Concordia & K2

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Trip code: 
THC
Way to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays
Activity:
Walking & Trekking Holidays
Min age:
18
Group size:
6–16

One of the world's greatest treks; unrivalled high mountain scenery and breathtaking views of K2

Concordia has possibly some of the most spectacular mountain vistas. Situated at the confluence of the Baltoro and Godwin Austen glaciers, it is an extraordinary place, dominated by K2, the world's second highest mountain. Gasherbrum 4, Broad Peak, Mitre Peak and Chogolisa form the rest of an astounding circle of mountain giants which has been called 'the throne room of the Gods'. This stunning trek starts in Askole and follows the Braldu gorge to the snout of the Baltoro glacier, which we then follow Concordia. We have an optional day walk to K2 and Broad Peak base camps. This is one of the world’s most stunning mountain treks and is wild and remote with a scenery of unmatched grandeur.

Highlights

  • Stunning wild and remote scenery 
  • Trek Broad Peak and K2 Base Camps
  • Spectacular mountain vistas

Key information

  • 6 nights hotels and 14 nights full-service camping
  • 13 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Optional base camp treks
  • Previous altitude experience necessary
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus UK leader, local guide and other appropriate local staff. Min age 18 yrs

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 17 lunches and 17 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single supplement
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Trip Notes

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12 (plus 1 optional day)

Pace:

Approximately 7-8 hours walking per day on average. K2 Basecamp day is 10-12 hours walking

Terrain:

High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain

Day by day breakdown
Day 619.0km/11.0miles
Day 722.0km/13.0miles
Day 913.0km/8.0miles
Day 106.0km/3.0miles
Day 1112.0km/7.0miles
Day 1211.0km/6.0miles
Day 1324.0km/14.0miles
Day 1417.0km/10.0miles
Day 1512.0km/7.0miles
Day 1613.0km/8.0miles
Day 1722.0km/13.0miles
Day 1819.0km/11.0miles

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Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Depart London

    The group flight usually departs London around lunchtime.
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Arrive Islamabad

    The group flight arrives in Islamabad very early in the morning and we transfer straight to our hotel where rooms will be waiting for you; the rest of the day is free to recover from your journey. Those not flying with the group from London will join us at the hotel in Islamabad during the day. Later in the day, when everyone has arrived, we will have a group briefing. We may also have to visit the Ministry of Tourism for an official briefing.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Spectacular flight to Skardu

    This morning we travel to the airport and take the spectacular flight (weather permitting) across the mountains to Skardu. The rest of the day is free.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Free day in Skardu

    In the morning we will have a walk up to the remains of Skardu fort, which overlooks the town and has great views of the Indus Valley. We will then walk to a small village, which grows all its crops organically. The afternoon is free to explore. You may like to take jeeps to Satpara Lake or explore the bazaar.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Drive through spectacular mountain scenery to Askole

    We set off northwards by jeep up the Shigar valley to Dassu, which used to be the end of the road. The spectacular jeep road which mostly follows the raging Braldu River now extends to Askole, the last village on our route and where we leave the jeeps and start walking. It may sometimes be necessary to start walking before Askole depending on the conditions of the jeep road. The journey may take anywhere from six to twelve hours.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Trek from Askole and cross the snout of the Biafo Glacier to Jhola

    After organising all the equipment and supplies our porters load up for the journey ahead to Jhola. The valley opens out to reveal the Biafo Glacier which flows for more than fifty kilometres from the Hispar La pass to the Braldu. We have our first taste of moraine walking as we cross the snout of the glacier and descend to our lunch spot beside the river at Korofon. Our route takes us to the confluence of the Braldu and Dumordo Rivers, where the trail used to involve scrambling over a cliff and then crossing the river in a flying fox or box bridge (called a 'jola'). Nowadays there is a newer trail and we go upstream to cross the river by bridge. Once across we descend to the edge of the River Braldu and follow its banks to our camp at Jhola.

    Walk profile: distance approx. 19km, time: 7 to 8 hours, max. altitude: 3150m.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Trek from Jhola and follow the Braldu gorge along the river bank to Paiju

    Today our route mainly follows the Braldu gorge along the river bank, moving up and down according to the level of erosion and water levels. We start to get views of the fantastic granite rock shapes of Trango Towers and Cathedral. Walking conditions can be very hot and dry, and care must be taken to prevent sunburn. As we approach camp several glacially fed rivulets flow down into the main valley and we may have to use our river crossing shoes depending on water levels. On a clear day we may be able to spot K2 in the far distance and the vast snout of the Baltoro glacier, the fourth longest in Pakistan, is also visible but it's hard to gather a sense of scale from here. The day ends with a climb away from the river to our camp at Paiju, set in a clump of trees – the last ones we will see for a while!

