Pakistan ›› K2 Expedition (8,611m)

mt. k2 second highest mountain in the worldK2 Expedition (Mt. K2) is the second-highest mountain on Earth, after Mount Everest. With a peak elevation of 8,611 m (28,251 feet), K2 is part of the Karakoram Range, and is located on the border between Baltistan, in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan, and the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China. It is more hazardous to reach K2 from the Chinese side; thus, it is mostly climbed from the Pakistani side.

K2 Climbing is known as the Savage Mountain due to the difficulty of ascent and the second-highest fatality rate among the "eight thousanders" for those who climb it. For every four people who have reached the summit, one has died trying. Unlike Annapurna, the mountain with the highest fatality-to-summit rate, K2 has never been climbed in winter.

The mountain was first surveyed by a European survey team in 1856. Thomas Montgomerie was the member of the team who designated it "K2" for being the second peak of the Karakoram Range.

The first serious attempt to climb K2 was undertaken in 1902 by Oscar Eckenstein and Aleister Crowley, via the Northeast Ridge. In the early 1900s, modern transportation did not exist: It took "fourteen days just to reach the foot of the mountain".

There are a number of routes on K2, of somewhat different character, but they all share some key difficulties. First, is the extreme high altitude and resulting lack of oxygen: there is only one-third as much oxygen available to a climber on the summit of K2 as there is at sea level. Second is the propensity of the mountain to experience extreme storms of several days' duration, which have resulted in many of the deaths on the peak. Third is the steep, exposed, and committing nature of all routes on the mountain, which makes retreat more difficult, especially during a storm. Despite many attempts there have been no successful winter ascents. All major climbing routes lie on the Pakistani side, which is also where the base camp is located.

K2 Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Islamabad and Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Arrange K2 permit over night in Hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Chilas over night in Hotel.
Day 04: Drive to Skardu overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Skardu preparations and check equipments.
Day 06: Drive to Thongal overnight at camp.
Day 07: Trek to Korofong overnight at camp.
Day 08: Trek to Chobraqk overnight at camp.
Day 09: Trek to Paiju overnight at camp.
Day 10: Trek to Urdukas overnight at camp.
Day 11: Trek to Goro overnight at camp.
Day 12: Trek to Concordia overnight at camp.
Day 13: Trek to K2 Base Camp.
Day 14 to 47: K2 climbing proud.
Day 48: Trek back to Concordia Overnight at camp.
Day 49: Trek to Ali Camp Overnight camp.
Day 50:
Trek to Low Camp via the Gondogoro Pass.
Day 51: Trek to Dalsanga Pa Overnight camp.
Day 52: Trek to Hushe Overnight camping.
Day 53: Drive to Skardu Overnight at Hotel.
Day 54: Drive to Chilas Overnight at Hotel.
Day 55: Drive to Islamabad Overnight at Hotel.
Day 56: Free/shopping etc….
Day 57: Fly to onward destination.