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K2 And Gondogoro  La Trek Pakistan 2020

HIGHLIGHTS

  • K2 And Gandogoro Trek takes you to the Heart of Karakoram Mountain Range.
  • Spectacular Mountain view Flight to Skardu
  • Views of K2, Broad Peak and the Gasherbrums from the Gondogoro La.
  • Walking holiday to Concordia and the Baltoro Glacier.
  • One of the world`s top 5 trekking adventures.
  • Experience the picturesque Hushe Valley in Pakistan.
  • Discover the ancient Himalayan Kingdom of Baltistan Valley.

K2 And Gondogoro  La Trek is one of the best treks in the world. This Trek will take you into the heart of the mighty Karakoram Mountains range in the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Baltistan valley. K2 Gondogoro La Trek will give you the spectacular view of many world highest Peaks, including, K2, Broad Peak, Trango Towers, Gasherbrum and Mustagh Peak. We believe that walking on the Baltoro glacier and crossing the Gondogoro Pass into Hushe Valley is an amazing experience which will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Our K2 And Gondogoro  la Trek starts from Islamabad. Your Guide will meet and greet you at the Islamabad international airport. You will be transfer to the hotel for a rest to recover from the journey. We will meet again in the afternoon for a briefing about the K2 And Gondogoro La Trek. Next day we will catch the spectacular mountains view flights to Skardu. On route you will have the first glimpse of the great Nanga Parbat, K2 and the other stunning Himalayan & Karakoram Mountain range. After checking in to our Hotel, will have a rest and preparation day in Skardu. Skardu is the Capital of Baltistan and it is the getaway to K2, Deosai Plato, Mashabrum Peaks and many other famous Karakoram Peaks. In Skardu, Trekkers and climber usually do their Finale purchasing and top ups for their journey.

Following day we will drive along the Mighty Indus, Shigar and Braldu River to the lush green Shigar Valley towards Askoli. Askoli is the last village before we enter into the heart of the Karakorum. After spending your first night in the camp under the starry canvas, Our k2 and Gandogoro trek will start from Askole. You will be walking towards Braldu, gorge and to the snout of the Baltoro glacier, which we then follow to Concordia. (possibility of a day walk to Gilkey Memorial (just below K2 Base Camp) and Broad Peak Base Camp). En route to Concordia via the Baltoro Glacier, we will pass through many world-famous peaks such as the Trango and Cathedral groups, the Lobsang Spire and mighty Masherbrum.

Concordia is the heart of Karakoram Range, and centre of a complex to some of the world highest peaks and many of the largest glaciers. K2 And Gondogoro La Trek gives you a fantastic mountains views. On every side, within radius of 24 kms, rise up ten of the world’s thirty highest peaks, including, K2, Broad Peak, and Gasherbrum peaks. Continue our trek on Upper Baltoro Glacier towards Chogolisa and the ‘golden throne’ peak of Baltoro Kangri. overnight at Ali Camp. (This is relatively a possibility that if the snow condition is deemed unsafe to cross the Gondogoro pass into the Hushe Valley, it is necessary to return down the Baltoro Glacier, as you would on a regular K2 Base Camp trek).

Today we start our second part of k2 and Gondogoro La trek by crossing the  Gondogoro La (5585m) which requires ice axe and crampons. From the top of Gandogoro we have an incredible views, including the 4 eight-thousanders – K2 (8611m), Broad Peak (8051m), Gasherbrum 1 (8080m) and Gasherbrum 2 (8035m). A rare and great opportunity to have a Clear view of Hidden Peak (Gasherbrum 1). Ascending down from the Gandogoro pass, we enter the other side of Karakoram in Hushe Valley. Hushe is a Typical Balti Remote Village where you will meet the friendly Balti People. Hushe is under Gangche District and Khapulu is the District Head headquarter.

From Hushe we will Drive Along the Shyok And Indus River towards Skardu, on route we will Pass through many Beautiful small Balti Villages with a lot of Smiley Faces. Check in to the hotel and have a hot shower. Tonight you will sleep in a real bed. Following day we will take a flight to Islamabad, in case of flight cancellation, we will drive Via the Karakoram Highway.

“K2 And Gondogoro La Trek” is undoubtedly one of the Great Walks of the world, With our 4 decades of expertise and Karakoram mountains will give you an amazing experience, which will stay with you for a long time.

