K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro La Trek

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K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro La Trek

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Highlights

Explore Pakistan's Karakoram mountain range on this epic 20-day guided trekking tour

Trek in the awe-inspiring Karakorum region of Pakistan, and enjoy one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Surround yourself with some of the world’s tallest and most beautiful mountain peaks at the renowned Concordia campsite.

Appreciate the grandeur of the second tallest peak in the world from up close at the K2 base camp.

Challenge yourself and your mountaineering skills as you cross the Gondogoro Pass.

A guided trek in the Karakoram is a spectacular trip. This guided trek to K2 Base Camp is a special one, as it continues over the Gondogoro Pass for the return journey.

K2 Base Camp

The Karakoram range in Pakistan boasts some of the tallest and most spectacular peaks in the world, including the imposing K2. This guided K2 Base Camp Trek takes you into the heart of the region, allowing you to experience the majesty of the region by air, by Jeep, and on foot. It is the latter, trekking through this unique terrain, that allows you to be truly immersed in the landscape. The K2 Base Camp Trek will let you feel the dirt, rock, and ice beneath your feet as you trek to Concordia, into the presence of the giants. From there, get up close to the mighty K2 as you trek to the base camp for the second tallest peak on Earth.

Gondogoro La

Challenge yourself further as you rope up, strap on crampons and grab ice axes for the unforgettable route across the Gondogoro La – a stunning high mountain pass. This is truly the trek of a lifetime. The Gondogoro Pass skirts the southern edge of K2, and reaches a staggering 5585m above sea level. This epic mountain pass is a favorite among hikers, as it offers breathtaking views over K2, Laila Peak and the Gasherbrums. Once dubbed the ‘throne room of the mountain gods’, this pass offers an unprecedented glimpse of some of the most striking mountains in the world.

The pass connects the Gondogoro and Vigne glaciers and this route bridges Concordia and the Hushe Valley, with panoramic views over the Karakoram Range. The journey over the pass is a challenging one, requiring crampons and fixed ropes, and is only accessible for a short time in the summer months. Nevertheless, you can expect one of the most rewarding day’s hiking of your entire life, with enough memories to fuel your hiking dreams for years to come.

All clients must assume and accept the risks associated with travel in Pakistan, and knowing that access to evacuation and/or consular support may not always be available. In such a case, our public liability cover does not extend to include cover for claims arising out of war and terrorism risks. 10Adventures.com Inc cannot be held liable for any incident, claim, loss or damage, however caused in this regard. Your travel insurance must ensure that you have adequate cover for travel through the region.

K2 Trek Base Camp and Gondogoro La Trek Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Islamabad

Welcome to Islamabad, Pakistan! When you arrive, your group leader or guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. After a trip briefing and a gear check, relax at the hotel and rest from your travels.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Islamabad
Distance
N/A
Meals
Dinner

Day 2 Transfer to Skardu or Chilas

Fly from Islamabad into the mountain region of Baltistan, to the city of Skardu. The route of this spectacular flight gives you a one-of-a-kind view of the Karakoram range, which is home to some of the world’s most impressive mountains. See these mighty mountains: K2 (8,611 m / 28,251 ft), Nanga Parbat (8,124 m / 26,653 ft), Rakaposhi (7,788 m / 25,551 ft), and many others, from above! Skardu is located at the place where three rivers meet - the Indus, the Shyok, and the Basha. After a day of wonders, including your first glimpse of K2, settle in at the hotel for a good night’s rest.

If it should happen that the flight is canceled due to weather in Islamabad or Skardu, you will travel to Skardu on a private, air-conditioned coach. Following the Indus River, the Karakoram Highway takes you to Skardu through amazing gorges and also offers majestic mountain panoramas. Watch for clear views of Nanga Parbat and Rakaposhi. The Karakoram Highway is often referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World, and rightly so. The drive will take two days, and after 10-12 hours of driving you’ll arrive at Chilas and spend the night in a hotel.
Distance: N/A
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight Location
Hotel in Chilas

Day 3 Jeep Safari in Skardu or Chilas – Skardu

Assuming you were able to fly to Skardu, today you’ll take a jeep safari to the Deosai Plains National Park, also called “The Land of Giants.” The local people know this place as “Summer’s Palace” since it is home to rich green grasses, vibrant and colourful wildflowers, and rare butterflies. The Deosai Plateau has an average elevation of 4,114 m (13,497 ft) above sea level, making it the second highest in the world, after the Changtang Plateau in Tibet. Enjoy inspirational views of Nanga Parbat (8,124 m / 26,653 ft) and scenic picnic lunch beside the renowned Sheosar Lake, all while helping your body begin the process of altitude acclimatization. Return to the hotel in Skardu by evening, full of impressions from this lovely day trip.

