K2 Base Camp & Concordia
Pakistan

Walking to K2 Base Camp
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • TRIP GRADE: Strenuous
  • TRIP STYLE: Camping
  • TRIP LEADER: International Leader
  • GROUP SIZE: 5 - 10 people
  • NEXT DEPARTURE: 17 Jul 2021

Details

K2 Base Camp and Concordia is considered to be one of the world’s great treks with breathtaking scenery unsurpassed anywhere else in the high mountains

The journey starts with a flight to Skardu with spectacular views of the Karakoram range including Nanga Parbat, after several nights in Skardu we take jeep transport to the road head at Askole.

The trekking route is lined with rugged mountains all the way from Askole, the last village in the Braldu gorge, to Concordia. On our walk up the Baltoro glacier we will see the Trango Towers, Masherbrum, K2 and Broad Peak among many others. Concordia has been described as the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” for its unique 360̊ panorama of 7,000m mountains and impressive views of K2.

Each year we run two treks to K2 Base Camp at the same time. We have the K2 Base Camp & Concordia group where you walk back down Baltoro glacier from Concordia and we also have K2 Base Camp & Gondogoro La group where mountaineering skills are required to cross this technical pass. 

  • We are Himalayan and Karakoram trekking specialists and we have been operating trips in Pakistan since 2004. Roland Hunter, owner and founder of The Mountain Company, has modified this itinerary based on his first-hand experience of the K2 region.
  • The Mountain Company has organised nine successful K2 Base Camp treks. For more information on how these treks went please take a look at our Trip Reports.
  • We work with some of the best mountain leaders and guides with deep knowledge and experience of the Himalaya and Karakoram. Unlike many other operators we still allocate appropriately trained international leaders for more remote and technical trips like Kanchenjunga Circuit.
  • Read our AITO Traveller Reviews for K2 Base Camp where our overall holiday rating is 100%. Our approach to organising trips in the Himalaya and Karakoram has helped The Mountain Company win awards such as 2018 Gold Award as AITO Tour Operator of the Year and 2015 Bronze Award as AITO Tour Operator of the Year.
  • In 2020 and 2021 we are organising our K2 Base Camp & Concordia trek at the same time as our K2 & Gondogoro La trek. Please note that mountaineering skills and high altitude trekking experience is required for K2 & Gondogoro La whereas only walking experience for K2 Base Camp & Concordia.
  • We work with some of the best mountain leaders and guides with deep knowledge and experience of the Himalaya and Karakoram. Unlike many other operators we still allocate appropriately trained international leaders for more remote and technical trips like K2 Base Camp.
  • Our international leader will lead both groups on approach to K2 Base Camp and from Concordia will go over Gondogoro La with this group. One of our Pakistan guides will lead K2 Base Camp group descending Baltoro. The two groups will meet up again at Concordia Motel in Skardu on Day 20.
  • We designed an itinerary for K2 Base Camp based on this first-hand experience which is the best in terms of acclimatisation, safety and enjoyment.
  • We send a Thuraya satellite phone on all of our treks in Pakistan. It is essential for your guide to have reliable communications with us for logistics, planning and group safety. 
  • A daily GPS location is sent so your friends and family can track your progress on Google maps.
  • We work with the same local trekking crew each year, our local trekking guides are very experienced and live in the Northern Areas of Pakistan.
  • There will be a range of tasty meals for breakfast, lunch and supper. We bring along fresh vegetables and meat (chickens and a goat). For breakfast every morning we provide fresh coffee from our Bialetti Moka coffee machine.
  • We bring a comprehensive first aid kit from UK plus high altitude medicine, antibiotics and other medicines. There will also be a portable altitude chamber (PAC or Gamow bag).
  • The Mountain Company will receive bespoke weather forecasts for the K2 region from EverestWeather.com throughout the duration of this trek. 

Route Map

Itinerary

Arrive in Islamabad

Sightseeing in Islamabad

No meals

Hotel Hillview in Islamabad

You will be met on arrival at Islamabad airport and driven back to the hotel. Please note we provide complimentary airport pick up and hotel transfer for only two group flights on Emirates and Oman Air. If you arrive on a different flight and would like an airport pick-up there will be an extra charge for this service.

At some point during the day (time to be confirmed) the trek leaders will give a full trip briefing at the hotel.

