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29 Days
Availability : Jan 16’ - Dec 16’
Islamabad
K2, Broad Peak G-I, II and Nanga Parbat
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 22

Five 8000m Base Camps Trek – The Big Five

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  • 29 Days
  • Max People : 22
  • May 15’ - Sep 21'
  • Min Age : 15+
  • Pickup: Airpot
  • Trekking

Five 8000m Base Camps Trek - The Big Five

The Five 8,000m Base Camps Trek – The Big Five is a 29-day expedition that offers an unparalleled adventure for trekkers looking to explore the majestic heights of Pakistan’s five 8,000-meter mountains. This trek is not just a journey through some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes, but also a testament to human endurance and the spirit of exploration.

The trek is fully managed by local authorities, ensuring safety and a well-organized experience. It’s a journey that promises not just the thrill of reaching the base camps of some of the world’s highest peaks, but also the opportunity to immerse oneself in the natural beauty and cultural richness of the region.

For those interested in embarking on this adventure, it’s recommended to book early to secure a spot and take advantage of any early-bird discounts available. The trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that combines physical challenge with the awe-inspiring beauty of the Karakoram range. 

Departure & Return Location

Islamabad International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Adherence to Government SOPs/Guidelines
  • Domestic Flights: Baggage allowance of 20 kg
  • Road Transfers: Includes airport transfers.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Pakistan: Shared twin rooms.
  • Trekking Accommodation in Pakistan: Shared dome tents.
  • Camping Site Fees and Bridge Fees.
  • Trekking Logistics: All tents, non-personal equipment, and tools.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch dinner, along with beverages/water during meals.
  • Licensed Professional Guide
  • Government Trekking Permit Fees and Paperwork.
  • Waste Management Fee
  • Support Staff: Cook, assistant(s), etc.
  • Baggage Storage Service in Skardu
  • Porters: Personal luggage (up to 14 kg).

Price Excludes

  • Visa Application Fees.
  • Flights to Pakistan.
  • Pre-Tour or Post-Tour Accommodation.
  • Climbing Gear
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for Staff
  • Porter Services: Exceeding 15 kg.
  • Personal Snacks.
  • Single Tent/Hotel Accommodation

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

  • Base Camps Visits:
    • K2 (8,611m) & Broad Peak (8,051m)
    • Gasherbrum I (8,080m) & II (8,035m)
    • Nanga Parbat (8,126m)
  • Overnight Stays:

    • K2 Base Camp
    • Gasherbrum I & II Base Camps
    • Nanga Parbat Base Camp
  • Trekking and Views:

    • Gondogoro La Pass (5,585m) for panoramic views of four 8,000m+ peaks
    • Circuit trek in Hushe Valley
    • Concordia, the ‘Throne Room of the Mountain Gods’
    • Trek along Vigne and Gondogoro glaciers; visit to Godwin Austin glacier
  • Memorials and Peaks:

    • Gilkey Memorial
    • Peaks ranging from 5,000m to 8,000m, including the Trango Towers and Masherbrum
  • Glaciers and Natural Beauty:

    • Views of various glaciers, glacial lakes, waterfalls, and streams
    • Karakoram Highway experience
    • Fairy Meadows excursion
    • Sightseeing in Skardu and Islamabad
  • Authentic local cuisine experiences
  • Optional helicopter tours for aerial views
  • Expert guides for safe and informed trekking
  • Eco-friendly practices promoting sustainability
  • Customizable itineraries to suit varying fitness levels
  • Cultural immersion with visits to indigenous communities
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Itinerary

Day 1Islamabad Arrival

  • Arrival at Islamabad International Airport.
  • Transfer to hotel in Islamabad.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Islamabad.

Day 2 Fly to Skardu, Karakoram

  • Flight from Islamabad to Skardu.
  • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Altitude of Skardu: Around 2,228 meters.
  • Transfer to hotel in Skardu.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Skardu.

Day 3Spend free day in Skardu

  • Free day for leisure or optional activities in Skardu.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Skardu.

Day 4Drive to Askole village

  • Drive from Skardu to Askole village.
  • Duration: Approximately 6-7 hours.
  • Distance: About 82 kilometers.
  • Altitude of Askole: Approximately 3,050 meters.
  • Accommodation: Camping in Askole village.

Day 5Trek from Askole to Jhola via the snout of Biafo Glacier

  • Trek from Askole to Jhola.
  • Duration: Approximately 6-7 hours.
  • Distance: About 10 kilometers.
  • Altitude gain: Minimal.
  • Accommodation: Camping in Jhola.

Day 6Trek from Jhola to Paiju following the Braldu river

  • Trek from Jhola to Paiju.
  • Duration: Approximately 5-6 hours.
  • Distance: About 16 kilometers.
  • Altitude gain: Minimal.
  • Accommodation: Camping in Paiju.

Day 7Acclimatize and rest in Paiju

  • Rest day for acclimatization.
  • Accommodation: Camping in Paiju.

