Gondoro Peak and the Hushe Valley
Pakistan, Climbing, 18 days - from £1,795 (land only) - from €2,515 (land only) - from $2,990 (land only)
The future of Karakoram Trekking Holidays!
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have rescinded their advice against all but essential travel to Gilgit and Baltistan. This is great news, both for our friends in Skardu, Hushe and Askole who depend on trekking and climbing for their living, but also for our clients who can once again experience the most spectacular mountains on planet Earth! For 2015 we are running just one trek up to Concordia and K2 - the 'Throne of the Mountain Gods'. In 2016 we hope to present our full program of Karakoram treks. Please contact the KE office for further information.
- A trek and climb in the spectacular Karakoram valleys of Hushe
- Acclimatisation trek to Masherbrum Base Camp
- The friendly Hushe villages of the Karakoram mountains
- Trekking beside the beautiful spire of Laila peak
- The culture and hospitality of the friendly Balti people
In our 30th anniversary year we are pleased to offer this superb trekking and climbing holiday to arguably the world's most spectacular mountain area, the Karakoram. We begin this adventure with a dramatic mountain flight to Skardu in Baltistan and a drive along the Indus River to Hushe Village, nestled deep in the Karakoram mountains. We have been bringing groups to Hushe for thirty years and several of our groups have raised money for, or worked on a number of KE sponsored projects benefitting the village, including new school classrooms, a fresh water supply and a small hydro-electric power plant. KE groups are always assured a warm welcome from this friendliest of Karakoram villages. We spend five days exploring the valleys above Hushe Village, including trekking to the base camp of Masherbrum (also known as K1), before setting off on our trek up the Gondogoro Valley. We first trek through the green ablation valley by the side of the Gondogoro Glacier, and then actually on the snaking glacier itself. Spectacularly located at the head of this valley is Gondoro Peak which featured in the very first KE ‘trekking peak' holiday. After establishing a base camp complete with lakeside reflections of sensational peaks such as the slender spire of Laila, we have a day to further acclimatise and to practice our skills and ropework. The culmination of this trekking and climbing holiday is the ascent of the technically straightforward Gondoro Peak. Needless to say, the views from the summit are sensational! It's great to be offering this classic trip once again.
Is this holiday for you?
The terrain encountered on this trekking and climbing holiday will vary from shepherds paths through grassy valleys to loose scree and boulders on the glacier moraine and on the peak, we will encounter snow slopes angling from 30 to over 45 degrees. On steeper slopes climbers are safeguarded by fixed lines placed by the guides. Our trekking pace in Pakistan is dictated to a great extent by the distances that the porters are prepared to walk and this is usually of the order of four to six hours walking per day. This equates with only 10 to 14 kilometres or 6 to 8 miles per day, as walking speed is restricted by the altitude and by the sometimes difficult terrain. The climbing on Gondoro Peak is technically very straightforward meriting an alpine grade of PD minus. Previous trekking experience is a prerequisite for this holiday and some previous experience of walking on snow slopes using crampons is highly desirable. However, previous technical mountaineering experience is not required and all the mountaineering techniques used on the climb of Gondoro Peak will be taught and practiced during the acclimatisation day prior to the ascent.