1) Flight to Skardu

2) Bus to Chilas (8 to 9 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

1) K2 Motel in Skardu

2) Hotel Shangri La in Chilas

Today we will attempt to fly to Skardu in Gilgit-Baltistan, if the fight is cancelled then we will start driving Karakoram Highway (“KKH”) and spend the night in Chilas (at the Shangri La hotel).

1) Sightseeing in Skardu

2) Drive to Skardu (7 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

K2 Motel in Skardu

Drive from Chilas to Skardu on KKH. If we flew to Skardu then this is a day to explore the town. We will start with a walk to the fort which has a good view of the Indus river and it is well worth taking some time to explore going into town to see the bazaar. We might be lucky and get to watch a game of polo in the evening.

Drive by jeep to Askole (6 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

We drive in jeeps along a winding trail with several exposed sections passing through the arid landscape with scattered villages and their fertile terraces and apricot trees. Askole is the last village we will see for a few weeks. The time taken to drive to Askole depends on the condition of the jeep track which varies year to year, this is prone to blockages if there are landslides as this follows a narrow valley. 

Walking 11km (4 hours)

Walking ascent 250m

Walking descent 150m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

We start the trek by following a trail next to the Braldu river and, once passed the snout of the Biafo glacier, we arrive at the green oasis of Korofong. Given that we will be in camp by lunchtime we can spend the afternoon relaxing by the river, and also do a short acclimatisation walk if we wish.

If the sun is out then this can be a very hot day with temperatures often approaching 40℃. It is important to bring plenty of water (at least three litres), wear a sun hat and apply plenty of sun cream.

Walking 20km (7 to 8 hours)

Walking ascent 250m

Walking descent 150m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

From Korofong we follow the path up a side valley and cross the river by a good bridge (rather than the old trolley system or “jhola” as used in the past). We then walk for another half an hour or so to reach the Jhola Camp. The views are impressive with Bakhor Das (5,809m) and Paiju Peak’s needles in the distance. From Jhola we continue onto Bardumal campsite (also known as Skambong Scok).

Walking 7km (3 to 4 hours)

Walking ascent 330m

Walking descent 160m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

After an early start from Bardumal we will arrive at Paiju by mid-morning. The path is quite loose in places and again it is likely we will have to take boots off where the river has flooded the path in a few places. Paiju is a green oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak (6,611m). From this camp we have the first views of the immense Baltoro Glacier.

Walking 12km (7 hours)

Walking ascent 785m

Walking descent 355m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

After an hour we will walk up and onto the Baltoro glacier for the first time. The path on the glacier is pretty good although care has to be taken as the moraine on the surface is uneven (trekking poles are useful from here on).

We will probably stop for lunch at the old campsite at Lilligo. After this break we cross below the snout of the Lilligo Glacier and then get back on to the Baltoro and walk up and down several moraine ridges before arriving at the Khoburtse campsite.

Walking 6km (4 hours)

Walking ascent 420m

Walking descent 150m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

During the walk today there are great views of Trango & Cathedral spires and Uli Biaho and Bial mountains. It is a short day but quite hard work as we walk up the undulating moraine, gaining height all the way. The campsite at Urdukas is very impressive with views over the Baltoro and to the dramatic rock spires on the opposite side of the glacier.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

We have found in the past that taking a rest day at Urdukas has worked well, the advantages of spending an extra night here are:

  • it helps the acclimatisation process and has proved to more effective than a rest day at Paiju (the traditional place for a rest day after only three trekking days).
  • there is a pleasant walk behind the campsite through grassy slopes full of alpine flowers.  Climbing high & sleeping low is the best way to help the acclimatisation process.
  • this is the last campsite on grassy slopes off the main glacier, it also has facilities for washing and cleaning.

Walking 11km (7 hours)

Walking ascent 535m

Walking descent 280m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

The trail on the Baltoro goes past the Yermanandu Galcier, which flows from Masherbrum, and there are views of Muztagh (7,270m), Masherbrum (7,800m) and Gasherbrum IV at the head of the Baltoro glacier and near Concordia. The campsite at Goro II is on the glacier where ledges have been levelled out for the tents.

