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19 Days
Availability : May - September
Islamabad
Skardu
Min Age : 16+
Max People : 20

Fixed Departure:

  • 20th June to 8th July 2022
  • 18th July to 5th August 2022
  • 15th August to 2nd September 2022

Tour Details

In 1986, established a trekking route that connects the Baltoro Glacier to the Hushe Valley by crossing a pass called Gondogoro La 5650 m. Since then, this challenging pass attracts many trekking groups and expeditions. Also, the popularity of this trekking route is a reflection of the attractiveness of the natural beauty surrounding it. The trail runs along the Baraldu River. The highlight of Baltoro glacier is a wonderful connection with the Godwin Austin glacier that descends from the top of K2 makes a place called Concordia on 4700 m and lies at the heart of largest glaciers outside the Arctic Circle and the densest concentration of peaks in the world. This high technical transition requires good physical fitness, acclimatization and adequate mastery of basic mountaineering skills.

On arrive Islamabad airport and after briefing in Ministry of Tourism, the next day you would be rushing to Skardu by air in PIA’s Boeing 737 aircraft if the weather is favorable otherwise dare to go by road because all the flights are subject to weather conditions to Skardu and Gilgit. Though it is long journey to Skardu takes almost 18 hours with a night on the way in Chilas but interesting views on the way.

Early in the morning you have to ride local Jeeps to go Thongol (125km on rough road) takes about 6 to 7 hours. You spend a night here and the next day you start your real trekking from here on. Within an hour or so, you will get Askole, the last human inhibition and then you won’t see any place inhibited with people. After passing the valley you follow a small water channel. After two hours you cross a small wooden bridge and cross the river then a long plain desert and then after couple of hours you stay for lunch and heading for Jula for night. Next day you will be heading for Payju, After getting Skardu, take a good rest and relax yourself for you have to go on real trekking the next day. Get well packed and prepare yourself mentally and physically. The trek needs physical fitness. Great K-2 a beautiful place to pitch tents with greenery and good water for washing. Tourist usually spend a whole day here to get acclimatized and to go hiking up to Payju peak.

You have to walk on the glacier after two hours from Payju and the walk over glacier lasts for about 4 hours. After couple of hours you reach to your campsite in Khuburzte on dry land. Urdukas is about 6 to 7 hours further to Khuburtze and an easy walk. You have many good views of small catherdrals, Payju peak and the beautiful Trango Towers. This is the final campsite on dry land on a tilted greenery with little water. From here on, you have to walk only on glacier with magnificent views of mountains all around and you finally get to Goro. Your campsite is on the glacier and here after you have to walk on the glacier until you reach to Concordia, known as the core of beautiful sky kissing mountains like K-2, Broad peak, hidden peak, Miter peak and number of other nameless mountains. You have a beautiful view of Siah kangri from here.

It takes a day for Broad peak and K-2 base round trip. Usually, tourists reserve a day for that and sometimes go to G-1 and G-2 base camp takes 7 hours one way. The view from G-1 and G-2 base camp is awesome with picturesque snowcapped mountains and peaks all around.

From Concordia, you have to walk for about 6 to 8 hours to get Ali Camp or another one hour if you prefer to spend half the night on High Camp. Crossing Gondogoro La(5560m) is also subject to the weather conditions otherwise snowing may hinder your campaign. You have to start your walk at midnight to get up to the top of Gondogoro. It is advisable to use rope from the beginning until you reach the top. If the weather is Chogolisa 3 kind, the view from this pass is fine and one can see an excellent panorama of K-2 (8611m, the second-highest peak in the world), Broad Peak (8048m), Gashabrum 1-6,Chogolosa (7665m) and Upper Baltoro. The view of sky kissing beautiful mountains around Concordia from to of the La is inspiring. You have very little time to stay on the top because you have to descend a nasty steep dry place and when the sun rises, stones start falling down from the top. You are on the midway and you have still 3 to 4 hours to reach Khuespang. Do a good washing here and get fresh and spend a day to climb Gondogoro peak. You are on the dry land now and descending down on the glacier for a couple of hours to get Dalzampa, a beautiful campsite with greenery by the glacier. You are descending to Siacho the next day on an easy path through Hushe pasture. Siacho is a beautiful campsite with a shop and you can go to K-6 and K-7 from here. Your final walk on the next day is too beautiful Hushe valley for about 5 to 6 hours and you have beautiful views around. You spend your final night in Hushe valley and then to Skardu from here by jeep.

