A tough but rewarding trek packed with unrivalled high mountain scenery and breathtaking views of Pakistan's K2
This adventure is an unrivalled high mountain trek – truly one of the world’s greatest. Located at the confluence of the Baltoro and Godwin Austen glaciers, Concordia is an extraordinary place. It is dominated by K2, the world’s second highest mountain. As if that isn’t enough, Broad Peak, Mitre Peak, Gasherbrum 4, and Chogolisa from a circle of giants which some have called ‘the throne room of the gods.’
The trek starts in Askole, followed by the Braldu gorge to Baltoro glacier. From there you head to Concordia, with optional walks to the base camps of Broad Peak and K2. There are 14 nights of camping and 13 days of point to point walking. The trek is challenging due to the high elevations (4,500m for Concordia).
Previous altitude experience is needed as is an above average level of fitness. There will be porters and expert guides with you each step of the way with encouragement and safety.
- Magnificent mountain vistas
- Trek to K2 base camp
- Time spent in a remote and wild landscape
- Challenge yourself further than you ever have
- Visit Islamabad, Skardu, Askole, and Paiju
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Why We Love This Adventure
- Stunning wild and remote scenery on a truly challenging trek
- Trek Broad Peak and Gilkey Memorial and K2 base camp
- Spectacular mountain vistas in an extraordinary landscape
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The group flight arrives in Islamabad very early in the morning and we transfer straight to our hotel where rooms will be waiting for you; the rest of the day is free to recover from your journey. Those not flying with the group from London will join us at the hotel in Islamabad during the day. Later in the day, when everyone has arrived, we will have a group briefing. We may also have to visit the Ministry of Tourism for an official briefing. *Standard Hotel*.
This morning we travel to the airport and take the spectacular flight (weather permitting) across the mountains to Skardu. The rest of the day is free. *Standard Hotel*.
In the morning we will have a walk up to the remains of Skardu fort, which overlooks the town and has great views of the Indus Valley. We will then walk to a small village, which grows all its crops organically. The afternoon is free to explore. You may like to take an optional jeep tour to Satpara Lake (US$65 per person) or explore the bazaar. *Standard Hotel*.
We set off northwards by jeep up the Shigar valley to Dassu, which used to be the end of the road. The spectacular jeep road which mostly follows the raging Braldu River now extends to Askole, the last village on our route and where we leave the jeeps and start walking. It may sometimes be necessary to start walking before Askole depending on the conditions of the jeep road. The journey may take anywhere from six to twelve hours. *Full-service Camping*.
After organising all the equipment and supplies our porters load up for the journey ahead to Jhola. The valley opens out to reveal the Biafo Glacier which flows for more than fifty kilometres from the Hispar La pass to the Braldu. We have our first taste of moraine walking as we cross the snout of the glacier and descend to our lunch spot beside the river at Korofon. Our route takes us to the confluence of the Braldu and Dumordo Rivers, where the trail used to involve scrambling over a cliff and then crossing the river in a flying fox or box bridge (called a 'jola'). Nowadays there is a newer trail and we go upstream to cross the river by bridge. Once across we descend to the edge of the River Braldu and follow its banks to our camp at Jhola.Walk profile: distance approx. 19km, time: 7 to 8 hours, max. altitude: 3150m. *Full-service Camping*.
Today our route mainly follows the Braldu gorge along the river bank, moving up and down according to the level of erosion and water levels. We start to get views of the fantastic granite rock shapes of Trango Towers and Cathedral. Walking conditions can be very hot and dry, and care must be taken to prevent sunburn. As we approach camp several glacially fed rivulets flow down into the main valley and we may have to use our river crossing shoes depending on water levels. On a clear day we may be able to spot K2 in the far distance and the vast snout of the Baltoro glacier, the fourth longest in Pakistan, is also visible but it's hard to gather a sense of scale from here. The day ends with a climb away from the river to our camp at Paiju, set in a clump of trees – the last ones we will see for a while!Walk profile: distance approx. 22km, time: 7 to 8 hours, max. altitude: 3400m. *Full-service Camping*.
We spend the day at Paiju for rest and acclimatisation. The porters will spend the day baking their bread for the next week on the glacier. We will have an acclimatisation walk towards Paiju Peak base camp. *Full-service Camping*.
The walking gets a bit harder today but the scenery becomes even more spectacular and wild as we climb onto the snout of the Baltoro glacier, and cross over to the other side. The trail climbs up and down the glacial moraine and although there is a trail, care needs to be taken at all times. Stunning views are gradually emerging of granite peaks on the north side of the glacier - from Paiju, Ulli Biaho, and Trango Towers round to Grand Cathedral. It will take a few hours to cross the glacier to Liligo. From here we follow a rocky trail along the edge of the Baltoro for a while to Khobursay, a small campsite at the side of the glacier.Walk profile: distance approx. 13km, time: 7 to 8 hours, max. altitude: 3800m. *Full-service Camping*.
We cross two small side glaciers, and eventually we can see the Trango Towers soaring up on the north side of the valley. We stop for the night near the army camp at Urdukas, which is perched 100m above the glacier on terraces hewn out of the hillside by the Duke of Abruzzi for his expedition.Walk profile: distance approx. 6km, time: 4 to 5 hours, max. altitude: 4050m. *Full-service Camping*.
