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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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Detailed Itinerary

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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 Hill View Hotel

    The Hill View Hotel is a four star hotel in the heart of Islamabad with easy access to all the attractions, including a nice shopping area within walking distance. It includes a restaurant, as well as good restaurants nearby, and a gym. 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.

    Accommodation: Hotel One

    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.

    Accommodation: Hotel One

    Transportation: Potential 8-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Drive to Askole

    Day 4

    After breakfast at hotel, drive in 4x4 jeeps to Askole, a small town up at 10,000' located in the Shigar Valley at the entrance to the high Karakoram wilderness. Tonight will be the first night of dining and sleeping at camp.

    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

  • Start Trek to Jhola (10,500')

    Day 5

    Set off early in the morning to start trekking to Jhola, a gentle route to warm up your legs for the days to come. 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.

    Activity: 7-8 hours/13 miles hiking with 1,312' elevation gain and 1,640' loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek Jhola to Paiju (11,319')

    Day 6

    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

  • Acclimate at Paiju (11,319')

    Day 7

    Today is an acclimatization day at Paiju 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

  • Paiju to Khoburtse (12,894')

    Day 8

    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 9

    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

  • Trek to Goro (14,271')

    Day 10

    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 11

    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

  • K2 Base Camp (16,732')

    Day 12

    Wake up early to start the trek through crevasses and across small rivers, all created by the melting ice. Follow along the Godwin Austin glacier before crossing into Broad Peak base camp. With K2 now in sight, walk on top of the mostly rocky moraine before reaching K2 Base Camp (16,732') marking the highest point of your trek. Revel in the incredibly beautiful, humbling region - and awesome views of K2!

    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: 9-11 hours/11 miles hiking with 1,968' elevation gain and 1,968' loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike Down to Goro (14,271')

    Day 13

    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 Khoburtse (12,894')

    Day 14

    Retrace your route back to Khoburtse, passing Urdukas along the way.

    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/11 miles hiking with 1,377' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Skam Tsok (10,827')

    Day 15

    Trek back down to Skam Tsok.

    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/14 miles hiking with 2,067' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to Korophon (10,171')

    Day 16

    Today, trek down to Korophon for your last night of camping.

    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/12 miles hiking with 656' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek Back to Askole and Drive to Skardu (7,382')

    Day 17

    On our last day of the trek, we return to Askole on a short, easy trek before driving back to Skardu. On arrival in Skardu, transfer to the hotel before meeting up for dinner.

    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

    Activity: 3-4 hours/7 miles hiking with 164' elevation loss

    Transportation: 6-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 Hill View Hotel

    The Hill View Hotel is a four star hotel in the heart of Islamabad with easy access to all the attractions, including a nice shopping area within walking distance. It includes a restaurant, as well as good restaurants nearby, and a gym. 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 Hill View Hotel

    The Hill View Hotel is a four star hotel in the heart of Islamabad with easy access to all the attractions, including a nice shopping area within walking distance. It includes a restaurant, as well as good restaurants nearby, and a gym. 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 Hill View Hotel

    The Hill View Hotel is a four star hotel in the heart of Islamabad with easy access to all the attractions, including a nice shopping area within walking distance. It includes a restaurant, as well as good restaurants nearby, and a gym. 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

Detailed Itinerary

Click here to download the Detailed Itinerary.

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.

2021

Scheduled Dates

  • Aug 08 - 28, 2021
    $6,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$250 internal airfare+$400 single supplement
    AvailableConfirmed
  • Sep 04 - 24, 2021
    $6,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$250 internal airfare+$400 single supplement
    Wait ListConfirmed

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
  • 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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2022

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

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 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

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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