FIXED DEPARTURE DATES FOR 2018
TRIP DATES FOR 2018:
(private trips available)
K2 is the second highest peak in the world. This is a rare opportunity to see the best views of K2 plus a trek on Baltoro Glacier. You'll immerse yourself in a true off the beaten path adventure that not a lot of people get to do. Pakistan is also a place full of friendly locals with a unique culture just waiting to be explored by a true explorer. Do you have what it takes to be a Peak Explorer? Here's your chance to be one!
International arrival in Islamabad
Askole Mobile camp
Jula Mobile camp
Paiu Mobile camp
Kho Burse Mobile camp
Urdukus Mobile camp
Urdukus Mobile camp
Goro II Mobile camp
Concordia, K2 & Broad Peak
Concordia, K2 & Broad Peak
Goro II Mobile camp
Urdukus Mobile camp
Kho Burse Mobile camp
Paiu Mobile camp
Askole Mobile camp
NOTE: The guide and his team reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary to accommodate the group, as needed.
You can read the trek summary HERE.
This is a STRENUOUS trek. Recent hiking and/or backpacking experience is highly recommended. You will need to prepare in terms of cardio workout and consult with your doctor prior to joining the trip given the high altitude reaching up to almost 6000 meters / 20,000 feet. You will be required to familiarize yourself with the hazards and risks of high altitude trekking, sign a liability waiver and terms & conditions forms. A medical certification from your doctor may be required if Peak Explorations deems it necessary prior to joining this trip.
PROMO PRICE: $3095 (if booking by January 5, 2018)
Single supplement: $450
Balance is due 30 days prior to the departure date.
Best 3-4 star hotels accommodation with ensuite bath where is available
All meals in hotels
Morning bed tea on trek
Locally sourced fresh meals (varied menu) during trek including tea and coffee.
Some supplementary snacks on trek
Evening fill of your water bottle with boiled drinking water
Sleeping tents, mattresses, kitchen tents, Toilet and mess tents with tables & chairs.
Kitchen equipment, crockery, fuel, cooking, camping, cleaning and related gear.
Services of experienced professional English speaking guide, expert cook and low altitude porters.
Satellite phone with solar charger (10 units included)
17 kg of personal baggage during trek.
Porterage at airport and hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
Solar power back up for camera batteries
Trekking fee (US$ 50 per person) and permit process.
Central Karakoram National Park Entrance fee (US$ 50 per person)
Camping sites fee, Bridges crossing fee
Insurance of field staff; i.e. guide, cook, porters/staff.
Safety rope and basic necessary gear.
Internal flights and associated airport transfers, all land transport involved in the itinerary by private chartered vehicles.
First Aid Kit with necessary medicines
Ice axe, crampon, rope, sling, large carabiners, three screwgate carabiners, Helmet and prussik cord
Blood oxygen saturation and heart rate is measured on the trail using a pulse oximeter to monitor adjusting to the altitude.
Monuments entry fee
Visa invitation letter
Excess days beyond the itinerary
Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
Extras at hotels bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
Airport and departure taxes.
Travel Insurance of member.
Any other service not mentioned above.
International flights are excluded. Clients must book their own flights and send a copy of their flight itinerary by e-mail to no later than the trip balance due date.
TRAVEL INSURANCE REQUIRED:
After making a deposit, you are required to obtain appropriate travel insurance through Travel Guard or other insurance of your choice that should cover at a minimum 100% of the trip cost (land & air), emergency medical and evacuation for high altitude trekking of up to 6000 meters. Proof of travel insurance must be provided via electronic mail to no later than the trip balance due date. Failure to obtain travel insurance by the trip balance due date will result in cancellation and no refund of your trip deposit and/or applicable cancellation fees as noted in the Terms & Conditions.
Note: If you opt to buy your insurance from a company other than Travel Guard, please ensure that the insurance you purchase covers high altitude trekking as there are only a select number of companies that provide such type of coverage.
Please check ahead of time as to the visa requirements for the country of your choosing. You are responsible for securing your own visa, if required.
Upon booking, you will receive trip notes that include the recommended gear list and specific trek information.
Group Size and Trip Status
For each of our group adventures, there is a minimum number of two participants required to enable the trip to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will 'Guaranteed to Run'. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.
Joining Arrangements and Transfers
All clients will be met at Islamabad Airport by the local representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Similarly, at the end of the trip, transfers will be provided back to Islamabad Airport. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your final confirmation letter.
During the trek, top quality messing services are provided including large messing/dining tents with chairs and table, sleeping tents, extra thick foam mats are supplied, hot water is always available at camps, and food is wide and varied. The highest standards of hygiene are maintained on trek, and our cooks will surprise you with a varied menu that’s sure to please at the conclusion of each trekking day. For breakfast you will get porridge or cereal, toast or chapattis, omelets, jams, honey and a range of hot drinks. Normally a hot lunch is prepared by the trek crew or on the longer days a pack lunch is provided with fresh meat on occasion. On arrival at the camp in the afternoon you will be given tea and biscuits and a three course meal which follow with soup, a main meal, fruit and dessert. Vegetarians are also well catered too. (Conditions apply on Silver package). In major cities, we stay in hotels close to bazaars and shopping precincts, and the best available tourist class hotels in regional towns. All services we provide are of the highest possible standard available at the time.
