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K2 Base Camp Trek – 21 Days

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  • 21 Days 20 Nights
  • Jun - Sep
  • Max Guests : 8
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Max Altitude: 5117 meters
Tour Details

The K2 Basecamp trek is a challenging and rewarding trek in the Karakoram Range of Pakistan. K2, also known as Mount Godwin-Austen, is the second-highest mountain in the world, and the trek takes you to its basecamp at an altitude of 5,150 meters (16,896 feet). The trek follows the Baltoro Glacier, which is one of the longest glaciers outside the polar regions, and passes through some of the most stunning scenery in the world, including the Trango Towers, Paiju Peak, and the Gasherbrum Peaks.

Typically it is completed in 18 to 22 days, and it is recommended that trekkers have previous high-altitude trekking experience. It is physically demanding and requires a good level of fitness, as well as the ability to cope with the high altitude. The trekking season runs from June to September, when the weather is usually stable and the conditions are more favorable for trekking.

 

Departure & Return Location

Islamabad International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Invitation Letter for Visa
  • All transportation in destination location
  • 20 Nights Hotel / Camping
  • 3 Meals / Day
  • English Speaking Tour Coordinator
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • CKNP Waste Management Fee
  • Trekking Fee for Foreigners
  • Porter charges
  • Support Staff

Price Excludes

  • International/ Domestic Flight Tickets
  • Travel Insurance
  • Laundry, beverages & phone calls or other expenses of personal nature
  • Extra expenses due to the acts of nature and political reasons etc
  • Tips for Guides, Drivers and Porters
What to Expect

The trek is typically completed in 21 to 24 days, and it is recommended that trekkers have previous high-altitude trekking experience. The trek is physically demanding and requires a good level of fitness, as well as the ability to cope with the high altitude. The trekking season runs from June to September, when the weather is usually stable and the conditions are more favorable for trekking.

Accommodation on the trek is in tents, and there are several well-equipped campsites along the route. Trekkers are accompanied by experienced guides and porters, who help to carry the heavy loads and ensure the safety of the group. The trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that offers stunning views of some of the most spectacular peaks in the world, and a chance to experience the unique culture of the local communities.

  • Explore Islamabad the Capital of Pakistan
  • Explore Skardu & Shigar valleys
  • Enjoy Scenic flight from Islamabad to Skardu
  • Trek to the K2 Basecamp
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Islamabad, Pakistan.

You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2Fly from Islamabad to Skardu (2,228m)

The flight takes approximately one hour, and upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Skardu. Spend the rest of the day acclimatizing to the altitude and exploring the city.

Day 3Rest day in Skardu for acclimatization and sightseeing.

Visit the local bazaar, the Kharpocho Fort, and the Shigar Valley.

Day 4Drive from Skardu to Askole (3,027m), the last village of the region

The drive takes approximately six to seven hours and passes through the Braldu Gorge and the Baltoro Glacier.

Day 5Trek from Askole to Jhula (3,100m)

The trek takes approximately five to six hours and follows the Braldu River.

Day 6:Trek from Jhula to Paiju (3,440m).

 The trek takes approximately six to seven hours and passes through the Bardumal, the Jhola Glacier, and the Paiju Peak.

Day 7: Trek from Paiju to Khoburtse (3,664m).

The trek takes approximately six to seven hours and passes through the Dumordo River, the Trango Glacier, and the Uli Biaho Peak.

Day 8:Trek from Khoburtse to Urdukas (4,130m).

The trek takes approximately six to seven hours and passes through the Baltoro Glacier and the Masherbrum Peak.

Day 9:Trek from Urdukas to Goro II (4,250m).

The trek takes approximately five to six hours and passes through the Baltoro Glacier and the Gasherbrum Peaks.

Day 10:Trek from Goro II to Concordia (4,600m).

 The trek takes approximately five to six hours and passes through the Baltoro Glacier, the Broad Peak, and the Gasherbrum Peaks.

Day 11:Trek from Concordia to K2 Basecamp (5,150m).

The trek takes approximately four to five hours and passes through the Baltoro Glacier and the Godwin-Austen Glacier.

Day 12:Trek back from K2 Basecamp to Concordia.

