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Day 1   ARRIVAL IN ISLAMABAD

A member of the local staff will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Today, either you can relax or you can enjoy an exploratory walk in the old part of Rawalpindi; wander past the vegetable and spice markets, beautifully carved old houses and trucks, cows pestering the vegetable vendors, catch traditional craftsmen at work in silver and gold bazaars.  You can then continue on the main street linking the Twin cities - Murree Road - before arriving at the gleaming new capital, Islamabad. You pass shining new buildings and thousands of park areas - a full 50 percent of the 350 square mile site is set aside for parks. You can stop at Shakar Parian to catch a bird's eye view of Islamabad.  Our next stop will be Shah Faisal Mosque which is the landmark of Islamabad. This evening you will enjoy a welcome dinner with other trekkers.

Activities: Sightseeing, Cultural Exploration

Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation: Pearl Continental, Margalla Hotel, Dreamland Hotel, Regency Hotel 

Day 2   SKARDU OR CHILAS

We rise early to be at the airport in time for our flight to Skardu. If the weather is good, we'll be treated to one of the finest views available in the world of aviation, as we thread our way up the largest congregation of mountains of Karakoram, Hindukush, Himalaya and Indus River gorges, third longest in Asia and one of the deepest in the world. To our east is K2 (2nd highest in the world and Nanga Parbat (killer mountain) and countless peaks and glaciers. It is sometime possible to catch a glimpse of K2 in the distant before our dramatic landing at Skardu.  On arrival we are met by our local staff with jeeps and make the short transfer to the hotel. SKARDU is the administrative capital of Baltistan and gateway to the high peaks of Northern Pakistan. We have some time to explore the town and enjoy the hustle and bustle in peak season of tourists here.  We go sightseeing in Skardu and surrounding areas during the day.

For those seeking a good overview of Skardu, or a place from which to photograph the sunset, Kharfocho Fort is an ideal spot. If the flight is unable to operate because of bad weather, we will resort to travel by road on Karakoram Highway (KKH) to Chilas. The drive is compensated by the beautiful scenery along the Karakoram highway and Indus gorges. The journey on the Karakoram Highway is most exciting and thrilling. It is a monument to the engineering feast and one of the most spectacular roads and the world’s highest metalled border crossing. It connects Pakistan and China stretching over a distance of 1300km between Islamabad and Kashgar, winding through three mountain ranges and following the ancient Silk route along the Indus Valley to the Chinese border at Khunjerab Pass. We pass through the historical town of Taxila, beautiful hill station of Abbottabad, quake affected lush green towns of Mansehra, Shinkiari and finally meet the great Indus on Thakot Bridge. From there onward the road snails along the bank of the Indus with contrasting landscape after every two kilometers. We pass through Besham, Dassu, Komila and Shatial to arrive at Chilas with many rock carvings and inscriptions along the way left by Chinese pilgrims and ancient travelers of 5th century A.D. Chilas was on the ancient caravan trail over the Babusar Pass into India. The view after crossing the Rai kot Bridge of Nanga Parbat is without parallel. Standing at around 1,000 m. you see a mountain which rises to above 8,000 m! This is the largest land escarpment in the world. This is also where the three greatest mountain ranges meet; Himalaya, Hindukush and Karakoram.

Flight: 45 Minutes  

Drive: 10-12 hrs

Activities:  Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Hiking,Jeep Safari

Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation: Shangrila Hotel (Chilas), Mashabrum Hotel, PTDC (Skardu) 

Day 3   SKARDU / CHILAS – SKARDU

This day may be needed to complete the KKH road journey from Chilas to Skardu.  Alternatively, leaving Skardu today will enable us to enjoy an extra day of trekking.

Drive: 10-12 hrs. 

