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22 Days K2 Bc & Concordia Trek

22 Days K2 Bc & Concordia Trek
22 Days K2 Bc & Concordia Trek

"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 7925m rise to touch the heavens, including K2 (8611m) the second highest mountain on earth.

After visiting Islamabad, we fly to Skardu and then drive to the trail head and meet our colourful expedition porters, sturdy mountain men. As we trek up to this other-worldly place we enter a remarkable wilderness of ice, rock and sky. By the time we reach Paiju Camp at the foot of the Baltoro Glacier, we begin to feel the pulse of creation: the melting ice, rolling rocks, the creaking and groaning of the glacier as it rearranges its icy rivers.

When we reach Concordia we will be rewarded with the most incredible

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Islamabad

Pass By: Islamabad Zoo, Pir Sohawa Road, Islamabad Pakistan
Arrive in Islamabad 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.

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: ***Hotel/GH

Day 2: Fly to Skardu/Drive to Chilas/Narran

Pass By: Karakoram Highway Inn, Karakoram Hwy, Ganish
Fly to Skardu /drive to Chilas In the morning you will be taken to Islamabad airport for the PIA Boeing flight to Skardu (2287m). 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).

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: ***hotel/Lodge/GH

Day 3: Explore Skardu /Arrive Skardu from Chilas

Pass By: K2 Museum, K2 Motel, Skardu Pakistan
Explore Skardu /arrive 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 Laddakh. 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 kilometers outside the town. Meals and overnight at motel/resort.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Lodge /Hotel/GH

Day 4: Jeep drive to Askoli Valley

Pass By: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
Towards Trek Head 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.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping /Dome Tents Mattress, Mess tent Folding Chairs Table, Kitchen Grocery toilet tents.

Day 5: Trek start to Jhula Nala

Pass By: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
Our trek beings After the staff distribute 25kg loads to each of our porters 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 a established trail, walking most of the time on moraine and occasionally on ice. Once across the glacier it is 20 minutes to Korofan/Jhula Nala (3110m) Seven to eight hours’ trekking.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping /Dome Tents Mattress, Mess tent Folding Chairs Table, Kitchen Grocery toilet tents.

Day 6: Jhula Nala to Paiju

Pass By: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
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.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping /Dome Tents Mattress, Mess tent Folding Chairs Table, Kitchen Grocery toilet tents.

Day 7: Paiju to Urdukas

Pass By: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
On Baltoro 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 4000 m. Five to six hours’ trekking.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping /Dome Tents Mattress, Mess tent Folding Chairs Table, Kitchen Grocery toilet tents.

Day 8: Urdukas -Goro 2

Pass By: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
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.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping /Dome Tents Mattress, Mess tent Folding Chairs Table, Kitchen Grocery toilet tents.

Day 9: Goro 2 To Concordia ? Yes Concordia

Pass By: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
To Concordia ? 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.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping /Dome Tents Mattress, Mess tent Folding Chairs Table, Kitchen Grocery toilet tents.

Day 10: K2 Base Camp excursion

Pass By: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
K2 Base Camp 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 more easier than 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.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping /Dome Tents Mattress, Mess tent Folding Chairs Table, Kitchen Grocery toilet tents.

Day 11: Concorida to Goro 2

Pass By: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
Concordia – Gore 2 Today 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)

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping /Dome Tents Mattress, Mess tent Folding Chairs Table, Kitchen Grocery toilet tents.

Day 12: Goro 2 to Urdukas

Pass By: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
Gore to Urdukas 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.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping /Dome Tents Mattress, Mess tent Folding Chairs Table, Kitchen Grocery toilet tents.

Day 13: Urdukas - Khoburzay

Pass By: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
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.

arrive camp

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Camping /Dome Tents Mattress, Mess tent Folding Chairs Table, Kitchen Grocery toilet tents.

Day 14: Khoburzay - Paiju

Pass By: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
We arrive at Paiju (3600 m), a picturesque campsite situated in a grove of willows and poplar trees through which runs a stream. Four to five hours’ trekking.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Camping /Dome Tents Mattress, Mess tent Folding Chairs Table, Kitchen Grocery toilet tents.

Day 15: Paiju to Jhula

Pass By: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
Paiju – Jhola Nala. 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.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Camping /Dome Tents Mattress, Mess tent Folding Chairs Table, Kitchen Grocery toilet tents.

Day 16: Jhula to Askoli

Pass By: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
Jhola – Askole Early moning start to reach the trek head. First we will corss Dumurdo River then climb Pari rock and arrive Korophone. At Korophone we meet the Biafo Glacier which flows from Snow Lake, and cross 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.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping /Dome Tents Mattress, Mess tent Folding Chairs Table, Kitchen Grocery toilet tents.

Day 17: Askoli to Skardu City

Pass By: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
Back To Civilization – Skardu 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 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.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: ***Hotel /Lodge /GH

Day 18: Fly to Islamabad /Drive to Chilas/Narran

Pass By: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
Fly Islamabad Drive Chilas/Narran

Towards Pindi 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.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel/Lodges /GH

Day 19: excursion ISB/Arrive Islamabad

Pass By: K2 Mountain, Skardu Karakoram Mountain Range, 16100 Pakistan
At Islamabad OR Back, Finally! 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.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: ***Hotel/Lodge /GH

Day 20: Depature Day Fly Sweet Home

Pass By: Islamabad Zoo, Pir Sohawa Road, Islamabad Pakistan
Fly Home Transfer to airport for international departure flight

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.



Duration:20 days
Commences in:Punjab, Pakistan
Country:Pakistan
City:Punjab

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