“The world’s greatest museum of shape and form” is how Italian mountaineer/author Fosco Maraini described Concordia in his book, Karakoram. In Concordia, six peaks over 7,925 meters rise to touch the heavens, including K2 (8,611 m) the 2nd highest mountain on earth. After visiting Islamabad, we fly to Skardu and then drive to the trail head and meet our colorful expedition porters, sturdy mountain men. As we trek up to this other-worldly place we enter a remarkable wilderness of ice, rock and sky. By the time we reach Paiju Camp at the foot of the Baltoro Glacier, we begin to feel the pulse of creation: the ice melts the rocks roll , and the glacier creaks and groans, rearranging its icy rivers. When we reach Concordia we are rewarded with the most incredible mountain views in the world, virtually surrounded by
K2 , Broad Peak (8,051 m), Gasherbrum IV (7,925 m), and razor- edged Mitre Peak. Our return trek is by way of the Gondogoro La (5,600 m) , a challenging hike skirting the Gondogoro Glacier, and down to the green irrigated fields
of the Hushe Valley. This is an exciting, challenging trek, geared for hikers with previous high altitude mountain trekking experience.
23 Days K2 BC GLa Trek
Duration: 23 days
Camping Night: 16 days
Hotel Nights: 06 days
Maximum Altitude: 5030 meters
Trek Status: Strenuous
Best Season: June to September
Trek zone: Permit Required
Location: Karakoram Range
DAY 1 _ Departure For Pakistan.
Day 2 _ Arrive Islamabad:
Spend the day in Islamabad finalizing permit details with the Ministry of Tourism. Evening free. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 _ Travel To Skardu:
In the morning you will be transferred to Islamabad airport for the flight to Skardu (2272m). This flight is subject to clear weather. Alternately, we take a two-day drive to Skardu, along the Karakoram Highway, sometimes referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. We stay overnight at Chilas on the banks of Indus, the lion river.
DAY 04 _ Explore Skardu:
Free day at Skardu, the capital of Baltistan, sometimes called little Tibet due to its geographic location and historic links with Tibet and Ladakh. Stroll down the narrow bazaar, climb up the cliff to visit the historic Kharpocho fort, visit the turquoise blue Satpara Lake which is just a few kilometers from the town. Meals and overnight at Motel/Resort.
Day 05 _ Towards Trek Head Jeep from Skardu to Askoli,
We leave Skardu on the metal road heading east, drive over a small pass and enter Shigar, a valley of orchards. Arrive at Thongol, and leave the jeeps for a short walk to the camping site. Meals and overnight at camp. 6-7 hour jeep ride.
Day 06 _ Start The Trek: Askoli – Jhula Nala,
As the staff distributes 25kg each among the porters, we start our trek in the soft morning light. Walking along the Braldu river we arrive at Askole, the last permanent settlement along the trek, often mentioned by early explorers as the last human inhabitation of the Indian subcontinent. Another three hours’ walk across barren wasteland brings us to Biafo glacier, a tortured sea of ice and rocks two kilometers wide at this point. It takes around two hours to cross the glacier on an established trail, walking most of the time on morraine and occasionally on ice. Once across the glacier, it is twenty minutes to Korofan (10,200`). 6-7 hours.
Day0 7 _ The wooden bridge Jhula – Bardumal
A tough day’s walk along a cliff face to arrive at the cable bridge to cross the Dumordo River. We may have to wait here for some time for our turn to cross the river over the newly built wooden bridge which replaced a swinging pulley. The last two hours are a comparatively easy walk beside the river. This section of the trek can be unexpectedly hot and dry, so protect yourself well from the sun. Our campsite Khrobrak (4242m) is a small stretch of land just by the Braldu river, which will provide natural music all the time. 7-8hrs trek.
Day 08 _ G 4 Greets You Near Paiju:
The trek starts in easy fashion with an occasional scramble over rock. Three hours’ walk brings us to the point where waters from the Paiju peak divide themselves into four rushing streams, that can be crossed by jumping over the stones and then walking through the meltwater. In the east dominating, the horizon is the towering summits of Gashabrum 4, Cathedral Towers and Broad Peak. After negotiating scree and sand, we walk along the river, arrive at Paiju (3560m), a refreshing campsite situated in a grove of willows and poplars through which flows a stream of fresh water. 4-5 hours trek.