You are now preparing to leave for Islamabad by air if you are lucky enough or by road in 18 hours. Fly back to your homeland with beautiful memories of Karakorams.

Departure & Return Location

Islamabad – Skardu

Price Includes

  • Accommodation as per the list provided
  • Meals, breakfast, Lunch Dinner in Hotel and on the Trek
  • Private air-Conditioned Transport for all transfers and City Tours
  • 4WD Jeeps from Skardu To Askole and back to Skardu
  • Entrance fees to museum and sites during tour
  • Domestic air ticket from Skardu to Islamabad, if the weather clear and we could fly
  • 50 USD per person trekking Permit fee
  • Seeping Tents on sharing basis ,mess Tent, kitchen Tent and toilet Tent, metresses etc.
  • 13 Kg personal baggage free on the Trek
  • Guide ,cook, helper and porters on the Trek

Price Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Extras at hotels, like drinks, laundry, personal phone calls, etc
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal sleeping bags, and personal nature clothing/equipments
  • Visa fee
  • Insurance liability and other under force majure conditions, medical aid, and helicopter rescue coverage etc
  • Tip for Guide, Cook and Kitchen staff
  • Anything which is not mentioned at above given Programme
Itinerary

Day 1Islamabad

Arrival at Islamabad, After meet and greet with our company representative transfer to the
hotel, sightseeing in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Evening we will do our dinner in a local
Restaurant and drive back to the hotel overnight.

Day 2Islamabad / Skardu ( 2.228m)

Fly to Skardu, upon arrival transfer to hotel, afternoon sightseeing in Skardu. Overnight in a hotel.
– If the Flight Cancel because of bad weather, we drive via Karakoram highway to Chilas. En route we do stop for lunch at Besham,11-12hours drive, 461 km from Islamabad to Chilas. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3Chilas/ Skardu/ City Tour

After Breakfast city tour in Skardu or drive to Sadpara lake, lunch at a local Restaurant, afternoon back to hotel, all meals, and overnight in the hotel.
– After breakfast drive to Skardu, en route we will to our lunch at Stak Nala, It will take 8-9 hours from Chilas to Skardu, Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.

Day 4Skardu/ Jula

After breakfast at our hotel, we set off for a drive on a 4WD jeep to Jula almost 7-8 hours drive from Skardu to Jula. During our journey to Jula we will do a short stop at Shigar valley, Shigar is an old Valley in the Baltistan region and famous for apricots and the best aquamarine comes from this area, We will do also lunch en route, dinner, and overnight in Camp.

Day 5Jula/Paiju

After breakfast we start our trek towards Paiju, it is a genuine masterpiece of nature facing the moraines of Baltoro, from Jula, work your way over a distinctive bit of rock climbing where you reach an enormous Screec one, Another stretch of flat walking leads to your final climb for the day, before reaching Paiju with full view of the Cathedrals of Baltoro,5-7hours Trek.
Dinner and overnight in Tent.

Day 6Paiju/Urdukas

After breakfast in Camp we start trek towards Urdukas, On the way, we will make a stop for lunch at Khupurze, After lunch further trek to Urdukas, alternating between the Glacier itself and the lower slopes of the Urdukas peaks to the south, magnificent views of Paiju Peak, Choricho peak, Great Trango Tower, and Uli Biaho,5-7 hours trek, afternoon some explorations around the beautiful campsite at Urdukas, dinner, and overnight at Tent.

Day 7Traditional Rest Day

We have the full day at Urdukas at an elevation of (4.140m ) for acclimatization in preparation for the hard journey on the Baltoro Glacier and Gondogoro Pass which is demanding the fitness level for the next few days. All meals and overnight in Camp.

Day 8 Urdukas/ Gore

The longest and most exhausting stage across the Baltoro brings you into the harsh environment of the glacier, After leaving the grass of the glacier banks, you will spend the night camping on the surface of Baltoro. You would be rewarded with full views of Gasherbrum IV(7890m)The Massive Masharburm (7821m)Biarchedi (6760m)and the elegant Muztagh Towers 87275m)6-7 hours trek, dinner, and overnight in Tent.

Day 9Gore /Concordia

This is a shorter and less tiring stage than the preceding one, and it leads to the most renowned cirque of the Karakoram, where the Godwin Austen glacier flows into the Baltoro from the north, from Gore II the track at first moves to the right bank of the glacier and then returns to its enter, where it runs over a number of lofty and quite lengthy ice ridges, you then continue almost a level as far as Concordia, from where you can see K-2 8611m The Broad Peak 8048m,Chogolisia 7628m,Golden throne 7312m, from the south, the slender mitre Peak, looms over the Camp.3-4 hours trek from Gore II to Concordia, dinner, and overnight in Tent.

