K2 Base Camp Via Gondogoro Pass Trek 2013
Posted by Hussain balti on Feb 1, 2013
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PILGRAMAGE TO HIGH HEAVENS
K2 CIRCULAR TREK (20 DAYS)
The opening of the (5650m) high Gondogoro LA adds a new dimension to the magnificent K2 Trek, making it possible to return via beautiful Hushe Valley. Given a little luck with weather the view from this pass is just incomparable, anywhere in the world. From no other place on earth can one see such incredible views of K2 (8616m) the second highest peak in the world, and world's most beautiful high pyramid, Broad Peak (8048m), Gasherbrum I to 6, Golden Throne (7240m), Chogolisa (7665m), and the entire upper Baltoro Massif. This trek requires a good degree of physical fitness, as the variable weather conditions make the crossing of pass quite challenging, but more rewarding too. It is recommended that the trek may be started from, Askole as group can reach up to Concordia being able to see major Baltoro Peaks and, return the same route in case of extreme snow conditions and unkind weather situations. We also recommend that the members should take crampons and ice axe.
Day 01 Islamabad
Arrive Islamabad. Transfer to guesthouse for overnight.
Day 02 Skardu / Chilas
a) Fly to Skardu PK-451 . (Flight is depend on weather).
b) In case of cancellation of flight same day drive by coach to Chilas (480 km) on Karakoram Highway. Overnight at hotel
Day 03 Chilas / Skardu
a) Free day at Skardu. Welcome Tourism Department of Gilgit – Baltistan for (briefing) .
b) If your are driving, complete road journey (09–10 hrs) to Skardu (275 km) En-route has good view of Nanga Parbat (8125m) at junction of Indus River and the rapids and fall of Indus River. Overnight at hotel
Day 04 Askole: (3000m)
By jeeps drive to Askole (7-8 hrs). The last village of about 50 houses. The villagers grow their own cereals, vegetable and fruit and own large herds of sheep’s, goats, yaks and dzos. Overnight in tent.
Day 05 Jhola: (3200m)
Start walk from Askole to Korofong 2-3 hrs, after 1-½ hr walk a small suspension bridge on Biafo River and cross wasteland, traverse Biafo Glacier. After lunch break at Korofong continue to Jhola (2-3 hrs). Cross-Dumardo River Bridge and camp at rather dusty campsite surrounded by a few bushes with a side stream. Overnight in tent
Day 06 Paiyu: (3600m)
Start on a relatively easy trail for 3-4 hrs. Crossing Bardumal campsites along a 2-km stretch of sandy River beach. After a lunch break continue towards Paiyu for another 2-3 hrs trail climbs to a Vantage Point providing view of the Snout of Baltoro. And in the far distance a magnificent Panorama of Cathedral Towers and triangle of K2 to the left for the first time. Paiyu is a crowded campsite. Overnight in tent.
Day 07 Paiyu: (3600m)
Traditional rest day for porters at Paiyu. Overnight at tent.
Day 08 Urdukas: (4200m)
3 hours walk mostly along the crest of lateral moraine with stunning views of Paiyu Peak, Chorichi, Uli Biaho, Trango Towers and so on. Urdukas is a spectacular campsite. However like Paiyu this site is over used and polluted. Overnight at tent.
Day 09 Goro II: (4500m)
The 3-4 hour walk is across difficult side crevasses, however the way is smoother and easy in the center, continue to Goro-I opposite of Yermanendo Glacier falling down from the Mashebrum pass. For the next 2-3 hrs continue east up the Baltoro glacier. Goro-II campsite is pitched on the rough stones and ice in the center of the Baltoro glacier with water from the glacier melt. Overnight at tent.
Day 10 Concordia (4700m)
5-6 hours slightly easy walk, with spectacular views and gigantic mountain panorama, including Muztagh Tower, Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak and the mighty K2. Camp at Concordia named by Martin Conway after the place De La Concordia in Paris. Overnight at tent.
Day 11-12 2 days free for exploration at Concordia. Overnight at tent.
Day 13 Vigne Glacier/Ali Camp: (5100m)
5-6 hours continue walk on Vigne Glacier, proving superb views of Chogolisa, and Mitre Peak, a rare mountain panorama and camp just below pass. Overnight at tent.
