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K-2 Circular (Gondogoro la) Trek

Ranked among the top ten classic hikes in the world, Concordia K-2 Base Camp Trek is a lifetime experience.  The trek leads towards Concordia stopping at Jhula, Paiju, Urdukas and Goro-II. Concordia the junction of Baltoro and Godwin Austin Glaciers with several other tributaries, serving as the base for the giants of Karakorams. It is surrounded by several 8000 & 7000M high peaks including K-2 (the king of mountains), Broad Peak, Gasherbrum IV, Baltoro Kangri, & Chogolisa etc. En-route glimpses of some other famous high mountains; Nanga Parbat, Trango Tower, Masherbrum Peak, and Muztagh Tower besides many tributary glaciers of Baltoro, will mesmerize you in the wilderness.

If an adventure enthusiast, wishes to add value to his/her K-2 base camp trip, Gondogoro La 5450m is the most popular and frequently used high pass in the Karakoram. This route was established in 1986 that connects Concordia and the upper Baltoro Glacier to the beautiful Hushe Valley over the Gondogoro La. It’s a quite challenging and technical pass but provides an alternate route to return from Concordia hence it is highly famous among trekkers and climbers. If weather favors, the high pass offers the most overwhelming and extraordinary view of K-2, Broad Peak, G-G-II, G-III, G-IV, Masherbrum and Chogolisa besides many other peaks and glaciers in the region.

 

Trip Highlight

Trip Code: ATP-TR-02
Route:   Islamabad-Skardu-Askoli-Concordia-Broad Peak Base Camp- K-2 Base Camp-Gondogoro La-Hushe-Islamabad 
Best time: Early June to Mid-September 
Maximum Elevation: 5650 meters
Trek Grade: Strenuous
Trip Length(Islamabad- Islamabad): 19 nights/20 days (7 hotel nights & 12 camping nights)

 

Day To Day Itinerary

NB: The flight between Islamabad and Skardu is subject to weather conditions.

 

 Trip Name: K-2 CIRCULAR (GONDOGORO LA) TREK

Trekking Zone: Restricted Zone 

Main Visa Category: Mountaineering & Trekking 

Sub Visa Category:  Trekking

Permit requirement: A trekking permit is required as the trek falls in the restricted zone

PASSPORT AND VISA

Participants of all nationalities are required to have a valid passport with six months remaining validity and a visa for Pakistan. Visas must be applied online at https://visa.nadra.gov.pk/   

You will need a letter of invitation (LOI) which our office will provide along with the requisite documents including Adventure Tours Pakistan license copy and National Identity Card of the host. 

VALIDITY OF VISA 

Usually a trekking visa is issued for three months with 30 days validity. Do note that the 30 days’ validity starts on the date of arrival. For example your visa is issued on March 15 and valid for three month but you arrive Pakistan on June 20th, your visa will expire on July 19th. In case your stay is longer than 30 days, an extension is possible after arrival in Pakistan. 

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND A VALID VISA FOR PAKISTAN. 


TREKKING PERMIT

As the K-2 Circular Trek falls in the restricted areas, a trekking permit is required and the security clearance process usually takes 30-45 days. It is high recommended to apply at least 60 days in advance to avoid delays. Your application for visa is linked with the application for the trekking permit. 

PERSONAL INSURANCE

As the trip is of strenuous nature, it is a mandatory requirement to have an insurance policy for accidents, medical and helicopter evacuation covering at least $ 30,000. You can choose an insurance company of your choice but SafetyWing Travel Insurance has great benefits and coverage. They provide online services without hassles. 

DRESS

In the cities like Islamabad, there is no problem if you are in western dress but in remote regions including Skardu, you will need to have a full dress (covering your body)


LOCAL CREW

The local crew includes a licensed guide, cook, assistant cook, porter’s Sirdar, and porters. Our guides and cooks are well-experienced, strong, supportive and friendly. They performed their duties with full dedication to facilitate our valued clients.     

GROUP JOINING INSTRUCTIONS

The tour starts and ends in Islamabad. Adventure Tours Pakistan Pakistan, guide or representative will be at the airport to pick the clients with the welcome signboard of Adventure Tours Pakistan.  We can also make reservations for pre and post nights if anyone arriving early or departing late. 

HIKING AT ALTITUDE

The K-2 Circular Trek is rated as a strenuous hike on the rocky, glacial terrain and some exposed section makes a tough trek, but provides some of the most stunning views in the world.  All participants must be physically fit and capable of walking for about 6-8 hours a day as the highest point of the trek is above 5650m. However, the itinerary is designed in such a way that provides acclimatization by gaining height gradually, which allows the body to adjust to reduce air pressure at higher altitudes. For more details you can click on the link below.       
https://www.backpacker.com/skills/backpacking-fitness/how-to-hike-strong-at-altitude/

PERSONAL GEAR 

A list of personal equipment is provided bellow you can make personal kit according to your needs. 

