Introduction to K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro la Trek
We all know that K-2 is the world’s second-highest peak standing at 8611m high up in the Karakorum range. K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro la Trek is famous for it’s vital geographical location. The same region of Karakorum is the home to trekkers from all around the globe. Because of the presence of ultimate peaks here. Karakoram range sprang between Pakistan and China in North and also Eastern part respectively. But it is one of the most adventurous and marvelous scenic treks in the Karakoram. This trek offers a breathtaking view of the highest mountains and longest glaciers outside the polar region. This is K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro la Trek.
The journey of K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro la Trek is heaven for mountaineers. The trek starts from last human settlement Askole of Shigar. From Skardu, you travel via 4×4 jeeps through the eye-catching landscapes of Shigar valley till the last village of Askoli (3040 m ASL). The emerald-green grasslands of Askoli, you enter the trekking dreamland on foot. So you will observe the staggering glaciers to the snow-covered mountaintops with mountains like Trango towers (4396 ft of granite).
In brief, K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro la Trek will not dissatisfy you altogether. So, you will have the familiarity of Trekking nearby to the gigantic mountains. Mountains like Broad Peak(8047m), Trango Towers, Chongolingsa, Baltoro Kangri (7312m), Muztagh Tower (7276m), Gasherbrum V& VI, and also several more.
Major Happenings to Experience during K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro la Trek
The K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro la Trek to the gigantic K2 through lush green fields of Askole and also the snow-covered mountains with glaciers is a memorable experience on its own. Because, trekking side by side with the mighty Baltoro Glacier is one of the longest glaciers outside the polar region sprang 39miles in length. Also, it meets with the Vigne and Godwin-Austen at Concordia.
The next leg of our K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro la Trek is three or four days of easy trekking down to Hushe village. Because On the way, we pass shining alpine lakes, shepherds in their meadows, and ancient villages. Masherbrum (7821 m.) reveals her other side as we approach Hushe. Because, Hushe is eastern Baltistan’s counterpart to Askoli and also home to many of the best climbers and mountaineers in Pakistan.
We meet our jeeps upon arrival and wind above the Shyok River and past the town of Khaplu. We are leaving K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro la Trek memories behind these landscapes. But, here we get our last look at vistas unchanged since the time of Marco Polo. After crossing the famous confluence of the mighty Indus and Shyok Rivers, we continue through landscapes of overwhelming scenic intensity to Skardu’s busy town. Our passage out of the high mountains is now complete, and our return to Islamabad is either by road or air.
K2 base camp trek without a guide
It’s not feasible for trekkers or visitors to visit the K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro la Trek without a guide. First, there will be a government-licensed guide with you who have insights into the area. Secondly, it’s not feasible for trekkers because the glacial environments change abruptly and make new ways every year, which only a guide knows because of the reason that most guides are local people.
The last reason for the question of the possibility of a K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro la Trek without a guide or k2 base camp trek solo is that a solo trekker can’t reach the k2 base camp because it takes days of trekking. You need food and shelter, facilities which can only a licensed tour operator with the help of local porters and guide can provide.
K2 base camp and Gondogoro La trek price
The whole journey of k2 base camp trek takes 20 days on average, I-e, Islamabad-Islamabad. Because, the queries like how much does it cost to trek to k2 base camp? and many more varies on the undermentioned considerations:
The more the number of people the less will be the price.
The shorter the trek, the price will be least.
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K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro la Trek distance
The 90 km of distance takes 12-15 days on average to reach the K2 base camp from the last human population of Askoli village of District Shigar. From Askoli you start your trekking for 7-8 hours per day and rests at different campsites along the way to the K2 base camp.
Trip Name: K2 Base camp and Gondogoro La Trek
Location Shigar/Hushey Baltistan
Ideal Time June-September
Duration 22 days
Grade Hard but interesting
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Day 1. Arrive at the Islamabad international airport.
Our guide will pick you up from the airport and transferred you to the hotel where you get fresh and rest. later you will be briefed by our experienced guide and mountaineers in the hotel. If you arrive in the early morning then we will provide you with a small tour of Islamabad city. Otherwise, it can be done after your return from k2 base camp trek.
Day 2. Islamabad to Skardu.