Day 14 Gondogoro-La (5650m) / Khuspang (4680m)
8-10 hrs start very early in the morning for the strenuous and steep ascend to Gondogoro la (high pass), descend to the high camp (Khuspang) on the other side. Also BC for Gondogoro Peak. Overnight in tent.
Day 15 Khuspang (4680m)/Shaieshcho: (3600m)
2-3 hours easy descends on glacier to beautiful campsite of Dalzampa (4300m) “field of flower”. A climb to the lateral Moraine provides spectacular views of glacier and jagged spires. Another 3 hours walk on the lateral moraine through wild roses, gooseberry cedar and Tamarisk bushes. The Charksa valley joins the Gondogoro at Shaieshcho and the route leads towards the base camp of K6 and K7. Overnight in tent.
Day 16 Hushe: (3300m)
3-4 hours the last day of the trek follow the east bank of Hushe River on an easy path through the field and camp out side the village. Overnight in tent.
Day 17 Skardu: (2340m)
By jeep drive to Skardu via Khaplu 5-6 hrs. The second largest kingdom in the old Baltistan guarding the trade route to Ladakh along Shyok River. Farewell meeting (de-briefing) at Tourism Department of Gilgit Baltistan..Overnight at hotel.
Day 18 Islamabad / Chilas
a) Fly to Islamabad PK-452 (12:30 – 13:30). (Subject to weather). Upon arrival transfer to hotel.
b) In case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas. Overnight at hotel.
Day 19 Islamabad
a) Leisure day at Islamabad
b) In case of driving, complete road journey from Chilas to Islamabad. Overnight at hotel.
Day 20 Fly Out
Transfer to airport for your return flight back home.
Our quotation for above 19 or 20 days itinerary for 1 To 15 pax @ US$ 1800 per person on twin sharing room and 02 pax tent during trek. Single supplement US$ 295 per single room/tent.
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Hotel accommodation in cities and towns With breakfast.
Return domestic air ticket Islamabad/ North and return (economy class)
Road transfer in A/C vehicle with hotel accommodation on the way
Road transfers in 4WD jeeps to the start/from the end of the trek
Three meals during the trek
Sleeping tents (sharing unless asked for single supplement), mattresses
Kitchen, mess tent and , tables, chairs, tent pitching/folding
Kitchen equipment, crockery, fuel and related community gear
Experienced trekking guide (English speaking), cook, kitchen staff, sirdar
Wages for the local crew and the porters according to the government fixed wages
Food and fuel for crew and porters according to government guidelines
Insurance coverage of field staff and porters in case of death/serious injury
(Insurance policies in Pakistan does not include helicopter evacuation for local crew)
Food and fuel for crew and porters according porters according to the govt. guidelines
15 kg of personal baggage on the trek
Process of trekking permit and fee
Camping fee where applicable
Trekking trip briefing and debriefing with the concerned government office
Coordination for land/helicopter evacuation in case of emergency
(Cost of helicopter or other means not included)
Extras at hotels, drinks, laundry and personal phone bills
Insurance coverage/ liability of members in case of illness or natural hazards
Bills for helicopter evacuation, medical and other rescue operation
Expenses related to self change of plan or early departure of trekking members
Sleeping bags, personal clothing and personal equipment
Excess baggage on domestic, international flights/during the trek
International airport taxes
Tips (customary but not mandatory in Pakistan for local staff, porters and drivers)
Gondogoro pass rescue fees is not include.
MODE OF PAYMENT:
As per our policy for the confirmation of the trip we would be requesting for 10% advance payment of the trip to confirm a space on the trip and 75% of the balance payment one month prior to your departure on the trip. The balance amount is payable in USD cash upon arrival here in Islamabad.
If the cancellation is made up to fifteen days prior to date of departure for the trip from Islamabad, full payment will be refunded
There will be a deduction of 25% from the package price if the cancellation is made in less than 15 days of the date of departure for the trip from Islamabad
In the case of cancellation in less than seven days from the date of departure for the trip from
Islamabad, 40% will be deducted from the package price
Any client deciding to abandon the trip after arrival from Islamabad or leave during the trip for whatever reason(s) whether the clients own or external reasons (e.g. of the nature of ‘force majeure’ or natural hazards) will not be eligible for any refund. This also applies in case the entire group deviates from the scheduled plan and completes the trip or abandons the trip and decides to return earlier than the agreed time schedule
Hussain Balti(Tour Operator)K2 WINNER TREKS AND TOURS PAKISTAN
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