Karakoram in Turkish means “Black Rubble”. In 1856 a British officer, Capt. Montgomery, surveyed a number of peaks in the Baltoro region of the Karakoram from a distance of about 200km. He noted a cluster of high peaks and named them K1, K2, K3 up to K37 using the prefix “K” from Karakoram.
In 1861 the area was further surveyed by Col. Godwin Austin who recognized K2 as the highest peak of the range and measured it to be 8619m—only three meters more than its official height (1988) of 8616m. Its local name is Chogori, which means Great Mountain.
Thus, K2, the second highest mountain in the world towers majestically above Concordia with the sweeping Godwin Austin Glacier offering an ice highway towards it. It was first climbed by Italians in 1954. The route to K2 goes through the Baltoro region of Baltistan. There are several high peaks which rise from the world’s largest temperate zone glacier. Only the highest or more prominent peaks have been named or climbed. An incredible nineteen of these peaks tower over 7600m while four of them are 8000ers.
|Day 02||Islamabad -Skardu/Chilas:
Fly to Skardu. In case of cancellation of flight drive to Chilas (12-14 hrs drive)
|Day 03||Chilas – Skardu:
Day free at Skardu. If your are driving, complete road journey (07-08 hrs) to Skardu (275 km) En-route has good view of Nanga Parbat (8125m)
Briefing at Alpine Club of Pakistan
|Day 05||Skardu – Askole (3000m):
Jeep drive to Askole (5-6 hrs)
|Day 06-12||Trek to K2 Base Camp.|
|Day 06||Askoli – Jola (5 hrs trek/3300m)|
|Day 07||Jola – Payu (5-6 hrs trek/3240m)|
|Day 08||Rest day at Payu|
|Day 09||Payu – Urdocus (6-7 hrs trek/4132m)|
|Day 10||Urdocus – GoroII (4-5 hrs trek/4400m)|
|Day 11||Goro II – Concordia (4 hrs trek/4750m)|
|Day 12||Concordia – K-2 Base Camp (4 hrs trek/5000m)|
|Day 13-77||66 days for acclimatization and climbing|
|Day 78-81||Trek back to Hushe via Gondogoro La and drive back to Skardu|
Fly to Islamabad. In case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas
Leisure day at Islamabad. In case of driving, complete rod journey from Chilas to Islamabad
|Day 84||Fly Out:
Transfer to airport for onward flight