Distance: Jeep Tour or 7-8 hour drive from Chilas

Overnight Location
Hotel in Skardu
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Drive from Skardu to Jhola Camp

Travel today through the Shigar and Braldu valleys by Jeep to reach the village of Askoli (3,000 m / 9,842 ft). Each of these valleys is majestic and unique. In the Shigar Valley, the journey passes through several farming villages where the staple crops are barley and wheat, as well as fruit trees full of apricots and cherries. The local people are friendly and hospitable, and will likely invite you to sample the most delicious, fresh-picked cherries and apricots you have ever tasted.

In the Braldu Valley, the landscape changes, becoming more barren and desert-like with steep gorges and rocky mountainsides. Cross the Braldu River over suspension bridges several times, which is a unique experience. The journey is unpredictable because of the nature of the terrain. If the road is blocked by rocks or landslides, it will take longer than anticipated to reach Askoli, but with patience and flexibility you will soon find yourself at your first campsite for this trek.

Askoli is a self-sufficient village, as the people there grow all their own wheat, fruits, and vegetables. They also have large herds of sheep and goats. The fully-serviced Askoli campsite is a likely place to meet up with other trekking groups and mountaineering expeditions, so it will be a fun place to mingle and get to know other hikers. After dinner is a briefing with the guide and tour leader regarding the schedule for the next day.
Finally the trekking begins! Hike for about 30 minutes from Askoli to reach the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) office to register the group’s entry into the park. Since entry fees are included in your tour, this is already paid. Continuing from there, the Braldu Valley opens, revealing the enormous Biafo Glacier. This impressive glacier flows from Hispar Pass and Snow Lake to Braldu Valley and it is 67 km (41.6 miles) long, making it the third longest in the world outside of polar regions. This trek begins with an introduction to moraine crossing as you walk across the snout of the Biafo glacier toward Korophong, where you’ll enjoy a lunch break on the banks of the river.
The environment around you will feel severe and stark at the base of some large mountains in the Baltoro region. Follow the valley to the place where the Braldu and Dumordo rivers meet. At one time a “Joula” or flying fox was used here to cross the quick currents of the Dunmordo River. Today, a footbridge makes crossing the river a much safer and more convenient task. The Dunmordo Valley was once used as a passage on a travel route to China, but today the river shows your route to your camp for the night. The Joula campsite (3,218 m / 10,558 ft) is fully serviced and offers toilet and bath facilities maintained by the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP).

Overnight Location
Camping at Joula (3,218m)
Distance
6-8 hours of trekking
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Trek to Paiju

Hit the trail early today, following it along the Braldu River as it rises and falls due to erosion and water levels. Stop to eat lunch at the old campsite called Bardumal. As you continue your trek, you may see glimpses of the peaks of the Masherbrum range on your right toward the Xiangang Valley. The massive Masherbrum group covers most of the southern side of Baltoro Glacier.

The conditions here are likely to be very dry and hot, so be careful to avoid dehydration and sunburn. As you approach the Paiju campsite, you’ll pass lovely small streams descending from the glaciers to the north. You will also see glimpses of the Trango Towers rock towers and the twin peaks of Uli Biaho. You’ll also get your first introduction to the Baltoro glacier which, at 63km long, is the fifth longest in the world outside of the polar regions. At this distance, it will be difficult to understand how truly massive the Baltoro glacier is, but in the days to come you will move closer and be better able to appreciate its beauty and majesty.

Paiju campsite (3,407 m / 11,178 ft) is fully serviced and offers toilet and bath facilities maintained by the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP).

Overnight Location
Camping at Paiju (3,407m)
Distance
7-8 hours of trekking
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Trek to Khoburtse via Baltoro Glacier

Get ready for a tough day on Baltoro glacier and be sure to stay well-hydrated. About an hour’s hike from Paiju, you will approach the massive glacier. You will begin to appreciate the immensity of this glacier when you see how the ice stretches across the Braldu River, and notice that the porters look like a trail of ants. The impressive ice rises 70-80 meters above the river, and the ever-changing moraine is challenging to navigate. This part of the trek will be difficult.