BRIEF ITINERARY:
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ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN:

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SPECTACULAR FLIGHT TO SKARDU (2,230m):

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SIGHTSEEING & PREPARATION DAY,SKARDU:

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DRIVE TO ASKOLI (3000m) 7 HOURS DRIVE:

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TREK TO KORFONG (3,100m) 4 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO BARDUMAL (3,350m) 6 HOURS WALKING:

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TEAK TO PAJU (3,380m) 6 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO KHOBURTSE (3,760m) 7 HOURS WALKING:

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TREAK TO URDUKAS (4,130m) 4 HOUR WALKING:

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ACCLIMATISING DAY AT URDUKAS (4,130m):

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TREAK TO GORO II (4,250m) 6 to 7 HOURS WALKING:

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TREAK TO CONCORDIA (4,600m) 5 HOURS WALKING:

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TREAK TO BROAD PEAK BASE CAMP (5000m) 4 HOURS WALKING:

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TREAK TO K2 BASE CAMP & BACK TO CONCORDIA (5150m) 7 HOURS WALKING:

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TREAK TO ALI CAMP (5000m) 6 HOURS WALKING:

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CROSS GANDOGORO LA TO KHUSPANG (5,600m) 10-11 HOURS WALKING:

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SPARE TREK DAY IN CASE OF DELAYS:

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CONTINGENCY DAY FOR POSSIBLE DELAYS:

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KHUSPANG TO SAICHO (3,350m) 6-7 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO HUSHE 2 HOURS, DRIVE TO SKARDU 7-HOURS:

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FLY TO ISLAMABAD:

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CONTINGENCY DAY IN CASE OF DELAYS-ISLAMABAD:

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DEPARTURE DAY-FLY BACK HOME:

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Map of k2 And Gondogoro La trek

Introduction.

Trango Adventure has a long track record of organizing Trekking in Pakistan. We have had groups successfully completed K2 and Gondogoro La Trek on previous occasions. We designed our itinerary based on over 40 Years of experience, which is the best in terms of acclimatization, safety and enjoyment. It is our intention to keep to the day by day itinerary detailed below, although there might be some flexibility due to local conditions or other factors beyond our control. If this is the case the trek leader will do everything possible to work out the changes to the itinerary in order to minimize your inconvenience.

Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last-minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in team is an important aspect of all of our trips.

DETAILED ITINERARY:
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ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN:

Most of the international flights arrives at Islamabad International Airport in the mornings. Your Guide will meet and greet you at the airport, then you will be transfer to the hotel. Rest of the days is free to recover from your journey. Later in the day, when everyone has arrived, we will have a group briefing about the K2 and Gondogoro la Trek. Depending on the time available to us, there may be an option to do some sightseeing in Islamabad, A purpose-built City in 1961 as the new capital of Pakistan.
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SPECTACULAR FLIGHT TO SKARDU (2,230m):

 If cancelled Drive KKH To Chilas:  Isb To Chilas 461km 8-9 H-Drive.

Today you will travel to Islamabad International Airport to take a spectacular flight (weather permitting) across the mountains to Skardu, the Capital of Baltistan. It’s a 45 minute flight which offers Spectacular Mountains views of Himalaya &  Karakoram mountain range, you can also enjoy the breathtaking views of world’s 9th highest peak, Nanga Parbat  (8126m), if weather is clear then we might be able to see K2 and Gondogoro Pass as well. Check in to the Hotel, rest of the  day will be spent visiting the local Bazar, historical forts, scenic lakes or visiting ancient rock inscriptions, one of which is of 8th century Manthal Lord Buddha Rock that shows traces of Buddhist monks and pilgrims who had influence in the area before Islam.

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SIGHTSEEING & PREPARATION DAY,SKARDU:

Skardu is the Capital of ancient Baltistan Kingdom so there is so much to see and explore. It is the getaway of many famous treks and Climbing expeditions, including K2 and Gandogoro Trek. In the morning you we will walk up to the remains of Kharpocho Fort (builded early 1700), which overlooks the town and has a great view of the Indus River. If you are into photography then this is a perfect location to take photos of  Skaradu Town at sunrise or sunset. (we can arrange this for you). We will then walk to a small village, called Organic village, which grows all its crops organically. The afternoon is free to explore, perhaps you would like to take an optional jeep tour to Satpara Lake or explore the bazaar.
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DRIVE TO ASKOLI (3000m) 7 HOURS DRIVE:

