20+
Age
50-60 Days
Duration
Gilgit Baltistan
Destinations

INTRODUCTION

The name K-2 with the height of 8,611 m was given in 1852 by British surveyor T.G. Montgomerie with “K” designating the Karakoram Range and “2” since it was the 2nd peak listed. During his survey, Montgomery, standing on Mt. Haramukh 125 miles to the south, noted two prominent peaks to the north, calling them K1 and K2. While he kept native names, he found that K2 did not have a known name. The local name of K-2 is called Chhogo Ri, which is in Balti language means the king of mountains.

This name is little known outside of Pakistan. Later the peak was named Mount Godwin-Austen for an early explorer, but it was never recognized. K2 has variously been described as the “awesome,” “Killer,” and “savage” mountain. This is because of its massiveness in size and the numerous unsuccessful attempts made on it by various expeditions, including many American expeditions, who have made quite a few unsuccessful attempts. In Reinhold Messner’s view, K-2 is the most impressive but the most challenging peak in the world. Perhaps, for this reason, the locals call it Chhogo Ri, ‘the king of mountains.’

Located on the border of Pakistan and China, K2 is the jewel of the Karakoram Range. The tallest mountain in the Karakoram and the second tallest globally, K2 is just a few hundred meters shorter than Mount Everest.

MAIN ATTRACTIONS

 

K2’s unusual name originated with a 19th-century surveying project led by George Everest—the Great Trigonometrical Survey—that mapped and measured many of the highest peaks. Surveyors cataloged the flowers by number, giving each the prefix K for the Karakoram followed by the number peak. K2 was the second mountain they came across. The surveyors called K1, another peak in the area, was later changed to Masherbrum, the name used by local people. In K2, there was no widely used local name, so the alphanumeric name stuck.

K2’s modern nickname is “Savage Mountain” because of the extreme risks it poses to climbers—frequent avalanches and harsh weather. The Italian Duke of Abruzzi led an expedition up the southeast face in 1909 but gave up at about 6,250 meters (20,505 feet), believing it was not possible to climb K2. After many other failures, another Italian team eventually succeeded, following a southeastern ridge on the southwestern face in 1954.

 

K2 is one of only 14 mountains on Earth higher than 8,000m (26,247ft) tall and is the only one who has never before been climbed in the winter. Known as the Savage Mountain for the climb’s difficulty, only 300 climbers have reached the summit, while 77 have died in the attempt.

 

Name of Peak

K-2              (Chogho Ri)

Elevation                                          8611-M (28,251 ft.)

Ranked                                             2nd: 1st in Pakistan

Location                                           Karakoram-Baltoro Skardu

Best Period                                      June 10 – August 10

Base Camp height                           5000-M

Latitude                                            35°- 53 N

Durations                                         60 Days

First Ascent                                      July 31, 1954

ITINERARY

Day 01

Arrival Islamabad

Arrival at the airport and then transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in the hotel in Islamabad.

Day 02

Islamabad To Skardu (By Air)

Early morning flight to Skardu (flights are subject to weather); if unable to fly, we will depart for Skardu by road with an overnight stay at Chilas. Overnight stay in the hotel at Skardu.

Day 03

Chilas To Skardu

In case of flight has operated, we will go for a sightseeing tour of Skardu, and in case of no flight, the day will be used for overland travel from Chilas to Skardu (total drive is 22 – 24 hrs from Islamabad to Skardu). Overnight stay in the hotel at Skardu.

Day 04

Rest Day At Skardu

Sightseen in Skardu final packing for the Expedition.

Day 05

Skardu To Askole

After Breakfast, we will embark jeeps for a full day ride on a winding jeep trail to Askole – The last inhabitance on our way to the Great Glaciers. (Tent)

Day 06

Askole To Jhula

Trek to the Dumurdo river cross at Jhula (Jhula means wire Rope-Bridge supported by a wooden basket); now, a day wooden bridge has been built to cross it. (Tent)

Day 07

Jhula To Paiju

We will resume trek along the BralduRiver to a green oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak 6611 M. (Tent)

Day 08

Rest Day At Paiju

Rest & acclimatization day at Paiju.(Tent)

Day 09

Paiju To Urdukas

Begin trek after an early breakfast. (Tent)

