Karakorum Great Traverse Trek

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Duration

33 Days

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Cancellation

Up to 30

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Group Size

15 peoples

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Languages

English

Overview

Karakorum Great Traverse Trek

The Great Karakorum Traverse is one of the longest and highest walking trails in the world. Winding beneath the world’s highest peaks and visiting some of the most remote communities on earth, it passes through lush green valleys, arid high plateaus and incredible landscapes.

The trail covers almost the full distance of the Karakorum Range in Pakistan from the Skardu to Khaplu valley and ultimately continues through Baltoro, Biafo and Hispar Glaciers to Hunza and Gilgit.

The Karakorum great traverse 32 days trek begins from the beautiful Hushe valley, gateway to Mashaburm 7821m, Charakusa peaks. The thrilling half day jeep journey leads you to the heart of the peaceful Hushe valley from Skardu. From Hushe you begin the adventurous trek into the great Karakorum wilderness and will not see another village for another thirty days.

A Karakorum great traverse combination of days trek through Hushe valley leads you to Gondogoro La and after crossing it to the great Baltoro glacier with the most remarkable mountain vistas in the world. After a visit to the base camp of K-2 (the second highest in the world at 8611 meter) we return to Concordia and proceed to Biafo Glacier and Hisper La. This pass leads you into the beautiful Hopper valley Nagar and further to Hunza.

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Highlights

  • Crossing of Gondogoro La 5680 m and Hisper La 5151 m
  • Views of K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum-I/II from the Gondogoro La Pass
  • Walking in Concordia and the Baltoro Glacier and on Biafo Glacier
  • Trek up to Biafo Glacier (Longest and world’s largest outside the polar region)
  • Views of peaks between 5,000m to 7,000m Peaks from Biafo Hisper Glacier
  • View 8,000 m peaks including Broad Peak (8,047 m) and K2 (8,611 m) from Concordia
  • Views of other peaks between 5,000m to 7,000m including Gasherbrum 4, Masherbrum, Mustagh Tower, Bakhordas Peak, Mitre Peak, Crystal Peak
  • Views of Glaciers (e.g. Biafo, Hisper, Vigne, Liligo, Dunge, Muztagh, Biango, Yermanendu, Mandu and more), glacial lakes, waterfalls, and streams

K2 Base Camp Fixed Departure Dates

Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityStatus
16-JUN-202005-JUL-2020 GUARANTEED
20-JUN-202011-JUL-2020 CLOSED
01-JUL-202020-JUL-2020 GUARANTEED
05-JUL-202026-JUL-2020 CLOSED
15-JUL-202003-AUG-2020 GUARANTEED
01-AUG-202020-AUG-2020 AVAILABLE
06-AUG-202027-AUG-2020 CLOSED
20-AUG-202008-SEP-2020 AVAILABLE
01-SEP-202020-SEP-2020 AVAILABLE
10-SEP-202029-SEP-2020 AVAILABLE

K2 Base Camp Fixed Departure Dates

Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityStatus
09-JUN-202030-JUN-2020 CLOSED
16-JUN-202005-JUL-2020 GUARANTEED
01-JUL-2020 20-JUL-2020 GUARANTEED
05-JUL-2020 26-JUL-2020 CLOSED
07-JUL-2020 26-JUL-2020 AVAILABLE
15-JUL-202003-AUG-2020 GUARANTEED
06-AUG-202027-AUG-2020 CLOSED
10-AUG-202029-AUG-2020 AVAILABLE

Snow Lake Biafo Hisper Fixed Departure Dates

Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityStatus
25-JUN-202016-JUL-2020 AVAILABLE
15-JUL-201907-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
22-JUL-201912-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
01-AUG-201923-AUG-2019 CLOSED
03-AUG-201925-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
06-AUG-201927-AUG-2019 CLOSED
07-AUG-201928-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
15-AUG-201907-SEP-2019 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 Skardu travelling for 11/12 hours via Babusar Pass 4,173 m.
Altitude: 2,228
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 Hushe

Drive to Hushe by jeeps via 6-7 hours 120 km.
Hushe is starting point of our trek. It is a spectacular drive from Skardu to Hushe. The jeep road crosses the Shyok River and passes the villages of Khaplu, Macholo, Kanday and Khaney.
Altitude: 3,050 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-05: Drive from Hushe to Saicho

Trek from Hushe Village to Shaico 4-5 hours, 9.3 km.
Altitude: 3,300 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-06: Trek from Saicho to Gondogoro

Trek to Gondogoro camp 3-4 hours, 3.9 km, 620 ascents.
Altitude: 3,950 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-07: Trek from Gondogoro to Hispung

