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The trek to K2 is one of the worlds classics. It is a demanding journey and trek to Concordia, the meeting place of the Godwin-Austen and upper Baltoro glacier, is not one to be undertaken lightly. For most of... more its length one is walking through uninhabited areas where it is essential to be well prepared for any eventuality, and the trail itself is constantly shifting, depending on the whim of the weather and glacial action. There are numerous streams and tributaries to be crossed, loose scree slopes, and obstructions to be overcome or circumvented. But for those willing to take the slight risks, the rewards are immense. From the top of Gondogoro Pass (5700 m) one can see all the prominent mountains of Shigar Valley and Hushey Valley. Reckoned amongst the great treks of the world, walking to Concordia takes one past ten of the World's thirty tallest peaks - and what peaks! The Karakoram range is characteristically wild and jagged, with towering pinnacles of rock hung with shining ice-covered walls; this is the most glaciated region on earth outside the polar regions, and one is constantly reminded of this while walking up the Baltoro glacier.DAY 01 ARRIVAL RAWALPINDI Arrival met and transfer to your hotel. After a short rest drive to Islamabad for trek briefing at Ministry of Tourism and obtain trekking permit. Overnight hotel. DAY 02 RAWALPINDI/SKARDU Flight to Skardu, If unable to fly, same day departure for Chilas via Silk Rout, sight seeing all along the rout with the company of Indus river the longest river of Pakistan It flows from Tibet northwest across the Indian-controlled portion of Jammu and Kashmir, passing between the western extremity of the Himalayas and the northern extremity of the Hindu Kush mountain range; it then courses generally south through Pakistan to the Arabian Sea.Check in hotel. Overnight in Chilas.DAY 03 CHILAS/SKARDU Arrival in Skardu.Total drive time from Islamabad to Skardu is 22-24 hours. DAY 04 SKARDU Free day for rest, shopping or sightseeing. while staff will make final arrangement for the trek. Overnight at hotel. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included. DAY 05 SKARDU -TO- ASKOLEEmbark jeeps for a full day ride on a winding jeep trail to Askole. The last inhabitance on our way to the Great Glaciers. Highest in the region, the stone & timber abodes contain dark & narrow stairwells riven by gloomy, unlit alleys cluster within the embrace of the fertile terraces. Overnight in tents.Distance 96 kmDrive 07-08 hrsAltitude 3050 m DAY 06 ASKOLE -TO- KOROPHONE Today we leave the last inhabited village. For the remaining portion of our journey we rely on our porters who carry our food and equipment's and sustain our expedition. After scrambling over a ridge we come across what legend says an old polo field. Passing through a rock gap we cross the Biafo glacier and camp beside its snout at korophone. The Biafo Glacier is a huge river of ice 63 Km long which descends from the central peaks of the Karakoram & flows East into the Braldu Valley at a point about 10 Kms east of Askole. Overnight in tents.Walk : 03 - 04 hrsGrade : Easy Altitude : 3100 M DAY 07 KOROPHONE -TO- JHULA Trek to the Dumurdo river cross at Jhula., now a wooden bridge is made cross it & camp beside a torrent facing the Bakhordas. Walk : 03-04 hrsGrade : StrenuousAltitude : 3150 M DAY 08 JHULA -TO- PAIJU Resume trek along the Braldu River to a green Oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak 6611 M. Paiju - is a Balti word which means "SALT". Since there are some rock salt deposits at the base of this peak, the locals believe that the snow on the summit of Paiju Peak is not snow but a huge deposit of salt which drips down to the base. From this camp we have the first view of the impressive Baltoro Glacier. Overnight in tents. Walk : 05-06 hrsGrade : ModerateAltitude : 3480 M. DAY 09 PAIJU - Rest Day Rest & acclimatization day at Paiju. Overnight in tents.DAY 10 PAIJU -TO- URDUKAS Begin trek after an early breakfast. Traverse the junction of Paiju - Baltoro Glaciers through crevasses & lunch below Liligo, the traditional camp under the muddy cliffs with fine views of rock spires. Cross the Khuburse torrent early morning and ramble over two glacier moraines to reach the grassy slopes of Urdukas offering splendid views of the Trango, Uli Biaho & Bial Groups. