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Climbing Information & Itinerary of K2 (8611m)
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Karakoram in Turkish means “Black Rubble”. In 1856 a British officer, Capt. Montgomery, surveyed a number of peaks in the Baltoro region of the Karakoram from a distance of about 200km. He noted a cluster of high peaks and named them K1, K2, K3 up to K37 using the prefix “K” from Karakoram.

In 1861 the area was further surveyed by Col. Godwin Austin who recognized K2 as the highest peak of the range and measured it to be 8619m—only three meters more than its official height (1988) of 8616m. Its local name is Chogori, which means Great Mountain.

Thus, K2, the second highest mountain in the world towers majestically above Concordia with the sweeping Godwin Austin Glacier offering an ice highway towards it. It was first climbed by Italians in 1954. The route to K2 goes through the Baltoro region of Baltistan. There are several high peaks which rise from the world’s largest temperate zone glacier. Only the highest or more prominent peaks have been named or climbed. An incredible nineteen of these peaks tower over 7600m while four of them are 8000ers.

Range
Karakoram
Altitude
8611m
Zone Permitted
Duration 85 Days
Best Time Mid May-End August
Day 01 Islamabad:
Arrival Islamabad
Day 02 Islamabad -Skardu/Chilas:
Fly to Skardu. In case of cancellation of flight drive to Chilas (12-14 hrs drive)
Day 03 Chilas - Skardu:
Day free at Skardu. If your are driving, complete road journey (07-08 hrs) to Skardu (275 km) En-route has good view of Nanga Parbat (8125m)
Day 04
Skardu:
Briefing at Alpine Club of Pakistan
Day 05 Skardu - Askole (3000m):
Jeep drive to Askole (5-6 hrs)
Day 06-12 Trek to K2 Base Camp.
Day 06 Askoli – Jola (5 hrs trek/3300m)
Day 07 Jola – Payu (5-6 hrs trek/3240m)
Day 08 Rest day at Payu
Day 09 Payu – Urdocus (6-7 hrs trek/4132m)
Day 10 Urdocus - GoroII (4-5 hrs trek/4400m)
Day 11 Goro II – Concordia (4 hrs trek/4750m)
Day 12 Concordia – K-2 Base Camp (4 hrs trek/5000m)
Day 13-77 66 days for acclimatization and climbing
Day 78-81 Trek back to Hushe via Gondogoro La and drive back to Skardu
Day 82 Islamabad/Chilas:
Fly to Islamabad. In case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas
Day 83 Islamabad:
Leisure day at Islamabad. In case of driving, complete rod journey from Chilas to Islamabad
Day 84 Fly Out:
Transfer to airport for onward flight





* Trip departures and detailed itineraries available upon request; all departures from Islamabad unless otherwise noted.
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Services Included:
Liaison with Gilgit Baltistan tourism department for climbing permit process,
Process of import/export permit from ministry of tourism.
Clearance of cargo before arrival of the team and its storage.
Assistance upon arrival/departure.
Briefing/Debriefing at Tourism Deportment.
Hotel accommodation in Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Chilas and Skardu.
All meals during trek and at B.C. as per itinerary.
Porterage of 75 kg per person of expedition equipment and high altitude food etc. to the B.C. and 50 kg per person on return from BC.
Road transfers between airport/hotel and within city as per itinerary.
Sleeping tents, mattresses, mess, kitchen and toilet tent with tables/field stools and camping ground fees.
Kitchen equipment, crockery, cutlery, fuel and related community gear.
Wages and basic kit of English speaking guide, sardar, cook and assistant (s).
Insurance of our field staff and low altitude porters (except helicopter rescue).
Porterage at airports, hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
Mail handling/forwarding to BC/overseas except postage charges.
Hiring of HAPs, mail runner (s) and any other crew as per requirement. (Wages and kit to be arranged by the team).
Pollution and Environmental fee or any other fee required to be paid to the Government of Pakistan.
A bottle of mineral water per person per day basis in cities.

Services Not Included:
Climbing Permit fee
Liaison Officer kit and equipment, allowances, travel, hotels, meals and insurance and his personal expenses of any kind.
International & domestic airfare, airport tax, excess baggage charges.
Surface transfers in case of flight cancellations to the kick off point.
High altitude porters/any crew above BC.
Tents, sleeping bags, personal and climbing equipment of any kind beyond base camp including high altitude food and oxygen.
Medications, ground evacuations and helicopter rescue charges of any kind.
Room services, laundry, beverages, phone/communication bills and items of personal nature.
Insurance liability of member (s) and other under force majeure conditions.
Clearing agent charges.
Any other service not mentioned in this condition sheet.

 
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