Trek from Gondogoro camp to Hispung 5-6 hours.
Altitude: 4,680 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-08: Trek from Hispung to Ali Camp

Trek to Ali camp 9-10 hours after crossing Gondogoro La 5650 m.
from base of Pass we climb up to the pass 45 to 50 degrees’ ascent to the summit of the with fix rope and wearing crampons. The view from the pass is exciting and superb of K2 and all the 8000 meters. The views from the pass including K2, Board Peak, Gasherbrum I to IV are unparalleled, making all the hard work worthwhile. After crossing the pass, we descend to Ali Camp.
Altitude: 5,010 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-09: Trek from Ali Camp to Concordia

Trek to Concordia 5-6 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-10: 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-11: Trek from Concordia to Goro-II

Trek to Goro-II, 4-5 hours 9.2 km.
Have a nice views of Masherbrum 7821 m, Muztagh Tower 7,284 m and Biarchedi Peak 6,781 m.
Altitude: 4,380 m
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-12: Trek from Goro to Urdukas

Trek to Urdukas 5-6 hours, 330 m decent, 12.1 km.
View of Paiyu Peak 6,610 m, Uli Biaho 6,417 m, Great Trango Tower 6,286 m, Lobsang Spire 5,707 m and the Cathedral Towers.
Altitude: 4,050 m
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-13: Trek from Urdukas to Paiyu

Trek to Paiyu 5-6 hours, 15.9 km, views of
Cathedral and Trango Towers and Uli Biaho.
Altitude: 3,450 m
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-14: Trek from Paiyu to Jhola

Trek to Jhola 6-7-hours, 150 m decent, 16.6 km.
Enjoy great views of Bakhor Das 5,809 m and Dumurdo River.
Altitude: 3,200 m
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-15: Trek from Jhola to Korofong

Trek to Korofong 3-4 hours, 7.4 km, 150 decent.
Altitude: 3,150 m
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-16: Trek from Korofung to Namla

Trek from Korofung to Namla 6-7 hours.
Altitude: 3,400 m
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-17: Trek from Namla to Shikonfon

Trek from Namla to Shikonfon 4-5 hours 6.7 km.
Altitude: 3,660 m
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-18: Trek from Shikonfon to Baintha

Trek from Shikonfon to Baintha 6-7 hours 10.7 km.
Altitude: 3,990 m
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-19: Free day in Baintha

Free day for local exploration and porters will prepare their food for further Snow Lake 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: 3,990 m
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-20: Trek from Baintha to Morfogoro

Trek from Biantha to Marpogoro 5-6 hours.
Altitude: 4,410 m
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-21: Trek from Marpogoro to Karpogoro

Trek from Marpogoro to Karpogoro 5-6 hours 6.5 km.
Altitude: 4,680 m
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-22: Trek from Karpogoro to Snow Lake BC

Trek to Snow Lake Hisper base camp 6-7 hours 11.6 km.
Altitude: 4,770 m
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-23: Trek from Snow Lake to Hisper LA

Trek to Hisper La 4-6 hours, 4.2 km.
Altitude: 5,151 m
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-24: Trek from Hisper LA to Khani Bassa

Trek to Khani Bassa 14 km, 4-5 hours.
Altitude: 4,511 m
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



Day-25: Trek from Khani Bassa to Jutmal

Trek from Khani Bassa to Jutmal 4-5 hours.
Altitude: 4,330 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-26: Trek from Jutmal to Red Star

Trek from Jutmal to Red Star 6-7 hours.
Altitude: 4,150 m
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-27: Trek from Ret Star to Bitanmal

Trek from Red Star to Bitanmal 5-6 hours 7.9 km.
Altitude: 3,660 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-28: Trek from Bitanmal to Hisper village

Trek from Bitanmal to Hisper village 4-5 hours.
Altitude: 3,383 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-29: Drive from Hisper village to Hunza

Drive to Karimabad (Hunza valley) by 4X4 Jeeps.
Altitude: 2500 M
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-30: Drive from Karimabad to Naran

Drive to Chilas 240 km, after lunch continue drive to Naran 3-4 hours 113 km via Babusar Pass 4173 m.
Altitude: 2,409 m
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-31: Drive from Naran to Islamabad

Drive from Naran to Islamabad 239 km 6-7 hours.
Altitude: 540 M
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-32: Fly back home

Transfer to Islamabad airport for international flight

  • All road and airport 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 charges, 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.

K2 Base Camp Trek MAP

K2 Base Camp Gondogoro MAP

Snow Lake Biafo Hisper MAP


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