Day 8Trek from Paiju to Khoburtse

  • Trek from Paiju to Khoburtse.
  • Duration: Approximately 6-7 hours.
  • Distance: About 14 kilometers.
  • Altitude gain: Moderate.
  • Accommodation: Camping in Khoburtse.

Day 9Cross small glaciers and walk to Urdukus

  • Trek from Khoburtse to Urdukus.
  • Duration: Approximately 5-6 hours.
  • Distance: About 13 kilometers.
  • Altitude gain: Moderate.
  • Accommodation: Camping in Urdukus.

Day 10 Trek to Goro II, the junction of the Baltoro glaciers and Young husband

  • Trek from Urdukus to Goro II.
  • Duration: Approximately 6-7 hours.
  • Distance: About 15 kilometers.
  • Altitude gain: Moderate.
  • Accommodation: Camping in Goro II.

Day 11Trek to Concordia through a rocky moraine

  • Trek from Goro II to Concordia.
  • Duration: Approximately 4-5 hours.
  • Distance: About 12 kilometers.
  • Altitude gain: Moderate.
  • Accommodation: Camping in Concordia.

Day 12Trek to Broad Peak BC, Gilkey Memorial and K2 Base Camp

  • Trek to Broad Peak Base Camp, Gilkey Memorial, and K2 Base Camp.
  • Duration: Approximately 7-8 hours.
  • Distance: About 16 kilometers.
  • Altitude gain: Moderate.
  • Accommodation: Camping at K2 Base Camp.

Day 13Trek back to Concordia and rest

  • Trek back from K2 Base Camp to Concordia.
  • Duration: Approximately 6-7 hours.
  • Distance: About 16 kilometers.
  • Altitude loss: Moderate.
  • Accommodation: Camping in Concordia.

Day 14Trek to Shahring

  • Trek from Concordia to Shahring.
  • Duration: Approximately 5-6 hours.
  • Distance: About 14 kilometers.
  • Altitude loss: Minimal.
  • Accommodation: Camping in Shahring.

Day 15Trek to Gasherbrum I & II base camp

  • Trek from Shahring to Gasherbrum I & II Base Camp.
  • Duration: Approximately 6-7 hours.
  • Distance: About 14 kilometers.
  • Altitude gain: Moderate.
  • Accommodation: Camping at Gasherbrum Base Camp.

Day 16Trek back to Concordia and rest

  • Trek back from Gasherbrum Base Camp to Concordia.
  • Duration: Approximately 6-7 hours.
  • Distance: About 14 kilometers.
  • Altitude loss: Moderate.
  • Accommodation: Camping in Concordia.

Day 17Trek to Ali Camp

  • Trek from Concordia to Ali Camp.
  • Duration: Approximately 5-6 hours.
  • Distance: About 12 kilometers.
  • Altitude gain: Minimal.
  • Accommodation: Camping in Ali Camp.

Day 18Trek to Khuispang over Gondogoro La

  • Trek from Ali Camp to Khuispang over Gondogoro La pass.
  • Duration: Approximately 8-10 hours.
  • Distance: About 18 kilometers.
  • Altitude gain: Significant.
  • Accommodation: Camping in Khuispang.

Day 19Trek to Saicho

  • Trek from Khuispang to Saicho.
  • Duration: Approximately 6-7 hours.
  • Distance: About 14 kilometers.
  • Altitude loss: Significant.
  • Accommodation: Camping in Saicho.

Day 20Trek to Hushe and drive to Skardu town

  • Trek from Saicho to Hushe.
  • Duration: Approximately 4-5 hours.
  • Distance: About 10 kilometers.
  • Altitude loss: Moderate.
  • Drive from Hushe to Skardu town.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Skardu.

Day 21Contingency day/rest in Skardu

  • Contingency day for any unforeseen circumstances or rest in Skardu.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Skardu.

Day 22Drive to Raikot, Chilas

  • Drive from Skardu to Raikot, Chilas.
  • Duration: Approximately 7-8 hours.
  • Distance: About 280 kilometers.
  • Altitude of Chilas: Approximately 1,200 meters.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Chilas.

Day 23Drive to Tatu and hike to Fairy Meadows

  • Drive from Raikot to Tatu and hike to Fairy Meadows.
  • Duration: Approximately 2 hours drive + 3-4 hours hike.
  • Distance: About 70 kilometers (drive).
  • Altitude of Fairy Meadows: Around 3,300 meters.
  • Accommodation: Camping or huts in Fairy Meadows.

Day 24Trek to Beyal Camp

  • Trek from Fairy Meadows to Beyal Camp.
  • Duration: Approximately 4-5 hours.
  • Distance: About 6 kilometers.
  • Altitude gain: Moderate.
  • Accommodation: Camping in Beyal Camp.

Day 25Trek to Nanga Parbat Base Camp

  • Trek from Beyal Camp to Nanga Parbat Base Camp.
  • Duration: Approximately 5-6 hours.
  • Distance: About 10 kilometers.
  • Altitude gain: Moderate.
  • Accommodation: Camping at Nanga Parbat Base Camp.

