Itinerary and description


Date

Program

Altitude

Hotel/ Camp

13 Jun

Arrival in Islamabad, meeting with LO, sightseeing

500 meters

Hotel

14 Jun

Briefing at Ministry or Alpine Club of Pakistan

500 meters

Hotel

15 Jun

Drive to Chilas

1200 meters

Hotel

16 Jun

Drive to Skardu

2400 meters

Hotel

17 Jun

Final preparations before departure

2400 meters

Hotel

18 Jun

Drive to Askoli

3050 meters

Camp

19 Jun

Trek to Jula

3100 meters

Camp

20 Jun

Trek to Paiju

3400 meters

Camp

21 Jun

Rest at Paiju

3400 meters

Camp

22 Jun

Trek to Urdukus

4130 meters

Camp

23 Jun

Trek to Goro-II

4500 meters

Camp

24 Jun

Trek to Concordia

4700 meters

Camp

25 Jun

Trek to Shagharing

4900 meters

Camp

26 Jun

Trek to Gasherbrum Base Camp

5150 meters

Camp

27 Jun-22 Jul

Climbing Days

 

Camp

23 Jul

Trek to Concordia

4700 meters

Camp

24 Jul

Trek to Goro II/Ali Camp

 

Camp

25 Jul

Trek to Urdukus/Khispang over Gondogoro La (5650 m)

 

Camp

26 Jul

Trek to Paiju/Siacho

 

Camp

27 Jul

Trek to Korofong/Hushe

 

Camp

28 Jul

Trek to Askoli and drive to Skardu

 

Hotel

29 Jul

Flight to Islamabad or Drive to Chilas (if no flight)

 

Hotel

30 Jul

Free day or drive to Islamabad (if no flight yesterday)

 

Hotel

31 Jul

Debriefing

 

Hotel

1 Aug

Depart Islamabad for Bangkok

 

 

2 Aug

Arrive Sydney

 

 

 

 

The walk-in in to base camp from Askoli first takes the expedition up the Braldu and Biaho Rivers then up the mighty Baltoro Glacier through Concordia. At Concordia the Goodwin Austen, Upper Baltoro and Vigne Glaciers all converge. It is indeed a trek into the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods as Galen Rowell proclaimed in his book on the 1975 American K2 Expedition.

The 62 km Baltoro Glacier is the third largest in the Karakoram. Along the lower Baltoro are amazing granite towers and sheer walls- Uli Biaho, the Trango Tower, the Cathedrals and the Lobsang group. These rock monster yield above Concordia to the mighty snow covered peaks including seven of the world’s twenty-five highest peaks. K2, Broad Peak and the Gasherbrum range dominate this harsh landscape.

Inshallah (urdu for God-willing) the return trip will take the expedition over Gondogoro La (5650m), concluding at Hushe Village, overshadowed by Mount Masherbrum nearby. The total distance covered via this trek will be 140km.

The trek over Gondogoro La will be dependent on conditions. The alternative exit route for the expedition will be to retrace its steps back down the Baltoro Glacier.