Karakoram in Turkish language means "Black Rubble". In 1856 A.D. Capt. Montgomerie surveyed a number of peaks in the Baltoro area of the Karakoram from a distance of about 200km. He explored a cluster of high peaks and named them K1, K2, K3 and soon with the prefix "K" for Karakoram.
49 years, Pakistan
The Journey Thus Far…Inayat Ullah Baig and his brainchild commenced his journey in 1994 as a small time porter assisting the trekkers in the northern area of Gilgit Baltistan. At that time there was very little local awareness of outdoor activities in Pakistan. The influx of foreigners visiting Pakistan at that time was pretty appreciable.Located in the picturesque valley of Shimshal, Inayat and his band of brothers developed the idea to cater for equipment needed to undertake such tours, treks and expeditions. Initially, he was working as an employee for assorted travel companies.Belonging to a family of mountaineers, he had the best possible teachers available to him. He credits the Late Mr. Rajab Shah and Mr. Meherban Shah as his mentors. They were the top climbers in those days. Both of whom have to their credit, the conquests of 8000m plus peaks.The first expedition he undertook, was in 1998. This was the Japanese Alpine Club expedition. From there on the floodgates opened. So much so, that he found it virtually impossible to cater to the needs of all and sundry. To address this issue, he formed his own travel and tour company which is based in Lahore.From travel groups to corporates, everyone started utilizing his services. With 20 years of experience behind him, he has managed to form a team that is second to none in Pakistan at present. Moreover, he also managed to build up his inventory, so much so, that he and his team are now equipped to handle very large groups on their own in terms of equipment required. From Karachi to Khunjerab, he has the best exposure in terms of knowledge about local customs, local culture, and local cuisine. To date, he has serviced 12000 plus personnel. The journey continues…
Difficulty: Moderate/ Challenging
Difficulty: Easy/ Moderate
Difficulty: Moderate/ Challenging
Difficulty: Challenging/ Tough
K2 Expedition Itinerary:
Day 01 Islamabad
Arrival Islamabad. Transfer to hotel for overnight.
Day 02 Islamabad
Welcome reception at Alpine Club of Pakistan. Overnight at hotel
Day 03 Skardu/Chilas
Fly to Skardu PK-451 (09:30 – 10:30). (Flight is subject to weather). Upon arrival transfer to hotel for overnight.
In case of cancellation of flight (12-14 hrs) drive by coach to Chilas (480 km) on Karakoram Highway. Overnight at hotel
Day 04 Chilas / Skardu
Day free at Skardu If your are driving, complete road journey (07–08 hrs) to Skardu (275 km) En-route has good view of Nanga Parbat (8125m) at the confluence of Indus River and the rapids and fall of Indus River. Overnight at hotel
Day 05 Skardu Final preparation day at Skardu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 Askole: (3000m)
By jeeps drive to Askole (8-9 hrs). The last village of about 50 houses. The villagers grow their own cereals, vegetable and fruit and own large herds of sheep's, goats, yaks and dzos. Overnight in tent
Day 07 Jhola: (3200m)
Start 2-3 hours, walk across wasteland and traverse Biafo Glacier, a to tiny Ocean of moving boulders and crevasses 2 km wide. Cross the glacier and after a lunch break continue to Jhola (4-5 hrs). Cross-Dumardo River Bridge and camp at rather dusty campsite encompassed by a few bushes with a side stream. Overnight in tent.
Day 08 Paiyu: (3600m)
Start on a monderately easy trail for 3-4 hrs. Crossing Bardumal campsites along a 2-km stretch of sandy River beach. After a lunch break continue towards Paiyu for another 2-3 hrs. trail climbs to a Vantage Point providing view of the Snout of Baltoro. And in the far distance a marvelous panorama of Cathedral Towers and triangle of K2 to the left for the first time. Paiyu is a herded campsite. Overnight in tent.
Day 09 Paiyu: (3600m)
Traditional rest day at Paiyu. Overnight at tent.
Day 10 Khuburtze: (4000m)
Start for a 5-8 hrs. slight climb up Baltoro Glacier on the southern edge. After about two hours the path divides at the snout of Baltoro glacier where the left side goes to the BC of Tango Tower and the Sarpo Lgo pass. Continue to the side right climbing up on to the glacier that stretches up the valley 62 km long and 2 km wide. Follow the southern edge to Liliwa and onward to Khuburtze lovely walks for about 90 minutes to the campsite and with clear water. Overnight at camping
Day 11 Urdukas: (4200m)
4-5 hours lovely walk mostly along the crest of lateral moraine with stunning views of Paiyu Peak, Chorichi, Uli Biaho, Tango Towers and so on. Urdukas is a viewable campsite. However like Paiyu this site is over used and polluted. Overnight at camping.
Day 12 Goro II: (4500m)
6-8 hours walk on the glacier. The first hour walk is across difficult side Crevasses, however the way is smoother and easy in the center. Continue for 2-3 hours to Goro-I opposite of Yermanendo Glacier falling down from the Mashebrum pass. For the next 3-4 hrs continue east up the Baltoro glacier. Following telephone wire from army HQ Goro to Gasherbrum IV. Goro-II campsite is pitched on the rough stones and ice in the hub of the glacier with water from the glacier melt. Overnight at tent.
Day 13 Concordia (4700m) / K2 Base Camp (5100m)
6-8 hours slightly easy walk, with spectacular views and titanic mountain panorama, including Muztagh Tower, Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak and the mighty K-2. Camp at Concordia named by Martin Conway after the place De La Concordia in Paris. Lunch at Concordia. You will be meeting some crevasses near Godwin Austin glacier. Overnight at tent.
Day 14-58 45 days for acclimatization and climbing.
Day 59 Vigne Glacier or Ali camp: (4800m)
5-6 hours continue walk on Vigne Glacier, proving gorgeous views of Chogolisa, and Mitre Peak, A rare mountain panorama and camp just below pass. Overnight at camping
Day 60 Gondogoro La (5680m) / Khuspang (4680m)
4-5 hours. Start very early in the morning for the uneasy and steep ascend to Gondogora_La (high pass), and another 3-4 hrs descend to the high camp (Khuspang) on the other side. Also BC for Gondogoro Peak. Continue trek to Dalzampa: (4300m) another 4-5 hours easy descends glacier Moraine to exotic campsite of Dalzampa "field of flower". A climb to the lateral Moraine provides fantastic views of glacier and jagged spires. Overnight in tent.
Day 61 Shaieshcho: (3600m) Hushe: (3300m)
4-5 hours walk on the lateral moraine through wild roses, gooseberry cedar and Tamarisk bushes. The Charksa valley joins the Gondogoro at Shaieshcho and the route leads towards the base camp of K6 and K7. Another 4-5 hours the last day of the trek follow the east bank of Hushe River on an easy path through the field and camp out side the village.
Day 62 Skardu: (2340m)
By jeep drive to Skardu via Khaplu. The second largest kingdom in the old Baltistan safe guarding the trade route to Ladakh along Shyok River. Overnight at hotel.
Day 63 Islamabad / Chilas
a) Fly to Islamabad PK-452 (11:20 – 12:20). (Subject to weather). Upon arrival transfer to hotel.
b) In case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas. Overnight at hotel.
Day 64 Islamabad
a) Leisure day at Islamabad
In case of driving, complete road journey from Chilas to Islamabad. Overnight at hotel.
Day 65 Islamabad
Farewell meeting at Alpine Club of Pakistan. Overnight at hotel.
Day 66 Fly Out
Transfer to airport for your return flight home.
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