Approximately US$ 250 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, including porter and trek crew tips. Note that money for tips should be changed into local currency (denominations of 500 rupees or smaller only) before you leave Islamabad. It is not necessary to purchase local currency (Pakistan rupees) before your trip. Money can be changed at a reasonable rate at authorized money changers near the hotel. Since you will be changing the majority of your spending money into local currency soon after your arrival, we recommend that you take it in cash. US dollars, Sterling and Euros can readily be exchanged in Islamabad. Credit cards can be used to purchase many goods in Islamabad or Skardu and are particularly useful for more expensive items such as carpets. It is possible to withdraw cash (rupees only) from only few cash machines in Islamabad using credit and debit cards.
Guidance on Tipping
In Pakistan, it is expected and common although it is not compulsory to tip the members of your trek crew, including your guide, if you are happy with the services provided. We estimate that US$100, will cover this aspect of your trip expenditure. Towards the end of the trek, the trip leader will help the group to determine an appropriate level of tipping for each crew member, and this is most usually done as a group ‘thank-you’ with ceremony on the final day of trekking.
The group will be accompanied by a full support crew, including a guide, driver, and during the trekking days there will be a cook and kitchen crew, as well as porters to carry all equipment and personal trek bags.
Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking including your sleeping bag and camping mattress should be no more than your allowed quota. Note this allowance does not include your mountaineering equipment which will be carried separately in communal bags. It is possible to leave items not required on trek at the group hotel in Islamabad and also in Skardu.
A Typical Day on the Trek
All camp chores are done for you, leaving you free to use your time to the fullest. You carry only a light day pack as your gear is carried by porters. You will be woken (around 6 a.m.) with a cup of tea or coffee brought to your tent, followed by a small bowl of warm water for washing. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your backpack before sitting down to a hot breakfast, during which the porters will be given their loads. After a salubrious breakfast, setting off in the pleasant cool of the morning, we will generally reach our lunch stop by 11 a.m. Lunch is usually an hour break to allow for the group meal followed by the staff meal. The cook crew, having overtaken us on the trail, will already have the lunch preparations well under way. This also enables you to do your washing in the warmest part of the day and catch up on your diary or reading. The afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning session and we hope to establish camp by 4 or 5 p.m. well before dusk. During the day you are free to walk at your own pace and to take as many photographs as you wish. Once we have reached camp and the kitchen is set up, afternoon tea will be prepared (tea, coffee and biscuits) and until dinner there is time to rest, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with staff and local people. Dinner is usually served between 6-7 pm. This is a great time of day for general socializing. After dark, the temperature quickly falls and everyone will soon be tucked in their sleeping bags. Trekking evenings afford some of the best memories of your trek, whether it is talking, playing cards, chatting with the crew or joining in some singing and dancing with the local people. It is always a special time.
Meals During the Trek
We provide a full service while on trek. An important aspect of this service is the meals that are prepared for you and we are frequently complimented by returning travellers about the food provided. Ensuring that you stay healthy is one of our highest priorities. Therefore, each of our treks is accompanied by a trained cook as well as kitchen staff who provide you with three hearty meals each day. High levels of hygiene are engaged to ensure that our travelers stay healthy and fit. Our cooking staff has mastered the preparation of a varied and balanced menu and there is always plenty of food for those who may like seconds. Our cooks are trained to provide excellent food for vegetarians and anyone who has a limited diet including those who are lactose or gluten intolerant. Our meal inclusion on your trek is for your benefit and takes all the hassle, expense and worry out of your holiday. Major food items, are provided in different combinations.
Break fast :Porridge, Paratha bread, Corn Flacks, Eggs, Jam, Honey, Black tea, Coffee, Muesli, Marmalade, Milk
Lunch:Local cuisine, Rice, Bread, Boiled potato, Sardine Fish, Peanut butter, Fish Crackers, Cookies, Sweet/salty Candies, Dry Fruit,Tin Fruit, Potatoes/peas, Green tea/Mixed tea, Coffee, Tin juice etc
Dinner: Local cuisine, Pasta, Rice (different varieties), Fresh vegetables, Chapatti, Spaghetti, Macaroni, Meat (Mutton, chicken & Beef), Beans, Green peas, Eggs, Pulses Noodles (Maggi), Salad, Lentils, Green tea, Pudding, Kheer Mix, Custard, Jelly, Cream Cake.
We provide iodine treated drinking water treated during breakfast, at the lunch stop and while in camp. We use spring water wherever possible but on some days we have no choice except to use glacial melt which may contain silt. Conventional filters do not work well with glacial silt and in camp the kitchen will use a large water barrel which allows the silt to settle away. You should bring a little bicarbonate of soda if you find the taste of iodine unpalatable.