Once you have reached the other side of the valley, the trail will frequently cross streams or sections of glacier. But you will be rewarded with clear views of the famous peaks of the Baltoro region: Paiju (6,610 m / 21,686 ft), the Trango Towers (6, 363 m / 20,876 ft),Uli Biaho Tower (6,109 m /20,043 ft), and Cathedral (6, 024 m /19,764 ft). The steep slopes behind you are grassy grazing areas for ibex. Pikas and hoopoe birds also call this rocky area home. Cross the Liligo glacier to reach the Khoburtse campsite on the southern side of the Baltoro glacier, opposite the Trango Towers.

Khoburtse campsite (3,816 m / 12,520 ft) is fully serviced and offers toilet and bath facilities maintained by the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP).

Overnight Location
Camping at Khoburtse (3,816m)
Distance
7-8 hours of trekking
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek to Urdukas

Since it is important to increase your sleeping altitude gradually, this will be a shorter day. Continue trekking as the trail follows along the side moraine on the southern side of the Baltoro glacier, at times on the glacier itself. Cross two other glaciers as well, both of which flow from Urdukas Peak (6,320 m / 20,735 ft). Then, on the northern side of the Baltoro glacier, cross Cathedral peak and the Trango Towers. Around midday, you’ll arrive at the unique and amazing Urdukas campsite (4,168 m /13,675 ft). Created by the 1909 K2 expedition led by the Duke of Abruzzi, this camping area is perched on hillside terraces about a hundred meters above the glacier. Rest in this spectacular place, surrounded by incomparable views of the Trango Towers, as well as Cathedral Peak and Lobsang (5,707 m /18,724 ft), whose rocky sides rise to form walls across the glacier. On a clear day, you can also see Broad Peak (8,051 m / 26,414 ft) and Gasherbrum IV (7,925 m /26,000 ft) in the distance.

Urdukas campsite is fully serviced and offers toilet and bath facilities maintained by the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP).

Overnight Location
Camping at Urdukas (4,168m)
Distance
4 hours of trekking
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Acclimatization in Urdukas

Distance: None

Overnight Location
Camping at Urdukas (4,168m)
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Trek to Goro

Beginning to hike from the Urdukas campsite, follow the moraine along the edge of the glacier before crossing onto the glacier itself, where the smoother surface makes trekking much easier. You will see the impressive Masherbrum mountain (7,821 m / 25,659 ft) on your right, as well as the Yermamendu glacier which flows from the south. Rubble scattered on the ice forms mountains which require a steady series of up and down climbs, but you will constantly have views of rugged peaks such as Broad Peak (8,051 m /26,414 ft) and Gasherbrum IV (7,925 m /26,000 ft) to motivate and inspire you. Pause to look back toward Paiju and appreciate how far you’ve come as those massive peaks seem to shrink into the distance.

Be prepared for cooler nights from now on as you will be camping on a large field of ice at higher altitudes. Goro II campsite (4,319 m / 14,170 ft) is fully serviced and offers toilet and bath facilities maintained by the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP).

Overnight Location
Camping at Goro II (4,319m)
Distance
6-7 hours of trekking
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Trek to Concordia

The backdrop for your trek today is quite possibly the most amazing mountain scenery on earth. Follow the route from the Goro II campsite toward Concordia along a relatively easy trail, hiking across gentle moraine slopes. Along the way, the Biange glacier to the north provides a clear view of the Muztagh Tower (7,283 m /23,894 ft). You can also see pinnacles of ice, or seracs, known as the “Ice Cubes” as they rise 40-60 meters out of Baltoro glacier.

As you approach Concordia, you are surrounded on all sides by giants, with Mitre Peak (6,070 m / 19,915 ft) and Baltoro Kangri (7,300 m / 23,950 ft) to the right, Broad Peak (8,052 m /26,417 ft) to the left, and the Gasherbrum group straight ahead. Finally, the legendary K2 (8,611 m / 28,251 ft) looms above the ridge and towers above the Godwin Austen glacier about 12km in the distance. Impressive as this view is, the full height of K2 is hidden until reaching Concordia, an unforgettable moment when the mighty mountain reveals itself with an incomprehensible 4,000 m rise from valley floor to summit.

Concordia is arguably one of the most spectacular campsites in the world, fully surrounded by the incomparable Karakoram peaks. There is no higher concentration of 7,000+ meter peaks to be found anywhere in the world. In this wide area, glaciers from K2 meet others from Chogolisa and the Gasherbrums, making it an ideal base for exploration and expeditions to some of the world’s tallest mountains. In the place, you are standing within 24km of 10 of the highest 30 peaks in the world, four of which top 8,000m. Few people in the world can boast that they have stood in the place and witnessed this extraordinary sight, but today you join the ranks of this exclusive group.

