ADVENTURE JOURNEY OF K2 BASE CAMP TREK Every continent has a wide range of mountain ranges. Allah has blessed Pakistan with a vast and unenviable mountain ranges. Karakoram (means black gravel) is one of the highest, longest and most famous range that is located on the border of three countries Pakistan, China and India. The Karakoram has more than 60 peaks that are about 7000m high. Karakoram has notable peaks including K2 that is 8611m high, Gasherbrum I that is 8080m high, Broad Peak that is 8051m high, Gasherbrum II that is 8035m high, and many more peaks.
K2 is the highest peak of Pakistan and located on the China-Pakistan border between Baltistan in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of northern Pakistan. K2 is also known as “Mount Godwin-Austen” and in Balti language known as “Chogori” which means the king of mountains. Due to its extreme difficulty in climbing it is also called as Savage or Killer Mountain.K2 is one of the second highest peak in the world situated in the Karakoram Range lies between the bordering parts of Pakistan and China.
Mountaineers set their first camp as a Base camp where they have all the resources like mountainous equipment, meal, solar and generators to charge their headlights and other instruments. Once the base camp is set, the Mountaineers started to climb. For K2 base trekking, the best route is through the Concordia. The trek has an amazing and aesthetic scenery but it is quite dangerous that will take life away in any second.
The trekkers begin their journey with a flight to Skardu from Islamabad or can drive to Skardu. This tour to Skardu provides a stunning and beautiful view of Karakoram mountain range including Nanga Parbat. From Skardu the trekkers have to cross Shigar valley, which is quite green and fertile that takes to Askole. Then on the walking distance, up to the Baltoro glacier, they can see the amazing views of Masherbrum, K2, Broad Peak and lots of other peaks.
There is Baltoro glacier on further walking which is extremely dangerous. After a long distance, there is Concordia, which is basically the intersection of Baltoro and Godwin Austin Glaciers and it is a place mostly used as a base for the four goliaths of the Karakorum that are Hidden Peak or Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II, Broad Peak, and K2. The K2 base camp or Concordia is also described as the ‘Throne room of the mountain gods’ because it has a beautiful and exclusive 360-degree panoramic view of the more than 7,000 meter high mountains and has an impressive view of K2.
The Baltoro Glacier meets the Vigne and Godwin-Austen glaciers at Concordia. It is said to be one of the most amazing mountain campsites in the world. From here the K2 is only 10km distant and provides a very special view. Reaches upper the Baltoro Glacier, there is a Gondogoro La. This is a challenging and technical route and links the high glacial basin of the upper Baltoro with the green Hushe Valley. This place provides an overwhelming mountain view. This trek offers excitement and unforgettable mountain experience.
There are many companies that are helpful in organizing the adventurous tour to K2. They play a vital role in arranging this event by providing them with a complete guideline including accommodation, support team, providing cook and meal for the trek, including all the safety and security of the members, providing the particular vehicles for transport and camp staff with a guide leader. Some also provide with financial support. Most of them will focus on the fun factor to make the journey enjoyable and pleasant.