    Walk profile: distance approx. 22km, time: 7 to 8 hours, max. altitude: 3400m.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Rest day and acclimatisation in Paiju

    We spend the day at Paiju for rest and acclimatisation. The porters will spend the day baking their bread for the next week on the glacier. We will have an acclimatisation walk towards Paiju Peak base camp.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Trek from Paiju to Khobursay, a small campsite at the side of the Baltoro glacier

    The walking gets a bit harder today but the scenery becomes even more spectacular and wild as we climb onto the snout of the Baltoro glacier, and cross over to the other side. The trail climbs up and down the glacial moraine and although there is a trail, care needs to be taken at all times. Stunning views are gradually emerging of granite peaks on the north side of the glacier - from Paiju, Ulli Biaho, and Trango Towers round to Grand Cathedral. It will take a few hours to cross the glacier to Liligo. From here we follow a rocky trail along the edge of the Baltoro for a while to Khobursay, a small campsite at the side of the glacier.

    Walk profile: distance approx. 13km, time: 7 to 8 hours, max. altitude: 3800m.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Cross two small side glaciers to Urdukus

    We cross two small side glaciers, and eventually we can see the Trango Towers soaring up on the north side of the valley. We stop for the night near the army camp at Urdukas, which is perched 100m above the glacier on terraces hewn out of the hillside by the Duke of Abruzzi for his expedition.

    Walk profile: distance approx. 6km, time: 4 to 5 hours, max. altitude: 4050m.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Trek to Goro II, the junction of the Younghusband and Baltoro glaciers

    We strike out into the middle of the glacier and follow the medial moraine, getting our first views of Masherbrum (7821m) to the south. The trail climbs up and down the rocky moraine and as we get higher we start to walk past the huge ice seracs which stick out of the glacier like ice cream cones. Tonight we spend our first night camping on the Baltoro glacier at Goro II, the junction of the Younghusband and Baltoro glaciers, where the night time temperature will drop quite dramatically. From camp we have superb views of Masherbrum and up the Younghusband Glacier to Muztagh Tower.

    Walk profile: distance approx. 12km, time: 7 to 8 hours, max. altitude 4300m.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Continue up the rocky moraine and trek to Concordia

    Our final approach day, and our goal is in sight - Concordia! We continue up the rocky moraine as more and more of the big peaks come into view, culminating in the appearance of K2 just before we reach our campsite at Concordia. The views all around are tremendous: K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, Mitre Peak, Chogolisa and Sia Kangri are all prominent, as well as dozens of smaller peaks.

    Walk profile: distance approx. 11km, time: 7 to 8 hours, max. altitude: 4600m.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Optional trek to K2 Base Camp

    Today there is the opportunity to walk up the Godwin-Austen glacier to K2 Base camp. This is a very long but a spectacular day. We will leave early morning, crossing the glaciers onto the faint trail heading towards K2 (there is a faint rocky trail all the way to K2 Base Camp). As we follow the glacier towards K2 the mountain seems to grow bigger and bigger. Broad Peak rears up to our right and after about 3 hours we pass Broad Peak Base Camp (there is the option to turn back here). Those continuing to K2 Base Camp carry on with K2 towering above us as we get closer and closer. Just before Base Camp, amongst the boulder and ice strewn landscape is the Art Gilky Memorial (an American geologist and mountaineer). A short scramble brings us to the place where those whose lives K2 claimed are remembered. Plaques and engraved tin plates are attached to a small rocky outcrop at the foot of this great mountain. We hope to reach the Base Camp around lunchtime so we can eat our packed lunch with great views directly above us of K2 and we may see some climbing expeditions. After lunch we retrace our steps back to Concordia.

    Walk profile: distance approx. 24km, time: 10 to 12 hours, max. altitude: 5100m.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    Retrace our steps down the glacier to Biango/Goro I

    Unfortunately we have to leave this magnificent place with some of the best mountain views on earth. However, we have an easy start today as we retrace our steps down the glacier. Today is a fairly easy walk back down to Goro I.

    Walk profile: distance approx. 17km, time: 6 to 7 hours, max. altitude: 4600m.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 15

    Trek back to Khobursay with views across to Trango Towers

    We follow the same trail down through the glacier to Goro 1 and on down to the spectacular campsite at Urdukas with great views across to Trango Towers before reaching Khobursay. Although we are retracing our steps down the glacier the views are completely different seen on the way back.

    Walk profile: distance approx. 12km, time: 6 to 7 hours, max. altitude 4150m.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 16

    Trek down the side of the glacier back to Paiju

    We continue our walk down the side of the glacier through Liligo, from where we cross the glacier for one more time before stepping off the moraine onto more stable ground. We head back down to the trees and the relative comforts of Paiju campsite.

