Abruzzi ridge route,
70 days, Ex-Islamabad, Non-guided climb
K2 Base camp is a short 4 – 5 hour walk from Concordia, nature’s version of a highway interchange where several glaciers merge into the Baltoro.
K2 has the reputation of being one of the hardest 8000-meter peaks. All its route are technically challenging, it is not a mountain to be taken lightly since the route crosses prominent avalanche terrain. It took more lives while people coming down after the summit. Therefore K2 is also called ” The Savage Mountain”. Base Camp is at 4500 meters. From the summit, you will see the entire Karakoram, including the Gasherbrums (I‑VII), Masherbrum, Mustagh Tower and Chogolisa.
Depending on the weather, K2 Peak can be completed in as little as eight weeks (From/To Pindi) or as long as twelve weeks or more. The return trip is often over the 6000 meter Gondogoro La and the beautifully green Hushe Valley from which you return to Skardu.
Note :- Although we try to adhere to the schedule listed below, this itinerary is subject to change due to numerous reasons beyond our control such as bad weather, cancelled or delayed flights, road washouts, vehicle breakdowns, accidents, sickness, govt. restrictions, & all other unforeseen exigencies.
Upon arrival met and transfer to your hotel in Rawalpindi. After a short rest drive to Islamabad, Ministry of Tourism to complete the necessary formalities and obtain climbing permit.
Fly to Skardu, If unable to fly, same day we will drive to Skardu 2300m, spending a night in Chilas.
Emergency day in case, flight does not operate on day 03 this day will be use to transfer the members by road from Chilas to Skardu. Total drive time from Islamabad to Skardu is 22-24 hours.
Day at leisure. while staff will make final arrangement for the expedition.
Embark jeeps for a full day ride on a winding jeep trail to Askole 3050m – The last inhabitance on our way to the Great Glaciers. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff. Distance 96 Km, Drive 07-08 Hrs. Altitude 3050 M.
Note :-The road to Askole comes undergoing rapid erosion and gets closed quite oftenly. If unable to jeep, the group will disembark & walk to Askole on the same day or camp for overnight (subject to distance).
Today we leave the last inhabited village. For the remaining portion of our journey we rely on our porters who carry our food and equipment’s and sustain our expedition. Overnight in tents All meals served by camp staff. Walk : 03 – 04 hrs, Grade : Easy, Altitude : 3100 M,
Trek to the Dumurdo river cross at Jhula, (Jhula means wire rope bridge sported by a wooden basket), now a wooden bridge is made cross it & camp beside a torrent facing the Bakhordas. Walk : 03-04 hrs, Grade : Strenuous, Altitude : 3150 M
Resume trek along the Braldu River to a green Oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak 6611 M. Overnight in tents. Walk : 05-06 hrs, Grade : Moderate, Altitude : 3480 M.
Rest & acclimatization day at Piaju. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff.
Begin trek after an early breakfast. Traverse the junction of Paiju – Baltoro Glaciers through crevasses & lunch below Liligo, Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff. Walk : 06-07 hrs, Grade : Moderate, Altitude : 4130 M
A long walk on the icy Baltoro Glacier. Traverse the Yermanandu Glacier which flows down from Masherbrum & joins the Baltoro. Magnificent views of Muztagh, Mitre & Gasherbrum IV. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff. Walk : 06-07 hrs, Grade : Strenuous, Altitude : 4500 M.
After an early breakfast, resume a long walk on the Baltoro Glacier to a point called Concordia – a huge junction of Baltoro, Abruzzi & Godwin Austin Glaciers at 4000 meters . Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff. Walk : 05 – 06 hrs, Grade : strenuous, Altitude : 4720 M.
Final day of trek to K2 base. A 4-hrs trek will bring you to the base of K2, here you will say good bye to your porters for about 6 weeks. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff. Walk : 04 hrs, Grade : strenuous, Altitude : 4650 M.
Non guided climb will start from today. During the climbing period our staff will be at base camp to help and assist you.
After an early breakfast leave the K2 base camp and we will cross Concordia and several side glacier to reach our right path. After 4-5 hours we will reach Vigne glacier, it is also possible to walk on the Vigne glacier which is fairly easy then walking on the stony bath on the right side of the glacier but it depend on the snow condition. Overnight in tents.
A very early start as early as 2 or 3 O’clock does in the morning to cross the Gondogoro la to reach Khuspang. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff. Walk : 10 – 11 hrs, Grade : Strenuous, Altitude : 5700 M
After a couple of minutes of easy walk we will comes onto the glacier. You pick your way across moving boulders and ice, finally crossing the glacier up to the camping site to reach Dalsangpa, Continue your trek along the path goes down hill to the summer settlement called Shaicho, a large shepherds settlement with its won mosque, now here you can find a hotel and mountaineering equipment shop. This is the traditional camp among the forest of juniper, cedar and willow trees with giant bushes of wild roses and a good water supply. Walk : 07-08 hrs, Grade : Moderate, Altitude.
After breakfast continue your walk along the Hushey river on a easy path. Upon arrival camp near the fields in Hushey village. An easy day will bring you to Hushey village. Evening free. Overnight in tents.
AM : Embark jeeps for a full day ride on a winding jeep trail to Skardu. Upon arrival transfer to your chosen hotel. All meals included.
DAY 67 SKARDU – RAWALPINIDI
Early in the morning fly to Islamabad, if unable to fly same day drive to Gilgit. Overnight hotel.
Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Rawalpindi. Evening sightseeing.
If unable to fly on day 62. this day will be use to transfer from Gilgit to Islamabad by road.
De-briefing at Ministry of Tourism Islamabad. Evening free
Transfer to airport for your onward flight to abroad.
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