K2 BASE CAMP
Through the Karakorum to the Mountain of Mountains
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, Karakorum, Asia
22 Days + Arrival and Departure
From 4.290 USD
The Impossible Mountain, the Wild Mountain or the Mountain of Mountains are only some of the synonyms of K2; these undoubtedly reflect its mythical status in the history of mountaineering. Our journey will take us directly to its base, where we will feel an overflow of our emotions when we see this legendary mountain accompanied by a multitude of other giants of the Karakoram Range. Walking this area, we will feel that we are in the magical land of the eight-thousands. From Concordia at 4600 m, where 14 glaciers converge from all directions, we will see K2, the second highest mountain in the world at 8611 m; also called Chogori, flanked by Gasherbrum I (also known as Hidden Peak, 8068 m), Gasherbrum II (8035 m) and Broad Peak (8051 m). This vast mountain world also includes more than a dozen 7000-metre peaks, such as Chogolisa, Baltoro Kangri, Muztagh Tower and Masherbrum. This trekking route is one of the mountain classics and for experts the most impressive in the world. We will drive along the spectacular Karakoram road along the Indus to Skardu, the "gateway to the Karakoram Mountains". The vehicles will take us to Askole, the starting point of the walk to K2. From here we walk over Paiju and the Baltoro Glacier to Concordia and from there to the K2 base camp, where we will set up our tents. To finish we will make our way back to Askole to fly back to Islamabad from Skardu.
- Spectacular 14-day trekking in the mountainous landscape of the Karakoram to Concordia and the K2 base camp.
- Five peaks of eight thousand meters and numerous seven thousand meter peaks border our way to the mountain of mountains.
- While driving the legendary Karakoram Road, we are immersed in the soul of Pakistan.
- Close contact with the nature and culture of Pakistan.
- Perfect gradual acclimatisation to the altitude and the maximum possible safety thanks to a generous number of reserve day.
Level of difficulty
We offer this trip on FIXED DATES, but also as PRIVATE TRIPS.
Fixed dates - Season 2021/2022
The participants can make reservations freely for fixed date trips. SPONDYLUS will define the starting / ending dates of each service.
Minimum number of participants: 6 persons
Maximum number of participants: 12 persons
If there are less than 6 participants in the group, there will be a small group extra charge.
The dates for private trips are requested by the participants. In general it is not possible to add external persons to the group. If required, the itinerary can be adapted to the group´s needs and priorities.
The price depends on the number of participants, and they are based on a double room/tent.
Single Room / Tent Supplement: * 520 USD
* The extra charge for single room & tent will be done at the moment of making a reservation for the single room. If there is no other person found for sharing a room at the moment of making the reservation of a double room, we will charge half of the extra charge.
Small Group Surcharge: If the size of the group is smaller than the minimum number of participants (6 people), a small group fee will be charged. All this depends on the final number of participants.
Down jacket, Breathable and waterproof windbreaker jacket (Goretex or similar), Medium weight fleece pullover or jacket (Polartec or similar), Trekking trousers, Breathable and waterproof overtrousers, Thermal underware, Thermal trekking socks
Head & Hands
Sun hat, Woolen hat or similar with ear protection, First layer thin gloves, Trekking gloves (Goretex, Windstopper or similar)
Goose down or synthetic fiber sleeping bag (comfort zone -10ºC) with compression bag, Expedition mattress (Therm-a-Rest type or similar)
Robust Trekking boots, Light trainers or sandals for river crossing and camps
Telescopic trekking poles
Sun glasses with 100% UV protection, Wide mouth water bottle, Thermos, Sun block factor 30+, Lip sun protector factor 30+, Watch with alarm, Expedition Duffel Bag, Head lamp with batteries & extra batteries, Back pack 30L + with rain cover, Swimwear, Towel, Mosquito-repellent (with DEET), 3 Passport photos, Personal pharmacy*
** Personal Pharmacy
First aid kit (medical adhesive tape, plasters, bandages, disinfectant, etc.), Hand sanitizer (Alcogel or similar), Germicidal wound ointment, Pain killers (E.g. Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, etc.), Sore throat pills and or lozenges, Diarrhea (E.g. Perenterol, Loperamide), Antibiotics for respiratory & urinary tract infections (E.g. Cefuroxime), Antibiotics for gastrointestinal tract infections (E.g. Ciprofloxacin), Solution with electrolytes & salts to drink in case of fluid loss due to diarrhea, Acetazolamide (Diamox) optional
IMPORTANT: Consult your GP for advice on your personal pharmacy!
To guarantee maximum security, all along the trekking we always take with us VHF radios, a first aid kit and medicine for emergencies.
Besides this, we strongly recommend every participant to hire a Foreign Health insurance and an Accident insurance for South America.
The climatic conditions and other factors of force majeure can cause a change in the trip program. Responsibility and decision making in this regard rests completely with the SPONDYLUS guide in charge. The security and wellness of our clients & all our team are the first priority!