Gondogoro Pass is the highest (19,500 ft) mountain pass on the Gondogoro Glacier near Vigne Glacier. In 1986, a route was established that connects Concordia and the upper Baltoro Glacier to the Hushe Valley over the Gondogoro Pass (5940m). Since then, this challenging technical pass has attracted trekkers and climbers alike. This pass has one of the most overwhelming mountain panoramas anywhere in the world, with all of the Karakoram's 8000m peaks close at hand. The Gondogoro La, although popular with trekkers, involves Class 4 climbing. The Northside is a 50-degree snow slope with Avalanche danger requiring fixed ropes. The south side is a continuous 50-degree slope with rock-fall and avalanche danger that requires fixing as much as 300m of rope. Crossing this pass requires good judgment, commitment, top fitness, prior acclimatization and basic mountaineering skills of all members.
Day 01:Arrival at Islamabad
Day 02:Islamabad – Chilas
Day 03:Chalis – Skardu
Day 04:Skardu – Askole
Day 05:Askole – Korophone
Day 06:Korophone – Jhula
Day 07:Jhula – Paiju
Day 08:Paiju acclimatization Day
Day 09:Paiju - Urdukas
Day 10:Urdukas – Goro
Day 11:Goro – Concordia
Day 12:Concordia acclimatization and rest Day
Day 13:Concordia - Ali Camp
Day 14:Ali Camp - Gondogoro Pass - Khuspang
Day 15:Khuspang acclimatization and rest Day
Day 16:Khuspang – Dalsangpa
Day 17:Dalsangpa – Shaicho - Hushey
Day 18:Hushey acclimatization Day
Day 19:Hushey – Skardu
Day 20:Skardu – Islamabad/Chilas
Day 21:Islamabad/Chilas – Islamabad
Day 22:Final departure
Upon your arrival at the Islamabad airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Thai Nepal Travels. After picking up your luggage and look for our representative with a Thai Nepal Travels display board at the arrival gate. After that, you will be transferred to Hotel. After check-in, you can take a rest, hang around in the city - it all depends upon your interests and condition. Overnight at Islamabad.
Departure for Chilas via Karakoram Highway or Naran valley, shortstops en-route for lunch and photography, arrive and transfer to the hotel.
Departure for Skardu, shortstops en-route for lunch and photography, arrive and transfer to the hotel.
Departure for Akole on a winding jeep trail. The last inhabitance on our way to the great glacier. Highest in the region, the stone and timber abodes contain dark and narrow stairwells riven by gloomy until alleys cluster within the embrace of the fertile terraces. Overnight in hotel.
Today we leave the last inhabited village. After scrambling over a ridge we come across what legend says an old polo field. Passing through a rock gap we cross the Biafo glacier and camp besides its snout at Korophone. The Biafo Glacier is a huge river of ice 63 Km. long which descends from the central peaks of the Karakoram & flows east into the Braldu Valley at a point about 10 Kms east of Askole. Overnight in camp.
Trek to the Dumurdo river cross at Jhula, now a wooden bridge is made cross it & camp beside a torrent facing the Bakhordas. Overnight in camp.
Resume trek along the Braldu River to a green Oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak 6611 M. Paiju - is a Balti word which means "SALT". Since there are some rock salt deposits at the base of this peak, the locals believe that the snow on the summit of Paiju Peak is not snow but a huge deposit of salt which drips down to the base. From this camp, we have the first view of the impressive Baltoro Glacier. Overnight in camp.
Rest & acclimatization day at Paiju. Overnight in camp.
Begin trek after an early breakfast. Traverse the junction of Paiju - Baltoro Glaciers through crevasses & lunch below Liligo, the traditional camp under the muddy cliffs with fine views of rock spires. Cross the Khuburse torrent early morning and ramble over two glacier moraines to reach the grassy slopes of Urdukas offering splendid views of the Trango, Uli Biaho & Bial Groups. Overning in camp.
A long walk on the icy Baltoro Glacier. Traverse the Yermanandu Glacier which flows down from Masherbrum & joins the Baltoro. Magnificent views of Muztagh, Mitre & Gasherbrum IV. Overnight in camp.
After an early breakfast, resume a long walk on the Baltoro Glacier to a point called Concordia - a huge junction of Baltoro, Abruzzi & Godwin Austin Glaciers at 4000 meters. Within a short radius of 15 Kilometers, stand 41 peaks over 6500 meters including 04 peaks above 8000 M. The 360 view offers a panorama of peaks nowhere to be found on this Earth. Overnight in camp.
Explore K2 base (A day trip 4 hrs up 3 hrs down) after an early breakfast, resume your walk to K2 Base Camp. Overnight in camp.
After an early breakfast leave the Concordia and we will cross several side glaciers to reach our right path. After 2 hours we will reach Vigne glacier, it is also possible to walk on the Vigne glacier which is fairly easy than walking on the stony path on the right side of the glacier but it depends on the snow conditions. Camp
A very early start as early as 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning to cross the Gondogoro la to reach Khuspang. The basic theme behind the early walk to reach the top of the Gondogoro Pass 5700 metres is that in the morning snow will be soft and you will not get tired quickly as the sun is not strong, but as sun gets strong snow get soft, snow going to be melt and bring water and stones, also the chance of ice falls or avalanches. Overnight in camp.
Rest day at Khuspang. Overnight in camp.
After a couple of minutes of easy walk, we will come onto the glacier. You pick your way across moving boulders and ice, finally crossing the glacier up to the camping site to reach Dalsangpa, meaning 'field of flowers', lives up to its name. It is a beautiful campsite at about 4,150 meters, set between two lakes, with Masherbrum Mountain and the white glacier cascading down from Masherbrum Pass reflected in the still water. Overnight in camp.
Resume trek along the path; Keep yourself on the left side of the lateral moraine, crossing several side streams. The next hour is an unpleasant scramble along the stony, sliding glacier edge, with huge boulders poised above, ready to fall. Continue your trek along the path goes downhill to the summer settlement called Shaicho, a large shepherd’s settlement with its own mosque, nowhere you can find a hotel and mountaineering equipment shop. This is the traditional camp among the forest of juniper, cedar and willow trees with giant bushes of wild roses and a good water supply. After a short break continues your walk along the Hushey River on an easy path. Upon arrival camp near the fields in Hushey village. Overnight in camp.
Rest & acclimatization day at Hushey. Overnight in camp
Drive to Skardu on the jeep trail to Skardu. Overnight in hotel in SKardu.
Flight to Islamabad, if unable due to bad weather same day drive to Chilas. Overnight in hotel in Chilas.
De-briefing at Alpine Club of Pakistan Islamabad or early morning drive to Islamabad. Arrive and transfer to the hotel in Islamabad. Overnight in Islamabad.
Our tours come to an end today. A representative from Thai Nepal Travels will take you to the airport approximately 2 hours before the scheduled flight. A representative from Thai Nepal Travels will take you to the airport approximately 2 hours before the scheduled flight. We hope you have enjoyed the tour with us, and we are sure you will be back making another trip somewhere with Thai Nepal Travels again.
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