Celebrating 50 years of Adventure Travel

Overview

On this new MT Sobek extreme adventure, join legendary mountain guide Sergio Fitch Watkins to K2 Advance Base Camp, a coveted destination for trekkers around the world. Begin your journey in Kashgar, take the Silk Road past shifting deserts and towering peaks, and then embark on your tough but incredibly rewarding 14-day trek. Hike remote mountain terrain, encounter minority villages, ride Bactrian camels across rivers, and behold the Karakorum giants. Join us on this epic trek amidst the highest, most breathtaking peaks on earth!

  • Trek with a pro guide with more than 30 years of mountain guiding experience

  • Spend an extra night at K2 Advance Base Camp to absorb the magnificent surroundings

  • Continue past Chinese base camp to celebrate your achievement at ABC, the trek's highest point

  • Arrive: Kashgar, China
  • Depart: Kashgar, China
  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Group Size: 8-16 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 18 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Kashgar

    Welcome to China! On arrival in Kashgar, meet an MT Sobek representative and transfer to your hotel. Join the rest of the group and your trip leaders for a welcome dinner and briefing this evening.

  • Day02

    Sightsee in Kashgar

    After a good night's sleep and breakfast, spend today leisurely sightseeing in the oasis city of Kashgar, a stop on the old Silk Road. Take in the 15th-century Id Kah Mosque, located in Kashgar Square and one of the largest mosques in China; Abakh Hoja Tomb (Afaq Khoja Mausoleum), perhaps Xinjiang's finest example of Islamic architecture; and Old Town, where Kashgaris have lived and worked for centuries; and the age-old Kashgar Sunday Market, still one of the world's most amazing bazaars.

  • Day03

    Travel to Kargilik

    After breakfast this morning, drive southeast to Kargilik. East of Kashgar, the Silk Road splits into two threads in the face of the Taklamakan Desert, the second-largest shifting sand desert in the world. The southern road charts a somewhat remote course between desert sands and the towering Kunlun ranges. Stop in Yengisar, known for the production of knives - a timeless symbol of Uyghur culture. Once in Kargilik, experience its central square, an eclectic mix of local teahouses and bazaar vendors in the shadow of the large Jama mosque.

  • Day04

    Explore Kargilik Before Heading to Ilik

    This morning visit the 15th-century Jama Masjid (mosque) and the surrounding adobe-walled backstreets of Kargilik's Old Town. Then board the bus and drive farther along the same highway to Ilik, a small village oasis that serves as the starting point for K2 treks. En route, cross a 16,000' pass and the military checkpoint of Mazar.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp - K2
    • Transportation: 8-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Begin K2 Trek

    While your camel drivers take a few hours to load up their charges, lace up your boots and get trekking! Today you start at an easy pace along dry riverbeds. Admire the stunning desert and Karakorum views on both sides. Arrive at Karyar Camp, also known as Junction Camp (12,500'), where you spend the night.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp - K2
    • Activity: 6 hours trekking with negligible elevation gain/loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Head to the Base of Aghil Pass

    Today you hike to the base of Aghil Pass, which towers above at 15,765 feet. Aghil Pass is the crossing point on the Major Ridge separating the Yarkand and Shaksgam rivers. En route, take shortcuts around bends in the river with soaring mountains on both sides, and pass a Kyrgyz village where locals make goat cheese. Set up camp below the pass.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp - K2
    • Activity: 8 hours trekking with negligible elevation gain/loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day07

    Ascend Aghil Pass

    It's a slow grind today up to Aghil Pass, but on the saddle of the pass, you catch your first breathtaking views of the Shaksgam River, and the mighty Karakorum peaks: K2, Broad Peak, and all the Gasherbrums! You also can see your trekking route for the next few days, as it winds along the channel of the Shaksgam River. Descend to your camping spot along the river.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp - K2
    • Activity: 7-10 hours trekking 3,000' elevation gain and 2,500' loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day08

    Continue along the Shaksgam River

    Your actual trekking time is relatively short today, as you need to ride a camel across the Shaksgam River several times during your approach to K2 Base Camp. The rivers can be quite high during the trekking season, so we take no chances. Today also yields spectacular views of K2's North Ridge, on the China side of the mountain.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp - K2
    • Activity: 4-6 hours trekking with negligible elevation gain/loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day09

    Arrive at (Chinese) Base Camp

    Continue trekking through remote terrain - no villages or shepherds here - along the Shaksgam River. Make one more difficult river crossing on camelback before arriving ceremoniously at the Chinese Base Camp, aka Sughet Jangal (12,631').