Following day we will drive along the Mighty Indus, Shigar and Braldu River to the lush green Shigar Valley towards Askoli. Askoli is the last village before entering into the heart of Karakoram. We will spend our first night under the Stars in Askoli, which is high above the thundering Braldu River. Askole is a single street of wooden houses, backed by irrigated fields of corn, potatoes and groves of apricot trees.
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TREK TO KORFONG (3,100m) 4 HOURS WALKING:

Today will be our first walking day of K2 and Gondogoro La Trek. After organising all the equipment and supplies our porters load up for the journey ahead towards Korgong. From your campsite you will wend your way through the lanes and fields of Askole which will be the last settlement that you will encounter on our trek to Concordia. Watching the local people go about their daily business is a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the hardy Balti people. The valley opens out to reveal the Biafo Glaciers, you have your first taste of moraine walking, we cross the snout of the glacier and descend to the green spot beside the river at Korofon. We will be in camp by lunchtime we can spend the afternoon relaxing by the river, and also do a short acclimatization walk if we wish. If the weather is clear then it can be a hot day so keep your Sun creams and lots of water with you.
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TREK TO BARDUMAL (3,350m) 6 HOURS WALKING:

 From Korofong you continue your Day by following the path up a side valley to do a detour to cross the fast flowing river by a foot bridge. you then walk for another half an hour or so to reach the Jhola Camp. The views are impressive with Bakhor Das (5,809m) and Paiju Peak’s needles in the distance. From Jhola you will continue your k2 and Gandogoro Trek towards Bardumal campsite.
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TEAK TO PAJU (3,380m) 6 HOURS WALKING:

 Today you will have an early start from Bardumla. The path runs for a while at the very edge of the river, before climbing to higher ground and allowing us excellent views of the impressive Paiju Peak. You have to negotiate a couple of streams today and depending on the melting of the glaciers above, you may have to ford these (sports sandals or old trainers useful). Paiju is a green oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak (6,611m). From this camp you have the first views of the immense Baltoro Glacier, granite peaks of the Trango and Cathedral groups, and if the weather is clear then might see a glimpse of K2.
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TREK TO KHOBURTSE (3,760m) 7 HOURS WALKING:

 Another early start today. From your camp at Paiju, a walk of approximately one hour brings you to the snout of the Baltoro Glacier. After viewing the outpouring of melt water from the ice we now climb up onto the back of this great beast. At this point the ice of the glacier is completely covered by rubble and rocks and although we are following a trail used by many expeditions, the going here can be quite tough. The trail undulated as we climb over the swells of the flowing glacier and it is fascinating to think that the stones underfoot could have come from the summit of Broad Peak, Gasherbrum or K2. Gradually we work our way across the glacier to its south side where we can use a path along lateral moraine. Heading roughly east we continue, sometimes on the moraine and sometimes down beside the glacier until we reach a side valley. At this point it may be possible to continue more or less directly by climbing up onto the glacier. Or, if the glacier is not easily accessible, we will turn off into the valley for approximately half an hour to reach a point where we can cross the meltwater stream (sandals or old trainers required). Finally reaching the camping place at Khorburtse (3,760m) we have sensational views of the Cathedral Towers, the Trango Group and the striking rock tower of Uli Biaho. A great day of trekking over difficult and mixed terrain.
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TREAK TO URDUKAS (4,130m) 4 HOUR WALKING:

Today is a short day but quite hard work as we walk up the undulating moraine and gaining height all the way. We continue east beside the Baltoro Glacier either along the lateral moraine or sometimes on the glacier itself, passing the ship-like prow of Great Trango and the isolated pillar of the ‘Nameless Tower’ to our next camp at Urdukas. It has truly sensational views of the Trango Towers to the west and directly opposite and almost a mile away across the valley, the vast rock walls of Cathedral Peak and Lobsang rise like ramparts above the glacier. This is a truly awesome place. We should reach here in time for a late lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free to camp, relax and soak up our fabulous Mountain vistas.
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ACCLIMATISING DAY AT URDUKAS (4,130m):

 From many years of k2 and Gondogoro La Trek experience we have learnt that taking a rest day at Urdukas has worked well, the advantages of spending an extra night here are very Helpful. It helps the acclimatization process and has proved to be more effective than a rest day at Paiju.