Walking 12.5km (6 hours)

Walking ascent 700m

Walking descent 380m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

Today we reach Concordia where the Baltoro, Abruzzi and Godwin Austen glaciers converge, within a radius of 15 kilometres there are an incredible 41 peaks over 6,500m with 4 over 8,000m. The 360 degree panorama is simply incredible and has to been seen.

Walking 16km (8 hours)

Walking ascent 425m

Walking descent 150m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

From Concordia the route passes through some jumbled ice fins and moraine ridges before gaining the medial moraine of the Godwin Austen glacier. After reaching Broad Peak Base Camp continue the walk up to K2 Base Camp and to Gilkey Memorial. 

On the return you pass through Broad Peak Base Camp where you camp for the night. This is located on moraine near the base of the climbing route on Broad Peak. One of the best views of K2 is from Broad Peak Base Camp.

Please be aware that most other operators organising K2 Base Camp trek with their highest camp at Concordia and this means an unfeasible long walk Concordia to K2 Base Camp back to Concordia in one day.

Walking 8km (5 hours)

Walking ascent 450m

Walking descent 500m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

This morning from Broad Peak Base Camp and back down to Concordia. From Concordia, our western leader will take our K2 & Gondogoro La group out over Gondogoro La and our K2 Base Camp group will descend the Baltoro with our local Pakistani guides. The two groups will meet up again at Concordia Motel in Skardu on Day 21.

Walking 17km (8 hours)

Walking ascent 375m

Walking descent 600m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

Sadly we cannot stay at Concordia forever and today we start our retreat down the glacier stopping for the night at Goro 1.

Walking 10km (8 hours)

Walking ascent 750m

Walking descent 1,080m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

Today we continue the trek back down the Baltoro with overnight camp at Khoburtse.

Walking 12km (6 hours)

Walking ascent 400m

Walking descent 800m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

Today we come off the Baltoro glacier and spend the night at the green oasis of Paiju.

Walking 20km (8 hours)

Walking ascent 500m

Walking descent 750m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

The trail from Paiju passes through Bardumal to Jhola camp.

Walking 18km (6 to 7 hours)

Walking ascent 365m

Walking descent 475m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

This final walk back to Askole takes approximately six to seven hours and it is a relief to be off the glacier and walking on the pleasant trails down the valley. On completion we can celebrate our success with the porters and hand out their tips as a token of our appreciation for their hard work throughout the trek. We also often give any spare kit that we no longer wish by way of thanks.

Drive by jeep to Skardu (6 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

K2 Motel in Skardu

Today we drive back to Skardu by jeep and meet up with the Gondogoro La group.

1) Flight to Islamabad

2) Bus to Chilas (7 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

1) Hotel Hillview in Islamabad

2) Hotel Shangri La in Chilas

We will hopefully take the early morning flight to Islamabad (inshallah!), if unable to fly we will drive the KKH to Chilas and stay at the Shangri La. 

1) Sightseeing in Islamabad

2) Drive to Islamabad on KKH (8 to 9 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Hotel Hillview in Islamabad

If driving down the KKH we will arrive in Islamabad late afternoon. If we managed to fly the day before then we will spend today sightseeing in Islamabad. In the evening we will have a final group meal. 

Flight back home

Breakfast

Transfer to airport for flight home.

Dates & Prices

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What's Included

  • Internal flights to/from Islamabad (if cancelled then we will drive on KKH).
  • All internal transport and transfers including airport collections on arrival and departure to/ from Islamabad for group flights only. If you are not on the group flights we can arrange airport transfer for an extra charge of GBP65 (US$85 or €75) per transfer. 
    • For our 2020 the group flights are as follows: From Dubai to Islamabad on Emirates EK0612 arriving at 7.30am on morning of July 18th and from Islamabad to Dubai on Emirates EK0615 departing at 3.10am on morning of August 9th.
  • Twin share room at hotels.
  • Breakfast only in Islamabad, all meals elsewhere.
  • Twin share domed tents while on trek.
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, Western and Pakistani guides, cook and porters. 
  • Bespoke weather forecasts from EverestWeather.com throughout the duration of this trek.
  • Thuraya satellite phone to ensure our guides have reliable communications with us for logistics, planning and group safety.
  • Rubberised luggage tag posted to you before departure.
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921).
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone and face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send you our comprehensive "Pakistan Pre Trip Information" notes and a ‘Fitness Training Plan’.

