K2 Base Camp Trek – 2020

July 12 - July 26
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Tour Dates: JULY 12 - JULY 26

K2 - Heart of the Karakoram Range

K2 Base Camp trek is a beautiful trek located in the Karakoram range of Pakistan. The trek is accessible through the Askole Village of the Baltistan region. It is a 12-14 day trek on foot from Askole to the base camp of the mighty K2 and back to Askole. Any person with some hiking/trekking experience can be a part of this trek.

The K2 trek starts with a flight to Skardu from Islamabad, with a day spared for the preparation of the trek. A 4×4 Jeep will then drive the members to Askole Village camp, where we will spend the night in the camp and hence, begin the challenging K2 trek on foot. There are no human settlements after Askole, other than trekking groups camping.

The members will hike on the rugged mountains and will get to hike on the Black Glacier. They would have to hike for around 10-12km a day, which will take about 6 hours on daily basis. K2 Base Camp trek is a challenging trek and it requires the enthusiasm and motivation to walk long distances with the team. Our ground staff will always be there for assistance.

Crampons, Ice Axes or other mountaineering equipments are not required for the trek to Base camp but if you are planning to climb GondoGoroLa then you will need ice climbing equipment.
The itinerary has been designed in a way that the members will acclimatize from camp to camp and will also get time to relax and do photography etc.

K2 BC trek is in the list of top treks in the world because of the dynamics of the trek and due to mountainous beauty of the region. It is an opportunity to know your physical and mental ability and capacity, to get close to nature, wilderness and your inner self.

Personal Gear & Clothing list:
Trekking sticks, Day Pack, Trekking boots and Joggers, Warm Jacket & Trouser, Cotton & warm Socks, Warm gloves, Woolen cap, Water bottle, Sandals/ Tewa, Personal medications, Chap Stick, Sun glasses & Sun Block cream, Tooth Brush & Paste, Head Lamp Torch, a sleeping bag.

Services Included Safety:
– Transportation, Porter Charges, Accommodation, Camping, Meals, Permission/Fees: Guide,
Camping, basic first aid boxes on campsite, 4×4 jeep drive from Skardu to Askole and from Hushe to Skardu on 4 person per jeep basis.
– up to 12.5 Kg per person luggage on K2 base camp trek
– More luggage has an extra cost.
– Professional staff – supervising the tour.
– 2 person tents, Mess tents, Kitchen, Tables and Chairs
– 🡺 Insurance >> Of all working staff including Mt. Guides, Cooks, Helpers (Standard & Deluxe), Porter Sardar & low altitude porters

Cost does not include:
– Personal medications
– Horse on K2 base camp trek.
– Helicopter rescue
– Luggage more than 12.5 Kg on treks
– Extras at Hotel, like telephone calls, laundry, food and self-order for snacks
– Doctor, Medical staff Ambulance and helicopter rescue.
– Anything does not mentions in the itinerary and cost included
– Any expense due to forced measures, natural calamities, acts of God, forced Majeure: beyond the control of ADA, their staff and suppliers. Any expense of personal nature not mentioned above.

– Base Camps of K2 and Broad Peak
– Concordia – Throne Room of the Mountain Gods
– Trek up to Godwin Austin glacier via Baltoro Glacier (5th longest and world’s largest outside polar region)
View 8,000 m peaks including Gasherbrum 2 (8,035 m), Broad Peak (8,051 m) and K2 (8,611 m) from Goro II, Concordia & base camps.
– Views of other peaks between 5,000m to 8,000m including Gasherbrum 3 and 4, Masherbrum, Mustagh Tower, – Bakhordas Peak, Mitre Peak, Crystal Peak, Marbel Peak, Biale Peak, Lobsang Spire, Trango Towers, Uli Biaho, Cathedral Peak, Urdukas Peak etc.
– Views of Glaciers (e.g. Biafo, Vigne, Liligo, Dunge, Muztagh, Biango, Yermanendu, Mandu and more), glacial lakes, waterfalls and streams
– Indus, Panmah and Braldu rivers
– Valleys of Skardu and Shigar
– Balti porter life, Askole jeep safari etc
– Meet mountaineers at base camps
– Sightseeing in Skardu and Islamabad

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What you Get

  • 15 nights accommodation
    15 nights at fun, clean hotels/guest houses.