  • Gore Tex Trekking Shoes (1 pair)
  • Socks (2-3 pairs)
  • Gaiters (1 set)
  • Crampons (1 set)
  • Slippers (1 pair) 
  • T shirts (2-3)
  • Trousers (2-3 pairs)
  • Fleece Jacket  
  • Warm Clothing including inner dress / thermals
  • Gore Tex Jacket (1 piece)
  • Down Jacket (1 piece) 
  • Sun Cap (1 piece)
  • Warm Hat (1 piece) 
  • Neck Cover (1 piece)
  • Hand Gloves/Mittens (2 pairs)
  • Rucksack (backpack) 50-60L
  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping Bag (-20C—30C) 
  • Umbrella 
  • Head lamp (with extra batteries) 
  • Ultraviolet Protection Sun Glasses 
  • Sun Cream
  • Chap Stick or Lip Balm 
  • Water bottle 
  • Personal medication (if advised by physician)
  • Note: Some equipment are available for rent or sale in Skardu 

LOCAL TIME

Pakistan falls in one time zone, which is Pakistan Standard Time (PKT). This is UTC+05:00 — that is, five hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time.

ELECTRICITY
The power plugs and sockets in Pakistan are of type C and D. Type C plug has two round pins & the type D plug has three round pins arranged in a triangular pattern. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. It is recommended to bring power plug adapter. 

Power plugs and sockets type C are used in Pakistan
Power plugs and sockets type D are used in Pakistan


CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE

Major currencies including US Dollars, Euro & GB Pounds can be exchanged in Islamabad and Skardu as well. However, the exchange rate in Skardu is not as good as compared to Islamabad. You can check the foreign currency exchange rate at https://www.nbp.com.pk/RateSheet/index.aspx . The exchange rates in the open market differs from the bank rate.

TIPS 

Tip for a guide, cook, assistant cook, Porter’s Sidar and porters are customary. However, it is absolutely at the discretion of clients to decide about the amount of tips.  


BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

Airlines offering domestic flights including PIA offer 20 kg (1 piece) on a domestic flight in economy class to/from Skardu. For an extra baggage (1 piece up to 20 kg), they charge PKR 5800 currently which is subject to change.

EQUIPMENT (SHOPPING/RENTAL)

Personal clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, personal trekking gears can be purchased/rented in Skardu. Some of the items may not be available on rent and need to be purchased. Please confirm with us in advance. 

DEPARTURE TAXES

No departure taxes are applicable at Pakistan international airports. However, you can check with your concerned international carrier before travelling.   

MEALS 

3 meals a day will be provided during the hotel stay except for lunches and dinners in Islamabad. 

FOOD ON TREKKING
We do cater any special food requirements during trekking if any client has food allergies/intolerances or special dietary needs like vegetarian and vegan etc.  

BREAKFAST

Below is the list of major items we provide in the breakfasts with a combination of four or five items a day. 

  1. Porridge
  2. Corn Flacks
  3. Eggs (Omelets/Fried or according to demand)
  4. Paratha (local form of bread)
  5. Muesli
  6. Jam
  7. Honey
  8. Marmalade
  9. Black tea
  10. Coffee
  11. Milk etc.

LUNCH

Below is the list of major items we provide at the lunches with a combination of three to four items a day during trekking. 

  1. Peanut butter
  2. Tuna Fish
  3. Sardine Fish
  4. Paratha  (Continued on next page)
  5. Cookies Sweet
  6. Cookies Saltish
  7. Dry Fruit
  8. Tin Fruit
  9. Potatoes/peas
  10. Green tea/Mixed tea
  11. Tang etc.

DINNER

You will have a complete dinner with soup, two curries plus rice or Spaghetti or Macaroni & chapatti. There will be a dessert & green tea and coffee etc. as well. 

  1. Chapatti
  2. Spaghetti
  3. Macaroni
  4. Pasta
  5. Meat (Chicken, Mutton & Beef)
  6. Fresh vegetables
  7. Backed beans
  8. Green peas
  9. Noodles(Meggi)
  10. Salad
  11. Lentils
  12. Green tea etc.

DESSERT

  1. Pudding
  2. Kheer Mix
  3. Custard
  4. Jelly
  5. Fruit watermelon, Mangoes (in first weeks)

Any intolerance or allergies to the food items must be communicated in advance. If you have any personal choices that we can meet will also be provided. 

DRINKING WATER

It is highly recommended to use mineral water in the cities and boiled/ filtered or purified water during the trekking. Do not drink running water from the rivers and streams. 

WEATHER

The weather in Islamabad is extremely hot during the summer season. You can expect a temperature between 30-40 degrees centigrade. If you travel by road to Skardu, expect the weather to be very hot as well. In Skardu, the temperature in Skardu to lower than Islamabad. However, day time is warm. Expect 25-38 degrees centigrade. During the trekking on sunny days, expect the weather to be warm without any shade. Especially during the trek between Askole/Jhula to Urdukas, the weather will be extremely hot on those days. It is advised to have proper sun protection in the form of an umbrella, a wide-brim hat, and plenty of sunscreens. However, the weather in the nighttime is cooler above 4000 meters, you can even expect the temperature to get down to below zero and experience snowfall. 