This is the last campsite on grassy slopes off the main glacier, it also has facilities for washing and cleaning. There is a pleasant walk behind the campsite through grassy slopes full of alpine flowers. Climbing high & sleeping low is the best way to help the acclimatization process.

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TREAK TO GORO II (4,250m) 6 to 7 HOURS WALKING:

 Leaving Urdukas behind, you will follow the moraine edge eastwards until it is possible to climb up onto the broad back of the glacier. The trail on the Baltoro goes past the Yermanandu glacier, which flows from Masherbrum, and there are views of Muztagh (7,270m), Masherbrum (7,800m) and Gasherbrum IV at the head of the Baltoro and Concordia. We are quite high now and camping on one of the largest pieces of ice outside the polar regions, so we will make sure to wrap up warmly for the cooler nights ahead. The campsite is on the glacier where ledges have been levelled out for the tents.
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TREAK TO CONCORDIA (4,600m) 5 HOURS WALKING:

 Today you will Trek to Concordia, it will take you through what must arguably be the most spectacular mountain scenery anywhere in the world! Our approach to Concordia continues along the heaving swells of the Baltoro Glacier as we pass Mustagh Tower (7284m). Ahead of us Gasherbrum IV (7925m) acts like a beacon drawing us on, whilst at some points on today’s walk we can also see Gasherbrum ll (8035m) which peeks out to the right of Gasherbrum lV. As we make our way up the Baltoro, the aptly named Broad Peak (8051m) comes into view above the ridge connecting Marble Peak and Crystal Peak on our left. K2 keeps itself hidden until the very moment we reach Concordia when suddenly its full height is revealed in sweeping lines that climb almost 4000 metres from the valley floor to the summit – a sight that will never be forgotten. Concordia is a wide area where glaciers coming down from K2 meet those from the Gasherbrums and Chogolisa. It is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular places on the planet and here you can stand within 24 kilometres of no fewer than four eight-thousanders and ten of the world’s thirty highest peaks! We make our camp at approximately 4500 metres on a moraine ridge surrounded on all side by jagged peaks including Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak, Chogolisa, Crystal Peak, Marble Peak, Baltoro Kangri, Broad Peak and K2.
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TREAK TO BROAD PEAK BASE CAMP (5000m) 4 HOURS WALKING:

Most of the trekkers Camp at Concordia which gives them a very long walk to k2 Base Camp. Our Experience has taught us that camping at the base camp of Broad Peak will give us a better and an amazing view of K2. From Concordia the route passes through some jumbled ice fins and moraine ridges before gaining the medial moraine of the Godwin Austen glacier. Broad Peak Base Camp is located on this moraine near the base of climbing route on Broad Peak. One of the best views of K2 is from Broad Peak Base Camp. Enjoy the marvellous situation of Karakoram.
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TREAK TO K2 BASE CAMP & BACK TO CONCORDIA (5150m) 7 HOURS WALKING:

Today you will make an early start for the amazing walk up to the Mighty K2 Base Camp. For many people a visit to the actual base camp used by climbers on K2 will certainly be a highlight of their Trek. We can stop and admire the sensational view of K2 in one direction and in the other look back to Concordia framed by Mitre Peak and the bulk of Chogolisa, also known as ‘Broad Peak‘. On the return you pass through Broad Peak Base Camp and then continue down to Concordia. From Concordia we will descend Baltoro.
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TREAK TO ALI CAMP (5000m) 6 HOURS WALKING:

Today you will leave the main trekking trail behind you, striking out on a far less travelled route which will take you along the Upper Baltoro, one of the glaciers coming down from Chogolisa that feed the huge glacial junction of Concordia. From Concordia there are several moraine ridges to scramble over to reach the Vigne Glacier which is flatter with fewer crevasses. After 5 – 7 hours of trekking along the Upper Baltoro towards the enormous bulk of Chogolisa at the head of the valley, you eventually reach the confluence of this glacier with the West Vigne Glacier which sweeps down from the base of the Gondogoro La. Here on the moraine beside the junction we make our home for the night at the place known locally as ‘Ali Camp’ (4800m).

We would normally reach Ali Camp around mid-day or the early afternoon and after settling in, your trip leader will organise a skills session to practice the simple techniques of using a jumar to safeguard moving on fixed lines.

