each of our porters as we start our trek in the soft morning light. After walking along the Braldu River we will arrive at Askole, the last permanent settlement along the trek route. Askole is often mentioned by early explorers as the last settlement on the Indian subcontinent. Another three hours’ walk across barren wasteland brings us to the Biafo Glacier, a tortured sea of ice and rocks two kilometres wide at our crossing point. It takes around two hours to cross the glacier on an established trail, walking most of the time on moraine and occasionally on ice. Once across the glacier, it is 20 minutes to Korofan (3110m) Six to seven hours’ trekking.

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The day starts with a tough walk along a cliff face to arrive at the new wooden bridge which has replaced the cable bridge over the Dumordo River. Near Paiju we will get our first glimpse of Gashabrum 4 and later we will reach the point where waters from the Paiju Peak divide themselves into four rushing streams, which we cross by jumping from boulder to boulder and then wading through the meltwater. In the east, and dominating the horizon, are the towering summits of Gashabrum 4, Cathedral Towers and Broad Peak. After negotiating scree and sand beside the river we arrive at Paiju (3600m), a picturesque campsite situated in a grove of willows and poplar trees through which runs a stream. Four to five hours’ trekking.

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We spend the first hour making the gradual climb towards the snout of the Baltoro Glacier, a vast, turbulent sea of rocks and ice more than two miles wide and nearly forty miles long. The first stretch of the walk on the glacier can be difficult as we must dodge small crevasses but there are magnificent views all around us - the Cathedral Range and the Trango Towers, which rise to 6000m. Now we begin to feel the pulse of creation – melting ice, rolling rocks, the groaning of the glacier as it rearranges its icy rivers. We spend about three hours walking across boulder-strewn ice, gaining height gradually until we reach a flat, sandy area of lateral moraine - our campsite Khobursay at 4000m. Five to six hours’ trekking.

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The first two hours of the trek are spent walking across the glacier’s lateral moraine until we arrive at the green pasture of Urdukas, from where we cross side crevasses to traverse the medial moraine. This middle part of the glacier holds surprises for us - small streams of water rushing over clear blue ice, and huge ice towers jutting up from the glacier. As we proceed Gashabrum 2 (8035m, the 14th highest peak of the world) peeps from the right shoulder of G4 in the east. Biango at 4350m is our campsite and is dominated by the thrilling view of Mashabrum (7821m) to the south. We are camping on a thin layer of moraine over glacial ice so be prepared, the night could be cold. Seven to eight hours’ trek.

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Yes, Concordia! We walk along the medial moraine to the incredible sanctuary of Concordia. As we make our approach Gashabrum 4 stands guard in the east and there are magnificent views of Muztagh Tower (7250m) on the border between Pakistan and China. Excitement mounts and our pace quickens as we arrive at Concordia, lured by the classic views of K2 (8611m), the second highest mountain of the world. Concordia - the meeting place of five glaciers – is named after the Place de la Concorde in Pairs. Within a radius of 15km are 41 peaks above 6500m, almost half of them still unclimbed and unnamed. Also visible from Concordia, clockwise from K-2 are Broad Peak (8051m), Gashabrum 4 (7925m), Baltoro Kangri (7315m), Kondus (6760m), Mitre (6060m), Paiju (6660m), Crystal (6260m), Marble (6175m) and Angle Peak (6860m). Four to five hours trek.

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Full-day excursion to the K2 base camp involving a strenuous 10- hour round-trip trek over snow, rock and ice. As we start our trek, we cross the crevasses of the Baltoro Glacier, then walk on the lateral moraine of the Godwin Austin glacier to the base camp of Broad Peak. Chogolisa (7660m) now appears on the scene, standing guard in the south and hinting at the new crossing from Concordia to the Hushe Valley. We move on to the medial moraine of the glacier, walking here is much easier than the first two hours’ stretch spent on rocks. When we arrive at K2 base camp at 5030m, which is normally occupied by five mountaineering expeditions during the climbing season each year, we will be overwhelmed by the sheer size of K2. Return to Concordia for overnight.

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oday we will say goodbye to the mountains and turn back by the same route to Skardu. The trek is downhill now and as we will be well acclimatized. We will cover the ground quickly and in five to six hours we will reach Gore. Here there are many tall icebergs on the Baltoro Glacier and there are also outstanding views of Meshabrum Peak (7821m)

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From Gore, it is five to six hours’ trek to Urdukas, which is opposite the great Trango Towers. This is a beautiful camping site among large boulders and pasture. There are also graves of porters here, men who died during mountaineering expeditions.

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The Jola camping site is on the banks of the Baltoro and Dumurdo rivers. Last year the government constructed a wooden bridge here so unlike in the past we do not have to cross the Dumurdo River over the swinging pulley.

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Early morning start to reach the trek head. First, we will cross Dumurdo River then climb Pari rock and arrive Korophone. At Korophone we meet the Biafo Glacier which flows from Snow Lake and crosses a plateau to reach Askole. From here we will try to take a jeep to Skardu but if road conditions are not suitable we will walk another hour to Thongal to find transport.

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Enjoy your last breakfast in camp on this trek and say Khuda Hafiz to your camping staff who pitched tents and prepared meals for you during the trek. Board soft-top 4x4 jeeps for a bumpy ride through the Karakoram. This part of Baltistan is greener and more prosperous. We arrive at Skardu - shall we call it civilization? You must be the judge. Meals, the enjoyment of a shower and overnight at resort/motel. 5-6 hour jeep ride.

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A flight is booked to Islamabad, which if weather conditions mean are suitable we will be in Islamabad in just one hour - a miracle of modern technology. But, if the flight is cancelled we will drive back, with an overnight stop at Chilas on the Karakoram Highway.

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Once at Rawalpindi, Islamabad’s twin city, we shall proceed to the office of Ministry of Tourism for a trek debriefing. The rest of the day is free to explore the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad

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Transfer to the airport for international departure flight.

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Meeting Point
Pick up from Islamabad International Airport, end of the trek drop Islamabad airport for Departure sweet Home. suggested by traveller within Islamabad, skardu. Please mention flight Detail for Pickup Details at time of Booking..
Know Before You Go
  • Passport name, number, expiry ,Gender and country is required at time of booking for all participants for Skardu Flight ticket bookings
  • Transportation is provided in 3 different vehicles: 4-8 Person by Grand Cabin Hi Roof Van.
  • All Accommodation will be on Double/Twin Sharing.
  • Cloths for the trek should be durable, comfortable and easy to wash and dry.
  • A small daypack is suggested as a carry-on to keep items that you will use during while on the trek, bus or jeep.
  • While on an organized trek, it is best to pack all items for your trip in one large piece and one carry on.
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