What's Not Included

  • International flight to/from Islamabad.
  • Travel & trekking insurance.
  • Airport pick up and transfers if not arriving on group flight costing GBP65 (US$85 or €75).
  • Pakistan visa for 30 days (obtain before departure).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Islamabad.
  • Personal clothing & equipment, please see the Appendix for suggested kit list.
  • Tips to local trekking crew (these are discretionary however expected for good service in Pakistan, an appropriate amount to budget for would be approx £155, USD$200 or €175.
  • Other items not listed in “What is included”.

Accommodation

K2 Motel in Skardu

K2 Motel is operated by Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) and is located in a lovely position overlooking the Indus river.

It is a short walk taking about 15 minutes into the main part of Skardu town and the bazaar. K2 Motel has 28 rooms and restaurant plus a garden at the back of the property.


Hill View Hotel in Islamabad

Hill View Hotel is located in the F7 neighbourhood of Islamabad. It is a short walk to Jinnah market where there are a number of good restaurants and shops.

Hotel Hill View has a store room where you can leave luggage not required while on trek (you can also leave any gear not needed on trek at Concordia Motel in Skardu). There is wifi at the hotel.


Practical Information

A Typical Day On Camping Trek

The day starts with an early morning mug of tea brought to your tent by one of the assistant guides. Before heading over to the mess tent for breakfast you will pack your overnight gear into your duffel bag. During breakfast the tents will be packed away and, after the porters have arranged their loads, they will set off on the trail in the cool of the morning. After breakfast, probably between 7am and 8am, we start walking. The pace of the trek is leisurely with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around 11am at a spot by the side of the trail and is prepared for us by the cooks.


There is more walking after lunch and normally you will get into camp by mid afternoon with the tents already put up by the local staff. In the evening a three course meal is served in the mess tent around 6-7pm. After supper the international leader will discuss the plan for the next day with the group. People might stay in the mess tent chatting about the day’s events for a while before retiring to their tent for the night.

While on the trek, the cook will provide good quality food in sufficient quantities.  For breakfast you are likely to get porridge or cereal, toast or chapatis, omelettes and a range of hot drinks. For our camping treks in Nepal we provide fresh coffee from our Bialetti Moka coffee machine. On arrival to camp in the afternoon you will be given tea and biscuits and a three course meal will follow later in the evening.

Communications

We bring a Thuraya satellite phone for logistical, safety and personal use. Personal calls charged at £4 (US$5 or €4.50) per minute and £2 (US$3 €4.50) to send and receive SMS text.

Clothing and Equipment List for K2 Base Camp & Concordia

For the safety of everyone in the group and to help ensure a successful trek, you are required to have the following items in our clothing and equipment list tailored for K2 Base Camp & Concordia Trek. Your gear will be checked by the group leader in Islamabad prior to departure for the trek.

As a reminder, the weather on this trek will vary season to season and day to day as you ascend to higher elevations. During the first couple of days on K2 Base Camp & Concordia trek you will experience hot conditions with temperatures around up to 40 ̊C. You will experience the coldest temperatures at Concordia where overnight lows will be down to around -10 ̊C.

Each trekker should bring one backpack for gear required during the day. Your day backpack will contain items such as warm clothes, jacket, camera, water bottles, personal first aid kit and snacks. The maximum weight allowance for back pack is 5kgThe rest of your personal equipment packed in a duffel or kit bag will be carried by a porter. The maximum weight allowance for your duffel bag  is 15kg. Please ensure that your bag is marked clearly on the outside for easy identification.

We suggest you print the kit list and tick items off as you pack them then weigh your kit bag before you come on trek.

Footwear

  • Walking Boots. A pair of water repellent boots with ankle support.  Boots must be in good condition, the best approach is to get new boots and break in before the trek. Over the years of organising treks in Pakistan we have had several boots fall apart so it is essential you also bring trail shoes as a backup.
  • Trail shoes. Can be used around camp and as a replacement if your walking boots fall apart!
  • Sandals. fully enclosed sandals are best to protect your feet during river crossings. These are required for river crossings as well as two trekking poles.
  • Walking socks.

