K-2 Via Gondogoro La Pass, Askoli-Hushe Trek CF02

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The confluence of the main Baltoro Glacier with the Godwin Austen Glacier is known as Concordia; this location and K2 base camp are popular trekking destinations.

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Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Islamabad, Pakistan
End Location: Islamabad, Pakistan
Accommodation: Hotels and Camps
Period: All Year Round
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The confluence of the main Baltoro Glacier with the Godwin Austen Glacier is known as Concordia; this location and K2 base camp are popular trekking destinations.
The Baltoro Glacier, at 62 kilometers long, is one of the longest glaciers outside the polar regions. It is located in Baltistan, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, and runs through part of the Karakoram mountain range. The Baltoro Muztagh lies to the north and east of the glacier, while the Masherbrum Mountains lie to the south. At 8,611 m (28,251 ft), K2 is the highest mountain in the region, and three others within 20 km top 8,000 m.
A list of notable peaks adjacent to the Baltoro Glacier includes:K2(8611m),Gasherbrum I, (8,080m), Broad Peak (8,047m),Gasherbrum II(8,035m), Gasherbrum III(7,946m.),Gasherbrum IV(7,932m),Gasherbrum (7,821m),Chogolisa( 7,665m), Muztagh Tower(7,273m) Snow Dome( 7,160m)
Biarchedi( 6,781 m) Uli Biaho Tower(6,417m), Trango Towers (6,286m), Mitre Peak, 6,010m.

