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21 Days
Availability : June-July-Aug
Islamabad
K2, Ghondogoro
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 15

K2 & Ghondogora La Trek - Local guide

Explore the Majesty of K2 with Askoli Locals

The K2 Base Camp Trek, combined with the thrilling Gondogoro La crossing (5650 meters), offers an unparalleled adventure unlike any other. Traverse mighty glaciers, witness breathtaking views of four 8,000-meter peaks including K2 (the world’s second-highest), encounter legendary climbers, and conquer countless 6,000 and 7,000-meter giants – all while pushing your limits at high altitude.

This unforgettable journey, managed by the Askoli community, takes you deep into the heart of Northern Pakistan. Travel by plane, jeep track, footpath, and snow-covered trails to experience one of the earth’s last true adventure destinations.

Hike amidst the awe-inspiring Karakoram peaks and the mighty Baltoro Glacier, all in comfort and style. This expedition-style trek promises breathtaking landscapes and memories that will last a lifetime.

Why Choose the Askoli-Managed K2 Base Camp Trek?

  • Untamed Beauty: Explore Central Karakoram National Park, home to dramatic mountain landscapes and the Baltoro Glacier, the world’s second-largest outside the polar regions.
  • Epic Challenge: Embrace the world-class trekking terrain. Rain, sun, snow – it’ll be an unforgettable adventure.
  • Comfort in the Wild: Trek to K2 Base Camp in style. We provide delicious meals, top-notch group equipment, and a dedicated team ensuring an amazing experience for everyone.
  • Steeped in History: Immerse yourself in the rich history of mountaineering in the K2 region.
  • Off the Beaten Path: Escape the crowds of Everest. Discover why Pakistan is a true adventurer’s paradise.
  • Unforgettable Connections: Meet fellow adventurers from all over the world, united by their love of exploration. Forge friendships that will last a lifetime.
K2 Travel Hub: A Century of Adventure and Community Engagement

For over a century, K2 Travel Hub has been at the forefront of hosting tours, treks, and expeditions. Our unwavering commitment to adventure has enabled us to forge deep connections with the local communities surrounding the majestic peaks we explore. These communities actively participate in managing our operations, ensuring that our endeavors are both sustainable and respectful of the environment.

Our dedicated team, including porters, cooks, and guides, forms the backbone of our expeditions. They are more than service providers; they are partners in our mission. As climbers and trekkers ascend towards high-altitude summits, our team stands by their side, offering support, expertise, and camaraderie. Together, we navigate rugged terrain, share stories around campfires, and celebrate each milestone reached.

Departure & Return Location

Islamabad International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Includes
Exclude
  • ✓ All hotel accommodation in between hiking days
  • ✓ Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for all tour days, except for lunches in cities (Islamabad & Skardu)
  • ✓ Islamabad Airport pick up and drop off (arriving 2 days before & departing 2 days after the tour)
  • ✓ All ground transportation during the tour
  • ✓ All on-the-ground logistics and trek planning
  • ✓ Western and local guides
  • ✓ NOC/Trekking Permits/National Park permit fees
  • ✓ Letter of Invitation to Pakistan
  • ✓ Internal flights within Pakistan (Islamabad – Skardu return)
  • ✓ Comfy two-person alpine tents
  • ✓ Up to 15 kgs of porter services per person
  • ✓ Group generator for charging electronics
  • ✓ Dining table, chairs, and a mess tent
  • ✓ Access to the group satellite phone (usage at extra cost)
  • ✓ Group snacks
  • ❌ Flights to Pakistan
  • ❌ Visa application fees
  • ❌ Islamabad Airport pick up/drop off outside tour dates
  • ❌ Pre-tour/post-tour accommodation
  • ❌ Climbing gear (harness, carabiners, helmets, microspikes/crampons)
  • ❌ Travel insurance
  • ❌ Tips for staff
  • ❌ Porter services over 15 kg
  • ❌ Personal snacks
  • ❌ Meals during free time
  • ❌ Single tent/hotel accommodation (extra charges)
What to Expect
  • Base Camps Visits:
    • K2 (8,611m) & Broad Peak (8,051m)
    • Overnight Stays:

      • K2 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 Ali Camp

– Today’s itinerary involves a slightly different route, less explored.
– Short detours to avoid crevasses; walking on rugged ice.
– In snow, participants and porters wear crampons, connected by rope for safety.
– Base camp at Ali Camp after 5-6 hours of hiking, named after local porter.
– Basic skills taught for next day’s Gondogoro La Pass crossing.
– Accommodation: Camping in twin-sharing dome tent.
– Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner; trek snacks (dry fruit/chocolate); pre-dinner appetizers (soup/fried snacks); post-dinner dessert/fruits.

