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Pakistan K2 Base Camp Trek

Extreme Adventure from Islamabad to the Karakoram Range

 

Straddling the border between Pakistan and China, K2 stands at 28,251 feet, making it the second tallest mountain in the world. Looming over the western Himalayas in the Karakoram Range, it has been described as a formidable peak of ice, rock and sky - rising up to touch the heavens. Join legendary mountain guide Sergio Fitch Watkins on a trek to K2 Base Camp at 16,732 feet, for views coveted by trekkers around the world. Begin your journey in Islamabad, exploring ancient mosques and markets before embarking on this rewarding challenge of a lifetime. Hike remote mountain terrain and rocky moraines of the Baltoro Glacier into the arena of 8,000 meter peaks at Concordia, up to where the mountains begin to sing. 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

  • Trek the Baltoro Glacier-at 38 miles long it's one of the longest glaciers outside the polar regions and can even be seen from space!

  • Be awed at Concordia with the plethora of 8,000 meter peaks surrounding the camp

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Arrive:

Islamabad, Pakistan

Depart:

Islamabad, Pakistan

Price: from $6,595

Duration:

21 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

6-14 Guests

Min Age:

16 yrs

Activity:

Level 5

On this trek you will be hiking 7-9 hours a day, mostly at elevations above 12,000\'. The trails are extremely difficult and this type of terrain, combined with the altitude, makes it a challenging experience. You need to be in excellent physical condition and have similar previous experience of hiking and camping at high altitudes.
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  • Arrival in Islamabad

    Day 1

    Welcome to Pakistan! On arrival, meet an MT Sobek representative and transfer to your hotel. Join the rest of the group on an afternoon tour of Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan including visits to the Daman-e-Koh, local markets and Faisal Mosque, time permitting, before your welcome dinner and briefing this evening.

    Accommodation: Islamabad Hotel

    The Islamabad Hotel is a four star hotel in the heart of the city with easy access to all the attractions, including a nice shopping area within walking distance. It includes multiple restaurants featuring local cuisines, including a 24/7 cafe. Tourists enjoy walking in the evenings in the surrounding area. Wi-Fi, mini bar, central air conditioning and LCD TV are available in the rooms.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Fly from Islamabad - Skardu

    Day 2

    Wake up for breakfast at hotel before flying to Skardu (weather permitting). In case the flight is canceled, drive along the ancient Silk Road to Chilas, situated on the banks of the mighty Indus River.

    Accommodation: Concordia Hotel

    The Concordia Hotel is conveniently located in Skardu and surrounded by scenic beauty and snow-covered peaks. We've decorated our rooms to display the breathtaking views of the mighty river Indus. The hotel and our services reflect true Baltistan warmth and hospitality.

    Transportation: 1-hour flight or 12-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Skardu or Drive from Chilas to Skardu

    Day 3

    Today is free to explore Skardu or drive from Chilas to Skardu if the previous days flight was canceled. Meet with the tourism department for a briefing on the upcoming trek.

    Accommodation: Concordia Hotel

    The Concordia Hotel is conveniently located in Skardu and surrounded by scenic beauty and snow-covered peaks. We've decorated our rooms to display the breathtaking views of the mighty river Indus. The hotel and our services reflect true Baltistan warmth and hospitality.

    Transportation: Potential 8-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Drive to Jhola

    Day 4

    After breakfast at hotel, drive in 4x4 jeeps to Jhola, at 10,500'. We pass Askole, located in the Shigar Valley at the entrance to the high Karakoram wilderness, then cross the Biafo Glacier for the first sight of the Paiyu pinnacles.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Pakistan

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with two-person tents, dining tents and toilet tents. Each day you will be greeted with bed tea/coffee and warm washing water. Hearty food is served at each meal.

