This is one of the most scenic and spectacular mountain journeys on the planet. It is unrivalled in its grandeur, isolation, and consistency of proximity to some of the world’s highest and most impressive mountains. Baltoro - Gondogoro La trek takes you in the heart of Skardu. To the place where there is the highest concentration of some of the most tallest peaks in the world. Just to name a few like K2, GI,GII, Broad Peak, not to mention the long glacier, the vast valleys of Hushe, Askoli,and many other scenic Places of Skardu.
Meet you at the airport and transport you to the hotel. You have the opportunity to relax in your hotel for the rest of the day. We will have an orientation meeting before dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
We wrap up last minute paperwork for our permit with the Ministry of Tourism, organize equipment, and make final trek preparations. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, we fly to Skardu (weather permitting). Our group is met in Skardu and transported to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Rest day in Skardu. If we are unable to fly to Skardu on the previous day, then we will drive to Skardu from Islamabad. Overnight at hotel.
Today we wrap-up final preparations before heading out to Askole. Team members have the opportunity to hike to Satpara Lake, visit Skardu fort, or do last minute shopping around town.
After breakfast, we make the seven-hour trip by jeep to Askole, the last inhabited site en route.
We leave civilization behind, and rely on ourselves and our porters to carry all our food and equipment for the rest of the trek. Passing through a rocky gap, we continue along the Biaro Glacier and do a cable bridge crossing of the Dumardo River.
We walk the river bed. Clear weather means the first glimpse of K2 and, from camp, the impressive lower Baltoro Massif. Camp at 5787 meters.
Layover day at Paiyu to acclimatize, reorganize loads, and give the porters and ourselves a well-deserved rest.
We traverse along the side of Baltoro Glacier to Urdukas. Paiyu Peak, Trango Towers, and Uli Biaho Towers rise above the glacier. Camp at 4240 meters.
We pass under Masherbrum (7821m) while walking the Baltoro Glacier. Great views of Tower, G-IV, Broad Peak and of the peaks surrounding Concordia. Camp at 4450 meters.
A long glacier walk takes us to camp at Concordia and provides incredible views of K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, Mitre Peak, the Golden Throne, and other Karakoram giants. From Concordia it is another two hour hike to our campsite on the glacier moraine.
Today we arrive at GII base camp and establish our camp. For the next two days we will have the opportunity to explore our beautiful and pristine alpine surroundings and relax with the climbing team as they prepare to move up the mountain. We then wish the climbers good luck and farewell and set out for our return trek back to civilization.
We begin the return by trekking to the base of Gondogoro La, a high pass we must cross.
Cross Gondogoro La, (19,160 ft). From the pass we can see four 8000 meter peaks K2, Broad Peak, and Gasherbrum I and II. Then we descend into the Hushe Valley.
Our last camp before the village of Hushe. Small cypress and fir trees line the trail.
Complete the trek out and spend the night in the small village of Hushe.
We are met at the trailhead by jeeps for the ride to Skardu. Overnight at hotel. Hot showers!
Overnight in a hotel.
Overnight in a hotel.
Rest day in Islamabad. Overnight in a hotel.
Transfer to airport for further destination.