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view from passTrekking in Pakistan, Gondogoro Pass is the highest (19,500 ft) 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.

Pakistan Trekking In 1986, a route was established that connects Concordia and the upper Baltoro Glacier to the Hushe Valley over the Gondogoro Pass (5940m). Since then, this challenging technical pass has attracted trekkers and climbers alike. This pass has one of the most overwhelming mountain panoramas anywhere in the world, with all of the Karakoram's 8000m peaks close at hand. The Gondogoro La, although popular with trekkers, involves Class 4 climbing. The North side is a 50-degree snow slope with Avalanche danger requiring fixed ropes. The south side is a continuous 50-degree slope with rock-fall and avalanche danger that requires fixing as much as 300m of rope.

Gondogoro Pass Trekking 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.

Even though the ascending and descending sides of the pass have fixed dynamic ropes, Crossing this pass requires good judgement, commitment, top fitness, prior acclimatization and basic mountaineering skills of all members. Since the slope that comes down into Hushe valley is too steep, climbers and trekkers use crampons especially while descending. For the immature climbers and trekkers with minimal climbing training and experience, rescue workers stay at the top of the pass to assist them. They are highly skilled local climbers and high altitude porters. For such services they charge nominal fee but provide excellent quality of service.

ITINERARY:

Day 01: Islamabad Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Islamabad flight to Chilas.
Day 03: Chilas to Skardu.
Day 04: Free Day in Skardu acclimatization.
Day 05: Skardu to Askoli.
Day 06: Askoli to Korofong.
Day 07: Korofong to Bardumal.
Day 08: Bardumal Paiju.
Day 09: Paiju to Khuburche.
Day 10: Khuburche to Urdukus.
Day 11: Urdukas to Goro.
Day 12: Goro to Concordia 4700mts.
Day 13: Back to Concordia.
Day 14: Concordia to Ali Camp.
Day 15: Base Camp to Gondogoro Pass (5450m) and Khispang.
Day 16: Khispang to Siacho.
Day 17: Siacho to Hushe.
Day 18: Hushe to Skardu.
Day 19: Fly To Islamabad.
Day 20: Free day Islamabad
Day 21: final departure to Home.