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Itinerary
Day 01. Rawalpindi/Islamabad: Meeting in Islamabad, Hotel trek briefing. We will have ample time for sightseeing and shopping in colorful old bazaars of Rawalpindi and new markets of Islamabad. We may also drive to the huge modern Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. Over night in hotel.
Day 02. Islamabad – Chilas: (1500mt): Please note that flights to Skardu are subject to weather, After breakfast drive to Chilas. Chilas was on the ancient caravan trail over the Babusar Pass into India and on the Indus trail of Besham, and many rock engravings were left by travelers in this area. Chilas is standing under the shadow of world famous Nanga Parbat. Upon arrival transfer to the Hotel.
Day 03. Chilas - Skardu: After breakfast drive to Skardu. Skardu: Parched at a height of 7,500 feet, is located amidst an impressive landscape; towering mountains, deep gorges, cascading waterfalls, creeping glaciers and quiet lakes constitute this rugged beauty. Skardu is in the heart of a dangerous frontier land. To its north lies the Xingjian province of China; to the south Kashmir, to the West Gilgit, and to the east the district of Ladakh in India. Skardu is the trekker and mountain climbers’ paradise. Now where can you find such a collection of lofty peaks and glaciers .The Baltoro Glacier, the best known, is that spectacular conjunction of Godwin Austen and Baltoro glaciers called Concordia, lying in the heart of the most heavily glaciated region outside the polar areas. Within a radius of twelve miles rise six peaks over 20,000 feet. This is the centre of densest concentration of lofty peaks on earth. Some of these magnificent mountains in the Karakoram range are Masherbrum 25,600, Mustagh tower 23,690, K-2 28741, Broad Peak 26,400, Gasherbrum IV 26,810, Sia Kongur 24,350, Golden Throne 23,989, Mitre Peak 19,718, Chogolisa 25,110 and Hidden Peak 26,470. The PIA flight from Islamabad takes you through this beautiful range of mountains and lands you at 8000 feet in the middle of desert. In Skardu, one is immediately struck by the just a position of sand dunes and snow - capped peaks. Upon arrival transfer to the Hotel.
Day 04. Skardu - Askoli (3300mt): Early In the Morning after break fast we shall drive in jeep (4x4). It takes about six hours drive from Skardu to Askoli or near Askoli. The drive through the Braldu Gorge is guaranteed to knock your socks off! O/N in camp.
Day 05. Askoli - Julla (3500 mtr): Form here real trekking begins. The walk from Askoli to Julla is an easy gentle plain and can be done in 05 to 06 hours. We cross the snout of the Biafo Glacier on the way. The sight of the pinnacles of the Paju Group is stunning. Over night in camp.
Day 06. Julla - Paju (3666 mtr): This takes about 06 hours of walking and will give us our first sight of the mighty Baltoro Glacier and the great Trango’s and cathedral group. Paju is the last campsite with trees & vegetation before the Baltoro. Efforts are underway to clean out the pollution and there has also been a recent plantation of many trees in the area. The walk follows the Braldu Rivers all the way to Paju. The campsite is perched high above the valley with excellent views. Over night in camp.
Day 07. Paju (3666 mtr): In Paju we have a rest day. Wash-up, relax read, climb on the steep ridge behind the camp, sing and dance with the porters! Over night in camp.
Day 08. Paju - Urdukas (3950 mtr): Baltoro Glacier. A short 4 hours plus walk on the rocky moraines and ablation valley of the Baltoro. We will cross couple of ice side glaciers on the way and may have our first sight of Broad Peak and group of Gasherbrum series of peaks. The historical campsite is located on the grassy slops high above the Baltoro and commands one of the most intense mountains view in the world. The campsite was prepared by the Duke of Abrozi in the beginning of last century. Over night in camp.
Day 09. Urdukas - Goro (4300 mtr): This could be a tough day as we move up on the undulating Baltoro. However, the footing becomes easy as the rocks become small and smaller as we move up the Baltoro. It takes about 08 hours to get to Goro. We walk right snack up the center moraine of the Baltoro. As Mashabrum (7806 mtr) emerges on the right, it takes our breath away and see Gashabrum - IV (7925 mtr) right in front of us. Goro is the cold campsite! It has great views of Muztagh tower. Over night in camp.
Day 10. Goro - Concordia (4550 mtr): An easy 04 hours plus walk. As we enter in the “Thorn room of the mountains God” and see the K2 emerging on our left, we feel that we have arrived at very special place on the planet. For many trekkers, it is life long goal and a pilgrimage to come here. A place of superlatives. Over night in camp.
Day 11. Concordia (4550mt): Here we have another rest day, explores base camps. You sit, relax and watch K2 having a cup of tea /coffee! Depending on the weather condition Or you can go on a long whole day trip to K2 base camp, or go to other way towards Gasherbrum Peak base camp. Over night in camp.
Day 12. Concordia - Ali Camp (5050 mtr): After breakfast, trek from Concordia towards Vigne Glacier Enroute one will have good views of the Chogolisa Group (7150 to 7665 m) As well as Baltoro Kangri (7321 m) Conway's Saddle (5974 m) and Sia Kangri (7433 m).The day's walk will mostly be on white glacier, approximately 5-6 hrs. Overnight at Ali Camp on Vigne Glacier. Over night in camp.
Day 13. Ali camp - Hispang (4833 mtr): Leave Ali Camp 1:00 a.m. Cross Gondogoro La (5700) descend Gondogoro glacier, arrive Hispang campsite at 2:00 p.m. long tough day. Wow! What a day! This is apex of the whole trek. The first part of the walk is in darkness over rocks. As we enter the upper Vigne basin, we get ice and snow. The rout has been set for us and we walk while being cautious of crevasses. The ascent begins, we around 5: 00 am. The ropes have been fixed by guide. You should be on top of the pass before 6:00 a.m. All long we are helped and assisted by the stuff. From Gondogoro La top, there is no other comparable mountains view on this planet! The descend is harder and steeper than the ascent. Ropes have been fixed and we basically descend about three pitches with help of ropes. Once again, we are assisted at every step by the stuff. Walking into the lush green Hispang Campsite with running water shallow sandy streams, it likes entering into the heaven! Over night in camp.
Day 14. Hispang - Saitcho (3400mt): Now we are slowly come back to civilization as we travel through high villages and summer pastures of the people from the Hushe. There is awesome view of peak K6 and K7 towards our left. This will take about 4 hours. Over night in camp.
Day 15. Saitcho (3400 mtr) We have another ending Rest. The Astore Valley is the starting point for several treks east to the Deosai Plateau and south and west to Nanga Parbat. Astor town, 112 kilometers away from the Gilgit. The Astor road leaves the KKH at Jaglot, the last reliable source of diesel and petrol, 57 kilometers south of Gilgit. It crosses the Indus, giving superb views of Nanga Parbat. Over night in camp.
Day 16. Saitcho - Hushe (2750 mtr): Hushe village, at the end of the jeep road, was very poor before the advent of trekking. As it is too high for fruit trees or double cropping, the villagers survive on sparse crops of wheat, barley, potatoes, peas and turnips -as well as their herds of animals. Hushe is being spoiled by too many tourists; children beg and are a nuisance around the camp. Despite the money gained from portering, the inhabitants are the dirtiest we have seen in northern Pakistan. That, said, they are wonderfully hospitable and friendly. Flour, rice, sugar, biscuits and kerosene are usually available in the village shop. Horses and donkeys are not available, but there are usually plenty of porters, unless your presence coincides with the harvest in August or a big group trek. Over night in camp.
Day 17. Hushe - Skardu (2500 mtr): From Hushe to Skardu It takes 08 hours by jeep. On the way we cross the Shyok river near Khaplu. The rising sharp pinnacles from the sandy bed of the shyok are power full sight. Lower down, crossing the Indus on Humayan Bridge at its famous and historical confluence with the Shyok is also a thrill. Stay in hotel.
Day 18. Skardu - Chilas Morning after b/fast drive to Chilas, transfer to hotel. Overnight in hotel. Stay in hotel.
Day 19. Chilas – Rawalpindi. Hotel Morning after b/fast drive to Islamabad, transfer to hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Day 20. Islamabad: Morning Visit Ministry for trek debriefing, later, a full day site seeing of Rawalpindi/ Islamabad.
Day 21. Transfer to airport for onward journey to sweet home flight. End of our services