Clothing

  • Waterproof and Windproof jacket (with hood) and trousers (goretex or similar). For use if it rains or snows during the trek and in windy conditions.
  • Trekking trousers. (eg. Mountain Hardwear Mesa V2 or The North Face Paramount Peak) Minimum two.
  • Soft Shell Trousers.
  • Long sleeve tops or shirts (not cotton). Minimum two.
  • Micro fleece.
  • Mid to heavyweight fleece or synthetic/ primaloft top.
  • Sleeveless/ gilet or body warmer type fleece / synthetic top. This will help keep your core warm while not bulking when layering up. Gilet can be used in combination with base layers, other fleeces and down jacket to provide maximum warmth and insulation.
  • Thermals or base layer for top & bottom (merino wool or synthetic).
  • Fleece or synthetic pants. To be worn around the lodge or added as an additional layer when the temperatures start to drop higher up.
  • Medium weight down jacket.

Heads and Gloves

  • Fleece gloves.
  • Warms mittens and/or gloves.
  • Wool or fleece hat.
  • Sun hat.
  • Bandana or scarf. (eg. Buff Headwear or purchase a #myTMCbuff).
  • Headtorch.  Bring extra batteries.
  • Sunglasses. The lenses need to be Category 4 rated and should have side protection or wraparound design to prevent light getting through to your eyes that could cause sun blindness.

For crossing river crossings and glacial ice

  • Trekking poles (Black Diamond with “Flick Lock” are best). Having two poles is mandatory as required for your safety on steep and loose sections of the trail, river crossings and for walking through deep snow higher up.
  • Kahtoola Microspikes or YakTrax Summits. These are for your safety and security when descending passes if snowy or icy conditions.  These are not crampons - they can be fitted directly to your walking boots.
  • Gaiters. A pair of knee high gaiters used to keep boots dry if walking through deep snow or on wet ground.

Personal equipment

  • Sleeping bag. Maximum overnight lows will be around -10℃.
  • Fleece or silk liner for your sleeping bag. A liner protects your sleeping bag from getting dirty and helps by adding extra insulation to keep you warm at night.
  • Sleeping mat (eg.Thermarest). On trek we provide everyone with one foam mat however we recommend two layers for maximum insulation and comfort. We also provide everyone with a pillow.
  • Daypack. Recommended size is 35 to 40 litres or larger as you need to have enough space to carry water bottles, camera, snacks and extra clothing as well as climbing gear and down jacket. The pack should have a good waist belt. It is also a good idea to bring a rain cover to keep the contents dry.
  • Stuff sacks for keeping your gear dry and organised. Or even better are fold- drybags such as from Exped.
  • Two water bottles (Nalgene wide mouth bottles are the best).  You may use a hydration pack lower down but the tube will freeze in the cold so ensure you still have 2 water bottles.
  • Pee bottle. Highly recommended as means you do not have to get up to find toilet tent at night! For men you can use an old water bottle for women take a look at SheWee.
  • Sunscreen and lipsalve with a high SPF.
  • Water purification tablets (Pristine, Biox Aqua or Aqua Mira).
  • Favourite snack food.
  • Books, ipod and cards etc.
  • Camera with spare batteries and memory cards.
  • Insurance certificate.
  • Earplugs (optional).
  • Baby wipes (optional).
  • Hand sanitizer. We suggest you keep this in your day pack for use after a toilet break during the trek or before eating any snacks. We provide sanitizer for use before meals.

Travelling

  • Duffle bag for your personal gear on the trek (carried by a porter). A rugged, waterproof duffle bag made of a plastic material 100-120 litres in size is recommended eg. Mountain Equipment 100l or Rab 120l. Bring a small combination padlock to secure the bag.
  • Travel clothes. You will need casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Islamabad.
  • Toiletry bag, soap, travel towel, toothbrush, travel wash etc. You will be provided with toilet paper on trek.

Personal first aid kit

Note: we provide a comprehensive group first aid kit but please bring personal medications and other items you might use regularly such as:

  • Any personal medications.
  • Blister treatment (Compeed patches are the best)
  • Rehydration powder (eg Dioralyte).
  • Analgesics (paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin).
  • Plasters and zinc oxide tape.
  • Throat lozenges.
  • Diamox (helps with acclimatisation).

 

Threat and risk assessment for K2 Base Camp & Concordia

Participants should be aware trekking, mountaineering and travelling in a developing country are activities that involve a risk of personal injury or death. As a condition of booking you must accept these risks and be responsible for your own actions and involvement. 

Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in team is an important aspect of all of our trips.