Day 15Trek to Khuispang over Gondogoro La

– Today’s schedule starts early at 2 am.
– Participants gear up, have breakfast, and depart as a roped team for Gondogoro La base.
– Support crew assists with rope fixing and gear.
– It takes about 3 hours to reach the top of Gondogoro La Pass.
– Breathtaking views of K2, G1, Broad Peak, and G2.
– Descending requires full use of fixed ropes and crampons for safety.
– Enjoy views of Laila Peak and other trinity peaks.
– Extra caution needed to avoid dislodging stones while descending.
– Camp at Khuispang (4,600m) at the junction of Gondogoro and Trinity Glacier.
– Accommodation: Camping in twin-sharing dome tent.
– Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner; trek snacks (dry fruit/chocolate); pre-dinner appetizers (soup/fried snacks); post-dinner dessert/fruits.

Day 16Trek to Saicho

– Participants descend, packing climbing equipment for an easier hike.
– Transition from mountainous terrain to lush Hushe Valley landscapes.
– After lunch, hike to the edge of Gondogoro Glacier, then follow a trail to a beautiful valley with rhubarb and grass.
– At valley’s end, two route options; guide and local porters decide on frequently used trail.
– Trek becomes easier where trails converge, passing huts made by herders and settlers.
– Experience signs of settlements and lower altitude, with ample trees.
– Camp at Saicho (3,350m), a sandy area with grass near glacier streams.
– Accommodation: Camping in twin-sharing dome tent.
– Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner; trek snacks (dry fruit/chocolate); pre-dinner appetizers (soup/fried snacks); post-dinner dessert/fruits.

Day 17 Trek to Hushe and drive to Skardu town

– Altitude: 2,498m
– Distance: 20km trek + 127km drive
– Time: 5-7 hours trek + 6 hours drive

– Trek downhill for 3-4 hours, along glacier-fed streams from Charakusa, Ailling, Masherbrum, and Gondogoro Glaciers.
– Witness signs of residences, fields, and local life.
– Explore Hushe village, known for its unique two-story shelters.
– Last camping day of Gondogoro La Trek; interact with locals, explore Hushe Valley.
– Depart for Skardu from Hushe, passing through scenic small villages.
– Cross suspension bridge over Shyok River, replacing traditional goat skin rafts.
– Smooth drive from Khaplu to Skardu on paved road along Shayok River to Indus River confluence.
– Reach Skardu in 4 hours, enjoy facilities like hot showers and good meals.
– Accommodation: Twin-sharing room at Concordia Motel or equivalent standard partner hotel in Skardu.
– Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner; tea/coffee and snacks.

Day 18Contingency day/rest in Skardu

– This day is reserved for potential trekking delays to ensure guests don’t miss domestic flights.
– Delays may be caused by factors like road blocks; time can be used for Skardu sightseeing.
– Accommodation: Twin-sharing room at Concordia Motel or equivalent standard partner hotel in Skardu.
– Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner; tea/coffee and snacks.

Day 19Fly to Islamabad

– Altitude: 538m

– Participants fly from Skardu Airport to Islamabad Airport.
– Relaxation time at Islamabad hotel.
– Note: Domestic flights may be cancelled due to weather; in such cases, drive to Chilas for overnight stay (8-10 hours).
– Accommodation: Twin-sharing room at Chateau Royale or equivalent standard partner hotel in Islamabad.
– Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner; tea/coffee and snacks.

Day 20 Contingency day for flight cancellations

– Altitude: 538m

– This day accounts for potential delays if the previous day’s domestic flight is canceled.
– Early morning departure from Chilas to Islamabad, a journey of up to ten hours.
– Free day if participants arrive in Islamabad via domestic flight; sightseeing opportunities available.
– Accommodation: Twin-sharing room at Chateau Royale or equivalent standard partner hotel in Islamabad.
– Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner; tea/coffee and snacks.

Day 21Fly to home country

– On this day, breakfast is included.
– Our staff will ensure all guests are transferred to the airport according to their departure timings.
– Checkout time for all partner hotels is 12pm.
– Thank you for choosing us! May God bless you always.

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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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