Day 10K-2 Base Camp Excursion

Make the final stage in this trek to the Base Camp, we do our Lunch on the way to the K-2 base camp. or at Base Camp, at an altitude of nearly 5000m, afternoon back to Concordia,3-4 hours one side trek, dinner, and overnight in Tent.

Day 11Concordia/ Ali Camp ( 5.010)

After breakfast we start towards Ali Camp, which is almost 9,5 km from Concordia, It will take almost 4 hours to Ali Camp from Concordia, Upon arrival, we establish our Camp. Our kitchen staff will serve you fresh warm lunch in our Camp. Afternoon we will prepare our equipment for the next day on Gondogoro Pass.

Day 12Ali Camp – Gondogoro Pass( 5.680)- Hispung (4.700m)

Early in the morning at about 2.00 am Ascent to Gondogoro Pass (5.680m). We will do a photo stop on the top of Gondogoro Pass during Sunrise. From here you will have a magnificent view of K-2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum IV, Gasherbrum II, and Gasherbrum I, these all 4 mountains are above 8000m high. Descending to Hispung, It will take 7-8 hours trek all the way from Ali Camp to Hispung. Upon arrival rest in the Camp, all meals, and overnight in Camp.

Day 13Hispung- Dalzampa (4.300m)

After breakfast, we will start our trek towards Dalzampa. It’s easy Trek until Dalzampa on Gondogoro glacier, it will take hardly 3-4 hours until Dalzampa from Hispung. Lunch at Camp, Explore around campsite, dinner, and overnight in camp.

Day 14Dalzampa – Saicho (3.330m)

After breakfast we start our Trek to Saicho, it will take almost 4-5 hours you will reach Saicho at an elevation of 3.330m, nice campsite on the bank of Hushe river, after long trekking days the porters can take shower and wash their cloths and relax in the afternoon at camp. Lunch, Dinner, and overnight in camp.

Day 15Saicho – Hushe (3.084m)

After breakfast in the camp, easy walk all the way on the bank of Hushe river until Hushe Village, A small Village surrounding some beautiful mountains including Masherbrum Peak. It will take 4-5 hours from Saicho to Hushe, afternoon visit village, see the life of mountain people and see the Balti Culture. All meals included in the camp.

Day 16Hushe – Skardu (2.228m)

Breakfast in the camp and proceed to Skardu via Khaplu Valley passing beautiful small villages en route, before Khaplu we can see the Indus river, Stop for lunch at Khaplu Valley, after lunch further drive to Skardu. It will take 5-6 hours almost 112 km from Hushe to Skardu. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Meals and overnight in hotel

Day 17Skardu-Islamabad/Chilas

  • After breakfast Transfer to the airport, Fly to Islamabad, Make sure For Skardu and Gilgit Flights are subject to weather, If the weather is clear we can Fly to Islamabad, Upon arrival transfer to the hotel, afternoon free for shopping or some sightseeing, All meals and overnight in hotel.
  • If the Flight Cancel due to bad weather and we could not fly, We will drive to Chilas, It will take 10-11hours by road, all meals, and overnight in the hotel.

Day 18Chilas Islamabad/ Islamabad.

  • Drive via Karakoram highway to Islamabad, 11-12 hours, en route lunch at Besham, Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight in a hotel.
  • Free day for exploration or visit colorful bazaar in Islamabad.

Day 19Fly homeland

Transfer to the airport for homeland flight, end of services with Hunza Adventure Leaders.

Recommended Gears for the Trek

  • Rucksack 45 l with rain cover
  • Rain Jacket
  • Trekking / Hiking pants
  • Trekking Jacket should be waterproof
  • Trekking Poles
  • 2 Karabiners
  • Trekking Shoes (That can use Crampons)
  • One pair of Harness
  • One pair Crampons must be adjustable
  • Gaiters one pair
  • Warm Gloves one pair.
  • Headlamp specially you will need from Ali camp to Gondogoro Pass
  • Sleeping bag should be recommended for cold nights
  • First aid kit
  • Goggles
  • 2-3 pair of trekking socks
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle 1 l enough
  • Small towel
  • Hat ( you will need during day time to protect from strong Sun)
  • Long sleeved shirt.
  • One pair of trekking or hiking Sandal, which you will need at camp after long walking.
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