  • 16 Meals
    Taste the flavor of PAKISTAN! Traditional and cultural meals, including breakfast, lunch and dinners.

  • Team
    There will be a qualified team of guides/porters, along with the support staff and mandatory tour guides.

  • Transport
    We will be flying out of Islamabad to Skardu and then get in Jeeps to Askole and back.

  • Your group
    Our groups tend to be really fun with like-minded folks from different parts of the world!

  • Experiences
    There will be a lot of sightseeing, historical visits and cultural interactions with the locals. Be prepared for a sensory overload.

  • 15
    nights accommodation

    15 nights in Hotel
    15 night stays at family owned fun guest houses or hotels. We sometimes like to GLAMP too!

  • 16

    Traditional and cultural meals
    Taste the flavor of PAKISTAN! Traditional and cultural meals, including breakfast, lunch and dinners – If you have special requirements please let us know. For K2 BC trek, we will have a variety of Pakistani and international dishes to cater our guests. Youll be traveling with one of the best kitchen crew in the mountains here,

  • Team
    There will be a qualified team of mechanics, along with the support staff and mandatory tour guides.
    There will be a qualified team of guides/porters, along with the support staff and mandatory tour guides.

  • Transport
    Worry free Willys Jeeps
    We will be flying out of Islambad to Skardu and then get in Willys Jeeps to Askole and back Incase of flight cancelations we might wait an extra day or take the road to skardu. Please keep your schedules slightly flexible due to the nature of this trek.

  • Your Group
    Travel with exciting people from different parts of the world
    Our groups tend to be really fun with like-minded folks from different parts of the world! You might be roaming around the Himalayas with a Swiss, someone from Santa Cruz, California or a world traveler who doesn’t have a home at the moment. You will cherish these connections for years to come, We promise!

  • Experiences
    Sightseeing and Historical visits
    There will be a lot of sightseeing, historical visits and cultural interactions with the locals. Be prepared for a sensory overload. The first couple of days might be over whelming, but by the end of 2nd day you’ll notice the calm in the chaos.

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Tour Map and Itinerary

1Islamabad to Skardu

Day 01: Islamabad to Skardu

Reach Islamabad Airport, have breakfast and take the 1 hour flight to Skardu, skirting through the breathtaking views of Rupal and Diamir faces of Nanga parbat and if got lucky we can catch a fleeting glimpse of K2. Have Lunch and rest.

Sightseeing options to Satpara lake and ancient Buddha Carving on a huge rock.
– Dinner and night stay at Hotel.

2Jeep drive to Askole from Skardu

Day 02: Jeep drive to Askole from Skardu (2500 m)

Have breakfast and leave for askole via jeeps. It’s an approximate 7 hour jeep drive,

passing through the fertile Shigar valley. Dinner and night stay in camps at askole, high above the roaring braldu river.

3Trek to Jhula (3500 m)

Day 03: Trek to Jhula (3500 m)

Have breakfast and begin trek towards Jhola. As soon as we cross askole village, the valley opens up to the southern tip of Biafo glacier, 63 km long, 3rd largest glacier of the world outside the polar region. We cross the snout of the glacier and reach at Korofon, our lunch spot. Korofon is a plain land amongst a spring fed clump of trees.

Further our route takes us to the confluence of Braldu and Dumordo river, where the trek used to involve scrambling over the cliff and crossing the river by taking a flight on a flying box ( Called ‘Jhola’). These days we can go upstream and cross the river by a bridge and camp at the banks, to the edge of Braldu river.

– Distance covered: 20 Km
– Altitude gain:100 m
– Trekking hours: 7-8

4Trek to Piaju (3666 m)

Day 04: Trek to Piaju (3666 m)

Today’s trek starts with following the Braldu gorge along the river bank. We start to get the views of granite rock shapes of Trango towers and cathedrals. Trekking conditions can get very hot and dry and care must be taken to prevent sunburn.
As we approach campsite several glacially fed rivulets flow down into the main valley and we will have to use our river crossing sandals depending on water levels.

