K2 Base Camp Trek

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Duration

19 Days

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Cancellation

Up to 30

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Group Size

14 peoples

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Languages

English

Overview

K2 Base Camp Trek

K2 base camp trek is the most popular trekking holiday for trekkers.  It provides one of the most unique and the most spectacular views of the northern mountains. It gives great views of four 8,000m peaks and is thought by many to be one of the best high mountain treks in the world.

K2 Base Camp Trek  is a challenging and demanding trek that involves trekking and hiking along Baltoro (5th longest glacier at 62km) and Godwin Austin. The Baltoro Glacier meets the Vigne and Godwin-Austen glaciers at the huge natural amphitheater of Concordia. This is one of the most spectacular mountain campsites in the world.

We are a hometown company providing full board services to Baltoro region since last 2 decades. Having highly experienced dedicated team who will guide you throughout your adventure in the Karakoram.  Our Itinerary is  the best itinerary in terms of acclimatization, enjoyment and safety.

Our  new itinerary combines all that is best in the Karakoram: a visit to K2 Base camp, a challenging ascent of a high pass, and the chance to experience two very different valleys. This trek offers variety and excitement. It is an unforgettable mountain experience

Hunza Guides also gives a provision to K2 base camp trek solo endeavor for which a cost is a bit higher. Remember one thing that it is mandatory to have a guide or porter along with you for a solo package. This is because they can carry tents, personal belongings, and most importantly other essentials.

There is also a special permit required that can only be offered to a registered and credible tour operator like Hunza Guides for a K2 solo trekking stint. One should take advantage of all of our packages. We ensure that by the end of the trekking experience, you will feel comfortable with the value obtained through a marvelous experience against the K2 base camp trek cost incurred by you. It’s all about having the best walking journey within a majestic Karakoram Range.

You might also want to check out our K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro La Trek

Highlights

  • Base Camps of K2 and Broad Peak
  • Concordia - Throne Room of the Mountain Gods
  • Walking in Concordia and the Baltoro Glacier
  • Trek up to Godwin Austin glacier via Baltoro Glacier (5th longest and world’s largest outside the polar region)
  • View of 8,000 m peaks including Broad Peak (8,047 m) and K2 (8,611 m) from Concordia & base camp.
  • Views of other peaks between 5,000m to above 7,000m peaks including Gasherbrum-IV, Masherbrum & more
  • Views of Glaciers (e.g. Biafo, Vigne, Liligo, Dunge, Muztagh, Biango, Mandu, Khalkal and more), lakes and streams
  • Sightseeing in Skardu and Islamabad

K2 Base Camp Departure Dates 2021

Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityStatus
10-Jun28-Jun AVAILABLE
22-Jun10-Jul AVAILABLE
1-Jul19-Jul AVAILABLE
10-Jul28-Jul AVAILABLE
20-Jul7-Aug AVAILABLE
1-Aug19-Aug AVAILABLE
10-Aug28-Aug AVAILABLE
20-Aug7-Sep AVAILABLE
1-Sep19-Sep AVAILABLE
10-Sep28-Sep AVAILABLE

Gondogoro La Trek Departure Dates 2021

Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityStatus
10-Jun
28-Jun AVAILABLE
22-Jun10-Jul AVAILABLE
1-Jul19-Jul AVAILABLE
10-Jul28-Jul AVAILABLE
20-Jul07-Aug AVAILABLE
1-Aug19-Aug AVAILABLE
10-Aug28-Aug AVAILABLE

Snow Lake Biafo Hisper Departure Dates 2021

Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityStatus
25-JUN-2021 16-JUL-2021 AVAILABLE
15-JUL-2021 07-AUG-2021 AVAILABLE
22-JUL-202112-AUG-2021 AVAILABLE
01-AUG-202123-AUG-2021 AVAILABLE
03-AUG-202125-AUG-2021 AVAILABLE
06-AUG-202127-AUG-2021 AVAILABLE
07-AUG-202128-AUG-2021 AVAILABLE
15-AUG-202107-SEP-2021 AVAILABLE

