Skardu the bewitching capital of Baltistan region is the starting point for mighty K-2. We cross a beautiful lush green fertile and fruit laden Shigar valley and drive as far as Askoli, the last inhabitant before falling into the throne of mountains.
Walking on the unpredictable but charismatic and enchanting Baltoro Glacier, we glimpse several famous and beautiful mountains on the way towards K2. Finally we arrive at Concordia, the junction of Baltoro and Godwin Austin Glaciers with several other tributaries and a place serving as the base for the four giants of Karakorum, i.e. Gasherbrum II ( 8035m ), Broad Peak ( 8047m ) and Hidden Peak or Gasherbrum I ( 8068m ) dominated by the king of the mountains, K-2 ( 8611m ).
The beauty of the place has no match in the world and the view of K2 is gorgeous. The return journey is possible via the same route or crossing the Ghondoghoro La, a technical pass at 5690 meters, offering a good challenge of ascending and descending to another stunning Hushey valley of Khaplu region.
|Grade:||Strenuous Trek||Best Period:||June to September|
What is Included
- • Government licensed professional guide/leader (pre-requisite for K2 Base Camp Trek)
- • Airport transfers on first and last day from/to Benazir International Airport, Islamabad
- • All domestic flights and transfers (according to itinerary)
- • All road transport in Pakistan (according to the itinerary above)
- • All accommodation in Pakistan (hotels and camps) according to the itinerary
- • All meals in Pakistan during the trek (breakfast, lunch, and dinner ) while only breakfast in Islamabad.
- • All trekking requirements on the ground (including cook, support staff, porters, gears (excluding personal), etc
- • Government trekking permit fees/paperwork for k2 and CKNP cleaning Fee
- • Travel insurance
- • Visa to Pakistan (Letter of Invitation and other supporting documents will be offered by us for visa application)
- • International flights
- • Tips for guides, porters, staff, etc
- • Miscellaneous (drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc at hotels)
- • Souvenir
Frequently asked questions
Yes, all Nationalities need a valid visa to enter Pakistan. However, many nationalities can get visa on arrival in Pakistan.
A tourist visa (visit visa) is required to come to Pakistan for trekking.
People on work visas (already in Pakistan/abroad) require a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) which normally takes up to 6 weeks. To apply for a tourist visa online, we advise you to read the details given on the official visa portal at the link attached and apply for Mountaineering and Trekking visa.
Visa Link: (https://visa.nadra.gov.pk/)
For expenses other than your holiday cost, you can carry approximately 230 EUR/250 USD/200 GBP /9,000 Thai Baht, 100AED (or equivalent in your own currency). This can be used for other expenses including tips for porters and supporting staff. You can purchase Pakistani Rupees (PKR) upon arrival at the airport at good rates. US Dollars, Euros and Pound Sterling can quickly be converted into the local currency at the airport.
The porters are paid in Pakistani Rupees, not to mention everything else you may want to purchase in Pakistan. US Dollars will have an advantage of being easily exchanged at even smaller towns but we recommend one-time exchange. Credit cards can come handy for shopping in Islamabad for souvenirs/gift items including rugs. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) will be available in Islamabad and Skardu but using your debit/credit cards, you will only be able to withdraw Pakistani Rupees from ATMs.
During K2 Gondogoro La Trek, participants will be served all three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). The food will include combination of Pakistani and foreign meals made of ingredients bought in Pakistan. Breakfasts will include coffee, tea, cereals, eggs, porridge/muesli, chappatti/bread. During trekking, lunches will be eaten during lunch breaks with options from tinned/canned meals (fish, meat), crackers, pickles, cheese, chapatti etc. Depending on the weather, the lunches start with or sometimes end with soup, noodles, coffee or tea and biscuits etc. Our three course meal (dinner) is always eaten in mess tent which is freshly prepared by our cooks travelling with us. The dinner will start with soup and end with sweets. During the initial days of trekking, fresh vegetables are also cooked until they remain fresh. Vegetarians must inform our office in advance if they want their entire meals to be vegetarian.
During the initial days of trekking, fresh vegetables are also cooked until they remain fresh. Vegetarians must inform our office in advance if they want their entire meals to be vegetarian.
Iodine treated drinking water will be made available in the mornings, during breaks and while camping. Everyone will be drinking spring water when available but at other times, we do not have options other than consuming glacial melt water that might consist of silt. Our kitchen uses a large container for water supply that helps in settling down the silt at the bottom. If you do not like the odor of iodine, you might want to bring your own supply of bi-carbonate of soda. Conventional methods work well for everyone but we keep on experimenting new methods.
In order to reach Skardu (northern areas), there are several departures available from Islamabad, one or two flights are available from other cities on specific days, like Karachi and Lahore with PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) and Air Blue. The flight is subject to weather as the valley is surround by mountains and requires high visibility for any flight to operate. Due to the weather factor, no flights are guaranteed to operate. Flights to Skardu do operate often but there are always chances for cancellations and in that case we keep road transport as backup and on standby for our clients who book with us from Islamabad to Islamabad. However, if you are joining us from skardu, you can also book a private car or a public buses from Pirwadai Bus station Rawalpindi/Islamabad.
