is located on the border of Pakistan and China. Being the second
highest mountain in the world, it is thought by many climbers to
bethe ultimate climbing challenge. The giant Pyramid Peak towers
in isolation 12,000 feet above the wide Concordia glacial field
at the head of the Baltoro Glacier. The sheer icy summit is
flanked by six equally steep ridges. Each of its faces presents
a maze of precipices and overhangs. K2 was long considered to be
impossible to climb. AttemptsB n 1902, 1909, 1934, 1938, 1939
and 1953 had all but failed.
first successful ascent in 1954 started with over 500 porters, 11
climbers, and six scientists. One of the climbers died of
pneumonia after40 days of raging storms. The final ascent was made
by a team of two after their oxygen supply had run out, and an
emergency descent was made in darkness.
the only major mountain in the world which has surveyor's notation
as its common name (K stands for Karakoram, 2 means it was the
second peak listed).T.G. Montgomery was the surveyor who assigned
K-2 this designation in 1856. The mountain's remoteness had
rendered it invisible from any inhabited place, so apart from an
occasional local reference as Chogori (meaning Great Mountain), it
had no other name prior to Montgomery's survey. Since that time,
the name Mount Godwin-Austen has occasionally been used in honor
of the man who directed the survey. For the most part, K2 has been
the name of choice and has even evolved into Ketu, the name used
by the Balti people who act as porters in the region.With respect
to the commentary on the Italian expedition which was the first to
summit K2 8611m in 1954, it has since been proven that Compagnoni
and Lacedelli did indeed have oxygen until they reached the summit
of K2. The myth was dispelled through libel proceedings brought on
by climber Walter Bonatti, who had been accused of sabotaging the
expedition by keeping the oxygen for himself. The best evidence
available in a properly translated format can be found in the
latest edition of “The Mountains of My Life” by Bonatti, or the
short book entitled “Trial on K2”.
Islamabad, transfer to hotel.
Islamabad- briefing at Ministry of Tourism.
Drive to Chilas, transfer to hotel for overnight.
Drive to Skardu, overnight at hotel.
Drive to Thongal/Askole, overnight camp
Trek to Korofong, overnight camp
Trek to Chobraqk, overnight camp
Trek to Paiju, overnight camp
Trek to Urdukas, overnight camp
Trek to Goro, overnight camp
Trek to Concordia, overnight camp
Trek to base camp
RESERVED FOR CLIMBING
Trek back to Concordia. Overnight camp
Trek to Ali Camp. Overnight camp
Trek to Low Camp via the Gondogoro Pass
Trek to Dalsanga Pa. Overnight camp
Trek to Hushe. Overnight camping
Drive to Skardu. Overnight at hotel
Skardu- relax at Skardu
Drive to Chilas. Overnight at hotel
Drive to Islamabad. Overnight at hotel
Islamabad – debriefing at Ministry of Tourism.
Fly to onward destination