Day 09 _ On Baltoro Urdukas
We begin our day’s trek with a walk for about an hour across gradually ascending barren territory to arrive at the snout of the Baltoro Glacier, a vast, turbulent sea of rocks and ice more than two miles wide and nearly forty miles long. The first stretch of the walk on the undulating glacier can be a little challenging as we dodge small crevasses. The view is magnificent with the Cathedral and Trango Towers, rising to 6000metre -plus on our left. We begin to feel the pulse of creation: the melting ice, the shifting rocks, and the groans of the glacier as it rearranges its icy rivers. As we walk across boulder-strewn ice, we gradually gain height over three hours to the south side of the glacier. We arrive at a flat, sandy area of lateral moraine, our campsite Khobursay at 4000m. 5-6hrs trek.
Day 10 _ Biango/ Goro 02:
We walk on the lateral moraine of the glacier for the first two hours. After arriving at the green pastures of Urdukas, we cross crevasses and then walk on the medial moraine of the glacier. The middle part of the glacier has its own surprises for us, small streams of water rushing over clear blue ice, and huge mushroom-like ice towers erupting from the glacier. As we proceed Gasherbrum 2 (8035m), the 14th highest peak in the world) peeps from the right shoulder of G-4 in the east. Biango, at 4030m, is our campsite, dominated by a stunning view of Mashabrum (7900m) due south. As we are camping on a thin layer of moraine over glacial ice the night can be cold. 7-8hrs trek.
Day 11 _ To Concordia:
Finally Yes Concordia! Start your trek walking on the medial moraine of the glacier to the incredible sanctuary of Concordia. As we make our approach, Gashabrum - 4 stands guard in the east. On our left, we have magnificent views of Muztagh Tower (7200m) on the border between Pakistan and China. Excitement mounts and paces quicken as we arrive at Concordia, lured by the classic views of K2 (8612m), The second highest mountain in the world. Concordia - the meeting place of five glaciers, is named after “Place de la Concorde” in Paris. Within a radius of 15km are 41 peaks above 6500 meters, almost half of them still virgin and unnamed. Also visible from Concordia, clockwise from K-2 are Broad Peak (8068m), Gasherbrum 4 (7900m), Baltoro Kangri (7245m), Kondus (7000m), Mitre (6000m), Paiju (6610m), Crystal (6300m), Marble (6200m) and Angel Peak (6800m). 4-5 hour trek.
Day 12 _ K 2 Base Camp:
Full day excursion to the base camp of K2. A strenuous 10-hour round-trip trek over snow, rock, and ice. As we start our trek, we cross crevasses of the Baltoro Glacier, then walk on the lateral moraine of the Godwin Austin glacier to the base camp of Broad Peak. Chogolisa (7586m) now appears on the scene, standing guard in the south and hinting at the new crossing from Concordia to the Hushe valley. As we proceed towards base camp, we walk on the moraine of Godwin Austin glacier. Walking here is much easier than the first two hours’ stretch on rocks. When we arrive at K2 base camp at 5000m, which is normally occupied by five mountaineering expeditions during the climbing season each year, we are overwhelmed by the sheer size of K2. Return to Concordia for overnight.
Day 13 _ To Ali Camp:
The first two hours of the trek are difficult as we leave Concordia and traverse the Baltoro Glacier and its crevasses. Once on the Vigne Glacier, it is a comparatively easy and gradual walk over snow and ice. Mighty Chogolisa (7600m) stands guard in the south. Camp overnight at Ali Camp (5030m), a combination of small rocky platforms between the cliff face and crevasse. We turn in early, as we have a midnight wake-up call for the departure over the Gondogoro La. 5-6hrs hiking.
Day 14 _ Over Gondogoro La:
We leave camp at about 1 am to climb the Gondogoro La (5566m). For the first two hours, we walk on the lateral moraine to avoid crevasses. As we get closer to the pass, we walk on snow to the base of the pass. The final ascent involves a steep walk on the snow and the use of fixed ropes as well as crampons and ice axes. The view from the top of the pass is unparalleled, with K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum 1 to 4, Mashabrum, and many mountains other appearing at our level. The descent on the Hushe side is steeper, requiring good balancing on the rocks. Camp at Khuispan (4629m), a level green spot that has wildflowers in July and August. 9-10hrs treks.
