The Karakoram is one of the most remote and stunning mountain ranges in the world. Holding the highest concentration of 7,000m+ peaks on the planet, this incredible trek will take us beneath giant peaks and across expansive glaciers. We will trek to the base camps of the second tallest mountain in the world, the mighty K2, and the 13th, Gasherbrum II. This trek will be done in Rapid Ascent™ style, meaning that we will pre-acclimatize prior to the trip so that we can move quickly while at altitude without having to take the time to acclimate in-country.
Begin in Islamabad
After flying into Islamabad and spending several days of traveling through northern Pakistan, we’ll arrive at the small village of Askoli. This is where we’ll start our nine day trek through the Karakoram. The approach to the K2 and G2 base camps will pass under 7,000m peaks and massive granite walls as we follow the Baltoro Glacier. Coming to the confluence of the Baltoro and Austin Godwin Glaciers, we’ll arrive at Concordia Camp and the heart of the Karakoram. From here we will be able to see the summits of K2 (8,611m, 28,251′) and Broad Peak (8,047m, 26,414′) to the north, the Gasherbrum Group directly to the east, and Baltoro Kangri (7,312m, 23,990′) to the southeast. Surrounded by 7 and 8,000m peaks, it is broadly thought of as one of the most magnificent camp sites in the world.
K2 and G2 Base Camps
We’ll then make our way to the north end of the valley and to the base camps of Broad Peak and K2, where you’ll stand in awe at the foot of the the second tallest peak on the planet. K2 is known as the “Mountain of Mountains”, with its summit rising nearly 10,000′ above the valley floor it is truly a site to behold. After soaking in the power and beauty of K2, we’ll return to Concordia Camp for a night before working our way to the southeast end of the valley to the G2 Base Camp.
From our final camp ground we’ll be able to see the summits of Gasherbrum I (8,080m, 26,509′) and Gasherbrum II (8,034, 26’362′), and we’ll spend a day admiring the spectacular mountain scenery. The following day we’ll take a helicopter from G2 Base Camp back to the city of Skardu. From here we’ll return to Islamabad and depart for home having had an adventure of a lifetime in Pakistan.
Our expedition will be lead by veteran Alpenglow Expeditions guide, Esteban “Topo” Mena. Topo is an extremely talented high-altitude mountain guide, having made ten 8,000m summits. He has summited Mt. Everest four times, once without supplemental oxygen, and in 2019 he summited K2 alongside Alpenglow Expeditions Founder Adrian Ballinger and fellow Alpenglow Expeditions guide, Carla Perez.
Our guides draw upon years of experience guiding in the mountains and organizing complicated international expeditions. Alpenglow Expeditions’ logistics, guiding, Base Camp staff, food, and equipment are of the absolute highest level possible.