Altitude and Acclimatization
Our K2 Base Camp Baltoro itinerary has been designed for gradual acclimatization to take place.Please remember even the fittest and healthiest person can develop one of the altitude illnesses: AMS (acute mountain sickness), HACE & /HAPE (high altitude cerebral edema) and/ or (high altitude pulmonary edema). The symptoms of these illnesses are below:
Symptoms of AMS:
Nausea or if severe, vomiting
Symptoms of HACE:
Usually preceded by AMS
Like “Severe AMS” also with severe headache unresponsive to painkillers;
Confusion and physical clumsiness (ataxia).
Symptoms of HAPE:
Fluid in the lungs
Breathlessness out of proportion to exercise especially at rest and worse when lying flat.
Often symptoms start later (at night or after 24 to 48 hours at new altitude).
Often occurs without AMS (often no headache), but you can have AMS and HACE too.
If any of these aforementioned symptoms occur when you are on trek please immediately tell your guide. If you have symptoms of altitude illness (AMS, HACE or HAPE) you must not ascend in altitude. If you have HACE or HAPE you must descend to nearest health post (if available) or seek medical help. If you have only mild symptoms of AMS you should rest, drink fluids, try to eat, keep warm. If symptoms go away then you can go up. If symptoms get worse you have to descend in altitude escorted by one of our guide/staff (someone with altitude illness must never descend alone).
Ways of helping the acclimatization process are as follows:
Walk slowly: No need to rush as there is plenty of time included in the itinerary, so go at your own pace and enjoy the incredible views!
Consider taking diamox (acetazolamide): before using this drug we recommend consulting a doctor and researching the pros and cons of using this medicine.
Drinks lots of water: when hydrated, it is easier for your body to acclimatize so drink water and avoid coffee, tea and alcohol.
We can hire out trekking equipment for any trip with subject to availability.
4 season sleeping bag, Thermarest, crampons, ice axe, walking stick, boots, helmet, backpack, helmet, Harness pack(includes harness, karabiners, sling and prussic cord), gloves, head lamp, rope, gaiter, tent, sun glasses etc. Hire requests must be submitted four weeks prior to departure.
Preparing for your trip
It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 10 hours on some days. Regular hiking in hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip.
Suggested Clothing and Equipment List
A comprehensive list of suggested clothing and equipment for this trek can be found HERE. One has only to take selection of these items based on their requirements and past experience. Trekkers should bring a large duffel bag that would be carried by a porter and a daypack (40-50 liters), to carry by trekker containing items that one might need while trekking such as camera, jacket, water bottles, sun glasses snacks and warm cloths etc.
Safety and First Aid
Your team leader carries a medical kit with the group sufficient to cover most situations until evacuation can be organized. Additionally we have in place a prearranged plan with the Pakistan Air Force for helicopter evacuation to Skardu if you do injure yourself while walking (very rare). Please note that, while we make all the arrangements and pay for any evacuation on our insurance, you remain responsible for ensuring your insurance provides sufficient coverage to reimburse us.
We will provide leatherman, shifter and spanners for crampons, waxed thread, needles, patches, adhesives, tape, sealant, repair sleeves, cord, tent spares, rope, slings, anchors, eyeglass arms, backpack straps, clips and buttons, bootlaces. If you have items which require peculiar repair please ensure you are self sufficient.
Pakistan is known for its beautiful and dramatic scenery. Avid walkers and non-walkers alike are drawn to its mountains and foothills to view the Karakoram, Himalaya and the world’s highest peaks. Many also discover the beauty of the valleys and the enjoyment of time spent as a self-contained expedition, far from the rush of the modern world and in the delightful company of the trek crew as they tend to our needs and ensure that we are comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest. They are physically strong, sharp-witted and have an incredibly positive attitude towards a life that we would consider extremely tough. For keen walkers it is a paradise and even avowed non-walkers find that one foot just seems to follow the other, drawn by the appeal of what lies beyond.
The Karakoram Mountains are sheltered from the full effects of the monsoon, and the weather is generally excellent throughout the summer season, with the norm being clear skies and little rain or snow. However, weather in mountainous areas is difficult to predict, and short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year. The traditional trekking season in Pakistan is June to September. The Karakoram treks will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains between 1,000m and 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5°C and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 40°C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20°C to -15°C. The mornings are generally clear with clouds building up during the afternoon and often disappearing at night to reveal beautiful starr y nights. For further information please visit at
A passport with at least 6 months remaining validity and a current Pakistan Visa are required for the trek. You must apply for your Pakistan Visa in advance from the High Commission for Pakistan or at the consulate in any of the nearest location. For further information please visit at The visa application can also be downloaded from this link:
As a general rule of thumb, you will need Typhoid, Tetanus and Hepatitis A. Please check with your General Physician however. We do not believe it is necessary to use malarial prophylactics, as most of your time will be spent above 2500m, and mosquito bite is not a significant problem in Pakistan, however, again, you should check this with your Physician.
Pakistan is a country of astonishing beauty and diversity, not to mention clear blue skies, stunning mountains and friendly, courteous people. Pakistan displays some of Asia’s most magnificent landscapes as it stretches from the Arabian Sea, its southern border, to some of the world’s most spectacular mountain ranges in the north. Pakistan is also home to sites that date back to word’s earliest settlements rivaling those of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. More at
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