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CROSSING GONDOGORO LA TO KHUSPANG (5,600m) 10-11 HOURS WALKING:

Today you will have an early start before the lights breaks in the morning. Probably around 2am, this is to minimise the risk of rockfall on the descent down the Hushe side of the pass.

After fuelling up in the dining tent with breakfast, you will do crampons and harnesses and set off roped together onto the West Vigne Glacier. In the black, star-studded crisp night air you will  make your way slowly over the sparkling glacier illuminated in pools of light from your head torches.

This is a tough day but the views from the top of the pass really make it worthwhile. All four 8000’ers are visible in one direction and the other way looks down the Hushe Valley with the beautiful Leila Peak.

Depending on the snow conditions it may be necessary to rope up for the crossing of the glacier before getting to the base of the pass. There are several sections with fixed ropes in place which can be used as a handrail. It is also best practice to clip a carabiner and sling onto the rope for safety.

If the snow conditions are good and the trail has already been broken the pass can be ascended quite quickly (in about 4-5 hours). After approximately 4 hours of climbing from the West Vigne Glacier, with views opening up behind us, we reach the summit of the pass, an incredible and exhilarating feeling. The view from the top is breathtaking with 4 eight thousand metre peaks on view and close at hand, namely K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II. The top of the pass is a broad shoulder and on the far side the ground drops precipitously away and we find ourselves looking down into the Gondogoro Valley. Directly opposite are the faces of the Trinity peaks but all eyes will be drawn to the beautiful spire of Laila Peak (6096) and then further down, following the curve of the glacier, we can see the perfect cone of Masherbrum II

The Hushe side of the pass can be a tricky descent although there are fixed ropes in place at the top. The slope starts at a sustained 50 degrees on snow and finishes on loose scree towards the bottom. On reaching the green oasis of Khuspang, you can put your feet up and relax remembering the excitement of the day.

Important note: the crossing of the Gondogoro La is dependent on good weather and conditions on the approach to the pass. If it is not possible to safely ascend the pass the group will walk back down the Baltoro glacier to Askole.

We believe our itinerary maximise our chances of crossing the pass because:

  • Everyone should be well acclimatised due to the gradual ascent on the trek and also from the careful monitoring of everyone’s acclimatisation by using the pulse odometer. We have two nights at Concordia and one night at Broad Peak Base Camp.
  • We have two buffer days in case of delays or bad weather on Day 17 & 18 of the itinerary.
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SPARE TREK DAY IN CASE OF DELAYS:

It is in the nature of journey such as this that there can be delays and it is important to build in some time to allow for this

In case of bad weather on Day 16, these days will give us another chance to cross the pass. If we successfully got over the pass on Day 16, you may enjoy rest or exploration days or the other option is to continue down to Hushe to spend a night.

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CONTINGENCY DAY FOR POSSIBLE DELAYS:

 It is in the nature of journey such as this that there can be delays and it is important to build in some time to allow for this.

In case of bad weather on Day 16, these days will give us another chance to cross the pass. If we successfully got over the pass on Day 16, you may enjoy rest or exploration days or the other option is to continue down to Hushe to spend a night.

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KHUSPANG TO SAICHO (3,350m) 6-7 HOURS WALKING:

After a couple of minutes of easy walking we get onto the glacier where we pick our way across the moraine and ice, finally crossing the glacier up to the camping site to reach Dalsangpa which means ‘field of flowers’. There is a spectacular view of Masherbrum and the glacier cascading down from Masherbrum Pass.

It is a beautiful walk to Shaicho as we pass yak pastures and see the first trees since Paiju. Shaicho is a small village. At this point we have returned to more benign altitudes where things grow and the trees actually become bigger than us as we continue the descent of the moraine to the valley bottom. We make our camp at Saitcho (3350m), a sandy area of sparse grasses beside the river at the junction of the Gondogoro and Charakusa valleys. This will be the first night in almost a week where we can breathe the oxygen-rich air below 4000 metres and sleep to the sounds of running water!

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TREK TO HUSHE 2 HOURS, DRIVE TO SKARDU 7-HOURS:

 Today will be our last walking day of K2 and Gandogoro  trek, it will be an easy walk to Hushe village. Hushe is quite large with a warren of alleys and buildings. Most traditional houses are built from rounded river stones and are 2 storeys high, with space for the animal downstairs and people upstairs. Hushe also has some more modern houses, a shop, a school, a hotel and a trekkers’ campsite.