Detailed Itinerary

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Day-01: Islamabad and Rawalpindi

Welcome at Islamabad airport, and transfer to hotel. Afternoon proceed for city tour of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, which includes famous Faisal Mosque, Shakar Parian, Pakistan monument, Damen Koh, Lok Versa, Museum, Rawalpindi old bazaar, Raja Bazaar.
Altitude: 540 M
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-02: Fly from Islamabad to Skardu

Today we take the short but spectacular flight to Skardu one hour. Afternoon is free to explore Skardu town.
Note: If our flight is cancelled due to bad weather, we will start the drive to Chilas traveling for 11/12 hours via Babusar Pass 4,173 m.
• Altitude: 2,228 M
• Accommodation: Hotel
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-03: Free day in Skardu

Free/preparation day in Skardu. Today we enjoy a free day in Skardu where we can visit the bazaar and Khurpucho Fort.
Note: If our flight canceled on day 2, we will spend 8-9 hours driving from Chilas to Skardu along with Indus River.
• Altitude: 2,228 M
• Accommodation: Hotel
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-04: Drive from Skardu to Jhola

Today we take the spectacular drive by jeeps to Jhola 8-9 hours. Jhola is starting point of our trek. It is a spectacular drive from Skardu to Jhola, the jeep road crosses the Braldu River three times and passes the villages of Dassu, Apligon, Pakora, Hoto Chongo and Thongal, Braldu River, Korofoung, enjoy great views of Bakhor Das 5,809 m and the Biafo Glacier.
• Altitude: 3,200 M
• Accommodation: Camping
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-05: Trek from Jhola to Paiyu

Trek to Paiyu 6-7 hours 16.6 km.
This is an undulating walk, difficult at times, with the first views of dramatic mountains ahead. The trail climbs to a vantage point from which you see the snout of Baltoro Glacier and, in the far distance, a magnificent panorama of the Cathedral and Trango Towers and left of them, the unmistakable triangle of K2.
• Altitude: 3,450 M
• Accommodation: Camping
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-06: Acclimatization day in Paiyu

Free day for local exploration and porters will prepare their food for further trek K2 base camp trek. We enjoy a slow start today taking in our stunning surroundings. We take a short acclimatization trek during the day and in the evening sing and dance with the porters.
• Altitude: 3,450 M
• Accommodation: Camping
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-07: Trek from Paiyu to Khubertse

Trek to Khubertse 5-6 hours 10.8 km.
Another stunning day on our journey to K2 Base Camp. The participants will experience the stunning views as they move ahead, The views of Paiyu Peak 6,610 m, Uli Biaho 6,417 m, Great Trango Tower 6,286m, Lobsang Spire 5,707 m and the Cathedral Towers.
• Altitude: 3,990 M
• Accommodation: Camping
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-08: Trek from Khubertse to Urdukas

Trek to Urdukas 3-4 hours 5.1 km.
A shorter day today as we navigate our way over the moraines to reach Urdukas camp. The participants will experience the stunning views as they move ahead, with great views of Trango Towers, Uli Biaho, baltoro cathedrals and Paiyu Peak. Cathedral Towers.
• Altitude: 4,050 M
• Accommodation: Camping
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-09: Trek from Urdukas to Goro-II

Trek to Goro camp 12.1 km, 5-6 hours.
A special day today as we are greeted by our first full view of the giant peaks of the Karakorum. Masherbrum 7821 m, Muztagh Tower (7,284 m), Gasherbrum-IV (7,925 m), Miter Peak 6,025 m and Biarchedi Peak 6,781 m.
• Altitude: 4,380 M
• Accommodation: Camping
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-10: Trek from Goro-II to Concordia

