Trekking Peak GONDOGORO (5650m) Skardu Balistan Pakistan

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Activity type: Trekking
Activity level: Moderate/ Challenging
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1 Jul 2020 - 20 Jul 2020

22 Jul 2020 - 10 Aug 2020

Duration: 20 Day(s) / Tour with fixed start dates
Price: from $3250

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Experience your first summit in Karakorams. Gondogoro Peak is an easy non technical peak and it took about seven to eight hours from base camp to base camp.

In Skardu we will leave our Air Conditioned transport and board on 4x4 soft top jeeps to the trek head, Hushe. Hushe Valley East of Skardu, will be our real kick off point towards our goal. Hushe is a place from where many big treks for big mountains start. After three days trek we will arrive at the base camp of our peak. At the base we`ll stay for two days for climbing. We will have some outstanding views of K2, Broad Peak, G1 & 2 and some other big mountains from the top. Drive or fly back to Islamabad to finish the expedition.

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Price includes

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis: at standard category hotels in towns.
  • Meals: half board at hotels, full board during trek.
  • Transport: Air conditioned transport in Islamabad, soft top 4x4 jeeps from Skardu to trek head and back
  • Camping facilities 2 Pax-dome tent with mattress, dinning tent with folding table & chairs, kitchen tent with complete kitchenette & staff, toilet tent
  • Portage of 15 Kg, of personal luggage during the trek. Trek Permits’ Processing & payment from Ministry of Tourism.
  • English speaking qualified Mountain Guide.

Not included in price

  • Cost Does Not Include: Any domestic/international air fare. Personal trekking equipment, medicines and any expense of personal nature. Any expense due to forced majeurs, cancellation of flights, landslides, evacuation or accident or delay beyond the control of land operator

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Rock Valley Tours Pvt Ltd

Pakistan, Lahore

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Rock Valley Tours is a tour management company based in Lahore, Pakistan. We specialize in organizing tours, treks, hikes, hunting and climbing expeditions, team building and leadership trails all over Pakistan. Although we are experts in the Northern Areas of Pakistan, our footprint is spread over every nook and corner in Pakistan.

Pakistan has been nominated as the best adventure tourism destination in the world for the year 2020. We feel that the team we have assembled is best equipped to arrange and facilitate trips across the length and breadth of Pakistan.

Born and raised in the Karakorum region of Pakistan, our team has spent their childhoods crisscrossing the endless trails of these parts of the country. They have all been trained and certified to ensure that your experience is supreme and that safety remains paramount no matter what.

We respect the natural environment in which we work and live and we have an intimate and unrivaled knowledge of the terrain, the people and the cultures that you will encounter on your trek, trail, hike and/or expedition. With years of experience and knowledge, it is our goal to provide a memorable experience to you. This, while keeping the environment worry supreme.

From the time you arrive in Pakistan, to the time you leave our country, consider yourself to be our responsibility. We are a one-stop solution to all your needs during your stay in Pakistan.

Be it, the bustling metropolis of Karachi, or the lush green plains around Lahore, or even the foothills of the Himalayas starting from Islamabad, let us present our country to you in a way no one can.

For more information About RVT on anything you may desire, please inquire about the numbers given on top or write to us on info@rockvalleytours.com. We would be more than happy to provide you unmatched possibilities and unrivaled service.

Pakistan welcomes you with open arms!

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Pakistan, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Islamabad

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Day 20

Days
ITINERARY
Day 1 _ Departure For Pakistan.

Day 2 _ Arrive Islamabad
Day in Islamabad to finalize the formalities with the Ministry of Tourism for procurement of trekking and climbing permit. Also briefing of the trek. Evening free.

Day 3 _ Travel To Skardu
In the morning you will be picked up from the hotel to transfer to Islamabad airport for flight to Skardu. Flight depends on weather conditions. This flight of PIA (using Boeing aircraft) is subject to clear weather at Skardu. Alternately, we may take two-day drive to Skardu, traveling on Karakoram Highway, sometimes refereed as the eight wonder of the world. We shall stay for overnight at Chilas on the bank of Indus river. ( One hour flight OR 12 hours drive to Chilas on KKH).

Day 4 _ Explore Skardu
Free day at Skardu, the capital of Baltistan, sometimes called as little Tibet due to its geographic location and historic links with Tibet and Laddakh. Stroll down the narrow bazaar, climb up the cliff to visit the historic "Kharpocho" fort, visit the turquoise blue Satpara Lake just 4 miles from the town. Meals and overnight at Motel/Resort. If driving from Chilas then its 6/7 hours drive, again along the Lion river Indus. Today the gorge will be much narrower than of the main Karakoram Highway. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Evening free.