The day ends with climb away from the river to the Paiju campsite, into a clump of trees, the last ones we will see for a while.
– Distance covered: 22Km
– Altitude gain: 250m
– Trekking hours: 8-9

5Rest Day at Paiju

Day 05: Rest Day at Paiju

Paiju is a traditional stopping point for all trekking parties headed towards concordia. Here you can see levelled pitches for tents and the site is equipped with Washbasin and bathrooms with the best views of the world.

The group spends a complete day at Paiju, which is good for acclimatization. Porters bake as much bread as hey can before moving onto the glacier

6Trek to Urdukas (3950 m)

Day 06: Trek to Goro (4300 m )

Today we start early and walk toward the Baltoro glacier terminus. The trail crosses the glacier angling gently towards the southeast margin.

emerging of granite peaks on the north side of the glacier – from Paiju, Ulli Biaho, and We continue onto the army camp with a large moraine lake below. On the grassy
Stunning views are gradually Trango Towers round to Grand Cathedral boulder-strewn hillside 50 m above is Urdukus.

Urdukus has truly sensational views of the Trango Towers and, directly opposite and almost a mile away across the valley, the vast rock walls of Cathedral Peak and Lobsang rise like ramparts above the glacier.

– Distance covered: 15 Km
– Altitude gain: 300m
– Trekking hours: 6-7

7Trek to Goro (4300 m )

Day 07: Trek to Goro (4300 m)

We start the trek by descending from Urdukus and onto the glaciers middle. The trail mostly remains on the galcier. Masherbrums granite north face and snow-crowned summit(7821m) as we walk east up the Baltoro glacier.
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

– Distance covered: 12 Km
– Altitude gain: 330m
– Trekking hours: 6-7

8Trek to Concordia (4550 m)

Day 08: Trek to Concordia (4550 m)

The final approach day to Concordia takes us through what must arguably be the most spectacular mountain scenery anywhere in the world As we approach Concordia, the immense bulk of triple headed Broad peak (8047m) emerges.
K2 keeps itself hidden until the very last moment when we reach Concordia and the reveals its height, rising 4000m above the valley floor to the summit. Concordia is a wild area where the glaciers from K2 meet those coming down from Gasherbrums and Chogolisa .

We make our camp at on a moraine ridge surrounded on all sides by jagged peaks including Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak, Chogolisa, CrystalPeak, Marble Peak, Baltoro Kangri, Broad Peak and K2.

– Distance covered: 10Km
– Altitude gain: 270m
– Trekking hours: 6-7

9Rest day or optional round trek to K2 BC (4550 m)

Day 09: Rest day or optional round trek to K2 BC (4550 m)

The route to K2 Basecamp and back to concordia can be done in one long tiring day, however most trekkers take a more leisurely pace and move the camp from Concordia to K2 Basecamp.

As we trek towards K2, it grows even larger and its incredible size becomes more prominent. Here, directly below K2’s immense bulk, we camp on either side of the broken glacier.

– Distance covered: 12Km
– Altitude gain: 485m
– Trekking hours: 6-7

10Trek to Ali Camp

Day 10: Trek to Ali Camp

The route to Ali camp is up the snow-covered Vigne Glacier, so ideally we will start the trek before the sun softens the snow. We pass three valleys on the west side of the Vigne glacier to reach the Ali camp.

Marginal crevassed guard Ali Camp so we carefully approach it straight from the Vigne Glaciers center.
– Distance covered: 11Km
– Altitude gain: 360m
– Trekking hours: 5-6

11Trek to khuspang-Cross Gondogoro LA

Day 11: Trek to khuspang-Cross Gondogoro LA

Before first light we climb out of tents and have breakfast. We put on crampons and harnesses and set off roped together onto the West Vigne Glacier. It takes 4-6 hours to reach the pass from Ali camp. We plan to be on the top of pass by 6am.