Trek to Concordia 9.2 km, 5 hours, where the Baltoro, Abruzzi and Godwin Austen glaciers meet. The 360-degree panoramic view here is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. Concordia the joining of the five glaciers you will be in the heart great Mountain K2, 8611 m, Broad Peak 8047 m, Angel Peak 6858 m to the left and to the East Baltoro Kangri, Kondus, Snow Dome, Golden Throne and numerous nameless mountains all around this is an exciting day of your trip.
• Altitude: 4,650 M
• Accommodation: Camping
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-11: Broad Peak and K2 Base Camps

Trek to Broad Peak Base camp 4,800 m which offers one of the best views of K2. Afterwards we continue on to K2 Base Camp 5,135 m and then return to Concordia for the night.
• Altitude: 4,650 M
• Accommodation: Camping
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-12: Return Journey Begins. Concordia to Goro

The participants will have to leave this camp and move back towards Goro II. The trek on this day will be quite easy and you will be descending down.
• Altitude: 4,380 M
• Accommodation: Camping
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-13: Trek from Goro II to Urdukas

On this day the participants will make their way to the campsite of Urdukas, they will follow the same trail down via the glacier, however the views on the way back will be completely different.
• Altitude: 4,380 M
• Accommodation: Camping
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-14: Trek from Urdukas to Paiyu

Trek to Paiyu. The participants on this day of the K2 base camp trek will be walking down on the side of the glacier via Liligo, this will be last area where they will be shifting their trail from the moraine on the relatively stable ground. The participants will have the opportunity to find themselves in the trees after a break and enjoy their stay at Paiyu camp site.
• Altitude: 3,450 M
• Accommodation: Camping
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-15: Trek from Paiyu to Jhola

Trek to Jhola. The walking on this day will be quite easier as the participants will be following the same trail to the Bradlu gorge. The camp site will be made at Jhola.
• Altitude: 3,200 M
• Accommodation: Camping
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-16: Drive from Jhola to Skardu

Drive back to Skardu by jeeps. Our participants will have time to get fresh and to take shower.
• Altitude: 2,228 M
• Accommodation: Hotel
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-17: Fly from Skardu to Islamabad

We fly back to Islamabad. Afternoon is free for exploring.
Note: If our flight is cancelled due to bad weather, we will start the drive to Chilas travelling for 9 hours along with Indus River.
• Altitude: 540 M
• Accommodation: Hotel
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-18: Free day in Islamabad

Enjoy a free day in Islamabad for exploring, sightseeing and shopping.
Note: If our flight on day 17 cancelled we will spend 11-12 hours driving from Chilas to Islamabad via Babusar Pass 4173 m.
• Altitude: 540 M
• Accommodation: Hotel
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-19: Fly back home

Our staff will transfer all our guests to the airport on their respective departure timings.


  • All domestic flights and road transfers
  • All hotel accommodation (twin sharing room)
  • All trekking accommodation
  • All camping site and bridge fees
  • All trekking logistics (all tents, non-personal equipment and tools etc)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Licensed professional guide (government requirement)
  • Government trekking permit fees and paperwork
  • Waste management fees (government requirement)
  • Support staff (cook, assistant(s) etc)
  • Porter for personal luggage (15 kgs)
  • First aid medicine kit (basic)
  • Satellite phone for emergencies
  • D3V sleeping tent, Toilet Tent, Shower Tent.
  • International airfare and airport taxes.
  • Visa fee for Pakistan and personal insurance of the clients.
  • Tips for drivers, porters and staff
  • Single Supplement
  • Transfers to and from airports for participants making individual air arrangements
  • Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour
  • Sleeping bag and all personal expenses such as telephone, liquor or soft drinks,
  • Room service, gratuities for personal services, items of a purely
  • Any other service that is not mentioned in the list above.

