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K2 Expeditions Conquer the Mighty Peak

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  • 52 Days
  • June 5’ - Aug 20'
  • Min Age : 20+
  • Pickup: Airpot
  • Min People : 7
  • Max People : 20

Conquer the Mighty K2

The K2 Expedition registration is now open! Climbing K2 is an extraordinary feat, considered one of the most challenging mountaineering expeditions globally. For seasoned mountaineers, the mighty K2 represents the ultimate dream.

At K2 Travel Hub, we provide both guided and non-guided K2 Expedition departures, welcoming mountaineers and alpinists from all corners of the world. In addition to the K2 Expedition, we offer other high-altitude adventures, including expeditions to peaks ranging from 7,000 to 8,000 meters.

Top 10 highest mountain peaks in Pakistan, along with their peak names, elevations, locations and specific region names in Gilgit Baltistan:

Peak Name   Elevation (m)  Location    World rank
K2 (Mount Godwin-Austen) 8,611 Askole Village, GB 2nd 
Nanga Parbat 8,126 Astore District, GB 9th 
Gasherbrum I (Hidden Peak) 8,080 Askole Village, GB 11th 
Broad Peak 8,051 Askole Village, GB 12th 
Gasherbrum II 8,035 Askole Village, GB 13th 
Gasherbrum III 7,952 Askole Village, GB 15th 
Gasherbrum IV 7,925 Askole Village, GB 17th 
Distaghil Sar 7,885 Hispar Valley, GB 20th 
Kunyang Chhish 7,852 Hispar Muztagh, GB 22nd 
Masherbrum (K1) 7,821 Hushe Valley, GB 24th 

Departure & Return Location

Islamabad International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Full board
Include
Exclude
What’s Included in Full-board Service?

*inclusions are given below

  1. High Altitude Climbing Leader/Sherpa hired from Nepal (request for details)
  2. Rope fixing team of Sherpas hired from Nepal (request for details) according to the composition below. 
No of Participants Leader Sherpas
7 pax 1 3
8-13 pax 1 4
14 – 18 pax 1 5

3. Lodging above base camp.
4. Group climbing gear/equipment including tents, ropes, ice screws, snow-bars, EPI gas, cooking pots, stoves, gas, etc.
5. Meals above base camp during the climb (high altitude food/snacks).
6. All meals during the trek to base camp and at base camp (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
7. Four (4) nights stay in Islamabad hotel upon arrival and two nights on return (bed & breakfast only).
8. Lodging at base camp (single supplement).
9. Full base camp facilities including dining tent, bathroom, showers & solar charging.
10. All internal/domestic transport.
11. All domestic flights.
12. 65kgs (110 lbs) personal baggage allowance.
13. Permit & royalty fees.
14. Liaison officer(s) – equipment fee and allowance.
15. Group emergency equipment/satellite phone service with fixed calling charge.
16. Staff insurance covering guide, cook, kitchen staff, assistant(s), and porters, etc.
17. Experienced cook from Pakistan.
18. Kitchen staff.
19. Porters for all expedition supplies.
20. Solar power provision at base camp.
21. Electricity generator as a backup for high voltage devices.
22. Communication radio (walkie-talkie).
23. Weather reports sourced from European providers.

1. Included Meals: All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
2. All Accommodation: Four nights in Islamabad hotel
3. Tour Guide
4. Lodging at Base Camp: Single supplement accommodation
5. Base Camp Amenities:
– Fully equipped base camp with dining tent, bathroom, showers, and solar charging
6. Transportation:
– All internal/domestic transport and domestic flights included
7. Baggage Allowance: 65kgs (110 lbs) personal baggage
8. Permits and Fees: Permit and royalty fee covered
9. Liaison Officers: Equipment fee and allowance for liaison officer(s)
10. Emergency Equipment: Group emergency equipment and satellite phone service with fixed calling charge
11. Experienced Cook: Cook from Pakistan with extensive experience
12. Support Staff: Kitchen staff and porters for expedition supplies
13. Power Supply: Solar power and backup electricity generator at base camp
14. Communication: Communication radio (walkie-talkie) provided
15. Weather Reports: Regular weather reports from European sources

1. Personal Sherpa for Climbing: USD 12,944, covering salary, equipment allowance, royalty fees, round-trip airfare from Nepal, meals in Pakistan, oxygen cylinders with mask/regulator for the climb, lodging, etc.
2. Personal Sherpa Summit Bonus: USD 1500 awarded.
3. International Airfare: Ticket cost not included.
4. Supplemental Oxygen for climbers (4 cylinders recommended) – Prices given below.