Day 15 _ Khuispan: A rest day after the ascent of the pass. We can take time to explore the area or just relax and admire the view of Laila Peak (6063m), Drangra (6230m, and Tasa Peak (6514m).
Day 17 _ Dalsangpa:
As we leave Khuispan, we make a long traverse of the Gondogoro Glacier, first encountering small crevasses, then hiking over the soft ice of the glacier. The last half hour is a pleasant stroll through wild flowers, with commanding views of the Gondogoro Glacier, Yermandu Kangri (7555m), Mashabrum South (7688m), and the Mashabrum La. Camp at 4198m by a small Lake. Three to four hours hiking.
Day 18 _ Saicho:
As we continue, we gradually leave the icy landscapes and descend to the meadows and pasture land at Saicho (3727m). Although we’ve left the icy wilds, we still have tremendous views, including Namika Peak (6230m), and Defokhar (6445m). Four to five hours hiking.
Day 19 _ Hushe Valley:
Descend to the Gondogoro River, enjoying spectacular views of K-6 (7171m, K-7 (6839m), and Link Sar (6935m). We continue descending, passing through small summer settlements en route to the green irrigated fields at Hushe (3153m). Four to five hours hiking.
Day 20 _ Back To Civilization * Skardu:
Enjoy your last breakfast at the camp for this trek, and say Khuda Hafiz to your camping staff who had been pitching tents for you and preparing meals for you during the trek. Board soft top 4x4 jeeps for a bumpy ride through the Karakoram. Arrive at Skardu. Transfer to the motel - and enjoy the hot shower. Meals and overnight at resort/motel. 5/6 hours jeep ride. End of rock Valley Tours Services.
DAY 21_ Towards Pindi * (Pindi/Chilas)
We book the flight to Islamabad, with good luck the flight might operate, enabling us to arrive Pindi in just one hour (miracle of science!). In case of cancellation of flight, we shall drive by road to Islamabad - spending overnight at Chilas KKH.
Day 22 _ Finally Back! * Pindi;
Once at Rawalpindi, we shall proceed to the office of Ministry of Tourism for de-briefing of the trek. Day free to explore the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Day 23 _ Fly Home:
Transfer to airport for international departure flight.
Following is our quote for the above mentioned tour in US$
15 & Above Pax + 1 FOC : $ Half Twin. Per Person
08 - 14 Pax : $ Half Twin. Per Person
06 - 07 Pax : $ Half Twin. Per Person
04 - 05 Pax : $ Half Twin. Per Person
02 – 03 Pax : $ Half Twin. Per Person
Single room/tent Supplement : $ Per Single.
Domestic Airfare in Y Class.
Islamabad- Skardu : $ Per person.
Accommodation: on twin sharing basis in the hotels in towns.
we Provide high-quality equipment to clients making their adventure the most
Comfortable and enjoyable even on the harsh and hard part of the world Dome 3 tents during trekking and at the base camp, Mattresses Toilet Tent
Mess Tent with full Kitchen Equipment, Table & chairs, Kitchen utensil
Full board Darning camping and base camp, We provide the
Excellent quality food during your adventure when you start your Trek to BC and back to Road head, (fallboard). In Pakistan, RVT is the only expedition outfitter which provides fresh meat and vegetable at the base camps from time to time. Break Fast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea or coffee
We would not say our staff is the best one in Pakistan, you would say this after you Experience their punctuality,
Experience, good and humorous attitude with you. Any helicopter rescue is not included in the price for staff. Cook helper, porters & Sardar, Their daily allowance, Food, kit & equipment, insurance, accommodation, RVT Traveling Exp, like Islamabad to Skardu and Back to ISB,
AC Transport from Islamabad to Islamabad, 4x$ Jeeps etc. with all expedition Pieces of Luggage. Road head to Trek Head & back.
Porter from Road to Base Camp and back to trek head, including food. Kitchen. And 12. Kg of member luggage.
Are you a Frequent Visitor Pakistan?
If you are coming to Pakistan for Expeditions, Trekking and you wish to keep your equipment in Pakistan, You are more
Then welcome to keep your equipment In our store either in Islamabad or you can keep them in Skardu. Like many other
climbers, expedition and trekking organizers you can keep them. This is a free service that only RVT offers to facilitate its clients.