    Transportation: 7-hour private jeep transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek Jhola to Paiju (11,319')

    Day 5

    Today's trek to Paiju begins with two potential routes depending on weather. If the river is running low, edge along the base of a rock wall that guards the valley toward the Baltoro Glacier. Otherwise, take a higher traverse before joining the riverbed that leads to Paiju, your campsite for the next two nights.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Pakistan

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with two-person tents, dining tents and toilet tents. Each day you will be greeted with bed tea/coffee and warm washing water. Hearty food is served at each meal.

    Activity: 7-8 hours/13 miles hiking with 1,886' elevation gain and 1,096' loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Paiju to Khoburtse (12,894')

    Day 6

    Today will be a challenging trek tackling the rocky moraines of the Baltoro Glacier up to Khoburste at 12,894'. But along the way, the surrounding sights of Paiyu Peak and the Trango Towers will make the effort worthwhile!

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Pakistan

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with two-person tents, dining tents and toilet tents. Each day you will be greeted with bed tea/coffee and warm washing water. Hearty food is served at each meal.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/9 miles hiking with 2,103' elevation gain and 725' loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek Khoburtse to Urdukas (13,550')

    Day 7

    Today is your first sighting of Broad Peak and the Gasherbrums as your trek to Urdukas at 13,550'. The campsite is located on a grassy slope high above the Baltoro and commands one of the most intense mountain views in the world, which is dominated by nameless Tower, claimed to have the tallest granite wall in the world.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Pakistan

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with two-person tents, dining tents and toilet tents. Each day you will be greeted with bed tea/coffee and warm washing water. Hearty food is served at each meal.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/4 miles hiking with 816' elevation gain and 128' loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Acclimate at Urdukas (13,550')

    Day 8

    Today is an acclimatization day at Urdukas to relax and stretch your legs.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Pakistan

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with two-person tents, dining tents and toilet tents. Each day you will be greeted with bed tea/coffee and warm washing water. Hearty food is served at each meal.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Goro (14,271')

    Day 9

    Begin the trek into the heart of the Karakoram mountain range known as Concordia, the confluence of the Baltoro Glacier and the Godwin-Austen Glacier on a trek to Goro at 14,271'. Camp surrounded by views of Muztagh Tower, Gasherbrum 4 and Masherbrum. If lucky with a clear evening, enjoy the red sunset hues over Masherbrum, a sight never to be forgotten!

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Pakistan

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with two-person tents, dining tents and toilet tents. Each day you will be greeted with bed tea/coffee and warm washing water. Hearty food is served at each meal.

    Activity: 7-8 hours/8 miles hiking with 1,079' elevation gain and 292' loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Behold Concordia! (14,764')

    Day 10

    Trek up to Concordia, passing the Golden Throne and Mitre Peak, entering into the arena of the 8,000 meter peaks: Broad Peak (26,414'), Gasherbrums and the sought after K2! Continue onwards up the mighty Baltoro passing Mustagh Tower (23,897'), Gasherbrum IV (26,001') and Hidden Peak (Gasherbrum I - 26,509'), with it's fin-like ridges, partially hidden behind Gasherbrum IV. End the day in Concordia, a three-mile wide glacier and camp on the moraine surrounded by 10 of the 30 tallest peaks in the world.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Pakistan

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with two-person tents, dining tents and toilet tents. Each day you will be greeted with bed tea/coffee and warm washing water. Hearty food is served at each meal.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/7 miles hiking with 948' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Broad Peak Base Camp (15,748') or K2 Base Camp (16,732')

    Day 11

    Today we will have optional day hikes to K2 Base Camp and Broad Peak Base Camp. We will split into two groups but both day hikes are weather dependent and if it has snowed heavily, we will not undertake the hikes. Wake up early to start the trek through crevasses and across small rivers, all created by the melting ice. After three hours we will be at Broad Peak Base Camp where we will have a great view of the astonishing Karakoram 2nd (K2), Mitre Peak behind us and Bride Peak. We walk on the moraine which is mostly boulders. However, we do walk on ice occasionally.