WHO SHOULD DO THE TREK?

K-2 Circular Trek hike is a wilderness trek, with no access to towns/villages and limited inhabitants during the whole duration (two weeks) of the trek. You will hike as high as 5650 meters (Gondogoro La) and the trekking route is strenuous with river crossings, uneven terrain, glaciers, and boulders on the way. The trek is recommended for individuals with physical fitness and in good health. And should also know the techniques of using trekking equipment. 

BOOKING & DEPOSITS

The trip can be reserved upon as an initial deposit of 30% at the time of booking. The initial deposit shall not be refunded but can be transferred for a future trip. 

FINAL PAYMENT

We accept full trip cost at 30 days prior to the commencement of the tour. The payments are only accepted in cash/bank transfers in bank account. We don’t accept payments through credit cards. Please do not accept any invoice which is not generated by Adventure Tours Pakistan and sent through official email ID. 

1) Cancellations must be notified in writing to Adventure Tours Pakistan or the agent through which the trip is booked. Cancellation charges shall be levied as follows:

  1. Cancellation before 30 days or more-After a deduction of the 30%, the remaining amount will be refunded. If the deposit is retained with the consent of our client no cancellation charges will be applied. The full amount will be adjusted with a future trip. 
  2. Cancellation within 2 weeks before departure –50 %  of the package offer
  3. Cancellation within one week of departure or no show –Loss of full payment 

2) There shall be no refunds if you leave the trip for any reason whatsoever, either voluntarily or involuntarily, after the trip has begun. No refunds shall be made for any meals, accommodation or services not utilized. In such situations, the client will pay extra accommodation and transportation cost. 

WHY BOOK WITH ADVENTURE TOURS PAKISTAN?

Adventure Tours Pakistan is one of the leading Destination Management and adventure Tour Company with over 35 year years’ experience. ATP has a chequered history handling more clients on this trek than any other adventure outfitter in Pakistan. We always strive to focus on the safety, and comfort of our valued clients without any discrimination. 

OUR VALUES 

We have a designed set of values for our company which guides us to deliver the best travel experience to our clients, these values include: 

  • Integrity
  • Communication
  • Client Safety and Security
  • Customer Oriented Services
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Customer Satisfaction

RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS COMMUNITY 

We are aware of our responsibility towards the local communities, their customs, and the environment. Therefore, a part of our income is specifically allocated towards humanitarian activities including student support, skill development programs & micro credit loans to women without interest etc. Details can be provided on request. 

OUR CLIENTWe have worked with both local & foreign clients, and are proud to say that Adventure Tours Pakistan has competitive advantage over other service providers. We maintain a balance between cost and quality. Our business philosophy, and the secret to our success, is “LESS PROFIT EQUALS MORE CLIENTS AND MORE CLIENTS EQUALS MORE PROFIT’.

WILL BE UPDATED SOON
DEPARTURE DATES FOR 2024
EX-ISLAMABAD
From (Starting date)
To (Ending date)
1st Departure 28-06-2024 17-07-2024
2nd Departure 21-07-2024 10-08-2024
3rd Departure 11-08-2024 30-08-2024
4th Departure 20-08-2024 08-09-2024

Day To Day Itinrary

Day Program Altitude Overnight 
01 Upon arrival in Islamabad, domestic flight to Skardu 2250M Hotel
02 Reseve day in case no flight operates 2250M Hotel
03 Final preparations 2250M Hotel
04 Drive to Askoli (6 hours) 3100M Tents
05 Trek-1: Askoli – Jhula (5 hours) 3200M Tents
06 Trek-2: Jhula-Paiju (6 hours) 3600M Tents
07 Trek -3: Paiju-Khuburtse (5 hours) 4000M Tents
08 Trek-4: Khuburtse-Urdukus (5 hours) 4240M Tents
09 Trek-5: Urdukus-Goro-II (6 hours) 4500M Tents
10 Trek-6:  Goro-II- Concordia (5 hours) 4687M Tents
11 Trek-7: Rest day Tents
12 Trek-8:  Concordia- K-2 Base Camp and back to Concordia 5050M Tents
13 Trek-9: Concordia – Ali Camp (6-7 hours) 5000M Tents
14 Trek-10: Ali Camp- Huispang- over Gondogoro La -5650 meters (8-9 hrs) 4600M Tents
15 Trek-11: Huispang – Shaitcho (5-6 hours) 3300M Tents
16 Trek-12: Saicho – Hushe (4 hours) 3000M Tents
17 Drive to Skardu (7 hours) 2250M Hotel
18 Flight to Islamabad or drive to Chilas/Naran Hotel
19 Reserve day or drive to Islamabad Hotel
20 Departure from Islamabad On board

NB: The flight between Islamabad and Skardu is subject to weather conditions