As a part of our planning process we have performed a detailed threat and risk assessment for our K2 Base Camp & Concordia trek. It is worth pointing out all of our trips have a certain degree of risk, this is of course part of the attraction of adventure travel and why so many people choose to join this type of holiday. However by identifying the potential hazards on K2 Base Camp & Concordia we can assess the level of risk and implement control measures to reduce this happening.

Our full threat and risk assessment for K2 Base Camp & Concordia is available to clients on request. For your information we have listed below a summary of the significant risks and hazards identified by us:

  • Personal security such as terrorism or kidnapping.
  • Falls and trips resulting in physical injury eg. slipping on ice or falling off
  • the path.
  • Altitude illness including but not limited to AMS, HACE and HAPE.
  • Getting lost or becoming separated from group eg. at Concordia or K2 Base Camp in whiteout.
  • Severe bad weather and conditions when camping eg. at Concordia.
  • Climatic injuries (dehydration, sunburn, heat exhaustion, hypothermia or heat stroke). Temperatures of up to 40 Celsius may be experienced during the first few days of the trek.
  • Crossing a river with no bridge resulting in drowning and/ or a fall. There are a number of river crossings on the trail to K2 Base Camp.
  • Rock fall and landslides. The jeep track Skardu – Askole - Skardu - Skardu is at a risk of rockfall and landslides as well as many sections of the trek.
  • Snow and ice avalanches.
  • Lightning strike.
  • Wildlife, pack animals (eg. donkeys or horses) or stray dogs. Pack animals have been known to knock people off the path. Dogs can attack and bite, we advise you discuss rabies vaccination with your doctor.
  • Earthquake. There is a high risk of earthquake in Karakoram mountains.
  • Risk of fire in the hotel or lodge.
  • Endemic local diseases. We advise you discuss vaccinations with your doctor before departure.
  • Physiological injury such as heart attack, appendicitis, hernia, toothache etc. in a remote area.
  • Road traffic. The drive along the jeep track Skardu – Askole – Skardu is a prone to landslides and rockfall and has many sections with high degree of exposure.
  • Flight accident on Islamabad – Skardu – Islamabad route.
  • Contaminated food and/ or water.

This trip visits a remote area where you are away from normal emergency services and medical facilities. In case of a serious injury requiring hospitalisation evacuation could take up to several days and may impede your ensuing recovery. Helicopters are the most usual means of evacuation, however they are not always available or they may be hindered by poor weather and flying conditions.

Weather and climate for K2 Base Camp

The traditional trekking season in Pakistan is June to September. K2 Base Camp & Concordia trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day.

In the mountains between 1,000m and 3,500m the nights will be cool normally around 5 ̊C. During the day temperatures can be very hot even as high as 40 ̊C in the lower elevations. Bring lots of water, sunhat and sunscreen!

At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20 ̊C to -10 ̊C. The mornings are generally clear with clouds building up during the afternoon and often disappearing at night to reveal beautiful starry nights.

Islamabad will be hot and humid at this time of year, temperatures typically range from 30 ̊C to 46 ̊C with high humidity, whereas the temperatures in Skardu at 2,340m will be cooler.

Suggested reading and maps

Maps

Karakoram Trekking Map 1:175,000 laminated published by TerraQuest- the best map to purchase for K2 Base Camp and Snow Lake treks

K2 and Baltoro Glacier Satellite Image Map 1:80,000 (Geosystems) – this is a superb satellite photography. Available at Stanfords, London.

Karakoram geographical sketch map Sheets 1 & 2. Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research, Zurich. Scale 1:250,000- shows the whole Karakoram range including Ladakh in India. A copy of this will be available to look at on trek.

The Karakoram Highway by Open Road Guides, England Scale: 1:1,000,000

Books 

K2: Triumph and Tragedy by Jim Curran

The Endless Knot: K2, Mountain of Dreams and Destiny by Kurt Diemberger & Audrey Salkeld

Clouds from Both Sides An Autobiography by Julie Tullis

Regions of the Heart: The Triumph and Tragedy of Alison Hargreaves by David Rose and Ed Douglas

Above the clouds by Anatoli Boukreev

The Last Step: The American Ascent of K2 by Rick Ridgeway

Quest for Kim: In Search of Kipling's Great Game by Peter Hopkirk

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