    Walk profile: distance approx. 13km, time: 6 to 7 hours, max. altitude: 3800m.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 17

    Trek back to the campsite at Jhola

    The walking now becomes a bit easier now as we follow the same trail as on the way up down the Braldu gorge. There may be a couple of river crossings today. We stop tonight at the campsite at Jhola.

    Walk profile: distance approx. 22km, time: 7 to 8 hours, max. altitude: 3400m.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 18

    Trek back to the main valley and follow the river to Askole

    We start the day with a walk up the side river to the bridge. After crossing the bridge we head back to the main valley and continue following the river all day through Korofon and back finally to the village of Askole.

    Walk profile: distance approx. 19km, time: 7 to 8 hours, max. altitude: 3150m.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 19

    Drive to Skardu in our jeeps for a rewarding hot shower

    We pick up our jeeps for the long but spectacular day’s drive back to Skardu and the luxury of a hot shower.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 20

    Morning flight to Islamabad; afternoon to relax

    We take the early morning flight to Islamabad and the rest of the day is free to relax and unwind after the trek.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 21

    Fly to Islamabad

    We take the early morning flight to Islamabad and the rest of the day is free to relax and unwind after the trek.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 22

    Free day in Islamabad

    A free day in Islamabad or an extra day to fly to Islamabad if the flight is cancelled for any reason on the previous day.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 23

    Fly to London

    Very early this morning we depart Islamabad for the flight to London arriving in the early evening. Those not flying with us to London will leave the hotel after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Pakistan

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

All nationalities require a visa for Pakistan. For UK residents the cost will be approximately £134, please refer to these websites for further information - http://www.phclondon.org/visa/ & http://visadropbox.com/pakistan/

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccinations

Pakistan

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for this trip.

Recommended vaccinations for this trip are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

The risk of malaria on this trip is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in places visited on this trip. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 17 lunches and 17 dinners included.

All food is provided throughout apart from lunches and dinners in Islamabad, we suggest you allow around £50 for these meals. Food on trek is simple but wholesome. Breakfasts will consist of porridge and cereal, eggs and chapatti or toast. Lunches are a picnic usually with soup, tinned meat and fish, sweets and nuts, cheese and crackers or chapattis. Dinner is 3 courses; soup, main course which is rice, dhal, vegetables, meat or pasta based. Dessert is usually jelly, cold custard, fruit, rice pudding or trifle. Snacks are provided upon arrival at camp; samosas, pakhora, tea and coffee. If you have any special dietary requirements we recommend you take along some of your own snacks or food. Pakistan is a meat-eating country (mainly goat and chicken) and does not cater as well as India for vegetarians, vegans or gluten free diets.

Weather

The weather in northern Pakistan is very hot during the summer. Maximum daytime temperatures will depend on the altitude, but will mainly lie in the range 25 to 40°C. Most days will be hot and sunny, although the occasional severe storm and bad weather cannot be ruled out. If the days are sunny on trek with no cloud cover it can be extremely hot and make the walking quite hard as there is often no shade at all, especially on the glacier. The nights will be cooler and the night time temperatures can drop to well below freezing when higher than 3500m. Islamabad and the lower Indus valley will be very hot and humid, while Skardu, although hot, will be less oppressive.

Skardu, Pakistan

Is this trip for you?

The trek is graded 'Tough' (Activity Level 7) with 13 days walking to a maximum altitude of 4,500m at Concordia (5,120m K2 Base Camp - optional) and an average of 3,650m.

Previous altitude experience is necessary. The walking on the Baltoro glacier is fairly tough and is definitely not recommended for those who have not previously been walking at a relatively strenuous level in high mountain regions. Although there is a trail on the glacier nowadays, it is still rocky terrain and requires good balance and concentration. There may be some river crossings at certain times in the summer and if the rivers are high we may have to use alternative trails. We do not advise inexperienced walkers to attempt this trek. There is no habitation, except a couple of military posts, after leaving Askole, so conditions are more basic than elsewhere. It can also be very hot in the early stages of the trek and on the glacier during the day.

We recommend that you work on your fitness to prepare yourself for this trek. You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

As this trip spends considerable time at altitude, we ask you to refer to the altitude warning in the trip notes.

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Accommodation

Hotels & Campsites

6 nights hotels, 14 nights camping. In Islamabad, we use a standard hotel, which has air-conditioned rooms with en suite bathrooms. In Skardu, we stay in a simple hotel. The trek itself is on a full-service camping basis, meaning that our camp staff will erect and dismantle the tents for you, cook, and do all of the camp chores for you. You need only carry your daypack. Most of the camping on this trek is wild camping amidst the mountains. We stay in two-person tents which have enough room inside for your kitbags. Sleeping mats and bags are not provided – please see the packing section. We also have a dining tent complete with table and stools. No running water is available whilst camping.

 

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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