K2 (8616m) EXPEDITION – Pakistan
- Duration: 76 Days
- Group Size:4/9 Pax
- Trekking Duration:
- Climbing Duration:
- Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge, Camp
- Max Altitude: K2 , 8616m
K2 lies in the northwestern Karakoram Range. Karakoram in Turkish language means "Black Rubble". In 1856 A.D. Capt. Montgomerie surveyed a number of peaks in the Baltoro area of the Karakoram from a distance of about 200km. He explored a cluster of high peaks and named them K1, K2, K3 and soon with the prefix "K" for Karakoram. In 1861 A.D. the area was further surveyed by Col.
Thus, K2, the second highest mountain in the world stands majestically above the combination with the sweeping Godwin Austin Glacier offering an ice highway towards its surface. It was first climbed by Italians. The route to K2 goes through the Baltoro region of Baltistan. There are several high peaks, which are persisted, in the world's largest temperate zone glacier. Only the highest or more prominent ones have been named or climbed. A wonderful nineteen of these peaks stand over 7600m while four of them are 8000meters.
K2 is located in the Baltistan region of Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan and the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China. The Tarim sedimentary basin borders the range on the north and the Lesser Himalayas on the south. Melt waters from vast glaciers, such as those south and east of K2, feed agriculture in the valleys and contribute significantly to the regional fresh-water supply.
K2 is merely ranked 22nd by topographic prominence, a measure of a mountain's independent stature, because it is part of the same extended area of uplift (including the Karakoram, the Tibetan Plateau, and the Himalaya) as Mount Everest, in that it is possible to follow a path from K2 to Everest that goes no lower than 4,594 meters (15,072 ft), at Mustang Lo. Many other peaks, that are far lower than K2, are more independent in this sense. It is, however, the most prominent peak within the Karakoram Range.
K2 is notable for its local relief as well as its total height. It stands over 3,000 meters (9,840 ft) above much of the glacial valley bottoms at its base. It is a consistently steep pyramid, dropping quickly in almost all directions. The north side is the steepest: there it rises over 3,200 meters (10,500 ft) above the K2 (Qogir) Glacier in only 3,000 meters (9,800 ft) of horizontal distance. In most directions, it achieves over 2,800 meters (9,200 ft) of vertical relief in less than 4,000 meters (13,000 ft).
A 1986 expedition led by George Wallerstein made an inaccurate measurement incorrectly showing that K2 was taller than Mount Everest, and therefore the tallest mountain in the world. A corrected measurement was made in 1987, but by that point the claim that K2 was the tallest mountain in the world had already made it into many news reports and reference works. Godwin Austin and recommended K2 as the highest and measured it to be 8619m only three meters more than its official height (1988) of 8616m. Its local name is Chogori, which means the "Great Mountain".
- Day 01 Arrive Islamabad. Transfer to hotel for overnight.
- Day 02 Free day at Islamabad
- Day 03 Skardu / Chilas
Fly to Skardu PK-451 (10:35 – 11:35). (Flight is subject to weather). Upon arrival transfer to Hotel
In case of cancellation of flight then drive by coach to Chilas on Karakoram Highway O/N Lodges
- Day 04 Chilas / Skardu - free day at Skardu
- Day 05 Skardu - Briefing at Tourism Department of Gilgit Baltistan. Final preparation at Skardu O/N Hotel
- Day 06 Drive by Jeep to Askole: (3000m)
- Day 07 Trek to Jhola: (3200m)
- Day 08 Trek to Paiyu: (3600m)
- Day 09 Rest Day Paiyu: (3600m)
- Day 10 Trek to Urdukas: (4200m)
- Day 11 Goro II: (4500m)
- Day 12 Concordia (4700m) / K2 Base Camp (5100m)
- Day 13-64 52 days for acclimatization and climbing K2.
