Gondoro La - From K2 to Hushe
Pakistan, Trek & Walk, 22 days - from £2,495 (land only) - from €3,370 (land only) - from $4,145 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Islamabad. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services bregin with breakfast at the hotel.
Day 2: In the morning we take the spectacular flight to Skardu. We check in at the K2 Motel overlooking the Indus river and spend the afternoon looking around the bazaar.
Day 3: We drive in 4x4 vehicles to Askole (3000m) in the Braldu Valley, passing through the infamous Braldu Gorge. Camp.
Day 4: Leaving Askole, the last settlement on the valley we cross a bridge close to the snout of the Biafo Glacier and make camp beside the moraine at Korofon (3075m).
Day 5: We follow the course of the Braldu as far as the Panma River tributary. We make a detour to a bridge following a spectacular trail across high cliffs. Camp beyond the bridge.
Day 6: Following the Braldu River once more we climb to higher ground giving a first glimpse of yet distant K2. We descend to river again and camp at Paiju (3420m).
Day 7: An acclimatisation day. Time to relax and appreciate the beautiful views of the Trango Towers or take a swim in the pools left by the changing course of the river. Camp
Day 9: A shorter day along the moraine and on the glacier itself to Urdukas (3900m). From camp there are spectacular view across the glacier to the Cathedral and Lobsang spires.
Day 10: A longer day moving up the centre of the Baltoro glacier. Superb views of K1 or Masherbrum as we trek to Goro (4200m.). Camp
Day 11: Shapely Gasherbrum IV is a beacon ahead on our final approach. Nearing our destination Broad Peak is revealed but K2 remains hidden until we reach Concordia (4500m). Camp
Day 12: A day for acclimatisation and exploration. Options today include a visit to K2 and/or Broad Peak base camps, or simply relaxing in one of the most spectacular locations on Earth. Camp
Day 13: We ascend first the Upper Baltorro and then the Vigne glacier over a mix of terrain from morraine boulders to straightforward level ice. If the upper part of the glacier is snow coverered we may need to rope up for the final section to reach our camp for the Gondoro La known locally as 'Ali Camp' (4800m.).
Day 14: We make an early start for the gradual ascent of the West Vigne glacier to the foot of the pass. From here the climb to the Gondoro La will take around 3 hours. The view from the top includes K2, Broad Peak, Chogolisa and the Gasherbrums. We then go down steep slopes using fixed ropes to safeguard the descent and make camp in the place known as Huisprung (4600m.).
Day 15: Following the Gondogoro glacier we descend the valley crossing the glacier to the ablation valley on the left bank to a camp among sparse grass at Dalsan (4150m.).
Day 16: We continue our descent of the Gonogoro Valley to its junction with the Chaakusa and the main Hushe Valley. We have a riverside camp at Saitcho (3350m.).
Day 17: This is a contingency day in case of delays to the trekking schedule. Saitcho is a great place to relax in the sunshine or for those with an insatiable trekking appetite a walk up into the Charakusa valley to see K6 and K7 is well worth the effort. Camp.
Day 18: A short day of about 3 to 4 hours brings us to Hushe village (3000m.), the first permanent habitation we encounter since leaving Askole. Camp.
Day 19: Driving through the Hushe Valley with its villages of intense agriculture we come a junction with the Shyock River which we cross to reach the village of Khaplu. We check into our hotel here and in the afternoon we can explore this fascinating village with its traditional forms of agriculture and ancient fort.
Day 20: After an early breakfast we have a 2 hour drive to the airport at Skardu where we catch a flight to Islamabad. We transfer to our group hotel and the remainder of the day is free for sightseeing and souvenir buying.
Day 21: Free day in Islamabad. Today is a contingency day in case we have had to drive back to Islamabad. Hotel.
Day 22: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.