The spectacular panorama from the pass includes K2, broad peak and the four Gasherbrums. The granite cone of Laila peak (6096m) rises over the Gondogoro glacier as you turn to descend.

The descent is much steeper than our ascent route and here we will use fixed lines for the majority of the way down. At some point the snow stops and we will remove our crampons before continuing on screen. We make our camp at Khuspang, a pleasant place with grass (sparse) and some rock pools in which are reflected the beautiful Laila Peak.

– Distance covered: 9Km
– Altitude gain 930m
– Altitude decline: 1260m
Trekking hours: 7-10

12Trek to Saicho

Day 12: Trek to Saicho

Today’s trek is relatively easier. We head towards the Hushe Valley, initially trekking down the central moraine of the Gondogoro Glacier About half way down the glacier on today’s walk we pass Laila Peak. Moving beyond
the slopes of Laila Peak, we gradually move to the edge of the glacier where we find a route off the ice and rubble into the ablation valley on its south side.

We continue our descent of the Gondogoro Valley starting off today by following the trail through this pleasant ablation valley where we have spent the night.
We camp at Saitcho (3350m), a sandy area of sparse grasses beside the river at the junction of the Gondogoro and Charakusa valleys.

– Distance covered: 12Km
– Altitude decline: 950m
– trekking hours: 5-6

13Trek to Hushe Village

Day 13: Trek to Hushe Village

This is a relatively easy day of about 3 to 4 hours, following the river draining the Gondogoro and Charakusa glaciers down to its confluence with those draining the Masherbrum and Ailling glaciers.

Here the valley swings to the south and we begin to see various signs of habitation with walls and temporary house. Eventually we reach the extensive fields of Hushe
and climb up to a small plateau on which the main village is sited.

Just as when we began our trek, leaving the high valleys of the Karakoram necessitates an exciting road journey by jeep.

14Skardu to Islamabad

Day 14: Skardu to Islamabad

We fly back to Islamabad passing through majestic Karakarom range.

After lunch the rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing or to relax at the hotel.

15Flyback to home

Day 15: Flyback to home

(If needed we can add one complete buffer rest day in Skardu)


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Frequently Asked Questions

How to register?

To start your registration process, please fill out the registration form (click the green “register now and pay later” button) on this page. We will get in touch with you once you submit your form.

What is the size of your groups?

The maximum size of our groups is 10 persons. The average size of our groups is 8 members.

Do you organize solo trek?

We can organize solo treks if your dates do not match our dates of departures or if you enjoy hiking solo (with the guide – government requirement).

Solo treks cost more than trekking in a group. However, it is important to understand that a trip to K2 is not possible without a guide and most importantly porters (even when a guest does not ask for them). Reason: According to law, guides do not carry anything. They require porters to carry tents, food supplies, equipment, gas, personal luggage etc for everyone including the porters themselves. Unlike Nepal, there are no tea-houses or any other arrangements. The supplies for 12-14 days have to be taken there.

On our fixed departures, people travel in groups but on the trail, almost everyone walks alone and the guide walks behind the last person of the group. One of the assistants/porters walks in front of the group. The difference between the first and last person can go up to 1-2 hours. No one is rushed since all treks on Baltoro are very long and everyone sets his or her own pace.

Do you organize treks for private groups?

We also organize treks for private groups. If you are interested to trek in a separate group with your own friends or family, please get in touch and inform us about your dates that are suitable to your group.
The cost of treks for private groups decreases as the number of people increase in a group.

How to prepare for this trek?

It would be very reasonable to spend some time to prepare yourself before your departure. You can seek professional advice from a professional trainers or on the other hand you should follow the fundamental rules (hike, long walks and other cardio exercises that will help you build stamina) knowing the fact that your body should be healthy enough to walk for long hours, ascend for hours on rugged terrain from boulders to dirt, from snow to glacial ice.

What will be the weather like?