Concordia campsite (4,575 m / 15,010 ft) is fully serviced and offers toilet and bath facilities maintained by the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP).

Overnight Location
Camping at Concordia (4,575m)
Distance
5-6 hours of trekking
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Hike to K2 Base Camp

Wake up early this morning, since you won’t want to miss the chance to see the sun rise over the majestic Gasherbrum IV together with overwhelming views of Mighty K2 and Broad Peak. Get on the trail early and aim to reach Broad Peak Base Camp (4,850 m / 15,912 ft) by midday. The area where the Baltoro and the Godwin Austen glaciers intersect can be challenging but after this area, the terrain becomes much easier. Follow the medial moraine between the two glaciers to the Broad Peak Base Camp, which featuring awe-inspiring views of K2 ahead and Concordia behind. Since there will be many other expeditions camped here, you will have the opportunity to meet other hikers as well as professional mountain climbers.

Afterwards you’ll continue on to K2 Base Camp (5,135m) and then return to Concordia for the night.

Overnight Location
Camping at Concordia (4,575m)
Distance
Full day
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Trek to Ali Camp

Leave Concordia Camp in the direction of Upper Baltoro Glacier. Cross a number of moraine ridges until you arrive at the Vigne glacier, which you will find easier as it is much flatter with fewer crevasses. Along the trek, enjoy the marvelous views of Broad Peak, Chogolisa, Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak, and of course K2. Aim to arrive at Ali Camp, just below Gondogoro La, around midday. Rest, eat dinner early, and choose to turn in early in preparation for a very early start in the morning.

Note that a reserve day is scheduled in the event that weather conditions prevent your group from crossing the pass as planned. The group leader will determine if the weather, ice and snow conditions are favourable and safe.

Ali Camp (4,965 m / 16,289 ft) is fully serviced and offers toilet and bath facilities maintained by the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP).

Overnight Location
Camping at Ali Camp (4,965m)
Distance
5-6 hours of trekking
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Trek over Gondogoro La to Kuispang

Today will be a difficult but exciting day! Reaching the top of the Gondogoro Pass (5,625 m / 18,455 ft) is an accomplishment in itself, rewarding your hard work with unbelievable vistas. If you look in one direction, you’ll see four 8,000+ meter peaks (K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II). Look the opposite way down into the incredible Hushe Valley and see the lovely Laila Peak.

On this day, an early start means the middle of the night, around 1:00am. This is for safety, to reduce the risk of a rockfall as you descend down the pass on the Hushe side. If the trail has been broken and there are good snow conditions, ascending the pass can take as little as 5 hours. Roping up may be needed, depending on the snow conditions, as you cross the glacier to reach the base of the pass. Crampons and ice axes will be needed on the Vigne side as you climb the pass. Fixed ropes are in place in several sections where you can clip in with a carabiner and sling, and also use the ropes as handrail for safety.

Descending down the Hushe side of the Gondogoro Pass is also a challenge. A fixed rope at the top is very helpful, but the slope is very steep 50 degrees on snow at the start, and the bottom is a section of loose scree. Having conquered all of these challenges, Kuispang awaits. This green oasis campsite is the perfect place to relax and relive the day’s adventures.

Kuispang campsite (4,695 m / 15,404 ft) is fully serviced and offers toilet and bath facilities maintained by the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP).

Overnight Location
Camping at Kuispang (4,695m)
Distance
9-10 hours of trekking
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Trek from Hispung to Dalsmpa

Today you'll descend the Gondogoro Glacier to reach Daltsampa camp, with stunning views of the Gondogoro Glacier, Yermanadu Kangri (23,495 ft.) Masherbrum South (25,604 ft) and the Masherbrum La Camp (13.980 ft) by two small lakes. Overnight in tents.

Overnight Location
Camping at Daltsamap (4,300m)
Distance
4-5 hours of trekking
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 Trek to Saicho

From Kuispang, it is a short and easy walk to reach the Gondogoro glacier. As you pick your way across the icy glacier and the moraine, enjoy the beautiful sight of Laila Peak (6,096 m) on your left. When you have crossed the glacier, you’ll find lovely Dalsampa (“field of flowers”) campsite. Stop here to have lunch while looking out at a spectacular panoramic view of Masherbrum (7,821 m) as well as the Masherbrum glacier which cascades down from the Masherbrum Pass. After lunch, the hike to Saicho takes you through yak pastures and past the first trees you have seen since Paiju.