Our vehicles will already be waiting for us, so we make an early start for the return drive to through the lush green Khapulu Vally. We have a faster, smoother journey on a paved road following the great Indus River into Skardu. Arriving in the town we will check in to our hotel and there will be time for a welcome shower and clean up before sitting down to dinner. Tonight we will enjoy the comfort of a real bed.

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FLY TO ISLAMABAD:

 If the weather is clear then you will take the flight to Islamabad. Skardu Airport is a 40 minute drive from the hotel along a good road lined with poplar trees. Boarding our plane we have an exciting flight out of the valley, once again passing by Nanga Parbat before turning south for Islamabad. Arriving in the Pakistani capital after a period in the mountains is always a strange experience and it takes a little time to get used to the hustle and bustle and especially the traffic. Our private bus will be waiting at the airport to transfer us to the group hotel and once we have settled in it will be time to take lunch (unless we have experienced unusual flight delays). After lunch the rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing or to relax at the hotel. Your Guide will advise you on the possibilities for sightseeing. Shopping for hand-made Iranian & Afghan rugs is a usually popular option. This evening we come together again for a celebratory meal at the hotel or in a local restaurant.

In Case of Flight cancellation we will drive down the Karakoram Highway. We will arrive in Chillas late afternoon.

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CONTINGENCY DAY IN CASE OF DELAYS - ISLAMABAD:

If driving down the Karakoram Highway you will arrive in Islamabad late afternoon. If you managed to fly the day before then you will spend today sightseeing in Islamabad. In the evening we will have a final group meal.

 Skardu is a ‘weather dependent’ airport which means the planes will only fly here if the visibility allows line of sight to the runway by the pilot on the approach. Fortunately the weather is mostly clear in the Karakoram but local weather conditions can bring cloud and rain from time to time. If we cannot fly we will travel down to Islamabad by road along the spectacular Karakoram Highway. If we flew up to Skardu this will be an added bonus as it is a fantastic travel experience in its own right. The drive down the Indus River to Islamabad takes two days so this is an important contingency day to allow for this. If we have flown to Islamabad this will be a further day for sightseeing in the capital and your leader will advise the group on the options available for today.

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DEPARTURE DAY-FLY BACK HOME:

After Breakfast you will be Transfer to Islamabad International Airport for your flight back home.End of trip.

k2 and Gondogoro La trek dates and prices 2020

Private Groups – Chose your own Dates

Tour Starts From Islamabad-Domestic Flight Inc

START DATES END DATE PRICE   DEPOSIT  
 30 JUN  21 JULY US$3300 US $ 660
 22 JULY  12 AUG US$3000 US $ 660
 10 AUG  31 AUG US$3000 US $ 660

 

K2 and Gondogoro La Trek dates and prices are on Full Board Basis including the Domestic flights. Our K2 and Gondogoro La trek itinerary  is from Islamabad to Islamabad. International flights from most cities of the world will arrive in Islamabad in the morning, Return flights will depart from Islamabad International airport on the last day of the itinerary. Our Experience and License Mountain Guide will Meet and Greet you at the Islamabad International Airport, will stay with you through out the Journey and see you off at Islamabad Airport.

Please be aware that there are often only a limited number of seats available at the advertised price, particularly for regional departures. To avoid paying extra supplements, we recommend that you book as early as possible, especially during peak times. If we are unable to secure seats at the price shown, we will contact you with an alternative quote. Please note that you may be asked to pay for your flights in advance of your final holiday balance.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE – NO SURCHARGE GUARANTEE:

The price of our K2 and Gondogoro La Trek prices can change depending on a variety of factors but unlike some other tour operators, Trango Adventure have undertaken to guarantee the price of your holiday will not change after you have booked. The price when you book is the price you will pay, whether you are booking for this year or the next. Book early to avoid any tour price increases, get the best flight prices and take advantage of our ‘No Surcharge Guarantee‘. Trango Adventure is a Government licensed and bonded tour operator to follow the strict Regulation set by the Tourism Department of Pakistan.

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K2 and Gondogoro la Trek 2020

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • An experienced professional Mountain Guide (Government requirement)
  • Islamabad Airport transfers for international flights on Day 1 and Day 22
  • Internal flights and associated airport transfers
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • All permit fees
  • Once on trek a full service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Travel insurance
  • Pakistan Visa
  • Tips for local guides and support staff
  • Guided Islamabad sightseeing
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • souvenirs etc
  • PLEASE NOTE: an airport departure tax of Rs1500 is sometimes payable

MEAL PLAN

Fully-inclusive of all meals throughout, from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 23.