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    FAQs

    How the trip will operate?
    Upon arrival in Islamabad, one of our representatives will pick you up from the airport and transfer to hotel. We then fly to Skardu capital of Baltistan region, or if the weather is inclement we travel by road through the Indus gorge. Skardu is the parting point from civilization, where we will be accommodated in a Hotel. Jeeps take us to the road end at Askole, the last village in the valley. Askole is the beginning of the trek and each night we camp out as we travel up the valley with our Balti porters providing entertainment and color to the otherwise stark and barren countryside. Our cooks provide wholesome and high-quality food during the trek. The guide and porters will coordinate all the movements of equipment and people up and down the mountain and are there to assist and facilitate you. At the end of the trip the group retraces its steps to Islamabad.
    What is a typical day on trek?
    The day starts with an early morning mug of tea brought to your tent by one of the cook’s helpers. Before heading over to the mess tent for breakfast it is best to pack your overnight gear into your duffel bag. During breakfast the tents will be packed away and, after the porters have arranged their loads, they will set off on the trail in the cool of the morning. After breakfast, probably between 7 am and 8 am, we start walking. The pace of the trek is leisurely with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around 11 am at a spot by the side of the trail and is prepared for us by the cooks. There is more walking after lunch and normally you will get into camp by mid-afternoon with the tents already put up by the local staff. In the evening a three-course meal is served in the mess tent around 7 pm. After evening meal the guide will discuss the plan for the next day with the group. People might stay in the mess tent chatting about the day’s events for a while before retiring to their tent for the night.
    What you Carry?
    In your daypack, you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location, and weather), a rain jacket, water bottle, film and camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-Eze etc. Porters carry all group gear and your trek pack. A daypack of approx. 45litres is ideal for this trek.
    How internal flights operate?
    Skardu is a weather-dependent airport. Since the valley is completely surrounded by high mountains, planes can only land here in good visibility and this means flights to and from Skardu are never guaranteed. The planes do fly more often than not, but cancellations can and do occur and in these circumstances, we will travel by road. If we did not do this groups would risk being stranded in Islamabad and you should beware of companies that say they will only fly to Skardu as this may mean you have no possibility of trekking.
    What is participation statement and acknowledgment?
    Participants should be aware trekking, mountaineering and travelling in a developing country are activities that involve a risk of personal injury or death. As a condition of booking, you must accept these risks and be responsible for your own actions and involvement. Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may Experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. Lack of acclimatization to high altitudes could also be a risk factor. Our itineraries allow optimum time for acclimatizing although it is possible that some individuals might be slow acclimatizers. The majority of our trips visit remote areas where you are away from normal emergency services and medical facilities. In case of a serious injury requiring hospitalization, it has to be accepted by you, evacuation could take up to several days and may impede your ensuing recovery. Helicopters are the most usual means of evacuation, however they are not always available or they may be hindered by poor weather and flying conditions.
    What will be the camp food?
    While in Islamabad accommodation is on Bed and breakfast basis and our guide will guide you to different restaurants nearby for lunch and dinner, while at the camps you will get breakfast with porridge and cereal, toast or chapattis/parathas, omelettes and a range of hot drinks. Normally a hot lunch is prepared by the trek, In the afternoon you will be given tea and biscuits and a three-course meal will follow with soup, a main meal, and dessert. We bring along fresh vegetables and meat for the main meals. We can cater for those with special dietary requirements, so long as we are informed of these at the time of booking.
    How about hygiene & sanitation?
    All our cooks and support staff are thoroughly trained in kitchen and table hygiene & observe strict hygienic code. You may give your personal water bottles to our kitchen staff every night & they’ll fill them up with boiling water, which will not only warm you up in your sleeping bags for a sound sleep but also provide you with safe boiled drinking water for the following day’s walk.
