This trek includes walking the entire length of the 62km Baltoro glacier leading into the most glaciated high mountain terrain on the planet. Seven of the world’s 25 highest peaks rise above the glacier. You’ll pass monumental rock walls on the lower such as the Trango towers and the cathedrals. The Baltoro glacier ends at Concordia – a place where four glaciers collide under the shadow of the real giants of rock. Truly the throne room of the mountain gods.
The trek to Concordia is a once in a lifetime experience and is glacier trekking at it’s best. A chance to reach the base camps of some of the world’s 8000 metre peaks: Broad Peak and the world’s second highest peak – K2.
Dates: 24th July – 13th August 2016
Start point: Islamabad
End point: Islamabad
Maximum number of people: 10
Number of days: 21
Day 1 – Islamabad
Sunday 24th July 2016
Arrival in Islamabad. Early arrivals will get a short city tour and all trekkers will have a meal together in the evening.
Days 2 and 3 – Islamabad – Chilas – Skardu
Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th July 2016
We will travel by road via the famous Karakoram Highway to Skardu via Chilas. The long drive is compensated by the beautiful scenery along Indus gorge. It is a monument to engineering and one of the most spectacular roads in the world following an ancient Silk Road pilgrimage route. At Chilas we will break the journey and take time to see the many rock carvings and inscriptions along the way left by Chinese pilgrims and ancient travellers of 5th century A.D. Chilas was on the ancient caravan trail over the Babusar Pass into India. On the second day, the view of Nanga Parbat is without parallel. Standing at an altitude of around 1,000m you see a mountain which rises to above 8,000m! This is the largest land escarpment in the world. This is also where the three greatest mountain ranges meet; Himalaya, Hindu Kush and Karakoram.
Day 4 – Rest day Skardu/prep day
Wednesday 27th July 2016
We will have one day in Skardu to prepare for the trek in Skardu – the capital of Balitistan. Baltistan is home to the Balti people. The Balti are of Tibetan stock and their language, features and some of their architecture remind one of their ancient cousins across the mountains. The guests can explore this small town including a trip to the K2 museum.
Day 5 – Skardu – Askole
Thursday 28st July 2016
We drive to the beginning of the trek at Askole. En route we pass Shigar, a history-soaked medieval town. Then an exciting Jeep journey takes us through the fields of the Shigar valley before the road narrows to a mountain track leading to the trail head at Askole, the last inhabitable place on our way to the great glaciers. Askole is the highest village in the region, the stone & timber abodes contain dark & narrow stairwells linked by gloomy, unlit alleys.
Day 6 – Askole – Jula
Friday 29th July 2016
Today we leave the last inhabited village Askole. For the remaining portion of our journey we rely on our porters who carry our food and equipment and sustain our expedition. After scrambling over a ridge we come across what legend says is an old polo field. Passing through a rock gap we cross the Biafo glacier. The Biafo Glacier is a huge river of ice 63 km long which descends from the central peaks of the Karakoram and flows east into the Braldu valley at a point about 10 km east of Askole. After two and a half hour trek and a long and uphill walk over a steep ridge along the Dumordo river we cross over to Jula crossing via a wire rope bridge. We will camp beside a torrent facing the Bakhordas peak.
6-7 hours walking
Day 7 – Jula – Paiu
Saturday 30th July 2016
We resume the trek along the Braldu River to a green oasis under the shadows of Paiu Peak, the last grove of trees before the trail moves onto the glacier, 6611 M. Paiu – is a Balti dialect word that means “SALT”. Since there are some rock salt deposits at the base of this peak, the locals believe that the snow on the summit of Paiu Peak is not snow but a huge deposit of salt which drips down to the base. From this camp we have the first views of the impressive Baltoro Glacier.
5-6 hrs walking
Day 8 – Rest day Paiu
Sunday 31st July 2016
After Paiu, we will be walking in glaciers for the next ten days so it is a good place to break the journey out. This helps with aclimitisation and allows any animals brought along for fresh meat to be slaughtered.
Day 9 – Paiu – Urdukas
Monday 1st August 2016
Today we resume the trek with a gradual climb up Baltoro Glacier on the southern edge. After about two hours the path divides at the snout of Baltoro glacier where the left branch goes to the base camp of Trango Tower. Continuing to the right, we climb up on to the glacier that stretches up the valley, 62 km long and 2 km wide. We walk a further 2 hours steady climb on a long diagonal to the other side of the glacier before walking mostly along the crest of lateral moraine towards Urdukas. This camp has superb views across the Baltoro Glacier to the Trango peaks, having view of Paiu Peak, Chorichi, Uli Biaho and Trango Tower. It is our last ‘green grass’ camp-site.
