Gondogoro La Traverse


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This trek leads into the heart of the Karakoram, the “throne room of the mountain goods“ (Galen Rowell), “the most marvellous mountain landscape on earth“ (G.O. Dyhrenfurth). Getting to Concordia (about 70 km) takes about 7 or 8 days, getting back to Askole maybe 5 or 6 days.

Trekkers have to walk between 3 and 7 hours daily. From Askole the path first runs along the Braldo river, until shortly after Payu the Baltoro glacier is reached. After crossing the glacier, you follow it on its true left side until you get to Urdukas, a flower meadow from where you have a unique view of the surrounding mountains (Broad Peak, Trango Towers, Uli Biaho, Cathedral, among others). From then on you stay on the Baltoro which for the most part is covered with debris so that you hardly ever walk on ice. The scenery gets more and more breath-taking: wherever you look, giant rock and ice pyramids, of which Masherbrum, Muztagh Tower and Gasherbrum IV are the highest and the most striking, tower up. Having reached Concordia you can admire K 2 in all its majesty. From here you can walk to K 2 base camp and back in one day.

From Concordia you follow the Baltoro in a southern direction and then turn into the Vigne glacier on which you stay until you get to Ali Camp, the last camp before crossing the Gondogoro La (5940m). From the col you have a view of four 8000- metre peaks: K 2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II. The descent on the other side is partly protected by wire ropes.


Note: Itinerary (can be shortened or extended depending on time, weather and physical condition)

Days Destinations / Day by day itinerary Accommodation
01 Arrive at Islamabad afternoon welfare meeting with Alpine Club Hotel
02 Drive to Chilas on Karakorum highway 11-12hrs 461km Hotel
03 Drive to Skardu along with Indus River 8-9hrs 290km Hotel
04 Drive to Askoli Braldo Valley 6-7hrs 3000m Camp
05 Trek to Jhola (strong trekkers can walk here directly from Askole and thus win a day)6-7hrs 18 km 3200m Camp
06 Trek to Paiyu 6-7-hrs 16.6km 3450m Camp
07 Rest day in Paiyu for acclimatisation (optional) Camp
08 Trek to Urdukus 6-7hrs 15.9km 4050m Camp
09 Trek to Goro-II(this camp is on the glacier) 5-6hrs 12.1km 4380m Camp
10 Trek to Concordia 4-5hrs 9.2km 4650m Camp
11 Full day excursion (with the option of visiting the base camps of K 2, Gasherbrum I and II)
12 Trek to Ali Camp 5010m Camp
13 Crossing of Gondogoro La, Trek to Khuspang 5680m Camp
14 Trek to Saicho 4-5hrs 9.8 km 3330m Camp
15 Trek to Hushe 4-5hrs 9.3km 3050m Camp
16 Drive to Skardu 5-6hrs Hotel
17 Drive to Chilas 8-9hrs Hotel
18 Drive from Chilas to Islamabad 11-12hrs Hotel
19 Morning farewell meeting with Alpine Club afternoon sightseeing Hotel
20 Transfer to Islamabad airport for international flight

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Best Time For Climbing Duration of Expedition Group size Expedition package
June - August 20 Days ISB-ISB 05-07-12 Climbers Depends on group Size
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Services included in the Package

• Trekking permit
• Environmental Fee
• Guide daily wages and insurance
• Guide equipment
• Cooking Staff
• Cooking Equipment/ kitchen utensils
• Required porters their insurance & equipment
• Accommodation with B/L/D(except in Islamabad)
• Transportation Islamabad to Islamabad
• Camping Equipment
• Arrange welfare meeting with Alpine Club
• Cargo equipment store
• Tips for baggage handling at airport & at hotels
• International flights tickets re-confirmation
Fess: (Bridge crossing, cable crossing, camping)

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