Activities: Cultural exploration, Sightseeing, Hiking, Jeep Safari

Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation: Mashabrum Hotel, PTDC 

Day 4   SKARDU - ASKOLE

Today we rise early and view the beautiful sunrise against the backdrop of the Karakoram. After breakfast, drive to Shigar, a history-soaked medieval town. There is also a heritage Palace cum Fort (Fong khar). Completely renovated by the AKCSP a few years back, the Palace and its suburbs reflects a medieval look. Here we will pay a brief visit to the Garden House, Royal room, museum handicraft shop and The Khanqah Moalla, famous for its uniquely carved wooden windows and meditation cells. Shigar retains a mystical, medieval aura that may leave you feeling like you have stepped through the looking glass.  Then an exciting jeep journey takes us through the fields of the Shigar valley before the road narrows to a mountain track leading to the trail head at Askole, the last inhabitancy on our way to the great glaciers. Highest in the region, the stone & timber abodes contain dark & narrow stairwells raven by gloomy, unlit alleys cluster within the embrace of the fertile terraces.

Distance:  135 Km

Drive: 07-08 hrs.

Altitude: 3050 M 

Activities:  Jeep Safari, Cultural Exploration

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Mobile Camp

DAY 5  ASKOLE -  JULA

Today we leave the last inhabited village of Askole. Porters are assembled to carry our luggage for the next section of the journey. For the remaining portion of our journey we rely on our porters who carry our food and equipment and sustain our expedition. After scrambling over a ridge, we come across what legend says an old polo field. Passing through a rock gap we cross the Biafo glacier. The Biafo Glacier is a huge river of ice 63 km long which descends from the central peaks of the Karakoram and flows east into the Braldu valley at a point about 10 km east of Askole.  After a two and a half hour trek along an uphill walk over a steep ridge along the Dumordo river, we descend at Jula, (wire rope bridge supported by a wooden basket), where we cross and camp beside a torrent facing the Bakhordas peak. 

Hike:  06-07 hrs

Grade: Moderate

Altitude: 3150 M

Activities: Trekking

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 6 JULA - PAYO

Resume trek along the Braldu River to a green oasis under the shadows of Paiu Peak, the last grove of trees before the trail moves onto the glacier, 6611 M. Paiu - is a Balti dialect word that means "SALT".  Since there are some rock salt deposits at the base of this peak, the locals believe that the snow on the summit of Paiu Peak is not snow but a huge deposit of salt which drips down to the base. From this camp, we have the first views of the impressive Baltoro Glacier. 

Hike:  05-06 hrs

Grade: Moderate

Altitude: 3480 M

Activities: Trekking

Meals provided:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:  Mobile Camp

Day 7 PAYO – KHO BURSE

Today we resume trek with a gradual climb up Baltoro Glacier on the southern edge. After about two hours, the path divides at the snout of Baltoro glacier where the left branch goes to the base camp of Trango Tower and the Serpo Lgo pass. Continue to the right climbing up on to the glacier that stretches up the valley, 62 km long and 2 km wide. Further 2-3 hours steady climb on a long diagonal to the other side. Follow the southern edge to Liliwa and onward to Khuburse, a lovely walk for about 90 minutes to the campsite with clear water.

Hike: 05-08 hrs 

Activities:  Trekking

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 8 KHO BURSE - URDUKAS

Today, in the morning we leave Kho-burse camp and walk mostly along the crest of lateral moraine towards Urdukas. This camp has superb views across the Baltoro Glacier to the Trango peaks, having view of Paiu Peak, Chorichi, Uli Biaho, Trango Tower and so on and is our last 'green grass' campsite.      

Hike: 05-06 hrs

Grade: Moderate

Altitude: 4130 M 

Activities:  Trekking

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 9   URDUKAS - REST DAY

This is the last campsite the main glacier, with very impressive views over the Baltoro and to the dramatic rock spires on the opposite on grassy slopes off side of the glacier. So based on our past experience, rest day at Urdukus comes with the following advantages - Helps the acclimatization process and has proved to be more effective than a rest day at Paiu.  You can take a pleasant walk behind the campsite through grassy slopes full of alpine flowers. Climbing high & sleeping low is the best way to help the acclimatization process.

Hike:  None

Activities:  Training

Meals provided:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 10 URDUKAS - GORO  II

A long walk on the icy Baltoro Glacier, traveling on the glacier all the time now, it is an all day walk over the boulder-strewn glacier to the campsite at Goro. Traverse the Yermanandu Glacier which flows down from Masherbrum & joins the Baltoro. Masherbrum is visible on the right side of the glacier, and Mustagh Tower on the left. Gasherbrum IV and Broad Peak can be seen directly ahead, as they catch the evening sunlight.