6-9 hrs walking
Day 10 – Urdukas – Goro II
Tuesday 2nd August 2016
A long walk on the icy Baltoro Glacier. The whole day is spent walking over the boulder-strewn glacier to the camp-site at Goro. We will traverse the Yermanandu Glacier which flows down from Masherbrum & joins the Baltoro. Masherbrum is visible on the right side of the glacier, and Mustagh Tower on the left. Gasherbrum IV and Broad Peak can be seen directly ahead, as they catch the evening sunlight.
6-7 hrs walking
Day 11 – Goro II – Concordia
Wednesday 3rd August 2016
Trekking to the camp-site at Concordia, we pass through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world; a huge junction of Baltoro, Abruzzi & Godwin Austin Glaciers at 4000 meters. Within a short radius of 15 Kilometres, stand 41 peaks over 6500 metres including 4 peaks above 8000 metres. The 360 degree view offers a panorama of peaks nowhere to be found on this planet.
4-5 hrs walking
Day 12 – Concordia – K2 Base Camp
Thursday 4thth August 2016
There is plenty of time to admire the scenery and find the best vantage points from which to take photographs of the surrounding peaks. Concordia, the confluence of five glaciers, offers unprecedented views of the Karakoram peaks. Almost half of the peaks are still unnamed and unclimbed. If we feel strong we will attempt to trek to K2 Base Camp and spend the night in the shadow of the second highest mountain on the planet, K2 (8611m).
6-7 hrs walking
Day 13 – K2 Base camp – Concordia
Friday 5th August 2016
We return to Concordia and stay another night on this spectacular confluence of glaciers.
4-5 hrs walking
Day 14 – Concordia – Urdukas
Saturday 6th August 2016
6-7 hrs walking
Day 15 – Urdukas – Jula
Sunday 7th August 2016
8-9 hrs walking
Day 16 – Jula – Askole
Monday 8th August 2016
4-5 hrs walking
Day 17 – Askole – Skardu
Tuesday 9th August 2016
Days 18-19 – Skardu – Islamabad
Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th August 2016
Early in the morning we plan to fly to Islamabad. With clear skies we will be able to board a plane and be back at our hotel in Islamabad in 45 minutes. The flight is one of the most scenic in the world with views across the Himalaya and Karakorum. If the weather is not so favourable and the flight doesn’t come, then we will have to drive the Karakoram Highway to Islamabad through the narrow gorge of the Indus River. The outcome is in the lap of the Gods, so we will be praying that they’re on our side! If we are able to fly down, there will be an optional excursions to the great frontier city of Peshawar. This excursion is not included in the trip price but if any member of the group wish to make this journey a private vehicle and driver can be hired locally for a very modest sum. Back in Islamabad we enjoy a final evening meal usually taken at one of traditional food streets.
Day 20 – Islamabad
Friday 12th August 2016
Spare day. If we are in Islamabad there will be an opportunity to visit the national museum, the view point or the vast Faisal mosque.
Day 21 – Islamabad – Home
Saturday 13th August 2016
Transfer to airport and fly home.
The trip includes:
All Transport (including internal flights Skardu to Islamabad)
The trip does not include:
Cost – £2500
To reserve a place on this trip we need a deposit of £250
We include all meals during the trip.
Difficulty – Technically this trek is not difficult. Although there is glacier travel involved we won’t be moving as a roped team. The terrain is quite rough with boulders and rocks. We will abseil on the other side of Gondogoro La, it’s not vertical but it’s too steep to walk. Our guides help with the descent.
Comfort – You will be sleeping in a tent at high altitude for longer than a week. Above 4000m it will be cold at night, sometimes the mercury drops down to -15 Celsius.
We do not and cannot offer a uniform accommodation standard on our itineraries. Even if we wanted to, the reality is that standards in Islamabad cannot be compared to a camping in the shadow of K2. We consider comfort, location, design, character, historical interest and whether the money we spend will go into the pockets of the local community when we make our choices of where to stay.
The accommodation will be based on 2 people sharing a room or a tent.
When we choose our vehicles and drivers we take into consideration the road conditions, the length of journey and the competence of the man behind the wheel. Most of the roads on this trip are paved although the state of the surface can vary. Your comfort and enjoyment of the journey is the first priority.
On this trip you will be accompanied by an international guide from Untamed Borders. He will be an experienced guide who has trekked to Concordia many times before.
Baltistan, in the far North of Pakistan is a very safe area far removed from the problems that afflict other areas of the country. However, our client’s safety is our primary concern. We must state that the tour leader has the final word with regards to changes in the itinerary for safety reasons. Whilst the route we have chosen passes through areas which we consider to be stable things can change and we may have to alter the route or cancel sections of the trip at short notice.
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