Day 26Return to Fairy Meadows

  • Trek back from Nanga Parbat Base Camp to Fairy Meadows.
  • Duration: Approximately 4-5 hours.
  • Distance: About 10 kilometers.
  • Altitude loss: Moderate.
  • Accommodation: Camping or huts in Fairy Meadows.

Day 27Drive to Islamabad via Karakoram/Babusar Pass

  • Drive from Fairy Meadows to Islamabad via Karakoram Highway/Babusar Pass.
  • Duration: Approximately 10-12 hours.
  • Distance: About 400 kilometers.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Islamabad.

Day 28Sightseeing in Islamabad

  • Full day for sightseeing in Islamabad.
  • Visit attractions like Faisal Mosque, Pakistan Monument, Lok Virsa Museum, etc.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Islamabad.

Day 29Fly to home country

  • Transfer to Islamabad International Airport.
  • Departure to home country.
FAQ

Why Register Now?

  • Early Bird Discount: Our holiday prices are currently offered at limited-time discounts. Prices may change as service providers, such as airlines and hotels, adjust their rates during peak seasons. Booking early helps us secure better rates for you.

What if I Delay Registration?

  • Limited Space in Peak Months: During peak seasons, especially in peak months, demand for our trips is high, and spots fill up quickly. To ensure you secure a spot, we recommend registering early, as group sizes are restricted to a maximum of 12 travelers.

How Are Flights Managed?

Flights to the Karakorams and Himalayas have limited availability, especially during peak season. To guarantee your seat on domestic flights, a portion of your deposit is used to book flights in advance.

When Do I Pay the Balance?

  • Pay Balance after Arrival: We understand concerns about paying the full balance before arrival. You only need to pay the final balance upon your arrival in Pakistan. Prior to arrival, the only payment required is the deposit.

What Is the Deposit Amount?

  • Pay Minimum Deposit: Deposits for our holidays are subject to change based on our early-bird discount schedule. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable once paid. The same deposit terms apply for the next season.

What is refund policy?

Deposit (Advance) for Pakistani Nationals:

  • Pakistani nationals are required to pay a deposit of PKR 100,000 or 30% of the total trip price, whichever is greater. This deposit is non-refundable.

For All Participants:

  • Deposit: Once paid, the deposit is non-refundable as it covers in-country arrangements. This policy applies to all participants, including Pakistani nationals.
  • Balance: The remaining balance is due after arrival in Pakistan on the first day of the trip. Payment guidelines will be provided in advance.
    for more info visit our . Refund policy page 

Which currency are accepted for this tour?

  • All international travelers can pay in US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR), or Pound Sterling (GBP). Pakistani travelers are charged in Pakistani Rupees (PKR).

Single Supplement:

  • Single Room Supplement: Separate hotel rooms require an additional USD 290, inclusive of all hotel nights. This payment is due with the balance upon arrival.
  • Single Tent Supplement: Separate tents require an additional USD 180, which covers the cost of additional porterage. This payment is also due with the balance in Pakistan.

What is the altitude range covered during the trek?

  • The altitude varies throughout the trek, ranging from approximately 800 meters at Islamabad International Airport to over 5,600 meters at Gondogoro La pass.

What is the difficulty level of the K2 Trek Expedition?

  • The K2 Trek Expedition is considered to be challenging, suitable for experienced trekkers in good physical condition. The terrain includes rocky moraines, high mountain passes, and glacier crossings.

Is altitude sickness a concern during the trek?

  • Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern due to the high altitudes reached during the trek. Adequate acclimatization days are included in the itinerary to minimize the risk. Participants are advised to consult with their healthcare provider and take necessary precautions.

What type of accommodation is provided during the trek?

  • Accommodation during the trek primarily consists of camping in tents. In Skardu and Islamabad, comfortable hotel accommodations are arranged.

Are meals included during the trek?

  • Yes, three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are included during the trek. Our experienced cooks prepare delicious and nutritious meals to keep you energized throughout the journey.

What equipment should participants bring for the trek?

  • Participants are required to bring their personal trekking gear, including appropriate clothing, sturdy hiking boots, sleeping bag, daypack, water bottle, and any personal medication.

What safety measures are in place during the trek?

  • The safety of our participants is our top priority. Our experienced guides are trained in wilderness first aid and are equipped with emergency communication devices. We also conduct thorough risk assessments and adhere to strict safety protocols throughout the expedition.

What happens in case of unforeseen circumstances affecting the itinerary?

  • In case of unforeseen circumstances such as extreme weather conditions or natural disasters, our experienced guides will make necessary adjustments to the itinerary to ensure the safety and well-being of participants.

How do I book tours ?

  • To book the tour and adventure , please contact our team at K2 Travel Hub or visit our booking page . We will assist you with the booking process and provide any additional information you may need.
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