During the trekking holiday, you will experience a variation in temperature. In Islamabad up to 45 °C in Islamabad, 30 °C in Skardu and 26 °C in Askoli. A normal day will warm unless the clouds cover the sky until we reach camp at Concordia where the temperature can be as less as 10 °C or more. Towards the Gondogoro La Pass the slopes leading towards it will be snow-covered until early July.

In June we might walk on the snow on higher parts of Baltoro Glacier. The snow normally melts by mid-July. Depending on the weather conditions you might experience snowfall in August and September. Karakoram Range is unpredictable when it comes to temperatures. During any time of the trekking period temperature might fall down to -10 °C in areas between Paiju and Concordia.

Fixed Departures in the month of Septemeber can go even lower than -10 °C. Monsoon rains do not have any effect on the Karakoram Range which makes the summers the best time providing bright skies for the trek. However based on our past experiences since the weather is unpredictable, the participants must be prepared to face any unfavorable weather conditions.

How much to tip porters?

It is very common that the participants at least tip the hardworking porters for their jobs that include carrying loads of supplies and luggage. If the participants are satisfied with the services of the guide kitchen crew, assistant(s)a contribution can be made consisting of 95-120 US Dolar (or equivalent in your currency) would cover the total cost of this element. Tour guide/leader will be key in helping with the tip amount for all crew and staff members of our trek. At the conclusion, a “thank you’’ ceremony will be organized for participants to handover the tips. Those porters who leave early will be tipped earlier

What types of meals should I expect?

During this trek, all three meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be served to the participants. A combination of Foreign and Pakistani meals will be included in our food plan. The ingredients for the food will be procured in Pakistan. Breakfasts will have coffee, cereal, tea, eggs, muesli/porridge, bread/chapatti included. Lunches will be consumed during lunch breaks on the trek with options include canned/tinned meals (meat, fish), pickles, crackers, chapatti, pate, cheese, etc. The weather has a very important role in deciding our lunch menu for the day; the participants will begin the lunch with consuming or end it with tea or coffee, juice, soup, etc.

The dinner will always be served in the mess tent and the participants will gather to eat the food freshly prepared by the cooks traveling with our group. The first few days of the trekking, fresh vegetables will be served in food as long as they are fresh and healthy. All the participants who are vegetarian, they must communicate with our office and inform us on the advance basis if they need a vegetarian food plan during the trek.

During the trek, Iodized water will be available for the participants throughout the mornings, while taking breaks and camping. Everyone will be consuming spring water every time it’s available otherwise if we run out of options the participants may drink glacier water that possibly has silt. The kitchen containers which are very large in size are used to keep the water storage and it is also helpful in settling down the silt particles at the bottom. If any participants have any issue with the odor of iodine, they may bring their own supplies of bi-carbonated soda. Traditional methods are effective and work very well for everyone there is no harm in the experimentation of new methods.

Will you receive us at the airport?

The participants on day 1 must arrive at Islamabad International Airport, Islamabad. Our staff/guide will receive our guests at the gates of International arrivals at the airport premises. The guide/staff will escort the guest to their hotel. In case any of our guests do not require to pick up from the airport he/she must inform us in advance.

They must also give us the details of their flights both inbound and outbound two days prior to their arrival in Pakistan. Upon confirmation of your registration and payments, our office will send you the names and contact numbers of our office personnel.

What is the accommodation like?

While few nights will be spent in the capital city of Islamabad and the town of Skardu, the rest of the nights will consist of camping in tents between the magnificent mountains. The accommodation arrangement is Islamabad is of standard hotels while our hotels selected in Skardu town are among the best. Rooms at our provided hotels will be on twin sharing basis with en-suite amenities.

At the time of camping, the participants will be sharing a tent fit for two persons. If any participant is coming alone on this trek he/she will be accommodated with one of the other members for tent and room sharing. For strangers and solo trekkers, first preference will be given to same-gender stays. Nevertheless, a participant can opt for the separate tent of hotel rooms as he/she likes, however, the additional cost will be incurred for making separate arrangements. Any participants seeking separate accommodation must inform our office in advance.

What is a typical day like?

