K2: Scaling the Throne of the Karakoram

  • 61 Days
  • Pakistan
  • Technical Challenging
  • Expedition
  • K2, the world's second-highest mountain after Mount Everest, is a formidable peak located on the China-Pakistan border between Baltistan in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Northern Pakistan. Standing at an altitude of 8,611 meters, K2 proudly claims the title of the highest point of the Karakoram range and the highest point in both Pakistan and Xinjiang.

    Often referred to as the "King of Mountains" and the "Mountaineers' Mountain," K2 holds a special place in the hearts of adventurers and mountaineers around the globe. Its towering presence, majestic beauty, and treacherous nature make it a challenge like no other. On July 31, 1954, Italian climbers Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni etched their names in history as the first individuals to reach the summit of K2.

    One of the remarkable aspects of K2 is its distinction as the only 8,000-meter peak that has never been summited during winter or from its East face. Despite numerous attempts by experienced climbers, the mountain's fierce weather conditions and the technical difficulties posed by its East face have thwarted all efforts so far. However, on the southern side of the mountain, several major routes have been successfully climbed.

    Among the notable routes on K2's south side are the West Ridge, West Face, Southwest Pillar, South Face, South-southeast Spur, and Abruzzi Spur. These routes have seen remarkable achievements and triumphant summits, primarily during the summer climbing season. The months of July and August offer relatively more stable weather windows, albeit still challenging, allowing climbers to make their ascent. It's important to emphasize that even during these months, K2's inclement weather, steep slopes, and technical terrain make it an incredibly demanding and hazardous mountain.

    Although Mount Everest holds the distinction of being the highest peak in the world, K2 is widely regarded as a more difficult and dangerous mountain to climb. The combination of extreme altitude, unpredictable weather patterns, technical complexities, and objective hazards present on K2's slopes contribute to its formidable reputation. Aspiring K2 climbers must be not only physically fit but also possess exceptional mountaineering skills, high-altitude experience, and a profound understanding of the risks involved. Winter climbing experience is particularly valuable, as it prepares climbers to face the harshest conditions K2 has to offer.

    While the risks associated with K2 cannot be underestimated, the allure and rewards of reaching its summit are equally unmatched. Standing atop K2 and beholding the breathtaking vistas that stretch before you is an experience of unparalleled magnitude. The sense of achievement, the connection with the raw power of nature, and the indescribable beauty of the Karakoram range all combine to make the journey to K2's summit an unforgettable endeavor.

    Climbing K2 is not merely a physical test; it is a spiritual and emotional odyssey. The mountain's allure beckons adventurers from across the globe, drawing them to test their limits, push beyond boundaries, and delve into the depths of their inner strength. K2's magnetic pull is a testament to the indomitable spirit of human exploration and the enduring allure of the world's most majestic peaks.

    In conclusion, K2's status as the second-highest mountain in the world, its reputation as one of the most challenging peaks to climb, and its awe-inspiring beauty make it an irresistible siren call for mountaineers. With its towering presence, treacherous terrain, and unpredictable weather, K2 serves as a symbol of human endeavor and resilience. Those who dare to embark on the journey to its summit become part of a select group, forever connected by their shared experiences on the "Mountaineers' Mountain.

    Trip Highlights

    Destination:           Mount K2
    Group Size:            Max. 10 person 
    Max altitude:         8,611 m
    Grade:                    Mountaineering Expedition 
    Season:                 July and August 
    Accommodation: Hotel and Camping 
    Duration:               61 Days



    • Second-Highest Mountain: K2 is the second-highest mountain in the world, standing at an impressive altitude of 8,611 meters.

    • Spectacular Location: Situated on the China-Pakistan border in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Northern Pakistan, K2 offers breathtaking views and a remote, pristine mountain environment.

    • The King of Mountains: K2 is often referred to as the "King of Mountains" due to its towering presence, majestic beauty, and challenging nature.

    • Mountaineering Legacy: K2 has a rich mountaineering history and has captured the imaginations of adventurers worldwide. The first successful summit was achieved by Italian climbers in 1954.

    • Unconquered Winter Ascent: K2 is the only 8,000-meter peak that has never been climbed during winter, adding to its allure and mystique.

    • Major Climbing Routes: The southern side of K2 offers several major climbing routes, including the West Ridge, West Face, Southwest Pillar, South Face, South-southeast Spur, and Abruzzi Spur.