    After another 3 hours trek, we shall complete our one-way journey to K2 Base Camp reaching a moraine safe zone, a traditional base camp area for K2 climbers. Revel in the incredibly beautiful, humbling region - and awesome views of K2! One can also visit Gilkey Memorial if time allows.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Pakistan

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with two-person tents, dining tents and toilet tents. Each day you will be greeted with bed tea/coffee and warm washing water. Hearty food is served at each meal.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/5-6 miles hiking with 985' elevation gain and 985' elevation loss (Broad Peak Base Camp) or 9-11 hours/11 miles hiking with 1,968' elevation gain and 1,968' loss (K2 Base Camp)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike Down to Goro (14,271')

    Day 12

    Begin to retrace your route back to Askole, where you started the trek. Today trek down to Goro.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Pakistan

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with two-person tents, dining tents and toilet tents. Each day you will be greeted with bed tea/coffee and warm washing water. Hearty food is served at each meal.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/7 miles hiking with 493' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Retrace Back to Urdukas

    Day 13

    Retrace your route back to Urdukas.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Pakistan

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with two-person tents, dining tents and toilet tents. Each day you will be greeted with bed tea/coffee and warm washing water. Hearty food is served at each meal.

    Activity: 6-7 hours/10 miles hiking with 725' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek Back to Khoburtse (12,894')

    Day 14

    Retrace your route down to Khoburtse.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Pakistan

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with two-person tents, dining tents and toilet tents. Each day you will be greeted with bed tea/coffee and warm washing water. Hearty food is served at each meal.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/4 miles hiking with 650' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Paiju

    Day 15

    Trek back down to Paiju.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Pakistan

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with two-person tents, dining tents and toilet tents. Each day you will be greeted with bed tea/coffee and warm washing water. Hearty food is served at each meal.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/9 miles hiking with 480' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek Back to Jhola

    Day 16

    Trek back to Jhola. We take the higher traverse before we regain the old riverbed that leads to Jhola.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp – Pakistan

    Remote trekking means remote camping, with different tranquil settings each night. Rest up from your day's adventure in comfortable camps outfitted with two-person tents, dining tents and toilet tents. Each day you will be greeted with bed tea/coffee and warm washing water. Hearty food is served at each meal.

    Activity: 7-8 hours/9.5 miles hiking with 480' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Drive to Skardu (7,382')

    Day 17

    After having an early breakfast, we set off early to drive to Skardu by 4x4 Jeeps to avoid the heat of the day. The road is a bit bumpy and rough.

    Accommodation: Concordia Hotel

    The Concordia Hotel is conveniently located in Skardu and surrounded by scenic beauty and snow-covered peaks. We've decorated our rooms to display the breathtaking views of the mighty river Indus. The hotel and our services reflect true Baltistan warmth and hospitality.

    Accommodation: Hotel One

    Transportation: 7-8 hour private jeep transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Skardu

    Day 18

    After a leisurely breakfast, check back in with the tourism department before heading out to explore the sights of Skardu.

    Accommodation: Concordia Hotel

    The Concordia Hotel is conveniently located in Skardu and surrounded by scenic beauty and snow-covered peaks. We've decorated our rooms to display the breathtaking views of the mighty river Indus. The hotel and our services reflect true Baltistan warmth and hospitality.

    Accommodation: Hotel One

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Fly to Islamabad or Drive to Chilas

    Day 19

    Fly back to Islamabad today (weather permitting) and check into the hotel. Then sightsee in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Among the sites we may visit today are Lok Virsa Museum, Pakistan Heritage Museum and Pakistan Monument.

     

    If the flight is canceled, drive to Chilas, along the Indus River with beautiful views of Haramosh, Nanga Parbat and Rakaposhi, before checking into the hotel for the night.

    Accommodation: Shangri-la Hotel Chilas

    Accommodation: Islamabad Hotel

    The Islamabad Hotel is a four star hotel in the heart of the city with easy access to all the attractions, including a nice shopping area within walking distance. It includes multiple restaurants featuring local cuisines, including a 24/7 cafe. Tourists enjoy walking in the evenings in the surrounding area. Wi-Fi, mini bar, central air conditioning and LCD TV are available in the rooms.