- Day 6 Trek back to Gore II (9-10 hrs) O/N Camp
- Day 66 Trek to Khuburtze (8-9 hrs) O/N Camp
- Day 67 Trek to Paiyu (5-6 hrs) O/N Camp
- Day 69 Trek to Johla (7-8 hrs) O/N Camp
- Day 70 Trek to Askole. (7-8 hrs) O/N Camp
- Day 71 Drive by jeep to Skardu O/N Camp
- Day 72 Farewell meeting (de-briefing) at Tourism Department of Gilgit Baltistan. O/N Hotel
- Day 73 Islamabad / Chilas
- Fly to Islamabad PK-452 (12:30 – 13:30). (Subject to weather). Upon arrival transfer to hotel.
- In case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas. Overnight at hotel.
- Day 75 Leisure day at Islamabad
- In case of driving, complete road journey from Chilas to Islamabad. O/N Hotel
- Day 76 Final Departure
Arrival & Departure: Airport transfers-Airport/Hotel/Airport
Hotel In Islamabad and Skardu : 4 nights in Islamabad 4 star Hotel on bed & breakfast Basis-Double Room . 4 Night Hotel in 4 stars Hotel in Skardu on MAP/Double Room basis. (Should pay extra if Single Room is needed)
- Member transportation: Going Up-Islamabad –Skardu by air, Skardu to Askoly by jeep, Askoly to Skardu by jeep, Coming Down- Skardu to Islamabad by air and Staff Transportation-Islamabad to Askoly to Skardu by jeep and Skardu to Islamabad By bus.
- Transportation: Necessary all equipment Transportation for all Member and Staffs From Islamabad –to Skardu by bus Skardu to Askoly (by jeep) –Base camp(by Porters)- base camp to Askoly (by porters) Askoly to Skardu (by jeep) Skardu to Islamabad by bus
- Permit : K-2 expedition permit , National park fees.
- Garbage Management: Stool Shipment Transfer & Garbage Deposit fees
- Lodging & Fooding : Food 3 meals a day in Trekking & Base camp for member & Staffs
Cargo Clearance : International Air cargo clearance of Member Personal Luggage & Payment of Government taxes ) Liaison Officer : 1 Government Liaison officer with full equipment, salary ,accommodation .
Base Camp Staff : Base camp Cook & kitchen Helper
- Porter : Porters per member up to Base camp & Porters return from Base camp
- Staff Salary and allowance : All staffs & porters daily wages, equipment, food & clothing
Insurance : All Staffs Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance
Member Luggage :60 Kg per member for personal baggage
Base Tent : VE25 North face tents for base camp for per member
Base Base equipment : Base camp foam mattresses, dinning, Kitchen, Toilet & Store tents, hot shower, Tables & chairs & Cooking gears
Heater : Heater for base camp in each Dining and other necessary camp
Light : 1 Solar panel for battery charge and light at base camp for use. ) Dinner: one Farewell Dinner in tourist standard restaurant in Islamabad with Staff
- Oxygen: (O2)-Poisk cylinder: 05 oxygen bottle for each member and 02 oxygen bottle for each high altitude Sherpa
- Mask & Regulator: 1 Set of Summit mask for each member and high altitude Sherpa .
Permit : Satellite Phone /warlike talkie Phone if necessary in basis of Member
High Altitude Climbing Sherpa: 1 Climbing Sherpa per member
High camp service : Necessary cooking gas, cooking pot for member, high altitude Sherpa, high altitude tent, high food and fixing gear (C1) (C2) (C3) (C4)
Lunch & Dinner: Lunch & dinner in Pakistan Hotel stay and more than 4 nights in Pakistan Hotel.
Insurance: Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
Personal Expenses: Telephone, Internet, Laundry, any Alcoholic beverages, personal equipment and shopping
Pakistan's visa Fees: Pakistan Visa should take into home country or should pay visa fees upon arrival as per the rules and regulation of Pakistan government.
- Sherpa summit Bonus & Tips: Sherpa Summit bonus US$2000 and non summit bonus $1200 please calculate some tips for porters and other staffs.
Rescue Evacuation: Emergency rescue evacuation cost, if needed and all other personal nature expenses (Note: Please kindly make a Helicopter Search and Rescue policy in your Insurance)