K2 Climbing

45 Days

K2 is located in the Karakorum Range of Pakistani the second largest mountain in the world after Everest. It is known as the most beautiful and challenging eight thousand on the planet. In 1954 it was conquered for the first time by Italian climbers. Since then, more than 300 climbers have reached the summit.

K2 has a height of 8,616 meters and a drop of 3,000 meters. It is the largest mountain in the world, with rocky, snow, and ice.

The history of its discovery begins in 1272-1274 when Marco Polo transits near the Karakorum on his trip to China, however, until 1856 the high peaks are not seen and it is in this same year when the colonel of the Survey of India TG baptizes each summit with an acronym composed of the letter K (for Karakorum) and a number. This will be the name that prevails internationally even though the local name is Chogori.

K2 Expedition

Duration: 45 days Altitude: 8,611M
Range: Karakorum Camp nights:  35-38
Hotels nights: 4-6  
Grade: Climbing Savage Mountain Best Period: June-September


All clients will be picked up by World Adventure Tours representative on arrival at Islamabad International Airport and taken to the group hotel. Land Only package services begin with this transfer to the group hotel. The majority of international flights arrive in the early morning and you may want to rest before lunch. Depending time availability, there may be an option to do some sightseeing in Islamabad, a city purpose-built in 1961 as the new capital of Pakistan. Alternatively, we could visit the Twin City of Rawalpindi a town from the days of the British Raj. The two cities are very different in character; the older settlement is rather sprawling with enormous and complicated bazaars where you can easily get fascinatingly lost. Islamabad, by contrast, is much more open, a modern city with many parks and wide streets arranged on a grid system. There is not always the opportunity to include a sightseeing tour and, if there is, it is optional and there will be a charge payable locally. Accommodation: Hotel Meals: Breakfast
Given good weather, we will fly to Skardu (perhaps the most spectacular commercial flight in the world, with magnificent views of Nanga Parbat the 9th highest mountain in the world. If the weather doesn’t allow the flight we take the Karakorum Highway on the old silk route. This is just spectacular. It’s a long drive but one of the great journeys of the world between the deep gorges of the mighty Indus. Driving over Babsur Pass will minimize the distance and the night stay will be in Chilas. (10-12 hour drive). Upon arrival at Skardu hotel, we shall have a gear check-up session after some rest and the evening can be spent visiting Bazars, historical forts, scenic lakes, or visiting ancient rock inscriptions, one of which is of 8th-century Manthal Buddha Rock that shows traces of Buddhist monks and pilgrims who had influence in the area before Islam. Accommodation: Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
We leave Skardu by jeep for Ascoli, passing through the fertile Shigar Valley. The last 2 hours of the drive cover the ground which used to make up the first 2 days’ walk of the trek and includes the passage of the infamous Braldu Gorge section. This high and steep-sided valley is prone to landslides and we may have to walk short sections of the road where it has been made unstable by rock-fall. Given reasonable road conditions, we will spend our first night under canvas in this famous Balti village high above the thundering Braldu River. Askole is a single street of wooden houses, backed by irrigated fields of corn and potatoes and groves of apricot trees. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 :
First day of walk towards Jhola Campsite (3,100 m) via Biafo Glacier We set off early to avoid the heat of the day. The route is gentle and enjoyable. We cross the Biafo Glacier on the way and get our first sight of the Paiyu pinnacles. We will be trekking for around 5 hours to the Jula camp today. Our lunch point Korofong (3,075 m) lays across the glacier’s other foot. The trees here are habitats for a variety of beautiful birds. From Korofong we gain altitude and follow the Braldu course till we reach Panma River which is crossed by taking a detour through a trail built on the face of the cliff. These pulley bridges known as Jhola were common in the Karakorum Mountains. Beyond this bridge is our campsite called Jhola. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Ascent: 290 Descent: 190 Distance: 21KM Time: 6-7 hours trekking
Day 5 :
Trek to Paiju (3,380 m) through Braldu Valley Trek to Paiju (3,380m) 4 to 5 hours walking. The path is quite loose in places and again it is likely we will have to take boots off where the river has flooded the path in a few places. Paiju is a green oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak (6,611m). From this camp, we have the first views of the immense Baltoro Glacier. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Ascent: 570 Descent: 290 Distance: 22KM Time: 7-8 hours trekking
