Gondogoro La - From K2 to Hushe
Pakistan, Climbing, 22 days - from £2,795 (land only) - from €3,915 (land only) - from $4,500 (land only)
By: Carol Renshaw, Cumbria, UK
All office staff very efficient and booking / pre-planning went really smoothly, especially with quite a late booking.
Transport changes arranged promptly and all went a as smooth as Pakistan can possibly be! Zafar was really helpful, friendly and quickly re-arranged plans / transport / accommodation. Karim, the local guide was also a lovely character, smiley, experienced and I felt in safe hands.
Carl was an excellent trip leader with a great sense of humour and bags of enthusiasm and energy. It was great knowing that his awareness for safety / health was second to none, together with a sound understanding of winter skills / ropework etc. He was always on hand to help / answer queries and showed a caring nature - not only the group, but also the porters and cooks. God help the mule though - passed redemption!! Also glad he had bags of duct tape, insultaion tape and a penknife for the jeep radiator pipe burst!!
Travelling on the KKH, from Ashole to Skardu in jeeps was a great experience and one I am so pleased 'happened'. Going over the pass has to be the highlight of the trip - watching the mountains appear in sunrise. Roping up to walk from the pass to Ali Camp and the campsites from Hushe to Gondora La. Sesnse of humour is a must and we had loads of that!!
This was the first organised trek I have been on and it was a great experience, especially with Carl as our leader and guide!
By: Bill Jones, Montana, USA
Outstanding adventure. One of the two highlights of the trek was going to the base of K2 and the Gilkey Memorial. There seemed to be some hesitancy to do this long day but it was certainly a highlight of the trip.
By: Douglas Diamond, Wisconsin, USA
The ride up the KKH was a true adventure, a perfect introduction to the chaos that is Pakistan. The night crossing the pass was magical - the weather was perfectly cooperative, and we had amazing views of everything. The trip to K2 Base Camp was also excellent, as was our first day on a proper icy glacier (Dhalsan to Huspring).Carl was an excellent leader overall and not only got us safely through the trip, but helped to entertain us on the way with his wit and humor.
By: Brian Lee, Greater Manchester
Changes had to be made at short notice,but these were addressed speedily and without any serious effect to the trek.Stuart was an ideal trip leader; he was there for us whenever needed, but not "in your face". He constantly had our wellbeing in mind, including daily monitoring our oxygen levels and heart rates. He did this on some of the crew also, as well as treating some for minor ailments.His enthusiasm for travel and the mountains was obvious and he conveyed this to the group, and with a group trip, patience is certainly needed. I think Stuart coped admirably, as i previously mentioned, Stuart's approach to leading was from the periphery, not out at the front, he was there for anyone, all the time.We were obviously travelling through some extremely sensitive environmental and cultural regions and Stuart's knowledge and experience certainly enhanced this experience for me, being on my first visit to the Karakoram.Stuart was a first class leader, I am very glad he was on my trek.
By: Clare Darlison , Bristol, UK
Stuart Holmes our leader was great; what more can I say.The scenery was fantastic, as were the Pakistani people. We had a good group and excellent leader, which is always an important aspect of the trip.
By: Sally Johannesson, Auckland, NZ
I most enjoyed the area we were in, just fabulous and what I wanted to see. I enjoyed the daily routine, starting from tea in my tent at 5am. Camp life and "process" was very comfortable, relaxed and friendly without alot of "rules". The trekking days and times were just fine, not too short with the timing of stops for photos etc and lunch very good. Most enjoyable. Ade Summers was an extremely good leader, obviously very experienced and competant, comfortable with the area, very efficent with good humour, open and professional.A great ambassador for KE.