Submission of application for climbing permit and coordination with the ministry of
Tourism in order to update climbers with the progress. Arrangements of the first meeting with Guide and Ministry Briefing/de-briefing in the Ministry of tourism. Processing application for satellite permit (if required) Documentation for import and export of mountaineering cargo
Following Mentioned services are not included in our price, but some of them can be arranged on your request
Any Meals at the hotel or on the way is not including in the cost. Cost of any soft drinks,
Any domestic/international air fare, transportation in any air port for pick and drop.
Personal trekking equipment like the sleeping bag, sacks Shoes and all personal expenses such as mineral water, telephone, liquor etc
Porter from Concordia to BC and back , any additional expanse
Porter for personal Extra luggage on the trek,
Trekking permit fee US$ 50 per person.
Horse for the Trek.
Medicines and any expense of personal nature.
Rescue Helicopter charges 10,000 U$ in case of use for rescue
Transfers to the airports for participants, Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour
Room service, gratuities for personal services, items of a purely personal nature
Any expense due to forced majeurs, cancellation of flights, landslides, evacuation or accident or delay beyond the control of the and operator
Luggage and Cargo:
Before your arrival and departure, RVT takes care of your luggage.
Clearance of Cargo before arrival, Clearance of your Cargo after your departure to your home. Storage of your un-wanted belongings in Islamabad or Skardu, which you do not need during your adventure,
Mail delivery at the base camp
Reconfirmation of international flight tickets
Arrangement of high altitude porters (if required). Rock Valley Tours has the best high altitude porters in Pakistan.
Arrangement of high altitude tents (VE 25 North Face Tents) on payment.
A fare-well dinner will be hosted from RVT in one of the best restaurants or hotels in Rawalpindi/Islamabad with your staff who will be coming back with you from the base camp or your adventure.
Taxes Fees & Tipping
The following fees and taxes are included in our quotation, for members, RVT crew and Camping fees, Bridge crossing Fees (Porter, porter Sardar and RVT staff Tip is not include in the cost)
If any member splits from the expedition for his/her own reason, that member will bear all transportation costs on the way back to Rawalpindi.
In case of damage to the base camp tent or any Equipment, the trek member will be charged original value of Equipment.
* 80 % Advance on date block & confirmation of services, minimum 03 weeks before commencement of trek nonrefundable.
Foreigner client must share their passport copy, 02 passport size Photograph full detail for trek permission requirement.
If any member leaves the trek at any stage, the organization will not be liable to refund the payment.
TERMS & CONDITIONS.
Using drugs or intoxication of any kind is strictly prohibited. If anyone is caught using any kind of substance on buses or during the rip will be expelled from the trip on the spot. That person will not be eligible for any kind of refund.
We reserve the right to cancel the rip without prior notice for any reasons deemed appropriate by them.
In such a case the registered participants will receive a full refund.
On adventure trip of this type, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond the control of organizers can result in a change of itinerary.
It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the Leader of the group and Guide will decide what the best alternative is, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group
Smoking in the transport is strictly prohibited.
Participants must hold a valid Computerized CNIC/Passport Card.
Time management / punctuality is strictly recommended.
Participants are advised to use Non-Slippery Shoes/Boot/Joggers/DMS. Participants must NOT wear Heel/Dress Shoes.
On steep ascends in mountainous areas, air conditioned of the buses will be operational on on-off basis to keep the vehicles from overheating.
The RVT will not be responsible for any injury/damage/loss.
GEAR & Clothing:
While on an organized trek, it is best to pack all items for your trip in one large piece and one carry on. The large piece must be a duffel bag (weighing not more than 12.5 Kg.) because duffels are easier for porters to carry. A small day pack is suggested as carry-on to keep items that you will use during while on the trek, bus or jeep.
Packing list for your Duffel.
With your knowledge of Pakistani culture you are well aware of precautions to be taken while traveling through remote areas. Cloths for the trek should be durable, comfortable and easy to wash and dry. In good weather you will spend much of your time in a T-shirt or medium shirt and outdoor trousers. You will need warmer clothes for evening in the camps. Temperature falls rapidly as soon the sun goes down.
Men could wear shorts once we are through the populated areas, that means from the third day of trek. Women are advise to use cotton shalwar kameez (loose long shirts and baggy trousers) the traditional Pakistani dress, as these are comfortable during warm conditions, and also appreciated & respected by the locals.