    Transportation: 1-hour flight or 8-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Free Day in Islamabad or Drive to Islamabad

    Day 20

    Today we have an optional tour to Taxila Museum, which dates from the 5th century BC. It was
    first mentioned as a satrapy of Achaemenian Empire in the 6th century BC, later invaded by
    Alexander and passed to Ashoka the Great, who molded the city into a center of philosophy, art
    and education. After lunch return to Islamabad and transfer to Hill View Hotel for free time. We
    gather for a festive farewell dinner this evening.

     

    If the previous day's flight was canceled, drive from Chilas to Islamabad before meeting for dinner.

    Accommodation: Islamabad Hotel

    The Islamabad Hotel is a four star hotel in the heart of the city with easy access to all the attractions, including a nice shopping area within walking distance. It includes multiple restaurants featuring local cuisines, including a 24/7 cafe. Tourists enjoy walking in the evenings in the surrounding area. Wi-Fi, mini bar, central air conditioning and LCD TV are available in the rooms.

    Transportation: Potential 12-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart for Home

    Day 21

    Say goodbye to Pakistan filled with memories for a lifetime, and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Accommodation: Islamabad Hotel

    The Islamabad Hotel is a four star hotel in the heart of the city with easy access to all the attractions, including a nice shopping area within walking distance. It includes multiple restaurants featuring local cuisines, including a 24/7 cafe. Tourists enjoy walking in the evenings in the surrounding area. Wi-Fi, mini bar, central air conditioning and LCD TV are available in the rooms.

    Meals: Breakfast

Pakistan K2 Base Camp Trek

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What to Expect

 

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

In addition to getting to the base camp of legendary K2, travelers visit the famous Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.

Meet your guides

Sergio Fitch Watkins

Sergio Fitch Watkins

Sergio is a legendary trekking guide with over 40 years of experience and 300 trips to his name! Besides leading our expeditions in Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina's Aconcagua, he also loves to lead some of our more challenging treks in Nepal and Peru. His recent expeditions include leading our 50th Anniversary Base Camp Trek, Chile's Dientes de Navarino mountains, and an epic hiking adventure in the Dolomites. Sergio has acquired a loyal following, and is one of our most respected guides.

Activities

Strenuous mountain trekking on trails and glaciers for 13 days, hiking 6-8 hours per day, up to 16,732' elevation; cultural touring in Islamabad.

Lodging

Remote mountain camping with comfortable hotels in Skardu, Chilas and Islamabad.

Climate

Daytime temperatures range from the 50°Fs to the 90°Fs, depending on the elevation. Nighttime temperatures drop to 14°Fs in the high camps and 40°Fs in the low camps.

FAQ

Where do I fly to for this trip?

You will fly roundtrip to Islamabad, Pakistan.

Who will meet me on arrival?

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

Do I need a visa for this trip?

Yes, you must apply for a single entry, 3 month e-visa. MT Sobek will provide you with a visa support letter to submit with your application.

Do I need to bring my own sleeping bag and pad for this trip?

Yes. We recommend a rating of 5°F to 15°F; keep in mind your own personal warmth and comfort when choosing your sleeping bag. Please also bring a sleeping pad of choice.

Will I have Wi-Fi on the trip?

Yes. You will have Wi-Fi in Islamabad and Skardu.

2022

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Scheduled Dates

  • Jun 14 - Jul 04, 2022
    $6,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$250 internal airfare+$400 single supplement
    Available
  • Jul 12 - Aug 01, 2022
    $6,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$250 internal airfare+$400 single supplement
    Available
  • Aug 09 - 29, 2022
    $6,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$250 internal airfare+$400 single supplement
    Available
  • Sep 01 - 21, 2022
    $6,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$250 internal airfare+$400 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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