Day 5 _ Towards Khaplu
We leave Skardu driving on metal road to Khaplu. Khaplu the largest kingdom in old Baltistan valley, Stretches in a wide fan from the base of a semicircular wall of mountains, dropping some 300 meters to the river level. The scattered houses set amid terraced, fields are connected by paths and irrigation channels and the friendly villagers welcome visitors. We shall visit the historic wood-carved mosque, dominating the valley from the top end of alluvial fan and the historic Khaplu Fort. Overnight at Motel.

Day 6 _ Khaplu - Hushe
Hushe at the descend to the Gondogoro River. Drive on a typical jeep track. Arrive Hushe, a green irrigated village at 3,200m the land of spectacular views of K-6 (7280m), K-7 (6,950m), and Link Sar (7,050m) and enjoy a different atmosphere here, because this is an embarkation and disembarkation point of all the big expeditions. 4/5 hours drive.

Day 7 _ Trek to Saitcho:
Start the trek, as the staff makes loads of 25 Kg. each to distribute among the porters, we start our trek in the soft morning light. As we continue, we gradually leave the icy landscapes and ascend to the meadows and pasture at Saitcho (3,750m). Although we’ve left the icy wilds, we still have tremendous views, including Namika Peak (6,325m), and Defokhar (6,550m). Arrive Saitcho and transfer to camps for overnight stay. 4/5 hours hiking.

Day 8_ Saitcho to Dalsangpa
As we leave Saitcho, 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 (7,165m), Mashabrum South (7,806m), and the Mashabrum La (5,500m). Arrive Dalsangpa and camp at 4,265m by a small Lake. 4/5 hours hiking.

Day 9_ Dalsangpa - Kuispan
Today we will again cross the Gondogoro glacier to reach the plateau of Khuispan (5,030m), base camp for Gondogoro Peak. A rest day after few days trekking and also for acclimatization. We can take time to explore the area or just relax and admire view of Laila Peak (6,100m), Drangra (6,325), and Tasa Peak (6,615m). Overnight camping at Kuispan.

Day 10_ Rest day
At the base of Gondogoro Peak, Khuispan.

Day 11_ Attempt Gondogoro peak (5650 meters)
We shall take an early start from Kuispan for the summit. The peak is not that technical it involves some steep walks on the snow, and the use of fixed ropes as well as crampons and ice axe is a must. It will take about 6 to 7 hours to reach the summit and 3 to 4 hours to come back to the base camp at Khuispan. From the top of Gondogoro Peak the views are unparalleled, with K2, Broad Peak, Gashabrum 1 to 4, Mashabrum, and many mountains appearing at our level. 9/10 hours hiking.

Day 12_ An extra day
At the base camp in case if we miss the summit on day one we can have another try to the summit.

Day 13_ Trek to Dalsangpa
After finishing our expedition we will trek back to Dalsangpa and say goodbye to our peak and base camp. As descending on normal paths is always easier than ascending, so we will cover the distance quickly. After crossing some part of Gondogoro glacier and then walking on the latrel moraine of Gondogoro glacier we will arrive at Dalsangpa camping site for overnight camping.

Day 14_ Trek back to Saitcho.
Walking back on the Gondogoro glacier, first we will cross the plateau of Gondogoro settlement and then arrive Saitcho. Most of the expeditions rest and celebrate here in Saitcho so we will have a good company here. We also have a chance of getting hot shower here. Overnight camping in Saitcho.

Day 15_ Trek back to Hushe.
This will be our last trekking day, as today we will arrive at Hushe the kickoff point of our trek. Todays trek is also quiet normal and in 4 to 5 hours time we will arrive in Hushe, for overnight camping.

Day 16_ Drive back form Huse to Skardu
We will drive back by the same route crossing Khaplu & Machlu villages to reach 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 Karakoram. Arrive at Skardu - shall we call it civilization? Well we suppose you are a better judge. Transfer to resort/motel - and enjoy the hot shower. Meals and overnight at resort/motel. 5/6 hours jeep ride.

Day 17_ Skardu to Chilas
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 18_ Finally Back !
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 19 _ In Islamabad
Full day city tour of the twin cities Rawalpindi and Islamabad the capital of Pakistan.

Day 20 _ Fly Home
Transfer to airport for international departure flight.

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