We cannot take the risk of waiting for another day in Islamabad for another flight for good reasons including complex airline booking system, tourist traffic flow in flights etc.
Journey on Karakoram Highway is one of the best experiences in Pakistan for any foreign or domestic tourist, providing views of amazing natural environment and indigenous people throughout the road trip and never has any of our guest openly regretted traveling by KKH. We strongly advise that you contact and gain more information from your travel insurance company regarding road traveling coverage. If your company does not offer full coverage for your trekking holiday, you might look for other companies.
Please take note that incase one or both internal flights cancel, we will drive on Karakoram Highway.
It is common that our participants at least tip the porters for their hard work carrying participant luggage and supplies. If you feel satisfied with the services of the guide, assistant(s), kitchen crew, you can contribute to the total tip. 95-120 Euros (or equivalent in your currency) would cover this element of the total expenses. The tour leader/guide helps all participants in deciding a tip for all crew members of the Trek. These tips are then handed over as a group in a “thank you” ceremony organized at the conclusion of the trek.
Porters discussed above will be carrying your baggage/luggage apart from supplies, equipment etc. The maximum weight limit for your packed trekking bag is 13 kilograms. The load of your sleeping mattress and sleeping bag is included in the maximum limit. Please only bring required items on the trek. It will be possible for you to leave parts of your luggage at the hotel in Skardu. If you bring more than 13kg, you will be charged 2$ per kilograms per day.
For joining, K2 Base Camp and Gandogoro La Trek you need to have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation and evacuation. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.
For appropriate insurance, we recommend World Nomads (https://www.worldnomads.com/row/travel-insurance).
We are providing you with two lists for K-2 Trek. List 1 contain items and equipments that you must bring. The 2nd list contains optional items you might need on your trekking holiday. Based on your own judgment you can select things that you might need from the 2nd list.
List 1 – Must Bring Items:
• First Aid Pack (Diamox (Altitude), Dioralite (re-hydration salts), antiseptic cream, blister treatment, throat lozenges, plasters, Imodium (diarrhea treatment), painkillers)
• Hiking Backpack (Day Pack) 32-42 Litres
• Fleece jacket with hood or a warm jumper
• Gloves (Thermal)
• Headtorch with spare batteries
• Hiking boots
• Sleeping bag (-16°C comfort rated)
• Sandals (sports) or old shoes (to cross rivers)
• Sun protection cream (including total block for nose, lips etc.)
• Sunglasses and Sunhat
• Thermarest or any similar mat/pad for sleeping
• Warm hat and Warm jacket (down)
• Water bottles 1litre (x2)
• Waterproof jacket
• Waterproof over-trousers
• Antibacterial hand wash
• Small towel
• Spare laces
• Underwear (normal and thermal)
• Trekking poles (highly recommended)
• Wash-bag and toiletries
• Walking socks (2/3 pairs)
• Baselayer – leggings (Thermal)
• Trekking Trousers
• Baselayer thermal shirts (2 long sleeves, 2 short sleeves)
• Harness,Helmet, ice axe and crampons (for Gondogoro La only)
List 2 – Optional:
• Buff or scarf
• Small padlock (for locking your bag)
• Insect repellant
• Pen-knife (important: pack sharp tools in hold luggage)
• Repair kit (e.g. thread, needle, duct tape)
• Liner (for sleeping bag)
• Travel clothes
• Bottle for Pee
You may require portable chargers, extra batteries and storage cards etc during your holiday in the mountains. We ask you making a relevant list of sockets, adapters and other electrical items you might need to keep your devices last as long as possible.
It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking on a variety of terrain including loose scree and boulders for between 6 and 8 hours on most days. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Regular hiking in hill country is the best training but running, tennis and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.
During your holiday, you can experience maximum temperatures of up to 45 °C in Islamabad, 30 °C in Skardu and 26 °C in Askoli. The days will be warm (unless clouds take over) until we arrive at camp in Concordia where temperatures during the day will decrease to less than 10 °C.
We might walk on snow on Baltoro glacier’s higher part in June and this snow normally melts by mid July. In August and September, you might experience snowfall depending on how the weather turns out. Temperatures in the Karakorum Range are unpredictable. Temperature might decrease down to -10 °C during any time of all trekking periods while camping anywhere between Paiju and Concordia. In September, it can go even lower than -10 °C. Monsoon does not fully affect the Karakorum Range. However due to past experience with unpredictable weather, we must be prepared for unfavorable weather conditions.
Once paid, the deposit is partly-refundable as part of the paid amount will be spent on making in-country arrangements. In case of visa cancellation or visa rejection, a refund/partial-refund will be considered.
In such cases, a valid proof/reasons of visa rejection/cancellation must be submitted to our office.
If you cancel the trip, the following applies to the balance amount:
• Up to 60 days – 80% refundable
• Up to 30 days – 70% refundable
• Up to 20 days – 50% refundable
• After travel date – non-refundable
If you have any further questions after reading this refund policy, please let us know. We would be more than happy and flexible to answer them.