The idyllic Saicho campsite sits beside the river, nestled among wild roses, juniper, and tamarisk trees, and offers a stunning view up through the Charakusa Valley to K7 (6,934 m). Stop by the shop where the friendly local shopkeeper will regale you with stories from his time as a high-altitude porter on K2 expeditions. After successfully crossing the Gondogoro La, the porters will be more relaxed and they may choose to share their joy through local dances and songs in the evening.

Saicho campsite (3,434 m / 11,266 ft) is fully serviced and offers toilet and bath facilities maintained by the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP).

Overnight Location
Camping at Saicho (3,434m)
Distance
6-7 hours of trekking
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 Trek to Hushe

This will be the most interesting day of the trip the last walking day for the members and the porters to reach Hushe the last village of the Ganche District in the Khaplu Valley.

Overnight Location
Camping at Hushe (3050m)
Distance
4-5 hours of trekking
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 Drive to Skardu

Bid a fond farewell to the crew, who have become friends of these two weeks together, and board a Jeep bound for Skardu. A pleasant, 5-hour drive through quaint mountain villages awaits you. Once again, local farmers will extend hospitality and offer you fresh fruit from their trees. You will also travel through the town of Khaplu, which was once the second largest kingdom of the old Baltistan, and which guarded a trade route along the Shyok River to Ladakh. After arriving in Skardu, meet with the tourism department for a post-trek debriefing, then settle into your hotel for the night.

Overnight Location
PTDC Hotel in Skardu
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 Transfer to Islamabad

Weather permitting, take the breathtaking flight back to Islamabad, during which you can see some of the tallest peaks in the Karakoram range from above. The sight of the mighty K2, Nanga Parbat (8,124 m / 26,654 ft), and Rakaposhi (7,788 m / 25,551 ft) from this vantage point is unforgettable. There will be time in the evening to explore this modern city with sightseeing and shopping. Celebrate your amazing experiences on this tour with a special dinner at Monal Restaurant in Margalla Hills, where it is difficult to decide which is better: the food or the views of Islamabad.

Distance: Flight to Islamabad or 8-hour drive to Chilas

Overnight Location
Hotel in Islamabad or Chilas
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 Free day

Enjoy a free day in Islamabad for exploring, sightseeing and shopping.
Note: If our flight on day 19 is cancelled, we will spend 11-12 hours driving from Chilas to Islamabad via Babusar Pass 4173m.
Distance: Flexible

Overnight Location
Hotel in Islamabad
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20 Farewell

Your Ultimate K2 trek has come to an end! After breakfast, say goodbye to your group leader and/or guide after they help you transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Dates and prices of K2 Trek Base Camp and Gondogoro La Trek

This trekking tour in Pakistan can be run both as a private tour for your group only or a group tour where you get to join other trekkers on a set departure date. The best time to travel to Pakistan for this trek is during the summer months, from June – August.

Price of Private K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro La Trek

Have a trek for your group only! The prices below are per person.

  • Guided Group of 1: $6,095USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 2: $4,775USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3: $3,750USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 4-5: $3,195USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6: $2,995USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 7+: on request

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Accommodation on the K2 Basecamp & Gondogoro La Trek

While trekking, enjoy fully-serviced campsites with toilet and bath facilities maintained by the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP), as described in the itinerary. Before and after the trek, as you travel, stay in comfortable hotels that offer all the basic amenities alongside fantastic views of your surroundings. Pricing based on double occupancy rooms.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $375USD to have a private room in hotels and a private tent on the trek. In some cases, there may be other solo travelers, and if desired we can try to match you with participants of the same sex.

Roomy Isb Atlas Hotel

Centrally located in a popular area of F-7 Markaz in Islamabad, this hotel is known for cleanliness and friendly staff.

PTDC Motel in Skardu

This 3-star hotel in Skardu is very popular with trekking expeditions passing through the city. The rooms are large and comfortable and the view of the mountains from the garden is incredible.

Night 4-16

Camping in Karakorum

Enjoy various campsites along the route, where you’ll sleep in well-equipped tents with the basics supplied for you.

Roomy Isb Atlas Hotel

Centrally located in a popular area of F-7 Markaz in Islamabad, this hotel is known for cleanliness and friendly staff.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the K2 Trek Base Camp and Gondogoro La Trek Tour?

Meals

18 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 18 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations in hotels and campsites as described above.