    Guidance on tipping?
    It is usual to tip the members of your trek crew, including your local guide, if you are happy with the services provided. We estimate that $100 – $150 (in local currency equivalent) will cover this aspect of your trip expenditure. Towards the end of the trek, the trip leader will help the group to determine an appropriate level of tipping for each crew member, and this is most usually done as a group ‘thank-you’ with a ceremony on the final day of trekking.
    What will be the weather?
    The traditional trekking season in Pakistan is from June to September. The K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro la trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains between 1,000m and 3,500m, the nights will be cool normally around 5°C. During the day temperatures can be very hot even as high as 40°C in the lower elevations. Bring lots of water, sunhat and sunscreen! At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20°C to -10°C. The mornings are generally clear with clouds building up during the afternoon and often disappearing at night to reveal beautiful starry nights. Rawalpindi will be hot and humid at this time of year; temperatures typically range from 30°C to 46°C with high humidity, whereas the temperatures in Skardu at 2,340m will be cooler.
    Vaccinations and medical?
    You should obtain professional advice from a travel clinic or your local GP from your home country about which vaccinations to have before you arrive in Pakistan. A dental check-up is a good idea as there will be no dental facilities while on the trek.
    How to avoid altitude sickness?
    The below notes on altitude sickness is to point out what it is and to note the symptoms. Problems with altitude sickness can usually be avoided if care is taken to prepare properly. Ensure good physical fitness, chose a trip suitable to your level, staged ascents to allow time for acclimatization, drink plenty of liquid and avoid alcohol, be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and do not ignore symptoms of altitude sickness if they occur. Normal physiologic changes occur in every person who goes to altitude: hyperventilation (breathing faster, deeper, or both), shortness of breath during exertion, changed breathing pattern at night, awakening frequently at night and increased urination. By slowly gaining height we reap the benefits of a gradual gain in fitness and acclimatization. We offer advice based on our experience and with the sensible approach we take on all of our treks, anyone who is well prepared, fit and healthy should have few problems, as we are very careful to allow time to acclimatize to the altitude. Even with these precautions, it is still possible for altitude sickness to occur. It is difficult to predict who is likely to suffer from altitude sickness. Sex is not a determinant, nor is age. Your physical condition is important to good altitude adjustment, but sometimes people who are fit ascend too rapidly for their systems to adjust.
    Altitude acclimatization
    Please also note that individuals vary widely in both their physical response to high altitude and the ability to acclimatize and since physical fitness does not confer any protection or facilitate acclimatization, it is impossible to predict how you will adapt to the altitude. The greatest protection is avoiding rapid ascents and allowing time for acclimatization. Your body can adapt to altitude if given time. We feel this itinerary specifically provides that option, but you must individually pace yourself to go slowly and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Do not push too hard regardless of how physically fit you may be or feel. Early symptoms of high altitude sickness include a headache, nausea, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, vomiting, dry cough, irregular breathing, shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling of ankles and eyelids. It is not uncommon to experience some of these symptoms when you first arrive at high altitude and then to have them decrease in severity within a few days. It is important that you inform your Trip Leader immediately of any symptoms or discomfort, however minor so that they can help you monitor the situation. Please be aware that remaining at high altitude in spite of alarm signals from your body may result in serious illness or even death. Medical conditions that are aggravated or complicated by high altitude include heart diseases, lung diseases, pregnancy, anemia, and sickle cell disease. It is imperative that anyone with any of these conditions consult their physician in detail before attempting this trekking expedition.
    Personal Medical Kit
