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 upto 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.
- Day 01 Islamabad: Arrive Islamabad.
- Day 02 Islamabad: Welcome reception at Alpine Club of Pakistan.
- Day 03 Skardu/Chilas: Fly to Skardu. In case of cancellation of flight drive to Chilas (480 km).
- Day 04 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 05 Askole (3000m):By jeeps drive to Askole (6-7 hrs).
- Day 06-12: Trek to K2 Base Camp.
- 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 Islamabad: Farewell meeting at Alpine Club of Pakistan.
- Day 85 Fly Out: Transfer to airport for your return flight home
- Liaison with ministry of tourism in Islamabad for climbing permit process, providing measurements of the appointed Liaison officer for his prescribed kit.
- 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 Ministry of Tourism.
- 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 guide, sirdar, 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.
- Reconfirmation of air tickets.
- Hiring of HAPs, mail runner (s) and any other crew as per requirement. (Wages and kit to be arranged by the team).