    • Technical Challenges: Climbing K2 is renowned for its technical difficulties, including steep slopes, challenging rock formations, and unpredictable weather conditions.

    • Stunning Views: From the summit of K2 and along its climbing routes, adventurers are rewarded with awe-inspiring panoramic views of the surrounding Karakoram range, including other towering peaks such as Broad Peak and Gasherbrum.

    • Physical and Mental Endurance: Conquering K2 requires exceptional physical fitness, high-altitude experience, technical mountaineering skills, and mental resilience.

    • Unique Cultural Experience: The K2 region offers a chance to immerse oneself in the local Balti culture, interacting with friendly locals and experiencing their way of life.

    • Pristine Mountain Environment: The K2 region is known for its unspoiled natural beauty, featuring vast glaciers, deep valleys, and pristine alpine landscapes.

    • Sense of Achievement: Standing atop K2 represents a remarkable achievement, as climbers overcome immense challenges and push their limits to reach the summit.

    • Connection with Nature: Climbing K2 provides a profound connection with the raw power of nature and offers moments of solitude and introspection in one of the world's most remote and awe-inspiring locations.

    • Adventure of a Lifetime: Embarking on a K2 expedition is an adventure of a lifetime, filled with excitement, personal growth, and the opportunity to create lasting memories.

    • Mountaineering Community: Joining the ranks of those who have summited K2 means becoming part of an exclusive community of mountaineers who have faced the ultimate challenge and achieved the extraordinary.

    Exploring the heights of K2 is an unparalleled adventure, reserved for those with a passion for mountaineering, a thirst for exploration, and the courage to take on one of nature's most formidable tests.

    Outline Itinerary

    • Day 01:Arrive in Islamabad, Pakistan
    • Day 02:Explore Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan- Briefing
    • Day 03:Travel from Islamabad to Skardu by domestic flight.
    • Day 04:Acclimatization day in Skardu.
    • Day 05:Drive from Skardu to Askole.
    • Day 06:Trek from Askole to Jhola.
    • Day 07:Trek from Jhola to Paiju.
    • Day 08:Rest day at Paiju for acclimatization.
    • Day 09:Trek from Paiju to Urdukas.
    • Day 10:Trek from Urdukas to Goro II.
    • Day 11:Trek from Goro II to Concordia.
    • Day 12:Rest day at Concordia, explore the surrounding area.
    • Day 13:Trek from Concordia to Broad Peak Base Camp.
    • Day 14:Trek from Broad Peak Base Camp to K2 Base Camp.
    • Day 47:15-47: Climbing period for K2 (subject to weather conditions).
    • Day 48:Descend from K2 Base Camp to Concordia.
    • Day 49:Trek from Concordia to Ali Camp.
    • Day 50:Trek from Ali Camp to Goro I.
    • Day 51:Trek from Goro I to Urdukas.
    • Day 52:Trek from Urdukas to Paiju.
    • Day 53:Trek from Paiju to Jhola.
    • Day 54:Trek from Jhola to Askole, drive back to Skardu.
    • Day 55:Drive from Skardu to Gilgit.
    • Day 56:Explore Gilgit, a historic town nestled in the Karakoram Mountains
    • Day 57:Drive from Gilgit to Chilas.
    • Day 58:Drive from Chilas to Besham.
    • Day 59:Drive from Besham to Islamabad.
    • Day 60:Explore Islamabad, visit Faisal Mosque and Lok Virsa Museum.
    • Day 61:Departure from Islamabad.

