Baltoro Concordia K2 Gondogoro La Trek

This is considered to be one of the world’s great treks with breathtaking scenery unsurpassed anywhere else in the high mountains. The journey starts with a flight to Skardu with spectacular views of the Karakoram range including Nanga Parbat, after several nights in Skardu we take jeep transport to the road head at Askole.

The trail is lined with rugged mountains all the way from the last village in the Braldu gorge at Askole up the Baltoro glacier to Concordia, you will see the Trango Towers, Masherbrum, K2 and Broad Peak among many others. Concordia has been described as the "Throne Room of the Gods" for its unique 360° panorama of 7,000m mountains and impressive views of K2.

K-2 BASE CAMP/GHONDOGORO LA TREK
Day 01 
  Arrive Islamabad reception, meeting and assisting upon arrival. Assist in custom clearance and transfer to centrally air conditioned hotel. Afternoon visit Ministry of Tourism for briefing.  Overnight in hotel.
 Day 02          
   Morning transfer to airport for fly to Skardu, the gateway to the world’s greatest mountains. If weather conditions warrant or if there are flight delays, we may have to set off for a two-day drive to Skardu via Chilas on the Karakoram Highway.
  Day 03         
Free day in Skardu, the capital of Baltistan. Tradition says that the town was once called Iskandaria and that it was one of the cities Founded by Alexander the great. If we are Traveling by road, we will drive through the narrow gorge of the Indus River to Skardu.)
 Day 04
      To Askole. We embark on jeeps for the adventurous ride to the trail head (about six to seven hours). Shigar Valley, known for its numerous fruit orchards. We’ll enjoy views of Mango Gusor (20,362)
      And Bakhor Das (19,054) As we drive along the roaring Braldu River. Arrive at Askole, where we camp. Overnight at 3050m. Here we also meet our porters.
 Day 05
      Begin trek Jula. The early morning set up our first day trek with porters. Walking along the Braldu River we pass the village of Askole after about three hour.  Walk brings us to Korofan(10,170’) on the other Two hours walking we will camp at Jula

  Day 06
      Paiju. This is an undulating walk, with Occasional scrambles across the rock. Excitement mounts as we prepare to have the first views of the great mountains ahead. The trail climbs to vantage point from where we can see the snout of the Baltoro Glacier. Visible in the east is the magnificent panorama of Cathedral Towers and Broad peak (26,400,). Paiju camp (11,750) is situated in a grove of willow and poplar trees and has a freshwater stream running through it. A sacrificial goat will be provided for the porters, and we’ll be able to listen and watch as they sing and dance throughout the evening. Four to five hours hiking.

Day 07
      Rest Day.

Day 08  
       Khobursay. A little over an hour after we leave camp, we step on the snout of the Baltoro Glacier, a vast, turbulent sea of rocks and gravel more than a mile wide and nearly 40 miles long. We begin to feel the pulse of creation: the ice melts, the rocks roll, the glacier creaks and groans while rearranging its icy rivers. We walk across the boulder-strewn ice, gaining height steadily for three hours on a long diagonal to the south side of the glacier. Along the way we have spectacular views of Paiju Peak”921,648” the jagged granite needles and blocks of the Trango Towers series, with Nameless Towers rising straight to 20,464. Camp at khobursay (13,000) a flat and sandy area of lateral moraine. Five to six hours hiking.

 Day 09
      Urdukas. For the first two hours we walk along the rest of the lateral moraine. Across the Baltoro glacier we have exciting views of Paiju Peak, Choricho (22,160) Uli Biaho, Trango Towers, Cathedrals, and Biale (22,160). We will camp at  Urdukas.

 Day 10
      Goro. Trek to Goro. Five hours walk on Baltoro glacier.
Day 11
      Concordia. Trek four to five hours to Concordia (14,500). As we make our approach, Gasherbrum IV (26,180) stand guard in the east, with Gasherbrum II (26,360) peering from its right shoulder, More extraordinary mountain views await us at Concordia, where we see K2 (28,741), Broad Peak (26,400), Golden Throne (23,989) Mitre Peak (19,718) and a vast array of other peaks.
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 Day 12
      K-2 Base Camp. Rest day or Day hike to K2 Base Camp (16,500), as strenuous, 10-hours round-trip hike over snow, rock and ice. As we start hiking from Concordia, we cross the crevasses of the Baltoro Glacier, then walk on the Medial moraine of the Godwin-Austin Glacier to Broad Peak Base Camp. When we look back towards Concordia, we can see the zebra-stripe Glaciers sweeping around the corner and disappearing into the Baltoro Glacier. Return to Concordia camp for overnight.
 Day 13
      Ali camp. The first two hours of the trek are difficult as we leave Concordia and traverse the Baltoro Glacier and its crevasses. One on the Vigne Glacier. It’s a comparatively easy and gradual walk over snow and ice, Mighty Chogolisa (25,110) stand’s guard in the south. Camp overnight at Ali camp (16,600), a combination of small rocky platform between the cliff Face and crevasse. We turn in early, as we have a midnight wake-up call for the departure over the Ghondogoro La. Five to six hours hiking.