Oxygen Cylinders Brand New Used/Old
1 Large 4 liters Russian cylinder $990 $650
2 Large 4 liters Russian cylinders $1,980 $1,300
3 Large 4 liters Russian cylinders $2,790 $1,950
4 Large 4 liters Russian cylinders $3,960 $2,600
5 Large 4 liters Russian cylinders $4,950 $3,250
6 Large 4 liters Russian cylinders $5,940 $3,900

 

5. Personal Climbing Equipment: Necessary gear for any 8,000m peak, including clothing and sleeping equipment.
6. Mandatory Mountain Climbing Rescue and Evacuation Insurance Policy.
7. Personal Equipment Cargo Transportation to/from Islamabad.
8. Pakistan Visa Fee.
9. Islamabad Meals.
10. Additional Hotel Nights post-climb.
11. Trip Cancellation Insurance Coverage.
12. Expenses related to early wind-up/summit situations including extra hotel nights, meals, and evacuation costs.
13. Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of K2 Travel Hub (Force Majeure).
14. Personal Communication (phone, fax, email) between Pakistan and home country.

Complementaries

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

  1. Competitive Pricing for Eight-Thousander Peaks: At K2 Travel Hub, we offer highly competitive prices for expeditions to eight-thousander peaks. Whether your goal is conquering K2 or another majestic summit, our rates are designed to provide exceptional value.
  2. Field Office and Expert Staff: Our strategically located field office, managed by Askole Valley locals, ensures seamless logistical arrangements to and from the mountain. Our permanent staff, seasoned professionals with extensive high-altitude experience, handle all aspects of your journey.

  3. Tailored Itineraries Based on Indigenous Knowledge: Rely on our mountain guides’ deep-rooted indigenous knowledge. They craft personalized itineraries that maximize your chances of success while immersing you in the rich cultural and natural heritage of the region.

  4. Breathtaking Mountain Vistas: Prepare to be awe-struck by spectacular mountain vistas during your expedition. From snow-capped peaks to rugged landscapes, the views will leave an indelible mark on your soul.

  5. K2 Travel Hub: Your Licensed Native Adventure Company: We are a fully licensed native adventure company. Our commitment to local expertise and sustainable tourism sets us apart. Join us for an unforgettable adventure.

  6. Guided Departures with Pakistani High Altitude Climbers (HAC): Our fixed departures are expertly guided by experienced Pakistani High Altitude Climbers. Their knowledge of the terrain and conditions ensures a safe and successful journey.

  7. Private Groups: Our Top Priority: Whether you’re a solo adventurer, a couple, or a group of friends, private expeditions are our focus. Your safety, comfort, and enjoyment remain paramount.

  8. Flexible Options: Guided or Alpine Style: Choose your preferred climbing style. We cater to both guided expeditions, where our experts lead the way, and non-guided (alpine style) climbing for those seeking a more independent experience.

  9. Base Camp and Full Board Services: K2 Travel Hub provides comprehensive services. Whether you opt for base camp services or full board arrangements, we ensure that your needs are met.

  10. High Altitude Support Services (Available at Extra Cost):

    • Pakistani High Altitude Porter (HAP): These strong porters will carry up to 20 kg of your personal equipment between camps.
    • Nepalese Private Sherpa: Your personal guide/porter who not only carries your gear but also assists with climbing, water melting, and cooking.
    • Personal Equipment Carriage Service: Sherpas transport up to 10 kg of your belongings up and down the mountain, lightening your load.
  11. Remember, timely requests for Nepalese Sherpas (at least 6 months prior to arrival in Pakistan) ensure their availability for your expedition. Let’s embark on this incredible journey together! 
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Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Islamabad. Meet our staff at airport. They will bring you to the hotel.

Day 2Guided sightseeing and shopping in Islamabad (508 metres / 1,667 ft.).

Day 3Islamabad to Skardu

Day 4Exploring Skardu

Day 5Skardu - Briefing at Department of Tourism. Final preparations. Hotel.

Day 6 Drive by Jeep to Askole, a lovely little farming village. Camp. (3,039 metres / 9,970 feet).