    Detail Itinerary

    • Day 1Arrive in Islamabad, Pakistan After your arrival, the airport representative will transfer you to your hotel and rest from your journey. If time permits, you can explore the vibrant streets of Islamabad or visit landmarks such as Faisal Mosque and Pakistan Monument.
    • Day 2Explore Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan- Briefing Visit Faisal Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world, known for its stunning architecture. Explore the Pakistan Monument, a symbol of national unity, and learn about the country's rich history and culture. You can also spend time at local markets like Jinnah Super and Super Market, where you can find traditional crafts, clothing, and delicious local cuisine. Looking forward to the start of the expedition a short brief (everyday after/before dinner).
    • Day 3Travel from Islamabad to Skardu by domestic flight. Enjoy the scenic flight as you soar over the picturesque landscapes of northern Pakistan. Upon arrival in Skardu, take some time to relax and acclimatize to the high altitude.
    • Day 4Acclimatization day in Skardu.Skardu is nestled in the heart of the Karakoram Mountains and offers breathtaking views. Take a leisurely walk around Skardu town, visit the historic Kharpocho Fort, and explore the local bazaar where you can find traditional handicrafts and souvenirs.
    • Day 5Drive from Skardu to Askole.Embark on a scenic drive along the Karakoram Highway, passing through picturesque valleys and crossing the mighty Indus River. The journey takes you through the enchanting Shigar Valley, known for its traditional wooden architecture and orchards.
    • Day 6Trek from Askole to Jhola.Begin your trek through the mesmerizing Baltoro Glacier region. As you traverse the rocky terrain and cross small streams, you'll be surrounded by towering peaks and stunning landscapes.
    • Day 7Trek from Jhola to Paiju. The trail takes you deeper into the heart of the Karakoram Range. You'll pass through narrow gorges, witness cascading waterfalls, and camp near the Paiju campsite, which offers magnificent views of the surrounding peaks.
    • Day 8Rest day at Paiju for acclimatization.Use this day to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude. Explore the surroundings, take short hikes to nearby viewpoints, or simply relax at the campsite, soaking in the awe-inspiring natural beauty.
    • Day 9Trek from Paiju to Urdukas.Resume your trek along the Baltoro Glacier, surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The trail gradually gains elevation, and you'll set up camp at Urdukas, a picturesque location offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
    • Day 10Trek from Urdukas to Goro II. As you continue your journey, the landscape transforms into a rugged and icy terrain. The trail takes you past massive ice formations and seracs, and you'll camp at Goro II, where you'll be awed by the grandeur of the surrounding peaks.
    • Day 11Trek from Goro II to Concordia.Reach Concordia, a legendary and awe-inspiring location where the Baltoro, Godwin-Austen (K2), and Gasherbrum Glacier meet. Marvel at the towering peaks, including K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I, and II, among others. This is an ideal spot for photography and a perfect place to spend some time in contemplation.
    • Day 12Rest day at Concordia, explore the surrounding area.Use this rest day to explore the vicinity of Concordia. Take short hikes to viewpoints for spectacular vistas of the surrounding peaks. Capture memorable photographs of the glaciers and peaks, and immerse yourself in the pristine mountain environment.
    • Day 13Trek from Concordia to Broad Peak Base Camp.Depart from Concordia and head towards the base camp of Broad Peak, one of the world's highest mountains. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the icefalls and seracs along the way.
    • Day 14Trek from Broad Peak Base Camp to K2 Base Camp.Continue your trek towards the iconic K2 Base Camp, which sits at the foot of the mighty K2. Feel the thrill of being in the presence of one of the world's most challenging mountains.
    • Day 4715-47: Climbing period for K2 (subject to weather conditions).This is the time dedicated to the ascent of K2. Engage in the demanding and exhilarating climb with the guidance of experienced mountaineers. The climb requires technical skills, endurance, and acclimatization to high altitudes.
    • Day 48Descend from K2 Base Camp to Concordia. Bid farewell to the K2 Base Camp and begin your descent back to Concordia, retracing your steps through the stunning Baltoro Glacier region.
    • Day 49Trek from Concordia to Ali Camp.Descend further along the glacier and continue your journey to Ali Camp. Enjoy the ever-changing views of the mountains and glaciers.
    • Day 50Trek from Ali Camp to Goro I.Continue descending through the glacier and reach Goro I, where you'll set up camp amidst the breathtaking mountain scenery.
    • Day 51Trek from Goro I to Urdukas.Descend further along the Baltoro Glacier, retracing your steps towards Urdukas. Take in the beauty of the glacier and the surrounding peaks as you make your way back.
    • Day 52Trek from Urdukas to Paiju.As you descend, enjoy the changing landscape and the captivating views of the mountains. Return to Paiju, where you'll camp for the night.
    • Day 53Trek from Paiju to Jhola. Continue your descent through the Baltoro Glacier region, passing by familiar landmarks and relishing the final moments in this magnificent mountain range. Reach Jhola, your last campsite on the trek.
    • Day 54Trek from Jhola to Askole, drive back to Skardu.Conclude your trekking adventure by descending back to Askole. From Askole, drive back to Skardu, enjoying the scenic landscapes one last time.
    • Day 55Drive from Skardu to Gilgit.Depart Skardu and embark on a scenic drive along the Indus River to Gilgit. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Karakoram and Himalayan ranges along the way.
    • Day 56Explore Gilgit, a historic town nestled in the Karakoram MountainsVisit the bustling Gilgit Bazaar, known for its vibrant atmosphere and local handicrafts. Take a stroll along the Gilgit River and visit attractions such as the Kargah Buddha, a rock-carved Buddha statue, and the scenic Naltar Valley, famous for its colorful meadows and crystal-clear lakes.
    • Day 57Drive from Gilgit to Chilas.Enjoy a scenic drive through the Karakoram Highway, passing through dramatic valleys, towering mountains, and picturesque villages. Arrive in Chilas, a small town located along the Indus River.
    • Day 58Drive from Chilas to Besham. Continue your journey on the Karakoram Highway, known as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Marvel at the stunning landscapes, including deep gorges and snow-capped peaks, as you make your way to Besham.
    • Day 59Drive from Besham to Islamabad.Enjoy the scenic drive back to Islamabad, where you can relax and reflect on your incredible journey. Take some time to explore more of the city's attractions or simply unwind at your hotel.
    • Day 60Explore Islamabad, visit Faisal Mosque and Lok Virsa Museum.Take the opportunity to visit the iconic Faisal Mosque, known for its modern Islamic architecture. Explore the Lok Virsa Museum, dedicated to showcasing Pakistan's rich cultural heritage through exhibits of traditional art, crafts, and music.

