K2 Peak (8611m)

 Altitude at the Base camp:     Min 600m – Max 8611m

Zone:               Permitted

Duration:         60 days

Best Time:       June – August

K-2(8611m) is the most impressive, but difficult peak in the world. It is perhaps for this reason that the locals call it ” Chogori” the king of mountains’. K2 has variously been described as the “awesome”, “killer”, “savage” and “the mountain of mountains”. Its lower face is rocky up to 6,000 meters, beyond which it becomes  a vertical ocean of snow.
The peak has been climbed by over two hundred and fifty climber through different routes. The first ascent route is known as the standard route or Abruzzi Ridge and used for more than any other route, via the Abruzzi Spur (Southeast Ridge). K2 was first attempted by Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi in 1909 but was first climbed by an Italian expedition on July 31, 1954. The expedition was led by Ardito Desio and the two climbers who actually reached the top were Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni. Also on the expedition was the famous Italian climber Walter Bonatti and Pakistani Hunza porter Mahdi, who proved vital to the expedition’s success in that they carried oxygen to (8,100 m) for Lacedelli and Compagnoni. Their dramatic bivouac in the open at that altitude wrote another chapter in the saga of Himalayan climbing. This spur begins at an altitude of 5,400 m, where Advanced Base Camp is usually placed. The route follows an alternating series of rock ribs, snow slopes, ice fields, and some technical rock climbing on two famous features, “House’s Chimney” and the “Black Pyramid.” Above the Black Pyramid, dangerously exposed and difficult to navigate slopes lead to the easily visible “Shoulder”. The last major obstacle is narrow couloirs known as the “Bottleneck”, which places climbers dangerously close to hanging seracs. It was partly due to the collapse of one of these seracs around 2001 that no climber’s summitted the peak in 2002 and 2003 and most of the eleven people lost their lives due to the breaking of huge ice blocks from this cliff and often on their way down.

Program:                                                                                       

Day 01:            Islamabad- airport /hotel

Day 03:            Islamabad – Chilas: drive 11-12 hrs/hotel

Day 04:           Chilas – Skardu: drive 8hrs/ hotel

Day 05:           Skardu-Trekking preparation

Day 06:           Skardu- Askoli(3050m): Jeep drive 6-7hrs/camp

Day 07:           Askoli- Jula(3180m): Trek 4-5hrs/Camp

Day 08:           Jula- Paiju (3400m): Trek 5-6hrs/camp

Day 09:           Paiju: rest day

Day 10:           Paiju-Urdukas(4000m): Trek 5-6hrs/camp

Day 11:           Urdukas- Goro II (4380m): Trek 7hrs/camp

Day 12:           Goro II-Concordia (4700m): Trek 6-7 hrs/camp

Day 13:           Concordia – K2 BC 5-6hrs/camp

Day 14-52:     Climbing activities

Day 53:          Concordia- Ali Camp (4800m): Trek 4-5hrs/camp

Day 54:          Ali camp Gondogoro La (5940m) Xhuspang (4680m): Trek 7-8hrs/camp

Day 55:          Xhaspang- Schiacho (4300m): Trek 6-7hrs camp

Day 56:          Sciacho- Hushe: Trek 3-4 hrs/camp

Day 57:          Hushe- Skardu : Jeep drive6-7 hrs/hotel

Day 58:          Skardu- Besham 11-12 hrs/hotel

Day 59:          Besham-Islamabad 5-6 hrs/hotel

Day 60:          Departure

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