Today is a rest day at paiju to aid acclimatization and an important resting point for porters, they prepare food for the trek ahead. Normally there is much singing, drumming (or barrel bashing), and dancing amongst the porters with a real feel-good atmosphere. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Another early walk of approximately one hour brings us to the snout of the Baltoro. After viewing the outpouring of meltwater from the ice we 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 going here can be quite tough. Finally reaching Khoborsay camping place (3800m). we would be able to see the cathedral Towers, the Trango, and the striking rock tower of Uli Biafo.A great day of trekking over difficult and mixed terrain. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Ascent: 610 Descent: 220 Distance: 13KM Time: 7-8 hours trekking
Today is a short day. we continue Baltoro glacier on the lateral moraines or sometimes the glacier itself, passing great Trango and the isolated pillar of the Nameless Tower to our next camp Rdukas (3900m). This is a truly awesome place a hundred meters above the glacier we should reach here in time for a late lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free to tend to camp chores or just to soak up our fabulous situation. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Ascent: 250 Descent: 140 Distance: 7KM Time: 3-4 hours trekking
On this day we follow the moraine edge and climb up onto the glacier. Soon we come to have the enchanting view of Mashabrum (7821m) on our right side. Ascending and descending on the mountains of rubbles over the ice we have a glimpse ahead to the peaks which surround Concordia. Goro is the camp name (4290m) and camping one of the largest glaciers outside the polar region with an attractive view of Gasherbrum IV (7925m). Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Ascent: 330 Descent: 90 Distance: 12KM Time: 6-7 hours trekking
Today, we move up to Concordia passing on Baltoro, views of Broad Peak (8051 m) appear while Marble and Crystal Peaks appear on the left. K2 remains concealed till the minute we reach Concordia; a breathtaking sight that becomes a beautiful memory forever. Concordia is a wide area of glaciers which is one of the greatest places on earth. We will be surrounded by 4 eight-thousanders, 10 out of 30 highest peaks in the world. The camp will be set at 4,500 m in Concordia on the moraine. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Ascent: 250 Descent: 40 Distance: 12KM Time: 5-6 hours trekking
Go to broad peak base camp (4800m), K-2 base camp (5100m) 0r Rest at Concordia. If you chose to go, start early in the morning you can return to Concordia in the evening. On this day, we can start early through crevasses and small rivers created by melting ice. We follow on to the glacier that is named after Godwin Austin who first declared K2’s height. After three hours we will be at Broad Peak base camp where we will have a great sight of the astonishing Karakoram 2nd (K2), Mitre Peak behind us, and Broad Peak. We walk on the moraine which is mostly boulders. However, we do walk on ice occasionally. After another 3 hours trek, we shall complete a one-way journey of the K2 Base Camp reaching a moraine safe zone, a traditional base camp area for K2 climbers. One can also visit Gilkey Memorial if time allows. The memorial has names of brave souls inscribed on plates and plagues. These tough ones died attempting K2. The decisions about trekking to K2 Base Camp, Broad Peak BC, Gilkey Memorial, choosing one or another or all options, or choosing to rest at Concordia on this day depends on the participants. Return to Concordia on this day is compulsory. Accommodation: Camping Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Ascent: 300-600 Descent: 300-600 Distance: 6-8KM Time: 6-12 hours trekking
Day 38: Trek down to Concordia Day 39: Trek to Trek to Rdukas Day 40: Trek to Trek to Paiju Day 41: Trek to Trek to Jhula Day 42: Trek to Ascoli and drive to Rdukas Day 43: Fly to Islamabad Day 44: Contingency day for possible flight delays. 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 Karakorum but local weather conditions can bring clouds and rain from time to time. If we cannot fly we will travel down to Islamabad by road along the spectacular Karakorum Highway. If we flew up to Islamabad 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. Accommodation: Hotel Meals: Breakfast Day 45 Departure from Islamabad. Airport transfer from the hotel. Our land package for K-2 Trek ends only with breakfast and transfer to the airport. Accommodation: Hotel Meals: Breakfast


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K2 Climbing

Expedition Highlights

  • 2-16
  • 8,611M
  • All Meals
  • Plan, Bus/Coach/Jeep