During the trekking days, Our guide will wake up the participants for coffee or a warm cup of tea which we are followed by a decent breakfast inside the mess tent. There will be plenty of time before breakfast to pack the bags. After breakfast, the camps will be closed and the porters will get back to their work handling supplies and luggage ahead of the participants to reach the lunch site and make preparation for meals. Porters will repeat the process as they will follow the ‘trek earlier’ approach in order to prepare dinner for the participants. Standard trek duration before the lunch will be between 3-4 hours.

Generally, one hour is required for lunch which makes it a very good time to gain your strength back, relax, write and read, etc.
Trekking after lunch will be shorter as compared to trek before lunch. Once you arrive at the next campsite, the camps will already be set up or in progress. Upon arrival at the camp, the participants will be served a hot beverage and dinner will be served when it’s prepared. Participants can rest, read, write, socialize, film and photograph upon reaching a camp. Temperature decreases at night normally, participants can get comfortable in their sleeping bags and get a good sleep before the next day.

What happens if domestic flights cancel?

To reach Skardu, the participants will take a flight that is subject to weather conditions as the region is surrounded by high altitude mountains and it requires clear visibility in order to operate. Most of the time the flights operate as per schedule but there is always a chance of flight cancellation due to bad weather conditions. In that case the participants will continue their journey by road (Karakoram Highway), this will be the backup plan to reach Skardu on time as we cannot take a risk to take the flight the other day, complex airline booking for following route and high traffic flow is also a reason to continue the journey by road.

Participants must be very aware of other companies that offer this trek that might result in increased waiting time in hope of taking the flight; this will end up in causing you non-completion of the long-awaited trek on time.

Is Karakoram Highway safe for travel?

We recommend the participants to read the necessary foreign travel information advice on their respective foreign office’s website. The travelers on EU residents can find the required information on the ‘Travel Advice’ section on the website of the European Commission. Participants other than EU Nations can look up to their respective foreign office websites. Some of these websites do not allow their citizens to drive on Karakoram Highway, but most of these websites are not updated. In case of flight cancellation, kindly take note that the participants will be traveling on the Karakoram Highway then from Jaglot (Gilgit) they will be travelling on Gilgit-Skardu Road.

Traveling on Karakoram Highway is one of the best experiences in Pakistan for both domestic and foreign tourists. These great highway offers one the best views and the participants will travel on this road they will find indigenous communities throughout the trip. Many of the foreign tourists have found this thrilling road trip a plus and never regretted travelling on this road. We recommend the participants must seek more information on traveling coverage from your insurance company. If your insurance company does not provide full coverage for your trekking holiday, You might want to look for other companies. For example in UK, you can consult the British Mountaineering Council for good solutions.

What is your guide’s job?

Our professional guide will manage all the participants for the complete trekking holiday. These guides have government granted licenses which is recognized from Pakistan’s Tourism Department. During this trek our guide will be the focal person for any kind of assistance, communication, help or any kind of complaints and feedback. These guides have a background of working with foreign tourist in the past and have facilitated many of them from around the world. English is widely spoken our guides.

They are trained to have a very professional interaction with the participants, we recommend the participants to keep a very friendly relation yet professional with their respective guide. In case you are a private group with several members and a speaker of a different language like Spanish, we will try to reschedule our Spanish speaking guide (If available). Other than guide kitchen crew, assistance depending on the size of the group and porters will accompany the participants on this trekking holiday.

The porters are the locals and belong to villages around these areas and most of them are small subsistence farmers. During the trekking season they engage themselves for porter jobs while their kids take care of the farms. They are very welcoming and tourist friendly people who keep the environment healthy in these remote regions by having laughs, singing and dancing whenever they get a chance. These indigenous communities of porters and their elders have been affiliated with this industry from decades and watching the porters with such unbelievable energy is another important experience this holiday offers.

How much money should I carry?

Other than your trekking holiday cost you may carry amount of 250 USD/ 240 EUR/ 1700 CNY/ 200 GBP (or equivalent amount in your local currency). This amount can be used for other expenses and tipping the supporting staff and porters. Upon arrival at the airport you can exchange your currency to Pakistani Rupee, for a good conversion you may seek help from our office.