We strike out into the middle of the glacier and follow the medial moraine, getting our first views of Masherbrum (7821m) to the south. The trail climbs up and down the rocky moraine and as we get higher we start to walk past the huge ice seracs which stick out of the glacier like ice cream cones. Tonight we spend our first night camping on the Baltoro glacier at Goro II, the junction of the Younghusband and Baltoro glaciers, where the night time temperature will drop quite dramatically. From camp we have superb views of Masherbrum and up the Younghusband Glacier to Muztagh Tower.Walk profile: distance approx. 12km, time: 7 to 8 hours, max. altitude 4300m. *Full-service Camping*.
Our final approach day, and our goal is in sight - Concordia! We continue up the rocky moraine as more and more of the big peaks come into view, culminating in the appearance of K2 just before we reach our campsite at Concordia. The views all around are tremendous: K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, Mitre Peak, Chogolisa and Sia Kangri are all prominent, as well as dozens of smaller peaks.Walk profile: distance approx. 11km, time: 7 to 8 hours, max. altitude: 4600m. *Full-service Camping*.
Today there is the opportunity to walk up the Godwin-Austen glacier to the Art Gilkey Memorial (an American geologist and mountaineer) just before K2 Base camp. This is a very long but a spectacular day. We will leave early morning, crossing the glaciers onto the faint trail heading towards K2 (there is a faint rocky trail all the way). As we follow the glacier towards K2 the mountain seems to grow bigger and bigger. Broad Peak rears up to our right and after about 3 hours we pass Broad Peak Base Camp (there is the option to turn back here). We usualy have our lunch break here and then those who are continuing carry on with K2 towering above us as we get closer and closer. Just before Base Camp, amongst the boulder and ice strewn landscape is the Art Gilkey Memorial. A short scramble brings us to the place where those whose lives K2 claimed are remembered. Plaques and engraved tin plates are attached to a small rocky outcrop at the foot of this great mountain. There are great views directly above us of K2 and we may see some climbing expeditions. After lunch we retrace our steps back to Concordia.Walk profile: distance approx. 24km, time: 10 to 12 hours, max. altitude: 5100m. (the distances may vary from those given, depending on how the moraine has moved and which trail we can follow). *Full-service Camping*.
Unfortunately we have to leave this magnificent place with some of the best mountain views on earth. However, we have an easy start today as we retrace our steps down the glacier. Today is a fairly easy walk back down to Goro I.Walk profile: distance approx. 17km, time: 6 to 7 hours, max. altitude: 4600m. *Full-service Camping*.
We follow the same trail down through the glacier to Goro 1 and on down to the spectacular campsite at Urdukas with great views across to Trango Towers before reaching Khobursay. Although we are retracing our steps down the glacier the views are completely different seen on the way back.Walk profile: distance approx. 12km, time: 6 to 7 hours, max. altitude 4150m. *Full-service Camping*.
We continue our walk down the side of the glacier through Liligo, from where we cross the glacier for one more time before stepping off the moraine onto more stable ground. We head back down to the trees and the relative comforts of Paiju campsite.Walk profile: distance approx. 13km, time: 6 to 7 hours, max. altitude: 3800m. *Full-service Camping*.
The walking now becomes a bit easier now as we follow the same trail as on the way up down the Braldu gorge. There may be a couple of river crossings today. We stop tonight at the campsite at Jhola.Walk profile: distance approx. 22km, time: 7 to 8 hours, max. altitude: 3400m. *Full-service Camping*.
We start the day with a walk up the side river to the bridge. After crossing the bridge we head back to the main valley and continue following the river all day through Korofon and back finally to the village of Askole.Walk profile: distance approx. 19km, time: 7 to 8 hours, max. altitude: 3150m. *Full-service Camping*.
We pick up our jeeps for the long but spectacular day’s drive back to Skardu and the luxury of a hot shower. *Standard Hotel*.
We take the early morning flight to Islamabad and the rest of the day is free to relax and unwind after the trek. *Standard Hotel*.
A free day in Islamabad or an extra day to fly to Islamabad if the flight is cancelled for any reason on the previous day. *Standard Hotel*.
Very early this morning we depart Islamabad for the flight to London arriving in the early evening. Those not flying with us to London will leave the hotel after breakfast.
Price£2899 GBP Land Only - UK return flight option available on request
- All breakfasts, 17 lunches and 17 dinners included
- All accommodation
- Transfer for group flights
Trip Duration21 days
Average Group Sizemin 6, max 16
All breakfasts, 17 lunches and 17 dinners included. All food is provided throughout apart from lunches and dinners in Islamabad, we suggest you allow around £50 for these meals. Food on trek is simple but wholesome.
This Trip is Suitable For
The trek is graded ‘Tough’ with 13 days walking to a maximum altitude of 4,500m at Concordia (5,120m Gilkey Memorial just below K2 Base Camp – optional) and an average of 3,650m.
Previous altitude experience is necessary and you must be prepared physically. The walking on the Baltoro glacier is fairly tough and is definitely not recommended for those who have not previously been walking at a strenuous level in high mountain regions in recent years. It can also be extremely hot in the early stages of the trek and on the glacier during the day, so please also bear this in mind. There are river crossings, and if the rivers are too high we may have to use alternative trails.
We do not advise inexperienced walkers to attempt this trek. There is no habitation, except a couple of military posts, after leaving Askole, so conditions are more basic and remote than elsewhere. It also means that it is extremely difficult to leave the trek should you be struggling with this level of activity.
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Dates & Availability
- 29 Jun 2019 – 19 Jul 2019
- 20 Jul 2019 – 09 Aug 2019
- 10 Aug 2019 – 30 Aug 2019
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