 Day 14
      Gondogoro La. Khuispang. We leave camp at about 3:00am to climb the Ghondogoro La 5700 m. As we get closer to the pass we shift on snow until the base of the pass. The final ascent involves a steep walk on snow and, depending on conditions, the use of fixed ropes as well as crampons and ice axe. The views from the top of the pass are unparalleled with K2 Broad Peak. Gashabrum I to IV, Mashabrum, and many other mountains appearing at our level. The descent on the Hushe side is Steeper, requiring god balance on the rocks. Camp at khuispan (15,416), a level green spot that has wildflowers.
  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 views of Lailal Peak (920,00). Drangra (20,746) and Tasa Peak (21,694).
Day 16
      Saiecho: As we leave Khuispang, 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 wildflowers with commanding views of the Gondogoro Glacier, Yermanad Kangri, Masherbrum South and the Masherbrum La Camp by two small lakes. As we continue, we gradually leave the icy landscapes and descend to the meadow and pastureland at Saiescho. Although we have left the icy wilds, we still have tremendous views of the mountains including Namika Peak and Defo Khar. Four to six hours hiking.
 Day 17
      Hushe. Descend to the Gondogoro River, enjoying spectacular views of K-6 (23,881ft), K-7 (22,744ft) and Link Sar (23094ft). We continue to descend passing through small summer settlements enroute to the green irrigated fields at Hushe (10,500ft). Three to four hours hiking.
 Day 18
      By jeep to Skardu. Meet with jeeps and drive six to eight hours to Skardu, passing through many picturesque villages perched on vertical rocks. This part of Baltistan appears greener and more prosperous than on our drive to Askole.
Day 19
      Fly from Skardu to Islamabad, conditions permitting or make a two-day drive on the Karakoram Highway. Afternoon debriefing in Ministry of Tourism Islamabad, The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the markets of carpets, rugs, handicrafts etc. Return to Islamabad. Transfer to hotel.
Day 20
      After breakfast at hotel transfer to airport for your onward journey.  Assistance at departure.       

 

2013 DEPARTURE DATES
Package Dates
Saver Jun 10, July 1, 8, 12, 15, 20, 25  August 1, 10, 20 September 1, 10, 20
Excite
Platinum
2013 PRICES IN US ($)
No of Travelers / Package Name Saver Excite Platinum
2-3      
4-6      
7-8      
9-10      

Saver package: Includes Tour Does NOT Include
  • Accomodation in a 2-3 star hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Private air-conditioned transport for all land transfers city tours and hotels.
  • Porter charges at airports and hotels.
  • Engilsh speaking guide as and Assistant tour guide
  • Domestic trainfares where applicable.
  • Toll tax, Parking fee,
  • Experienced courteous professaionl driver
  • Airfares, domestic or international. Cost for Air travel as per itinerary is quoted separately.
  • Visa support and visa fees.
  • Airport departure tax.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Domestic Airfare
  • Monument entry fee
  • Meals, tips or any other thing not meintioned
Excite Package Includes Tour Does NOT Include
Platinum:
  • Accomodation in a 4 star hotel
  • Breakfast, Lucn and Dinner
  • Private air-conditioned transport for all land transfers city tours and hotels.
  • Porter charges at airports and hotels.
  • Engilsh speaking guide as and Assistant tour guide
  • Domestic trainfares where applicable.
  • Toll tax, Parking fee,
  • Experienced courteous professaionl driver
  • Domestic Airefare where it is applicable
  • Monument Entry Fee
  • Airfares, domestic or international. Cost for Air travel as per itinerary is quoted separately.
  • Visa support and visa fees.
  • Airport departure tax.
  • Personal insurance.
Platinum Package Includes Tour Does NOT Include
Platinum:
  • Accomodation in a 5 star hotel
  • Breakfast, Lucn and Dinner
  • Private air-conditioned transport for all land transfers city tours and hotels.
  • Porter charges at airports and hotels.
  • Engilsh speaking guide as and Assistant tour guide
  • Domestic trainfares where applicable.
  • Toll tax, Parking fee,
  • Experienced courteous professaionl driver
  • Domestic Airefare where it is applicable
  • Monument Entry Fee
  • Airfares, domestic or international. Cost for Air travel as per itinerary is quoted separately.
  • Visa support and visa fees.
  • Airport departure tax.
  • Personal insurance.