Transportation during the Tour

  • Airport transfers on first and last day of trip
  • Round trip flights between Islamabad and Skardu
  • Domestic transport by air or private air-conditioned coaches (as described in itinerary)

Also Included

  • Expedition services including guides, porters, high-altitude porters, and cooks
  • 15kg porterage of personal gear
  • Safety equipment including Thuraya satellite phone (additional charge for personal use) and expedition medical kits
  • Group camping equipment, including two person tents, insulated mats, cooking and eating utensils, mess tent with table and stools
  • All required equipment for pass crossing, including fixed rope, climbing helmet, crampons
  • Porter’s insurance
  • Emergency medical kit
  • All trekking and permit fees valued
  • Visa support letter

Not included

  • Sleeping bag, clothing, and other personal equipment
  • Phone calls, laundry, and other personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Visa to enter Pakistan
  • Flights to and from Islamabad, airport and departure taxes, excess baggage fees
  • Travel Insurance

Frequenty Asked Questions about K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro La Trek

How safe is Pakistan?

Pakistan is becoming a more popular destination for foreign tourism, however, you should always check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview on the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provides advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality. Travel advice from the US Department of State and other Governments can change at any point. All clients must assume and accept the risks associated with travel in Pakistan, and knowing that access to evacuation and/or consular support may not always be available. In such case, our public liability cover does not extend to include cover for claims arising out of war and terrorism risks. 10Adventures.com Inc cannot be held liable for any incident, claim, loss or damage, caused in this regard. Your travel insurance must ensure that you have adequate cover for travel through the region.

How hard is this tour?

We rate this tour as a 5 / 5. The length of this trek, combined with the high-altitude and the glacial conditions make it a very difficult tour that is best-suited for experienced hikers.

Is this tour at high altitude?

Yes, this tour goes to high altitudes, which impacts almost all trekkers to some extent. In some cases the altitude simply makes the trekking more difficult, in some cases high altitudes can cause serious medical issues. It is required to have health and medical insurance that is valid for high altitude trekking and it is recommended you talk to a travel medical clinic to learn more about medical options for high altitude trekking.

How high is K2 Base Camp?

The K2 Base Camp is at 5,117m/16,785 ft.

What is the elevation of K2?

K2, at 8,611 m (28,251 ft) above sea level, is the second highest mountain in the world.

What should I bring for trekking in Pakistan

You have a maximum of 15kg of gear you can bring, so you have to pack light. This weight includes any personal items (toiletries, phone, kindle, etc) and all your gear. The following is a partial list of what you should bring at the minimum.

  • Trekking trousers, ideally not cotton
  • Underwear, ideally athletic variety or merino.
  • Trekking socks, ideally ones you have used before. Some guests bring liner socks as well.
  • Short-sleeve and long sleeve shirts. Ideally merino as it doesn’t need to be washed as often.
  • Thick shirt or sweater
  • Single pair of shorts
  • Thermal underwear (pants and top) to use instead of pyjamas.
  • Waterproof pants and coat, ideally both Gore-tex.
  • Gloves or mittens, ideally they are somewhat waterproof.Many guests bring both gloves and mittens.
  • Down jacket, as it gets cold in the evening and mornings.
  • Fleece vest or jacket
  • Warm hat (toque)
  • Sun hat
  • Comfy, broken-in hiking boots with ankle support. Carry these with your hand luggage on international flights as they are very hard to replace in Pakistan.
  • Comfy shoes or flipflops to wear around camp
  • Daypack, duffle bag, ideally both with heavy duty garbage bags inside to keep your gear dry
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sun cream, lip balm, first aid kit, hand sanitizer
  • Any other personal items you require.

Do I need a Visa?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website , though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included?

18 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 18 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. You must ensure your insurance is valid for trekking up to 6,000m. You can get travel insurance here.

How do I get to Islamabad to start this tour?

Your guide and/or tour leader will meet you at Islamabad International Airport (ISB). You are responsible for your own flights to and from this airport.

Are the tours in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English-speaking.

Where does the tour end?

Your guide and/or tour leader will arrange for your return to Islamabad International Airport (ISB) in time for your return flight.

Do I need vaccines?

Check with your family doctor or a travel-medical clinic.

Adventureoo is an adventure tour company offering Northern Pakistan’s most awe-inspiring selection of tours, treks, expeditions and excursions.

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From $2,125USD

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Guided

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 5 / 5.  The length of this trek, combined with the high-altitude and the glacial conditions make it a very difficult tour that is best-suited for experienced hikers


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