Combined BiafoHispar with Gondogoro Pass to K2 Base Camp
“Karakoram Great Traverse”
|Restricted||Strenuous||5000 m||July-September||35 Days|
Gondogoro Pass to K2 base camp trek is the most popular trekking and mountaineering area in Pakistan and Concordia trek is known as the most spectacular trek of the world, the traditional expedition route to K-2 (second highest peak on earth). Eight of the world’s 30 highest peaks of the world stand around this magnificent trek. The apex of this incredible trek is Concordia one of the biggest piedmont glaciers of the world. Rows of needle spires, granite towers, shining glaciated mountains and snowy domes line the glacier, providing perhaps the greatest mountain scenery in the world. This is the center of the densest concentration of lofty peaks on earth. Some of these magnificent mountains in the Karakoram range are Masherbrum (25,600), Mustagh tower (23,690), K-2 (28,741), Broad Peak (26,400), Gasherbrum IV (26,810), SiaKangri (24,350) Golden Throne (23,989), Mitre Peak (19,718), Chogolisa (25,110) and Hidden Peak (26,470).
BiafoHispar Trek, a river of pure white driven snow, less vast only than Snow Lake below, bounded on either side by chains of lofty nameless “Snow Kings” – Workman 1905. First it was explored by Sir Martin Conway in 1892. Later, the Workman Brothers in 1905 & further discoveries were made by Eric Shipton in 1939. The highlight of this trek is a great traverse across the Biafo-Hispar Glaciers – the longest ice corridor on earth, 116 Kms long. Our goal is LukpoLawo or the “Snow Lake” the biggest junction of glaciers on Earth, located north – East of these two gigantic glaciers. Encircled by unexplored & unnamed lofty peaks, it has a breath taking spectacle. The Workmans called Snow lake “A huge basin of ice & snow that seemed in no way of this world.”
35 Days Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival Islamabad
On arrival meet and assist at airport and then transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in hotel at Islamabad.
Day 02: Islamabad – Skardu (By Air)
Early morning flight to Skardu (flights are subject to weather), if unable to fly we will depart for Skardu by road with overnight stay at Chilas. Overnight stay in hotel at Skardu.
Day 03: Skardu
In case of flight has operated we will go for sightseeing tour of Skardu and in case no flight, the day will be used for over land travel from Chilas to Skardu (total drive is 22 – 24 hrs from Islamabad to Skardu). Overnight stay in hotel at Skardu.
Day 04: Skardu – Askole
After breakfast we will embark jeeps for a full day ride on a winding jeep trail to Askole – The last inhabitance on our way to the Great Glaciers. (Tent)
Day 05: Askole – Korophone
Today we will leave the last inhabited village of Askole. For the remaining portion of our journey we will rely on our local team who will carry our food and equipment and sustain our expedition. (Tent)
Day 06: Korophone – Jhula
Trek to the Dumurdo river cross at Jhula, (Jhula means wire Rope-Bridge supported by a wooden basket); now a days wooden bridge has been built to cross it. (Tent)
Day 07: Jhula – Paiju
We will resume trek along the BralduRiver to a green oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak 6611 M. (Tent)
Day 08: Paiju – Rest Day
Rest & acclimatization day at Paiju.(Tent)
Day 09: Paiju – Urdukas
Begin trek after an early breakfast. (Tent)
Day 10: Urdukas – Goro
A long walk on the icy Baltoro Glacier. (Tent)
Day 11: Goro – Concordia
After an early breakfast, we will resume a long walk on the Baltoro Glacier to a point called Concordia – a huge junction of Baltoro, Abruzzi & Godwin Austin Glaciers at 4000 meters.(Tent)
Day 12: Concordia K2 Base Camp Excursion
After early breakfast we will resume moderate walk on the Godwin Austin Glacier to K2 Base Camp 4 hours up and 2 hours down. Walk : 05 – 06 hrs, Grade : moderate, Altitude : 4500 m. (Tent)
Day 13 – 17: Concordia – Korophong
Today we will set off for outbound trek to Askole via Concordia, Goro, Urdukas, Khuburse, Paiju, &Korophone. End of Trek # 1 to K2 base camp. (Tent)
Day 18: Korohong – Namla
From Askole we will take normal route to Baltoro glacier starts from Askole village, it takes about 4-6 hours to reach Askole from here. We will turn west onto the Biafo Glacier – a huge river of ice 63 Km long which descends from the central peaks of the Karakoram & flows East into the Braldu Valley at a point about 10 Kms east of Askole.A short ascent over the left moraine to descend onto a camping site called Namla. Walk: 03 – 04 Hourss, Grade: Easy, Altitude: 3374 m. (Tent)
Day 19: Namla – Mango
This is short & moderate trek on the glacier to Mango.