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp - K2
    • Activity: 6-8 hours trekking with 500' elevation gain
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day10

    Explore the Sughet Jangal Area

    Take it easy today, acclimatizing and checking out the area. There are many possibilities for exploration at Sughet Jangal base camp, and look for Marco Polo rams in the distance.

  • Day11

    Head from Sughet Jangal toward ABC

    About three days up the K2 Glacier is Advance Base Camp (ABC), the turnaround point for our trek. Set out for it today, reveling in spectacular Karakorum views as you prepare yourself for a tough couple of days ahead.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp - K2
    • Activity: 4 hours trekking with 500' elevation gain
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day12

    Press on to ABC

    Be vigilant today, as your trek is all moraine traveling, with rocks, ice, and scree. From our camp at the Sarpo Lago Glacier, embark on an (optional) loop hike in the direction of camp 2 to get a spectacular view of K2, or rest at camp.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp - K2
    • Activity: 6 hours trekking with 1,000' elevation gain
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day13

    Arrive at ABC

    You made it! You need to cross the K2 Glacier to reach ABC. Advance Base Camp (16,929') marks the highest point of your trek and the end of your ascent into this incredibly beautiful, humbling region. Revel in it - and the views of K2!

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp - K2
    • Activity: 7 hours trekking with 700' elevation gain/loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day14

    Trek back to Sughet Jangal

    Begin to retrace your route back to Ilik, where you started the trek. Today, trek down to Sughet Jangal.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp - K2
    • Activity: 4 hours trekking with 500' elevation loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day15

    Trek back to Shaksgam River Camp

    Retrace your route back to Shaksgam River Camp. The trail is very rocky over river beds.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp - K2
    • Activity: 6-8 hours trekking with 500' elevation loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day16

    Trek back to base of Aghil Pass

    Retrace your route back to the base of Aghil Pass, continuing along the rocky river bed.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp - K2
    • Activity: 6-8 hours trekking with negligible elevation gain/loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day17

    Cross Aghil Pass

    Trek up and over Aghil Pass and down to the Yarkand River.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp - K2
    • Activity: 8-10 hours trekking with 2,500' elevation gain and 3,000' elevation loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day18

    Trek back to Ilik

    After breakfast, retrace your route back to Ilik. Enjoy great views of Mustaghata today.

    • Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp - K2
    • Activity: 6 hours trekking with negligible elevation gain/loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day19

    Travel to Kargilik

    After breakfast, drive to Kargilik. Upon arrival in town, check into the hotel and enjoy a well-deserved shower and rest in an actual bed.

  • Day20

    Return to Kashgar

    Another drive today, this time back to Kashgar. You have free time in the afternoon for resting or last-minute shopping before you convene with the group for a festive farewell dinner.

  • Day21

    Depart for Home

    After breakfast, say goodbye to the group and transfer to the Kashgar Airport for your homeward-bound flight.

    • Meals: Breakfast
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

We have been leaders in mountain trekking for 50 years and are excited to offer this new ultimate challenge adventure.

Reason #02

Sergio Fitch Watkins is one of our most popular mountain guides with decades of experience leading physically demanding treks.

Reason #03

This is the most accessible way to get great views of K2.

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Strenuous mountain trekking with difficult river crossings for 14 days, hiking 6-8 hours per day, up to 16,929' elevation; cultural touring in Kashgar.

  • Lodging

    Remote mountain camping, basic hotels in Kargilik and Ilik and comfortable hotels in Kashgar.

  • Climate

    Daytime temperatures range from the 50°Fs to the 90°Fs, depending on the elevation. Nighttime temperatures drop to 30°Fs in the high camps.

FAQ

  • Where do I fly to for this trip?

    You fly roundtrip to Kashgar in Xinjiang province, China.

  • Who will meet me on arrival?

    An MT Sobek representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

  • Does MT Sobek handle our visa?

    No, we are not able to handle your visa, but we will provide you with all the necessary documentation to handle on your own or through a visa service.

  • Do I need to bring my own sleeping bag?

    Yes, and we recommend a rating of 0°F to 15°F; keep in mind your own personal warmth and comfort when choosing your sleeping bag. We do provide a 3" foam sleeping pad.

  • Will I have Wi-Fi on the trip?

    You will have Wi-Fi at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Kashgar, but not at the hotels in Kargilik and Ilik or while on the trek.

  • What happens to my luggage while we are trekking?

    Your luggage will be transported by camels during the trek, and you will have it in camp each night.

Dates & Pricing

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  • Aug 10 - 30, 2020
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  • 63% Full
    Sep 03 - 23, 2020

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Additional Cost

  • $800.00 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner except while trekking
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary camping gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of Day 1 or departing outside of Day 21
  • Optional travel protection

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