Gondogoro Peak and the Hushe Valley
Pakistan, Climbing, 15 days - from £1,795 (land only) - from €2,515 (land only) - from $2,900 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Islamabad in the morning. Islamabad Airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with breakfast at the hotel.
Day 2: In the morning we take the spectacular flight to Skardu. We take lunch in Skardu, then drive for 3 hour by jeep beside the Indus and Shyok rivers to our hotel in Khaplu.
Day 3: At Khaplu we cross the Shyok River on a suspension bridge and continue our spectacular road journey, following the jeep road to Hushe Village, the highest settlement in the area. We set up our first camp in the village.
Day 4: A day for acclimatisation and for exploring. One option for today is to trek up to the summer grazing settlement in the high Honboro Valley. Camp.
Day 5: A short day to the idyllic campsite of Saitcho situated at the junction of the Charakusa and Gondogoro Valleys. At this altitude it is quite hot in the middle of the day so we will make an early start to reach Saitcho before lunch. The afternoon is free for relaxing or exploration.
Day 6: Trekking beside the Gondogoro Glacier, we follow a wooded moraine ridge to the summer grazing camp known as Gondogoro 'Village'.
Day 7: We walk beside the moraine of the glacier and make a final scramble up a rocky gulley to our next camp in the ablation valley at the place known as Dalsan.
Day 8: A long but inspiring day, walking mostly on the Gondogoro glacier with its weird 'mushroom' formations of rocks atop columns of ice. We pass beneath the beautiful spire of Layla Peak and reach the area known as Huisprung, a grassy terrace beside a small meltwater lake. This will be our base camp for the peak.
Day 9: A day for rest and acclimatisation. We will spend part of this day practicing the safety techniques required for ascending fixed ropes and glacier walking.
Day 10: A midnight start for the climb of Gondogoro Peak. After an easy scramble to the glacier, we make a steady ascent of easy angled snow slopes and a final steeper ridge to a spectacular summit.. Descent is by the same route and we arrive back at camp in the late morning. After resting and some lunch we set off down the glacier to Dalsan.
Day 11: We scramble onto the moraine and then follow the ablation through Gondogoro Village to Saitcho.
Day 12: We have a short (3 hour) walk to Hushe. As before we make an early start to avoid the heat of mid-day at this low altituide (3000 metres). Our jeeps will be waiting for us in Hushe and we make the 5 - 6 hour journey back to Skardu. We stay tonight in a hotel - a chance to shower away the dust of the trek!
Day 13: We catch the flight to Islamabad. Arriving in the capital we check into the group hotel. The remainder of the day is free for relaxing or independant sightseeing arrangements can be made.
Day 14: Today is an important contingency day in case of cancellation of the Skardu flight in which case we will have travelled on the Karakoram Highway with an overnight stop along the way. If the contingency day has not been required this is a day to explore Islamabad, a remarkably modern and cosmopolitan city, or nearby Rawalpindi a much older and traditional city of the Punjab.
Day 15: KE land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.