In the next early morning, your PIA flight will carry you to Skardu and will reach there within an hour if the weather allows. If the weather condition is not feasible for flight, then you will be transferred via our luxury facility by road to Skardu. By road will take 2-3 days maximum because there will be different sightseeing spots during the journey. You will rest in Chilas halfway on day 2 then will travel to Skardu on day 3.
Day 3. One day Rest in Skardu.
We will transfer you to a luxury hotel in Skardu where you will stay and refresh. In the morning we will take you to the 600 years old Kharfocho fort, from where you will enjoy the whole Skardu city. After you will enjoy the Skardu Shangri-La Resort, Sarfaranga Cold Desert and then in the evening you will enjoy the Sadpara lake.
Day 4. Briefing and gearing up
On day 4 there will be a briefing given by the tourism ministry of Pakistan to the foreigners and locals guides as well. That is the formality to enter the open zones of Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP). And final preparations will be made to leave for the k2 base camp trek.
Day 5. Drive to Askoli Village 3000m. 8 hours’ drive
Early in the morning, your journey starts to the last village (Askoli) before your trekking starts via a 4×4 jeep most feasible. After 6-8 hours of driving, you will reach Askoli depends on the road conditions and dependent on landslides etc. In case of any landslide, you will have to trek for few hours to make your way to Askoli.At Askoli there are camping sites under different trees, which we will provide you for your stay for the day. You will have time to meet the crews including the kitchen staff and the porters in the second half of the day and the locals of Askoli village. You can also have the chance to get to know about other trekkers or mountaineers from different countries waiting for the morning to witness the mighty Karakorum there at Askoli. In the night you can make your mind prepare for the upcoming breathtaking journey that starts early in the morning.
Day 6. Trek to Jhola Camp site(3100m). 7-8 hours
After marking the final checklist of the required equipment our porters will carry all the necessities with us to our campsite. We start our trek from Askoli till Korophon for our lunch by trekking alongside the Braldu river on our right side which meets with Domordo river near Jhola campsite. After lunch, we trek again to our campsite of Jhola where you will stay for the night of day 6.
Day 7. Trek from Jhola to Pajju (3418m). 7-8 hours
In the early morning of this day, our k2 base camp trek will start following the Braldu River to Pajju campsite after 7-8 hours of trekking. You can enjoy the view of spectacular Trango Towers and Cathedral Peak. We suggest our groups follow Precautionary measures to avoid sunburn as the trek from Jhola to Pajju, the weather remains normally hot and may cause sunburn.
Day 8. Rest and Acclimatize
Today the porters prepare their necessities of food etc. for the mountainous and region of glaciers for the coming days. Our k2 base camp trekking group will adjust themselves to the mountainous and glacial environment. For that, we can provide our professional guidance and help to reach the group to the base camp of Pajju Peak, so that you will adapt to the environment. The rest of the activities at Pajju includes taking photos and refresh yourselves and enjoying the gathering and company of other groups thereby dancing and enjoying local music.
Day 9. Pajju to Khoburtse (3788m). 5-7 hours trek.
Early in the morning, the real trekking starts as from now onwards our way will be on the glacier till Goro II. You can witness the huge mountains right and left of your journey but the things kept in mind is that of the way you are trekking on. Because the glacial path changes abruptly, therefore, you should follow the instructions of our professional guide who will always be with you.
We then stop after few hours at a small campsite called Liligo for lunch. After a couple of hours, you will be at Khoburtse campsite where you will stay for the night.
Day 10. Khoburtse to Urdukas (4050m) 2-3 hours.
Today’s trek unlike others is quite short but needs more energy and stamina. Because you are continuously gaining altitude and moving on the glacier so it’s very difficult to move with gaining more height. Within few hours we will be at our campsite Urdukas which is the last developed campsite and therefore have more facilities than other camps of litter bins and toilets etc.
The view from the campsite is just wonderful as the Cathedral peaks just opposite the campsite are stunning to view with a cup of tea.
Day 11. Urdukas to Ghoro II (4380m) 5-7 hours.
Here at Urdukas, there are graves of porters (high altitude), hence people gather for a prayer and then early in the morning we move from Urdukas for Goro II. In our way comes mighty Mashabrum Peak (7821m) on our southern side. We move into the mountainous region on glacier northwards where our campsite Ghoro II is situated. The journey will be a bit tougher because of the ups and downs of the glacial nature which changes very precipitously so precautions are mandatory while trekking is quite crucial for the group of k2 base camp trek. Here at Goro II temperature may decline dramatically but the sight of Mashabrum and Mustagh Tower (7273m) generates more energy than compulsory.