ACCOMMODATION:

During this trip the group will spend 3 nights in Islamabad at a good standard hotel. The group will also have a night in a tourist standard hotel in Skardu before and after the trekking. Accommodation at each of these hotels is twin-sharing with en-suite facilities. Whilst on trek there will be a total of 16 nights camping in 2-person tents. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. For the 5 hotel nights, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Islamabad are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

INTERNAL FLIGHT

SKARDU FLIGHTS

Skardu is a weather-dependent airport. Since the valley is completely surrounded by high mountains, planes can only land here in good visibility and this means flights to and from Skardu are never guaranteed. The planes do fly more often than not, but cancellations can and do occur and in these circumstances we will travel by road. If we did not do this groups would risk being stranded in Islamabad and you should beware of companies that say they will only fly to Skardu as this may mean you have no possibility of trekking. See our ‘Important Note’ about travel on the Karakoram Highway for more details.

 

HEALTH & VACCINATION:

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you specific require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is dicretionary for this trip. Malaria exists in the area around Islamabad. However, incidences of urban transmission of malaria are extremely low. In Skardu and in the mountains there is no malaria risk. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hrs through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Travellers who intend to visit Pakistan for 4 weeks or more that proof of Polio vaccination will be required on exit of the country. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

INSURANCE

We highly recommend that you have adequate travel insurance for your trip with Trango Adventure Pakistan. We recognise the complexity and variety of choice in the insurance market and know that many of you either have your own preferred insurer or have annual multi trip cover in place already. If this is the case, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your Trango Adventure itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken.

Trango Adventure do not provide any advice on travel insurance, although it is Highly recommended  that you have travel insurance which covers the activities which you are likely to be undertaking on your holiday.

It is strongly recommended that suitable cancellation insurance is purchased at the time of booking as all deposits (Royalty Fees) for Expedition are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Suggested insurance companies include:

Expeditions or Treks

Treks only:

GROUP LEADER & SUPPORT STAFF:

The group will be led by an experienced Mountain Guide. During the trek the group will be accompanied by a full support crew, including a cook and kitchen crew, as well as porters to carry all equipment and personal trek bags.

ALTITUDE:

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday.

CLIMATE:

From mid June to August, we can expect to encounter temperatures as high as 30°C at Skardu and 25°C at Hushe and Askole. In June and early July there will be a good covering of snow on the slopes leading to and from the Gondoro la and we may also encounter snow on the upper part of the Baltoro. Above 4000 metres snow can fall at any time of the year. At any time of the season the night-time temperature above 4000 metres are likely to drop to freezing or below and at our highest camps may reach minus 10 or 15°C. The weather is generally good throughout the summer season, with clear skies and little rain or snow. However, weather in mountainous areas is difficult to predict, and short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year.

BOOKS:
  • Trekking in Pakistan. Isobel Shaw.
  • Karakoram Highway. King.
  • Top Treks of the World. Steve Razzetti.
  • In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods. Galen Rowell.
  • K2 Triumph and Tragedy. Jim Curran.

PASSPORT & VISAS:

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

VISA PAKISTAN

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is approximately GBP £134 and you must apply for it prior to departure. To obtain a visa for Pakistan you will require a letter of introduction from an approved agency which will be provided by Trango Adventure. For treks to K2 you will also be required to submit a copy of the group ‘Restricted Area’ permit which will be provided by Trango. Visa applications can only be made in person at one of 5 application centres located in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bradford. Please download the detailed information document.

EQUIPMENT LIST:

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking including your sleeping bag and mattress should be no more than 12.5 kgs. This limit which is set by the porters is strictly enforced and bags will be weighed prior to setting off on trek. Anything not required on the trek can be left at the group hotel in Islamabad. Please note that your mountaineering equipment will be packed into additional, communal kitbags at the start of the trekking and this equipment will not be part of your personal 12.5 kgs weight limit. We will send you a list of detail items closer to your Holiday departure.

please do drop us an email at info@trangoadventure.com if you need more information regarding “K2 and Gondogoro La Trek”.

K2 And Gandogoro Trek
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