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K2 Basecamp Trek

Skardu Valley, Alamdar Road, Mehdi Colony, Skardu
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20 days

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The K2 Base Camp Trek is a popular trekking route in the Karakoram Range of Pakistan, which leads to the base camp of K2, the second-highest mountain in the world. The trek is considered one of the most challenging and rewarding treks in the world, as it passes through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on the planet.

The trek begins in Skardu, a town in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, and follows the Braldu River through the remote villages of Askole and Concordia, and then onto the K2 Base Camp. The trek takes about 18-21 days to complete and covers a distance of approximately 62 miles (100 km).

The K2 Base Camp Trek is not for the faint of heart, as it involves crossing high-altitude passes, including the famous Gondogoro La Pass, which stands at an elevation of 5,940 meters. The trek also involves crossing glaciers, navigating rocky terrain, and dealing with the extreme weather conditions of the Karakoram Range.

However, the rewards of completing this trek are immeasurable. The scenery along the trek is breathtaking, with panoramic views of some of the highest peaks in the world, including K2, Broad Peak, and Gasherbrum IV. The trek also passes through the beautiful Concordia, a vast plateau surrounded by towering peaks, and the Baltoro Glacier, which is one of the largest glaciers outside the polar regions.

The best time to undertake the K2 Base Camp Trek is from June to September, as the weather conditions are most favorable during this time. It is recommended that trekkers have prior experience with high-altitude trekking and are in good physical condition.

Overall, the K2 Base Camp Trek is an unforgettable adventure that offers a unique and awe-inspiring experience of the Karakoram Range and its natural beauty.

The K2 Base Camp Trek route starts in the town of Skardu in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan and follows the Braldu River. Here is a breakdown of the trekking route:

  • Skardu to Askole: From Skardu, the first leg of the trek is a 6-8 hour drive to the village of Askole, which serves as the starting point for most K2 Base Camp treks. This drive takes you through the Indus River Valley and along the Braldu River.
  • Askole to Jhula: From Askole, the trek continues through the narrow canyon of the Braldu River, crossing a series of wooden bridges, including the Jhula bridge.
  • Jhula to Paiyu: From Jhula, the trek continues upstream along the Braldu River, passing through the beautiful Bardumal Meadows, and then to Paiyu, a green oasis at the foot of the Baltoro Glacier.
  • Paiyu to Khuburtse: From Paiyu, the trek crosses the snout of the Baltoro Glacier and ascends the lateral moraine to the campsite of Khuburtse, where trekkers get their first view of the incredible Karakoram peaks, including Trango Towers, Uli Biaho, and Cathedral.
  • Khuburtse to Urdukas: From Khuburtse, the trek continues up the Baltoro Glacier and reaches Urdukas, a beautiful campsite with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
  • Urdukas to Goro II: From Urdukas, the trek continues up the Baltoro Glacier to Goro II, a campsite located at the foot of the Gasherbrum peaks.
  • Goro II to Concordia: From Goro II, the trek passes through the spectacular Concordia, a vast plateau surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world, including K2, Broad Peak, and Gasherbrum IV.
  • Concordia to K2 Base Camp: From Concordia, the trek continues to K2 Base Camp, which is located at the foot of K2. The route passes through the Godwin-Austen Glacier and over the famous Broad Peak Base Camp.
  • K2 Base Camp to Skardu: The return journey follows the same route back to Skardu.

The K2 Base Camp Trek is a challenging and demanding trek, and it requires trekkers to be in good physical condition and have experience with high-altitude trekking. However, the stunning scenery and unique experience make it a trek of a lifetime.


  • Base Camps of K2 and Broad Peak
  • Concordia - Throne Room of the Mountain Gods
  • Trek up to Godwin Austin glacier via Baltoro Glacier (5th longest and world’s largest outside polar region)
  • Gilkey memorial
  • View 8,000 m peaks including Gasherbrum 2 (8,035 m), Broad Peak (8,051 m) and K2 (8,611 m) from Goro II, Concordia & base camps.
  • Views of other peaks between 5,000m to 8,000m including Gasherbrum 3 and 4, Masherbrum, Mustagh Tower, Bakhordas Peak, Mitre Peak, Crystal Peak, Marbel Peak, Biale Peak, Lobsang Spire, Trango Towers, Uli Biaho, Cathedral Peak, Urdukas Peak etc.
  • Views of Glaciers (e.g. Biafo, Vigne, Liligo, Dunge, Muztagh, Biango, Yermanendu, Mandu and more), glacial lakes, waterfalls and streams
  • Indus, Panmah and Braldu rivers
  • Valleys of Skardu and Shigar
  • Balti porter life, Askole jeep safari etc
  • Meet mountaineers at base camps
  • Sightseeing in Skardu and Islamabad

  • Implementation of Covid SOPs/Guidelines & Complimentary Safety Pack (sanitizer, 1 mask & glove per day)
  • All domestic flights (Checked Baggage Allowance: 20kg, Hand Carry: 7kg)
  • All road transfers including airport transfers
  • All hotel accommodation in Pakistan (twin sharing room)
  • All trekking accommodation in Pakistan (twin sharing dome tent)
  • All camping site fees and bridge fees
  • All trekking logistics (all tents, non-personal equipment and tools etc)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) and beverages/water during meals
  • Snacks including dry fruits and tea/coffee during the trek
  • Free refills of boiled drinking water on the trek
  • Licensed professional guide (government requirement)
  • Government trekking permit fees and paperwork
  • Waste management fees (government requirement)
  • Islamabad and Skardu city tours including all entry fees
  • Support staff (cook, assistant(s) etc)
  • Porters - personal luggage (14kgs)
  • Storage service for baggage in Skardu (for leaving a bag behind in Skardu before going on the trek)
  • First aid medicine kit (basic)
  • Satellite phone for emergencies
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Personal travel insurance (Recommendation/Rescue Partners: Global Rescue)
  • Visa to Pakistan (five supporting documents will be offered)
  • International airfare
  • Personal equipment (e.g. trekking shoes, down jacket, walking sticks etc)
  • Personal mountain equipment (crampon, mountaineering boot, ice axe, harness, two carabiners, helmet etc)
  • Extra nights in Islamabad (hotel check in/out is 12pm) - additional USD 67 per night
  • Additional trek weight/baggage: USD 11 per kg
  • Storage service for baggage in Islamabad: USD 28 per bag/piece
  • Tips/gratuities for guides, porters, staff etc
  • Miscellaneous (minibar, bottled water, phone calls, laundry, souvenir etc)
  • Early Windup/Return Costs (e.g. early return from trek due to any reason)
  • Costs due to Force Majure (e.g. earthquake, landslide, floods, etc)

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Skardu Valley, Alamdar Road, Mehdi Colony, Skardu
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