Trek back from K2 Basecamp to Concordia. The trek takes approximately five to six hours.

Day 13:Trek from Concordia to Goro II.

The trek takes approximately six to seven hours.

Day 14:Trek from Goro II to Khoburtse.

The trek takes approximately five to six hours.

Day 15:Trek from Khoburtse to Paiju.

The trek takes approximately six to seven hours.

Day 16: Trek from Paiju to Jhula.

The trek takes approximately five to six hours.

Day 17:Trek from Jhula to Askole.

The trek takes approximately five to six hours.

Day 18:Drive from Askole to Skardu.

The drive takes approximately six to seven hours.

Day 19:Fly from Skardu to Islamabad.

Upon arrival in Islamabad, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 20:Free day in Islamabad.

Free day in case of flight cancellation from Skardu to Islamabad or any other delays. You can enjoy shopping and explore twin cities of Rawalpindi & Islamabad.

Day 21:Departure from Islamabad.

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Map

FAQ

Do I need to apply visa?

Most tourists visiting Pakistan require a visa to enter the country. The specific visa requirements can vary based on your nationality and the purpose of your visit (e.g., tourist, trekking (in restricted zone), climbing). It is essential to check with the official website of the Pakistan government’s immigration department ( https://visa.nadra.gov.pk/e-visa/ ) to get the most up-to-date and accurate information about visa requirements for tourists. The visa application process and required documents may also differ depending on your nationality, so it’s best to plan well in advance and comply with the visa regulations before your travel dates.

Do you have insurance covered?

No, insurance is not included in the package, you are advised to buy an international insurance from your home country before travel.

Can I change the travel date?

Travel dates can not be changed for fixed departure group tours, but you can book a customised private tour with us.

Can I get the refund?

Initial deposit of US$ 300/- is non refundable but you can adjust that in your future tours with us. 

Is Pakistan a safe country for travelers?

Yes, Pakistan has made significant improvements in its security situation in recent years, and many areas are considered safe for travelers. However, like any destination, it is essential to exercise caution and stay informed about local conditions. It is recommended to check the latest travel advisories and follow the advice of local authorities during your trip.

What is the best time to visit Pakistan?

The best time to visit Northern Pakistan is during the spring and autumn seasons, which typically run from March to May and September to November. During these months, the weather is pleasant, and the landscapes come alive with colorful blooms or autumn hues, making it ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing

What is the local currency in Pakistan, and are credit cards widely accepted?

The local currency in Pakistan is the Pakistani Rupee (PKR). While major cities and tourist areas do accept credit cards at hotels, restaurants, and larger shops, it’s always good to carry some cash, especially when traveling to more remote areas where cash transactions are more common.

What is the local language spoken in Pakistan?

The official language of Pakistan is Urdu, but English is widely understood and used, especially in urban areas and among educated locals. Additionally, there are various regional languages spoken across the country, such as Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, Balochi while Balti, Burushaski, Wakhi and Shina are spoken in Gilgit Baltistan region.

Is it necessary to dress modestly in Pakistan?

Yes, Pakistan is a conservative country, and it is advisable for both men and women to dress modestly, especially in religious and rural areas. For women, it is recommended to cover shoulders and wear loose-fitting clothing that covers the knees. Men should also avoid wearing shorts in public spaces.

What are the traditional Pakistani dishes to try?

Pakistan offers a rich culinary experience. Some traditional dishes to try include biryani, kebabs, nihari, haleem, and various delicious street food options like samosas, pakoras, and chaats. Don’t forget to indulge in local sweets like gulab jamun and jalebi for a delightful dessert experience.

Are there any cultural etiquettes to follow while traveling in Pakistan?

Yes, it’s essential to respect local customs and cultural norms while traveling in Pakistan. Some etiquettes include removing shoes before entering homes or religious places, using the right hand for eating and greeting, and seeking permission before taking photographs of people, especially women.

What are some safety tips for travelers in Pakistan?

While Pakistan is generally safe, it’s essential to take certain precautions: avoid political gatherings, follow local news for any security updates, keep valuables secure, and be mindful of your surroundings. It’s also recommended to register with your embassy or consulate before traveling to receive travel advisories and emergency assistance, if needed.