Day 7Trek to Jhola. (3,170 metres / 10,400 feet). We enter Karakoram National Park and trek past a slope filled with garnets and cross a lovely bridge.

Day 8Trek to Paiyu. (3,666 metres / 12,028 feet). Trek to this famous forest in the Baltoro Valley.

Day 9Rest Day in Paiyu. On this day, porters will bake all of their bread for the upcoming trek.

Day 10Trek to Khuburtse. (3,800 metres / 12,467 feet). a fabulous campsite near a lake on the edge of the Baltoro Glacier.

Day 11 Trek to Urdukas. (3,950 metres / 12,959 feet). Camp amongst grass and lovely giant boulders, with amazing views of the Great Trango Towers.

Day 12Goro II. (4,300 metres / 14,108 feet). Camp on the flat stones on the surface of the Baltoro Glacier with lovely views of the mightiest peaks all around, like Masherbrum, Cathedral, etcetera.

Day 13Concordia. (4,550 metres / 14,928 feet). Concordia must be the most famous campsite in all the Karkakoram. Incredible views of K2, Mitre Peak, Gasherbrum 4, and many more.

Day 14-42Trek to K2 Basecamp (5,117metres/16,788 feet)

  • Day 15- 42 – Climb K2
  • C1 is at 6,050m (19,849 ft.)
  • C2 is at 6,700 m (21,981 ft.)
  • C3 is at 7,200 m (23,622 ft.) is the most technical section, with 400 metres of steep climbing up the “Black Pyramid”
  • C4 is at 7,600 m (24,934 ft.)
  • K2 Summit – 8611m (28,251 ft.)

Day 43 Descend to base camp. Pack up and prepare for departure.

Day 44Follow the Upper Baltoro Glacier to Ali Camp (4,800 metres/15,748 ft.)

Day 45Cross the Gondogoro La (5,585 metres / 18,323 ft.). Descend to Huisprung (4,600 metres / 15,088 ft.). Camp near a lovely lake.

Day 46Trek down the Gondogoro Valley to Saitcho (3,350 metres / 10,991 ft.)

Day 47Last day of trekking to Hushe Village (3,050 metres / 10,0007ft.). Drive beside the Hushe River and follow the Shyock and Indus rivers to Skardu (2,230 metres / 7,316 ft.).

Day 48De-briefing at Tourism Department. Showers, laundry, shopping. Hotel

Day 49Islamabad / Chilas. Hotel

Day 50 Final paperwork, shopping, farewell dinner in Islamabad. Hotel

Day 51 Fly Home.

Day 53Extra logistical day. Extra days may be added if necessary

FAQ

What is the K2 expedition?

The K2 expedition is a guided journey to summit K2, the second highest mountain in the world, located in the Karakoram Range on the China-Gilgit-Baltistan border.

How long does the K2 expedition typically last?

The duration of the K2 expedition can vary, but most expeditions take around 60-70 days to complete.

What is the level of difficulty for the K2 expedition?

The K2 expedition is considered one of the most challenging climbs in the world due to its steep terrain, unpredictable weather, and high altitude. It requires advanced mountaineering skills and experience.

What is included in the K2 expedition package offered by K2 Travel Hub?

The K2 expedition package typically includes transportation, permits, experienced guides, porters, food, accommodation, and necessary equipment for the climb.

What is the best time of year to attempt the K2 expedition?

The best time to attempt the K2 expedition is during the summer months, typically from June to August, when the weather conditions are more favorable for climbing.

Are there any age or fitness requirements for participating in the K2 expedition?

Participants must be in excellent physical condition and have prior experience with high-altitude climbing. There may be age restrictions depending on the specific expedition.

How many people are typically in a group for the K2 expedition?

Group sizes for the K2 expedition can vary, but they are usually small to ensure personalized attention and safety for all participants.

What safety measures are in place during the K2 expedition?

Expedition leaders and guides are trained in first aid and high-altitude rescue techniques. Additionally, there are communication devices and emergency evacuation plans in place.

Can I customize my K2 expedition itinerary?

K2 Travel Hub may offer customizable options for the K2 expedition, such as adding extra acclimatization days or combining the climb with other adventures in the region.

What is the success rate of climbers reaching the summit of K2 during the expedition?

The success rate of reaching the summit of K2 varies each year but generally hovers around 20-30% due to the extreme challenges of the climb.

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