K2 and Concordia
Pakistan, Trek & Walk, 23 days - from £2,595 (land only) - from €3,635 (land only) - from $4,180 (land only)
Day 1: Arrive Islamabad early morning and transfer to the group hotel. KE Land Only package services begin with breakfast at the hotel. A trip briefing will be held over a buffet lunch. Overnight 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: Contingency day in case of flight delays.
Day 4: We drive in 4x4 vehicles to Askole (3000m) in the Braldu Valley, passing through the infamous Braldu Gorge. Camp.
Day 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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: Trek to the snout of the Baltoro Glacier and cross to its south side. We continue to Horbose (3795m.) and camp beside the Liligo Glacier, a tributary of the Baltoro.
Day 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: A day for 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 14: We begin the return trek descending first to Shachspong (4100m) where we have magnificent views of the surrounding granite spires and towers. Camp.
Day 15: We continue our descent of the Baltoro glacier, today reaching as far as Horbose where we make camp off the glacier for the first time in several days.
Day 16: Crossing the Baltoro to its north side beneath the towers of Uli Biaho we finally climb down its snout to reach a good trail back to the spring oasis of Paiju. Camp.
Day 17: Following the Braldu River downstream, we make the detour into the Panma Valley to the bridge across its tributary to reach Korofon. Camp.
Day 18: The final day of trekking to the village of Askole. Here we say goodbye to our porters who will return to their villages. Camp
Day 19: Making an early start we drive to Skardu through the relatively verdant Shigar Valley. We check into the K2 Motel and the afternoon is free for sightseeing. Hotel
Day 20: Weather permitting we make the 45 minute flight to Islamabad. Hotel
Day 21: Contingency day for posssible flight delays.
Day 22: A free day for sightseeing in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Hotel
Day 23: 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.