Pakistan ›› K2 Concordia Trek

view from Gondoro PassThe Baltoro Glacier, at 62 kilometers long, is one of the longest glaciers outside the polar regions. It is located in Baltistan, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, and runs through part of the Karakoram mountain range. The Baltoro Muztagh lies to the north and east of the glacier, while the Masherbrum Mountains lie to the south. At 8,611 m (28,251 ft), K2 is the highest mountain in the region, and three others within 20 km top 8,000 m.

The glacier gives rise to the Shigar River, which is a tributary of the Indus River. Several large tributary glaciers feed the main Baltoro glacier, including the Godwin Austen Glacier, flowing south from K2; the Abruzzi and the various Gasherbrum Glaciers, flowing from the Gasherbrum group of peaks; the Vigne Glacier, flowing from Chogolisa, and the Yermandendu Glacier, flowing from Masherbrum. The confluence of the main Baltoro Glacier with the Godwin Austen Glacier is known as Concordia; this location and K2 base camp are popular trekking destinations.

Gondogoro Trek trough of this glacier is very wide. Small valley glaciers form icefalls where they meet the trunk glacier. The sidewalls vary from very steep to precipitous. The glacier has carved striations on the surrounding country rocks. Moving ice has formed depressions, which serve as basins for numerous glacial lakes.

Gondogoro Pass (5700m) is the highest mountain pass on the Gondogoro Glacier near Vigne Glacier. From the Southern side, pass descends into the Hushe village which is the last human settlement of the Ghangche District of northern Pakistan. To climb the pass, mostly climbers and trekkers prefer to start from the Northern side which is easy and connected with the Vigne Glacier.

Trekking in Gondogoro pass is easier to cross earlier in the season and can be attempted as early as the last three or four days in June. Any earlier and you are likely to be the first party of the season to break the trail. By August, objective dangers from crevasses, avalanches and rock fall increase substantially as the snow cover begins to melt.
It may be approached either from the Askole village all the way over Baltoro Glacier leading to Concordia and Ali Camp over Vigne Glacier or from Hushe valley through Charakusa valley over Masherbrum glacier leading to the foothills of Gondogoro and Laila Peaks.

Itinerary:-
Day 01: Arrival Islamabad and drive to Hotel.
Day 02: flight to Skardu (2,500)
Day 03: Drive to Askolie (3,300 m). About 6 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Korofong (3,500 m) about 6 to 7 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Bardumal (3,550 m) about 7 to 8 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Paiyu (3,666 m) about 6 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Paiyu (3,666) Rest for acclimatization.
Day 08: Trek to Khoburse (3,800 m) about 6 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Urdukas (3,950 m) about 4 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Goro (4,300 m 14,100 ft)
Day 11: Trek to Concordia (4,550 m) about 6 to 7 hrs.
Day 12: Concordia (4,550 m) visit base camp good vew of K2.
Day 13: Trek to Ali Camp (5,050 m) about 5 to 6 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Hispang (4,833 m) big day cross Gondogoro La (5,700 m) Great view of Mountain.
Day 15: Trek to Dalsam Pa (4,200 m) about 4 hrs.
Day 16: Trek Saitcho (3,400m) about 4 hrs.
Day 17: Saitcho (3,400 m) Rest.
Day 18: Trek to Hushe (2,750 m.) about 3 hrs.
Day 19: Drive to Skardu (2,500 m 8,200 ft)
Day 20: Flight to Islamabad
Day 21: Free Day in Islamabad
Day 22: Flight Back to Home.