Walk: 03- 04 Hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3235 – 3639 m. (Tent)
Day 20: Mango – Baintha
Today will be longer walk on somewhat difficult trail. We will camp near the junction of Biafo-Baintha Glaciers. Walk: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 4428 m. (Tent)
Day 21: Baintha – Simgang
We will trek on the crevassed Biafo to Simgang-Biafo junction. A hard & long day rewarded with breathtaking views of dozens of nameless peaks from 5060 m to SosbunBrakk 6413 m. Walk: 06-07 Hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 4472 m. (Tent)
Day 22: Simgang – Snow Lake
This will be a strenuous walking day so far but the most rewarding and perhaps the most memorable day of your life. Cruising first the crevassed glacier & later the upper ice flow, follow the footsteps of Conway, Shipton andWorkmans’ to reach SNOWLAKE. The workmans, on their first sight of this magical place were bound to declare it “A huge basin of ice & snow that seemed in no way of this world”.
Walk: 04-05 Hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 4950 m. (Tent)
Day 23: Snow Lake
Depending on the physical ability & interests of the group we have allowed one day for exploration & minor climbs around the Snow Lake, meanwhile our porters will ferry the excess equipment & food across the Hispar Pass. (Tent)
Day 24: Snow Lake – Hispar Pass
Today we will begin our outbound trek. A moderate descend to the Hispar base camp. Walk: 4-5 Hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 4875 m. (Tent)
Day 25: Hispar Pass Crossing
We will early rise to undertake an “Alpine Ramble” across the Hispar Pass 5151m. The trekkers must possess the basics & some experience of using ice axe, crampons &self-arresting techniques. Good physique is mandatory. Descend to the base of the pass for overnight. Climb : 07 – 08 hrs, Grade: Alpine, Altitude: 5151 to 4880 m. (Tent)
Day 26: Hispar Base – KhaniBasha
Trekking under the shadows of TahRutum&Balchish Groups 5952 M to 6651 m, we will descend the crevassed Hispar to KhaniBasha Glacier and camp for the night. Walk: 03-04 Hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4650 m. (Tent)
Day 27: KhaniBasha – Hargtum
We will walk to the base of Hargtum Peak and camp near ShirinChush opposite to the PumariChush Glacier. Walk: 03-04 Hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: Approx 4575 m. (Tent)
Day 28: Hargtum – Turman
Traversing the PumariChush Glacier we will camp at Turman. Walk: 03-04 Hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3860 m. (Tent)
Day 29: Turman – Hispar Village
We will trek to the newly made jeep trail of the Hispar village which is a spectacular and the last village of the Nagar. This spectacular valley domains blossoming fruit orchards & multi terraced fields irrigated by the rich mineral laden waters of the Hispar, Trivor, Barpu, Bualtar& the Silkiang Glaciers. Walk: 05-06 Hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 2300 m.
Day 30: Hispar Village – Karimabad
After breakfast we will drive for Karimabad. Up on arrival we will be transferred to hotel and check in. Afternoon will be free at leisure or go for a walk around. Overnight stay in hotel at Karimabad.
Day 31: Karimabad
After breakfast we will visit Baltit fort and later on we will proceed to Attabad Lake for cruise excursion (16 kms) alongside KKH. Overnight stay in hotel at Karimabad.
Day 32: Karimabad – Chilas
After breakfast we will depart forChilas, en route lunchstop at Gilgit, will also visit local bazaar. On arrival transfer to hotel and check in. Afternoon, we will visit KargahBhuddha and Gilgit Bazaar. Overnight stay in hotel at Chilas.
Day 33: Chilas – Islamabad/ Rawalpindi
Early morning we will depart for Islamabad, en route see rock drawings at Shatial. Overnight stay in hotel at Islamabad.
Day 34: Islamabad
After breakfast we will go for de-briefing at Ministry of Tourism and later on sightseeing tour of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Overnight stay in hotel at Islamabad.
Day 35: Islamabad – Flight Out
Transfer to airport for flight back home. End of our services.
Package Price: 2775 USD per person (Minimum group size is 10 pax)
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- Breakfast and dinner while staying in hotels but all meals during trekking.
- Air conditioned transport for city to city movements and 4×4 wheel drive (Jeeps) for the interior mountains.
- Domestic air tickets as per program.
- All kind of kitchen equipment including kitchen, mess and toilet tents along with tables and stools.
- Personal baggage up to 12.5kg during trek.
- All necessary gear including ice axe, crampon and safety rope.
- All entries, taxes and porterage, permit process and trekking fee (50 $ per person).
- English speaking tour guide.
- International air ticket, airport tax and excess weight.
- Personal sleeping bags and all other equipment of personal nature.
- Helicopter rescue service.
Terms & Conditions:
- Advance 10% payment to be made on tour confirmation.
- Advance 100% payment to be made minimum 15 days before tour start.
- Hotels may be changed, however any change will be on equivalent basis.
- Itinerary is subject to change due to weather or other forced majeure situations.
- The company will not be liable for any damage caused by forced majeure situations.
Cancellation & Refund Policy:
- No cancellation charges if tour is cancelled 15 days before the tour schedule.
- There will be 10% cancellation charges if tour is cancelled within 15 days of tour starting date.
- Company will give 100% refund if tour is cancelled on such a justified reason which is acceptable to the company.
- Early Booking Advantage: Special 5% discount if tour is booked 6 months before the tour set off.