Day 10

Urdukas To Goro II

A long walk on the icy Baltoro Glacier. (Tent)

Day 11

Goro II To Concordia

After an early breakfast, we will resume a long walk on the Baltoro Glacier to a point called Concordia – a huge junction of Baltoro, Abruzzi & Godwin Austin Glaciers at 4000 meters. (Tent)

Day 12

Concordia To K2 Base Camp

After Breakfast then trek to K-2 Base camp (Tent)

Day 13 – 42

Climbing Activities

Climbing activities (Tent)

Day 43

K2 Base Camp To Ali Camp

After an early breakfast, we will leave the K2 base camp for Ali Camp. (Tent)

Day 44

Ali Camp – Cross Gondogoro Pass – Khuspang

A very early start as early as 2 or 3 a.m. to cross the Gondogoro la to reach Khuspang.(Tent)

Day 45

Khuspang To Shaicho

After a couple of minutes of easy walk, we will come onto the glacier. We will pick our way across moving boulders and ice, and finally, crossing the glacier up to the camping site; we will reach Shaicho. Walk 06 – 07 hrs, Grade: Easy, Altitude: 3800 m. (Tent)

Day 46

Shaicho To Hushe

After Breakfast, we will continue walking along the Hushe River on an easy path. Upon arrival in Hushe, we will camp near the fields in Hushe village. (Tent)

Day 47

Hushe To Skardu

After Breakfast, we will embark jeeps for a full day ride on Skardu’s winding jeep road. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and check-in. Overnight stay in the hotel at Skardu.

Day 48

Skardu To Chilas

Early morning drive for Chilas. On arrival, transfer to hotel and check-in. Overnight stay in the hotel at Chilas.

Day 49

Chilas To Islamabad

After Breakfast, we will depart for Islamabad via babusar pass. On arrival, transfer to hotel, overnight stay in hotel at Islamabad.

Day 50

Islamabad

We will proceed for debriefing at Alpine Club in Islamabad. Afternoon, we will go for a city tour of Islamabad. Overnight stay in the hotel in Islamabad.

Day 51

Islamabad To Flight Out

Transfer to the airport for flight back home.

Services Included:

  • Liaison with Ministry of Tourism in Islamabad for climbing permit process, providing the appointed Liaison officer’s measurements for his prescribed kit.
  • Process of import/export permit from the ministry of tourism.
  • Clearance of cargo before arrival of the team and its storage.
  • Assistance upon arrival/departure.
  • Official Briefing/Debriefing.
  • Hotel accommodation in Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Chilas.
  • All meals during trek and at B.C. as per itinerary.
  • Porterage of 75 kg per person of expedition equipment and high altitude food etc. to the B.C. and 50 kg per person on return from B.C.
  • Road transfers between airport/hotel and within the city as per itinerary.
  • Sleeping tents, mattresses, mess, kitchen, and toilet tent with tables/field stools and camping ground fees.
  • Kitchen equipment, crockery, cutlery, fuel, and related community gear.
  • Wages and basic kit of guide, sirdar, cook, and assistant(s).
  • Insurance of our field staff and low altitude porters (except helicopter rescue).
  • Porterage at airports, hotels, toll taxes, and parking fees, etc.
  • Mail handling/forwarding to B.C./overseas except for postage charges.
  • Reconfirmation of air tickets.
  • Hiring of HAPs, mail runner(s), and any other crew as per requirement. (Wages and kit to be arranged by the team).

Services not Included:

  • International & domestic airfare, airport tax, excess baggage charges.
  • High altitude porters/any crew above B.C.

Helicopter emergency rescue fees (refundable if not use, it is now US$15000/-

  • High altitude tents, sleeping bags, personal and climbing equipment of any kind beyond base camp, including high altitude food and oxygen.
  • Medications, ground evacuations, and helicopter rescue charges of any kind.
  • Room services, laundry, beverages, phone/communication bills, and items of personal nature.
  • Insurance liability of member (s) and other under force majeure conditions.
  • Climbing Permit, Pollution and Environmental fee, or any other payment required to be paid to Pakistan’s Government.
  • Clearing agent charges.

Members any climbing gears

  1. Member personal insurance
  2. High altitude tent
  3. High altitude food
  4. High altitude porter
  • Any other service not mentioned in the above list
Five Base Camp Trekking K2 8611m

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