    It is very important to have your own personal medical kit and it is wise to bring all the essentials with you from the home country. As time is limited and it will save you having to go searching for medical supplies in an unfamiliar city. Most medicines are available from chemists in main cities. The following suggestions are based on our experience of travelling, trekking and on the most common medical problems encountered. It is important to check with your doctor in case of allergies to any medications. We suggest that you bring the following: Plasters: Elastoplasts or adhesive tape. Antiseptic cream: Germalene, Savlon etc Crepe or Elasticated Bandage: For knee and ankle support, if you strain in these joints. Blister dressings: Moleskin, compead, spenco dressings etc. Stop at the first sign of a blister forming and use a plaster or moleskin. Cold and Flu Medication: Beechams powders, Lemsip, nasal decongestant, and throat lozenges. On treks that stay above 3000 meters for any length of time or on treks with dry conditions, it is quite common due to breathing dry, cold air through the mouth to get a sore throat or a cough (it may become productive due to irritation not necessarily infection). Treatment For Diarrhoea: Oral rehydration salts, which contain a variety of salts (electrolytes) and sugar. The combination of electrolytes and sugar stimulates water and electrolyte absorption from the gut. It, therefore, prevents or reverses dehydration and replaces lost salts in conditions such as diarrhea and vomiting. Preparations such as Imodium or Lomotil are anti-motility drugs, which do not treat diarrhea but slows the gut. They should only be used when the condition is causing dehydration, much distress or is impossible to deal with on transport. The aim in using them is to take just enough to control the complaint (see section on diarrhea). General Painkillers: Aspirin, paracetamol and/or ibuprofen etc Insect repellent and after bite cream: Small Pair of Scissors Any Special Medicines: Those you take regularly or will require on your trip. Optional – Treatment for Giardia: A common infection caused by a protozoan in the upper bowel. It develops one to three weeks after exposure and can result in a sudden acute illness or a more long-lasting condition. The symptoms are usually explosive and gassy diarrhea along with burping and wind that tastes and smells like rotten eggs. There may be abdominal pain after eating. Treatment is a course of Metronidazole; this is a prescription drug. Under the advice given by your GP, you may consider carrying a course of wide spectrum antibiotic in your personal medical kit. Optional – A Broad-Spectrum Antibiotic: These are prescription drugs and should be used in consultation with a GP. A broad-spectrum antibiotic e.g. Ciprofloxacin may be useful if traveling to remote areas or for long periods. A broad-spectrum antibiotic can be used to treat bacterial infectious diarrhea, dysentery, respiratory, skin and urinary infections. However, antibiotics used without proper medical advise can cause or predispose other medical complications and bacterial resistance e.g. Clostridium or MRSA. Under the advice given by your GP, you may consider carrying a course of broad-spectrum antibiotic in your personal medical kit. Optional – Use of Acetazolamide (Diamox): For those trekking above 3000 meters, Diamox has been described as an aid to acclimatization and the prevention of altitude sickness
    Equipment & Accessories
    Rucksack or Day Sack: This is what you carry containing any items you will need during the day, e.g. camera, water bottle, jumper, waterproofs, personal first aid kit (or part of it), toilet paper & lighter etc. A rucksack of around 35 to 40 litres capacity should be large enough, lined with one large plastic bag to ensure contents remain dry. Padded hip belts are recommended for trekkers. Sleeping Bag & Liner: A good quality 4-season down or synthetic bag and cotton, thermal or silk liner. Suggested manufacturers RAB, Mountain Equipment, North Face, Ajungilak, Vango. Scarf/Bandana: Silk, cotton or nylon for keeping the sun off the back of your neck or dust out of your mouth. Water Bottle: 1x 1 Litre (Platypus, Sigg or Nalgene bottles are recommended). Sigg bottles also makes great hot water bottle! Water Purification: Biox Aqua Tablets are the safest and most effective form of emergency water disinfection in outdoor environments. Biox Aqua Tablets are more effective than either chlorine or iodine tablets (working against both cryptosporidium and giardia), and leaves no bad tastes or colours behind. Biox Aqua does not react with contaminants in the water to form hazardous byproducts. Each application will take between 10-30 mins to take effect, dependant on the condition of the water source. Puritabs are not advised as they have no effect on the amoebas and will not protect you from hepatitis. Sun Screen: High protection factor 20-30 or higher Lip Screen: High protection factor 20-30 or higher Toilet Items: Soap, travel towel, flannel (or J-cloth), toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, comb, sanitary protection, toilet paper is provided but bring a roll for personal use and at airports! Sewing Kit: Needle, cotton and a few safety pins for