    • Day 61Departure from Islamabad.Bid farewell to Pakistan as you depart from Islamabad, carrying with you the memories of an unforgettable adventure in the Karakoram Mountains.

    What's Includes:

    • Applicable only for Expedition thru Southern Route
    • Flight to pakistan Airport & back after an expedition.
    • Porters/Yaks to carry equipment and food all the way to BC & back.
    • Full board accommodation en-route to/from Base camp.
    • One head Climbing guide/Sardar.
    • Cook & kitchen boys at BC.
    • Experienced & skillful High Altitude Climbing Sherpa (One Sherpa for two Client)
    • POISK Oxygen (08 bottles per client & 06 per Sherpa).
    • Mask & regulator mask set (must be returned after the Expedition).
    • Highly preferable meals at BC with complete hot drink & normal beverages.
    • Exported High altitude food for higher camps (ready to eat food).
    • Best quality Tents at BC single or twin sharing as per the client desire.
    • All necessary kitchen equipment.
    • Best quality Dining tent with enough no of table & chairs, plus inside the tent, we
    • will set Gas Heaters to make the Dinning hall enough warm.
    • Complete carpeting inside the dining tent.
    • Comfortable & portable wooden toilet at the base camp.
    • A nice portable wooden shower room with hot water at the base camp.
    • High-quality high altitude tents for above BC use.
    • Necessary climbing hardware gears with fixed ropes.
    • Enough EPI (high altitude) gases with burners for higher camps use.
    • Oxygen with the regulator set for medical purpose.
    • Radio walkie-talkie set to each client with base station & permits cost.
    • Satellite phone for an emergency purpose ($ 4 chargeable for a personal call).
    • Generator/solar panel with accessories for recharging & power supply purpose.
    • Gammon bag for medical purpose.
    • Insurance of all local team members.
    • All airport/hotel transfers.
    • Celebration meal & pre-briefing.
    • Expedition blessing Puja arrangement 
    • Last but most important COMPLETE SETUP INTERM/MIDDLE CAMP with Sleeping bags,
    • sleeping mattress, food & drinking stuff & cooking crew.
    • Service of Local Climbing Sherpas
    • Permit fees including Liaison Officer
    • Return airfare services
    • Expedition cargo charge
    • Fully catered trek to Base Camp and back
    • Full supported acclimatization 
    • Base Camp food

    What's Excludes:

    • Personal insurance (Suggested to have evacuation policy as well)
    • Pakistan visa
    • Personal climbing gears.
    • Personal nature’s expenses.
    • Cost of emergency evacuation

    Trip Note

    Mount K2 Expedition is technically challenging expedition. The well being of our groups are of paramount importance to us. All of our trips are led by qualified professional Expedition guides and Sherpas who are well trained by our Government. Our job is to ensure your comfort and safety as we take you where you want to go because your holiday is ours. In this regards, we work honestly and effectively to provide you the Himalayan experience that suits your interest. We encourage you to question us freely and contribute in the planning stages of your adventure in the climbing period.

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    Trip Facts

    • Transportation:6
    • Meals:Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
    • Accommodation:Lodge + Camping
    • Altitude:8611 m