Any tip to porters will be in Pakistani Rupees or any other shopping you want to do in Pakistan.US Dollars can be easily exchanged in most of the areas but we advise one-time exchange. For shopping in Islamabad credit cards come handy for any shopping of gifts/souvenirs or items like rugs. In Islamabad and Skardu Town Automated Teller Machines will be available to withdraw cash from credit/debit cards but you will be only able to with draw Pakistani Rupees.

What is the maximum baggage allowance?

All the luggage/baggage will be carried by the porters which includes equipment, supplies etc. 12.5(20 pounds) kilograms is the limit maximum for packed trekking bag. The maximum limit of load will include sleeping bag and sleep mattress. It is very important to bring only required items on the trek. Parts of your luggage can be left at the Skardu Hotel.

The maximum limit of 12.5 kilograms which is strictly followed is assigned by the organization of local porters. On this trek, the mountaineering equipment will not be included in personal baggage allowance (12.5kg). The mountaineering equipment will be collected from you in Skardu that porters will carry separately.

What is the maximum altitude on the trek?

All our potential guests must read and know the different elevations mentioned for each trekking day above. This is a hard trek at a very high altitude. But do not worry yourself humans are gifted to become familiar to high elevations, the participants must acclimatize to our well-planned itinerary. The maximum elevations depending on your choice of trek are given below.

Gondogoro La Height/Elevation: 5,585 meters
K2 base camp height/Elevation: 5,130 meters

What clothes or equipments should I bring on the trek?

We provide three lists for all our k2 holidays. List 1 includes must-bring items for all our K2 adventures. List 2 is only for treks that include the Gondogoro La pass. The 3rd list contains items that you may need during your trekking holiday. Based on your past experience and judgment you may select equipment or things required from 3rd list.
List 1 – Must Bring Items:
– First Aid Pack (Diamox (Altitude), Dioralite (re-hydration salts), antiseptic cream, blister treatment, throat lozenges, plasters, – – – – Imodium (diarrhea treatment), painkillers)
– Hiking Backpack (Day Pack) 32-42 Litres
– Fleece jacket with hood or a warm jumper
– Mittens or gloves
– Gloves (Thermal)
– Headtorch with spare batteries
– Hiking boots (over the ankle boots. low cut boots not recommended)
– Sleeping bag (-16°C comfort rated)
– Sandals (sports) or old shoes (to cross rivers)
– Sun protection cream (including total block for nose, lips etc.)
– Sunglasses
– Sunhat
– Thermarest or any similar mat/pad for sleeping
– Warm hat
– Warm jacket (down)
– Water bottles 1litre (x2)
– Waterproof jacket
– Waterproof over-trousers
– Antibacterial handwash
– Shirts/T-shirts
– Small towel
– Socks
– Spare laces
– Underwear (normal and thermal)
– Trekking poles (highly recommended)
– Wash-bag and toiletries
– Walking socks (2/3 pairs)
– Baselayer – leggings (Thermal)
– Trekking Trousers
Baselayer thermal shirts (2 long sleeves, 2 short sleeves)

List 2 – Mountaineering Equipment (for Gondogoro Pass treks only):
– Crampons
– Mountaineering boots (compatible with your crampons. Minimum Grade B2. Many trekkers including the guide/porters use their hiking shoes with crampons as mountaineering boots are required on one day only. However we are not suggesting you do the same.
– Ice axe (Few people including the guide/porters don’t bring ice axe and do fine. We are not suggesting you to do the same)
– Climbing harness
– Karabiner/Carabiner (screwgate type x 2)
– Climbing helmet
– Prusik loops X two (2) – (4 meters of 6 mm cord makes up 2)
– Sling (120 cm)
– List 3 – Optional:
– Buff or scarf
– Small padlock (for locking your bag)
– Camera
– Insect repellant
– Pen-knife (important: pack sharp tools in hold luggage)
– Repair kit (e.g. thread, needle, duct tape)
– Liner (for sleeping bag)
– Travel clothes

Can we rent equipments in Skardu?