Hike: 06-07 hrs

Grade: Strenuous

Altitude: 4250 m

Activities:  Trekking

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:  Mobile Camp

Day 11   GORO II - CONCORDIA 

Trekking to the campsite at Concordia, we pass through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world; a huge junction of Baltoro, Abruzzi & Godwin Austin Glaciers at 4000 meters. Within a short radius of 15 Kilometers, stand 41 peaks over 6500 meters including 04 peaks above 8000 M.  The 360 view offers a panorama of peaks that’s nowhere to be found on this planet.    

Hike:  04-05 hrs

Grade: Strenuous

Altitude: 4600 m 

Activities:  Trekking

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:  Mobile Camp

Day 12   CONCORDIA - K2 & BROAD PEAK BASE CAMPS AND RETURN

There is plenty of time to admire the scenery and find the best vantage points from which to take photographs of the surrounding peaks. Concordia, the confluence of five glaciers, offers unprecedented views of the Karakoram peaks. Within a radius of nine miles rise 41 peaks above 21,000 feet, almost half of them still unnamed and unclimbed. Some team members may wish to make the return journey to K2 Base Camp in a single day (10 hrs round trip).  Some people might prefer to walk to Broad Peak Base Camp rather than walk all the way to K2 Base Camp. Others may choose to explore base camps or just sit and watch K2 all day long and sip tea; or go to the other way towards the Gasherbrum peaks. The choice is yours! Overnight at Concordia in tents.  

Hike: 10-12 hrs

Grade: Strenuous

Altitude: 4600 m 

Activities:  Trekking

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 13   CONCORDIA - GORO II

Retrace back to Goro II

 

Hike: 06-07 hrs

Grade: Moderate

Altitude: 5000 m

Activities:  Trekking

Meals provided:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 14   GORO II - URDUKUS

Retrace back to Urdukus.

Hike: 07-08 hrs

Activities: Trekking

Meals provided:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 15   URDUKUS - KHO BURSE  

 

Retrace back to Kho Burse.

 

Hike: 05-08 hrs

Activities: Trekking

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Mobile Camp

 

Day 16   KHO BURSE - JULA

 

Retrace back to Jula.

 

Hike: 07-08 hrs

Grade: Strenuous

Altitude: 3350 m

Activities:   Trekking

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:  Mobile Camp

 

Day 17   JULA - ASKOLE

 

Walk back to Askole.

 

Hike: 06-07 hrs

Activities:  Trekking

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 18   ASKOLE - SKARDU

 A jeep journey along narrow mountain roads passing small farming settlements leads first to Khapulo and then to Skardu (6-7hrs). Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.

Drive: 07-08 hrs.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:  Mashabrum Hotel, Snowland Hotel

Day 19   SKARDU- CHILAS / ISLAMABAD

Early in the morning flight to Islamabad. With clear skies we will be able to board a plane and be back at our hotel in Islamabad in 45 minutes. If the weather is not so favorable and the flight doesn’t come, then we will have to drive the Karakoram Highway to Rawalpindi through the narrow gorge of the Indus River. The outcome is in the lap of the God, so we will be praying that they’re on our side! If we are able to fly down, for those who want to escape the heat of the city a very pleasant excursion is up to the former British hill station at Murree. The faded remnants of the town’s colonial past can be seen in its gable roofed buildings and small Anglican churchyard. This excursion is not included in the trip price but if any member of the group wish to make this journey, a private vehicle and driver can be hired locally for a very modest sum. Back in Rawalpindi we enjoy a final evening meal usually taken at one of traditional food streets either in Islamabad or in Rawalpindi.

Meals provided:  Breakfast

Accommodation:  Besham Continental

Day 20   CHILAS - ISLAMABAD

Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Rawalpindi. Evening sightseeing. If unable to fly on day 18th, this day will be used to travel from Chilas to Islamabad by road.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation: Potohar Hotel, Pearl Continental Rawalpindi

PAKISTAN'S K2 & BALTORO GLACIER TREK SUMMARY