emergency repairs. Small Knife: Swiss army style – has many uses (do not carry this in hand luggage when taking international or internal flights it will be confiscated). Notebook/Diary/Pens Small Padlocks: Essential for locking your kit bag and bags left at the hotel. Passport & Spare Passport Photographs: (3-4 plus any required for permits) A Copy of Your Insurance Certificate: This is very important and useful. Money Belt: To carry valuables (passport, money, air ticket) this should be worn at all times when travelling. High Energy Trek Snacks: Sweets, chocolate bars, dried fruit, glucose sweets, Kendal mint cake. These can make all the difference in unfamiliar surroundings. Personal Medical Kit: (see list above). Compression Bags, Stuff Sacs, Pillow Cases or Small Plastic Bags: To separate the gear in your kit bag and kept dry. Cigarette Lighter/Matches: For burning toilet paper and rubbish. Wet Wipes: One pack very useful for wiping hands, face and other parts of body. Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel: Small bottle.
    General Equipment List
    This is a suggested kit list of some items needed when trekking. It is best to pack several thinner layers rather than one thick layer. There is a weight limit on trek (13-20kg depending on the package). It is best not to pack more items than what you actually need on any holiday. Clothing Lightweight Thermal Underwear: Tops (2), bottoms or long johns (1). Made from polypropylene, Coolmax, Capilene etc, as cotton does not provide adequate warmth. Underwear T-Shirts or Polo Shirts: (3) Capilene, DryFlo or Coolmax are preferred for their quick drying/high wicking ability. Long Sleeved Shirt or Blouse: (1-2) Trekking Trousers (2) e.g. polycotton trousers or zip off trousers. Lightweight Wool or Fleece Jumper: (1) Fleece or Pile Jacket: (1) Duvet Jacket: Medium weight down or synthetic, it needs to fit overall insulation layers. Waterproof Jacket: Good storm proof mountain jacket with attached hood. Waterproof Trousers: Good storm proof trousers with side zips to the knee. Travel Clothes: Lightweight cotton, preferably only for travelling in, e.g. separate to trekking gear. Mitts & Gloves Synthetic Gloves: 1 pair lightweight fleece/wool/pile. Mitts: To fit over gloves Footwear Boots: It is most important that you have well-fitting, comfortable boots, lightweight boots (Gore-Tex or leather). Boots are to be preferred rather than training shoes for the actual trekking, giving your ankles and feet much better support on the rough and stony ground and providing better grip. Boots protect the feet from bruising or damage caused by protruding stones or boulders. Boots should be sturdy enough to take flexible crampons. Training Shoes/Sandals: For travelling in and around the cities, hotels and at camp. Also for wearing when crossing streams to protect feet. Socks: 2-3 pairs of thin liner socks (polypropylene or Coolmax) to be worn next to the skin. Harness: You need it while crossing Gondogoro La Gaiters: Useful if we encounter snow. Crampons: You only need it for Gondogoro Crossing. It is important to have the correct crampons for your boots. Headgear Sun Hat: Baseball cap or wide-brimmed sun hat. Wool or Fleece Hat Head Torch: e.g. Petzl Tikka, Zipka or Black Diamond Moonlight and spare batteries. Sunglasses: Essential to get a pair, which cuts out 100% UV rays. It is a good idea to also have a spare pair of good sunglasses. Glacier glasse
    General Considerations When Packing
    Keep the weight and bulk down to a minimum. Baggage allowance on most international flights is around 23kg. Most people tend to bring more clothes than they actually need. You only need one change of clothes for time spent in towns/cities. On treks, your kit bag weight should be kept to below 15kg. For all trips but especially trekking it is important to dress in layers. When it is hot you will only be wearing light trousers and a T-shirt, when it gets colder you can add to this until you are wearing most of your clothes! Fragile and valuable items should be carried in your hand baggage. Most people take their daysack or rucksack on the plane as hand luggage but many airlines only allow one item of hand baggage, which should not be more than the airlines specified size. Camera gear should be carried as hand luggage in a padded or protective bag, discreet bags are ideal as they do not advertise the expensive contents and attract unwanted attention. On internal flights, there is an allowed baggage allowance of 15kg per person. When flying internally we suggest trekkers wear all your heavy clothes and boots to keep your baggage to a minimum. Any excess baggage charges will have to be borne by you. Pack all batteries, knives, sharp object and lighters into your main luggage to avoid confiscation by security personnel. Take a small sealable clear plastic bag if you wish to take liquid items such as toothpaste onboard the aircraft. Do not leave bags unattended at airports.

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