Yes, a few equipments (e.g. crampons, mountaineering boots, harness, climbing helmet etc) can be rented and purchased in Skardu town but it is not guaranteed that you will find the right size or the right price. The few mountain equipment stores in Skardu wait all year long to sell/rent these equipments at the best price possible. These equipments are used/second-hand equipments available in the market and not always reliable. The rents for these equipments are not fixed. If we are informed in advance, we can make arrangements.

Are all fixed departures guaranteed?

To conduct the “Fixed departures” a registration number of six (6) participants is required. We receive several guest numbers for each of our fixed departures. We believe it is important to communicate it with our potential guest.

However you can make sure of the holiday status on our website and page. Status “available” means that we are accepting further registration from our guests while “guaranteed” means we have achieved the required number of guests and the trip will start as per the given dates. We will be in touch with our registered guests constantly. The guidance will be given step by step regarding flights reservations to Pakistan and visa applications etc.

How and where can I apply for Pakistani visa?

To apply for visa to Pakistan, a passport is required with at least later than 6 months. For more updated and reliable information we advise you to contact the nearest Pakistan’s Consulate in your city or country. We believe you will responsibly carry the task of ensuring right documents required for travel. If an individual is visit non-EU nations, the individual must ensure 2 vacant pages in his/her passport (travel documents) for each country you are planning to travel.

Tourist (Visit) Visa is normally required for individuals who are visiting Pakistan for trekking, foreigners already living in Pakistan on work visas require a No-Objection-Certificate (NOC) which normally takes up to 6 week time. It taken around 200 USD for visa fee but our recommendation still stays with consulting Pakistan’s High Commission or Consulate nearby. An invitation letter from us (Apricot Tours) and at times a copy of “government trekking permit” for the group is required to apply for Pakistani Visa. We will assist you in obtaining the visa by providing you the necessary documents once you register with us. The trekking permit is not compulsory to apply for visa.

Do I need vaccinations before coming to Pakistan?

A relevant doctor of health consultant should be consulted before travelling to Pakistan. You should consult the doctors for any necessary vaccination, communicate your plan and list down every prevention measures. Our guest must be secured with the approved vaccines and boosters in your country and also consider discretionary vaccine shots for example Malaria prophylaxis. Although Malaria does not exist in parts of Islamabad. Your accommodation will be in safe and clean areas. However there are reports of Malaria and Dengue cases during rainy season in hospitals in Islamabad.

Even though there a little but chances of Malaria in Skardu and other towns of Gilgit-Baltistan. Long pants, Long sleeves and mosquito repellents eliminate the chances of getting infected by Malaria but as a best practice it is better to get the relevant vaccine to avoid any of it during the trekking holiday. Consulting a dentist is also recommended before commencing the holiday in the remote mountainous region.

After the trek, all the guests who wish to extend their stay up to 4 (four) weeks or further must know that on exit from the country, a proof of vaccinations will be required if you are coming from countries (more than 12 hours transit country also included) with serious threats of transmission of yellow fever.

For more information kindly visit this website, this will be very helpful in getting the relevant information.

Do I need batteries and accessories on the trek?

Portable chargers, storage cards and extra batteries may be required during the trekking holiday. We advise you to make a relevant list of adapters, sockets and any other kind of electrical items you might require to keep your devices function as long as possible.
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Is Pakistan safe for foreigners?

We recommend and support all travel and safety of health campaigns by different countries around the world and therefore strongly advice our guest to take out some time to read official travel advisory on their countries Foreign office’s website. The safety of our guest is our top most priority. We will only start the trips once we are satisfied with safety and security. We will be always in touch with the guest booked for Pakistan and have a bilateral communication.

  • Availability
    12 July – 26 Jul

  • Duration
    15 days

  • Meeting Point
    Islamabad (exact location will be shared before arrival)

  • Group Size
    Up to 10 riders max

  • Stay Point
    Fun interesting hotels/guest house

  • Difficulty
    Moderately-Challenging (you got to be fit to trek 5-7 hours a day)

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