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In the 19th and the first half of the 20th century there were only few expeditions into the Karakorum, most of them for reasons of survey and exploration rather than of climbing. However, there were some serious attempts to climb the highest mountains as soon as 1902 when Oscar Eckenstein and his team tried to climb K 2 via the Northeast Ridge. At that time, modern transportation did not exist, so it took the mountaineers an incredibly long time just to reach the foot of the mountain.

Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, an Italian mountaineer and explorer, led the next expedition to K 2 in 1909. His team reached a height of 6,666 m on the East Ridge which today bears his name: the standard route up the mountain follows the so-called Abruzzi Spur.

In 1937 the British climbers Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman, famous for their light-weight approach to mountaineering, teamed up for their Shaksgam expedition, exploring and mapping the northern approaches to K 2. Two years later the two climbers were back for their Karakoram Survey Expedition, during which they climbed a number of mountains but none of the really high ones.

In the 1950s more and more expeditions came to the Karakorum to try first ascents of 8000 m peaks. One after the other, the giants were climbed: Nanga Parbat in 1953 by the Austrian climber Hermann Buhl, K 2 in 1954 by Italians, Gasherbrum II in 1956 by Austrians, Broad Peak in 1957 by Austrians once again (among them Hermann Buhl), Gasherbrum I in 1958 by Americans.

In the 1960s and 1970s most climbers who came to the Karakorum were heading for the 8000m peaks, trying new routes or repeating the normal routes. At that time there were very few trekkers.

It was only in the 1980s that trekking tourism really started. At that time most trekkers went to Concordia or around Masherbrum. At that time the route was much more difficult and dangerous than it is today. Trekking has expanded over the years and today includes areas like Biafo-Hispar, Panmah, Hushe-Valley and others.

The Karakorum is famous for its high mountains and majestic scenery, and climbers and trekkers from all over the world are fascinated by the sheer grandeur of it. More than in Nepal where lodges can be found along the trekking routes, the treks in the Karakorum offer adventure and unique experiences.

Mountaineering Pakistan
Mountaineering Pakistan

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"Thanks to everyone to make this climb come true! Mat Auer, Hens Auer, Fabienne Götzenberger, Family Auer, Family Anthamatten, Rashid Ullah Baig, Khalid Amir Rana, Muhammad Iqbal from Shipton Treks & Tours, Nottaris Romolo, Lorenzo Gottardi, Charly Gabl, Newrock Family, Black Diamond Team, Mountain Hardwear Team, Scarpa Team, Julbo, Atomblock and many many more!!! Climb on!!!”


“We recommend the best Partner for Trekking and Expedition in the Karakorum the Agency Shipton Treks and Expedition.S.T& Expedition is a self-help project under the auspices of the charitable, non-government, non-profit-making organization. "Himalaya-Karakorum-Hilfe e.V.". It was founded in order to let the inhabitants of Baltistan - also known as "Little Tibet", Situated in the heart of the Karakoram.


“My climbing and trekking experiences span five decades and encompass all seven continents. I have used Shipton Tours three times and they are, far and away, the best outfitter I have ever dealt with. Their attention to detail and their staff are both outstanding. I just returned from a five week trek/climbing trip to the Biafo Glacier. Everything about the service provided by Shipton Tours was excellent.

JIM Mountaineer

“As a professional climber, based in Umhausen / Ötztal/Austria I want to recommend Shipton Tours, Treks and Expeditions as a partner to explore Pakistan, especially the Karakorum Mountains. I´m working together with the team since 2006. Furthermore I´m happy, that I led the first official expedition of Shipton Tours, Treks and Expedition ever, to Shipton Spire / Trango Valley in summer 2006.


“Thank you very much for supporting our Expedition to the great Trango. Every expedition need a strong Partner (Agency)!Thanks to Zahir, our very good cook. Thanks to Habib. Thanks to Muhammad Ali our great Guide. Thanks to Iqbal to organization all things. Thanks to Rasool for their support in Skardu. We are very happy to have chosen Shipton Trekking as Agency for our Expedition!”

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“Shipton Treks was the ideal guide service for our needs. They have an incredibly knowledgeable staff, speaking both English and German, with key people located in all of the right areas in Pakistan. They have the basics down: travel logistics, lodging, transfers, food, security, etc. They were total professionals and adaptable when it came to servicing.

COREY RICH Mountaineer