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff. Walk : 06-07 hrsGrade : ModerateAltitude : 4130 M DAY 11 URDUKAS -TO- GORO A long walk on the icy Baltoro Glacier. Traverse the Yermanandu Glacier which flows down from Masherbrum & joins the Baltoro. Magnificent views of Muztagh, Mitre & Gasherbrum IV. Overnight in tents. Walk : 06-07 hrsGrade : StrenuousAltitude : 4500 M. DAY 12 GORO TO CONCORDIA After an early breakfast, 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 . Within a short radius of 15 Kilometers, stand 41 peaks over 6500 meters. including 04 peaks above 8000 M. The 360 view offers a panorama of peaks nowhere to be found on this Earth. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff. Walk : 05 - 06 hrsGrade : strenuousAltitude : 4720 M. DAY 13 CONCORDIA REST DAYMembers are free to explore K2 base (A day trip 4 hrs up 3 hrs down) After an early breakfast, resume your walk to K2 Base Camp. Overnight in tents at Concordia.Walk : 07 hrsGrade : strenuousAltitude : 4650 M. DAY 14 CONCORDIA -TO- ALI CAMPAfter an early breakfast leave the Concordia and we will cross several side glacier to reach our right path. After 2 hours we will reach Vigne glacier, it is also possible to walk on the Vigne glacier which is fairly easy then walking on the stony bath on the right side of the glacier but it depend on the snow condition.Overnight in tents.DAY 15 ALI CAMP -CROSS GONDOGORO PASS- KHUSPANG A very early start as early as 2 or 3 O'clock in the morning to cross the Gondogoro la to reach Khuspang. The basic theme behind the early walk to reach the top of the Gondogoro Pass 5700 metres is that in the morning snow will be soft and you will not get tired quickly as the sun is not strong, but as sun get strong snow get soft, snow going to be melt and bring water and stones, also the chance of ice falls or avalanches. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff. Walk : 10 - 11 hrsGrade : StrenuousAltitude : 5700 M DAY 16 KHUSPANG Rest day at Khuspang. DAY 17 KHUSPANG -TO- DALSANGPAAfter a couple of minutes of easy walk we will comes onto the glacier. You pick your way across moving boulders and ice, finally crossing the glacier up to the camping site to reach Dalsangpa, meaning 'field of flowers', lives up to its name. It is a beautiful campsite at about 4,150 metres, set between two lakes, with Masherbrum Mountain and the white glacier cascading down from Masherbrum Pass reflected in the still water.Walk : 05-06 hrsGrade : ModerateAltitude : 4150 M. DAY 18 DALSANGPA -TO- SHAICHOResume trek along the path, Keep yourself on the left side of the lateral moraine, crossing several side streams. The next hour is an unpleasant scramble along the stony, sliding glacier edge, with huge boulders poised above, ready to fall.Continue your trek along the path goes down hill to the summer settlement called Shaicho, a large shepherds settlement with its won mosque, now here you can find a hotel and mountaineering equipment shop. This is the traditional camp among the forest of juniper, cedar and willow trees with giant bushes of wild roses and a good water supply. After a short break continue your walk along the Hushey river on a easy path. Upon arrival camp near the fields in Hushey village. Overnight in tents. Walk : 06 - 07 hrs,Grade : EasyDAY 19 SHAICHO -TO- HUSHEYAn easy day will bring you to Hushey village. Evening free. Overnight in tents.DAY 20 HUSHEY -TO- SKARDUAM : Embark jeeps for a full day ride on a winding jeep trail to Skardu. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. DAY 21 SKARDU - RAWALPINIDIEarly in the morning fly to Islamabad, if unable to fly same day drive to Gilgit. Overnight in hotel.DAY 22 RAWALPINDIUpon arrival transfer to your hotel in Rawalpindi. Evening sightseeing.If unable to fly on day 25th. this day will be use to transfer from Gilgit to Islamabad by road.DAY 23 RAWALPINDIDe-briefing at Ministry of Tourism Islamabad. Evening transfer to airport for your onward destination.
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