Day 12. Goro II to Concordia (4650-5000m) 3-4 hours.
The real adventure of your trekking begins from here because you are trekking to Concordia where the huge mountains like G-II, III and IV 8035m, 7952m and 7925m respectively, Broad Peak (8047m) and Mitre Peak(6030m) etc. are just waiting for your eyes to open and they all welcome you in their heaven. Here the Godwin Austin glacier meets the Baltoro glacier and makes a junction, and the view of K2 is just a trek of a few minutes away from the campsite because our camp will be before the Godwin Austin glacier which opens our way to k2. We need to trek the left side for k2 base camp from Concordia early in the morning.
Day 13. Concordia to k2 Basecamp(5135m). (5-8) hours.
In the early morning, we depart for k2 base camp by the Godwin Austin glacier for 2 hours to pass the Broad Peak base camp on our right. Then after few hours, K2 becomes bigger than us as we move more nearer to the base camp. The journey looks plain from Concordia towards K2 but the deception uncovers as we move through the ups and downs of the Godwin Austin glacier towards k2. We visit the Art Gilkey memorial of those who lost their lives on K2 whose names are mentioned on tin plates and placed on a small rock there. After lunch, we move back to Concordia campsite from the same route.
Day 14. Concordia (5000m)
Camp, rest, explore base camps. You can sit and watch K2 all day long and sip tea, which many have done and have still not been able to get K2 in their system fully! Or you can go on a whole long day tiring trip to K2 Base Camp; or go the other way towards the Gasherbrum peaks.
Day 15. Concordia to Ali Camp (5010m). 5-8 hours
After a trek of few hours, we will be at Ali camp just below the Pass of Ghandoghoro (5580m). we can have eye-catching views of few Peaks from here like Mitre Peak and Chogholingsa.
The weather condition is important here because we are going to cross La. For that, the expert will evaluate the circumstances from here. If the weather doesn’t permit then one extra day, we will have to stay here at Ali camp.
Day 16. Ali camp to Khuspang (4830m). 4-6 hours
The hardest day of our trek will be today as we have to ascent nearly 1000 meters and then a descent of 1200 meters to reach the Khuspang campsite. This trek takes insight study. Therefore, ropes will be fixed first then keeping in mind that we must reach at top of the pass before 9 in the morning. It means we will leave Ali Camp around 1-2 am with the help of torches and taking care of other fellows as well as of the crevasses we will reach at upper Vigne Basin for our ascent. Our ascent will begin around 5:am and as according to plan will be at the pass before 9: am. The view from here will be unforgettable for all as there are no words to express the feelings. Then our descent begins which is more difficult and steeper than our ascent. With the help of the ropes and help of our skilled staff, we will enter the lush land of Khusang where a running stream greets us to the superb campsite and base camp of scenic Laila Peak.
Day 17. Khuspang to Saicho (3300m). 6-8 hours
From here we descent to Saicho campsite. Saicho is the junction of two trekking heavens. On its left, we enter towards ghandoghoro la and on its right side, we enter the Charakusa Valley, home to other huge peaks like K6, K7 etc. Saicho will be our last camping site to reach hushey Valley.
Day 18. Saicho to Machulu Valley. 4-6 hours
When we left Saicho, the views of hushey valley on both sides are stunning as we are entering into human civilizations again and reach hushey valley(3000m) where we will stay for our lunch. After lunch, a drive of 1-2 hours down brings us to Machulu valley.
Day 19. Machulu Valley to Skardu. 3-4 hours
Today we drive for few hours to enter Skardu city. Here you will explore the whole Skardu city
Day 20. Back to Islamabad. 1 hour
PIA will take you to Islamabad where our staff picks you up from a luxury hotel within Islamabad.
Day 21. Trip Completes in Islamabad
Today our trip will be complete in Islamabad. You can have a small city tour of Islamabad and the surroundings today.
Day 22. Fly back to Homeland.
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the Islamabad international airport from where we will see you off from Pakistan
Note: Day 22 will be used as a ‘cushion’ day in case of delays in travel due to weather, route change, health, acclimatization issues during the trek, etc.