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Day 1 Arrive Islamabad and Transfer to Hotel.

You will be greeted by the team of Hunza Adventure Tours at Islamabad International airport. Then transfer you along with your luggage to a centrally located hotel in Islamabad.
Overnight stay in Islamabad.

Day 2Fly to Skardu or Drive to Chilas (Mini Van 480 km).

a) Weather permitting, we take a spectacular flight to the high mountain region of Baltistan in the northeast. On a clear day, we should be able to see Nanga Parbat (8124m) and K2 (8611m) towering above all other mountains. (It is quite possible adverse weather in Islamabad or Skardu may affect our flight plans and make it necessary to drive by the Karakoram Highway to Skardu, a journey of approx two days.
b) In case of cancellation of flight drive 10-12hrs by air-conditioned coach/car to Chilas (480km) on the Karakoram highway. Overnight in Chilas.

Day 3 Drive to Skardu from Chilas In case of flight cancellation (275 km).

a) Overnight stay in Skardu. Preparations for our trek and depending on our time of arrival into Skardu, there may be time to visit the town and possibly an excursion to Kachura Lake situated at the edge of the valley. Skardu is the regional capital of Baltistan, lying at the edge of a broad floodplain that is the confluence of the Shyok, Indus, and Basha Rivers.
b) If we are driving the road journey today will be 7-8 hrs to Skardu (275km) or 10-12 from Chilas. On route are spectacular views of Nanga Parbat (8125m) overnight stay in Skardu.

Day 4 Drive to Askoli 3000m(Approx 7-8 hours).

We will travel by jeep with our crew and supplies along the Shigar and Braldu valleys to Askole. Villages in Shigar have changed little in over five hundred years; farms with fields of barley, wheat, and vegetables surrounded by stone walls and stands of poplar, willow, and apricot trees. The apricot is a very important crop in the north, having a multitude of uses for the Balti and Hunzakut people. Villagers greet us as we pass through on the rugged dirt and stone road that leads to Baltoro. As we approach, the landscapes become desert-like, and once within the sheer valley of the Braldu, it is necessary to cross the river several times by suspension bridges. At various points, the road may have collapsed due to erosion and we will transfer the gear across on foot to a vehicle on the other side.
Meals: (Include: B-L-D) O/N Camping.

Day 5Trek to Jula 3200m (Approx 6 hours).

After the considerable organization of equipment, supplies, and porter loads for the journey ahead, we commence trekking towards Jhola. The valley opens out to reveal the Biafo Glacier flowing for more than 50 kilometers 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. We also experience the harsh, stark environment that forms the base of these great mountains.
Our route takes us to the confluence of the Braldu and Dumordo Rivers where the infamous flying fox or ‘Jola’ is located. It is still there, however, a footbridge has now been built making the passage much easier from every perspective. (Consider individual passage of 50 to 70 people with loads, compared with walking straight across a steel bridge!). In past years it was necessary to make a high traverse across a rocky face and descend steeply to the riverside of the Dumordo to gain the flying fox. There is now a safe and pleasant pathway above the river. It is this valley, fed by the Panmah Glacier that was once a passage between Baltistan and Yarkand across the West Mustagh Pass (5370m) into China. Once across, we descend beside the river to the Braldu and then follow along its banks to our camp.
Meals: (Include: B-L-D) O/N Camping.

Day 6Hike to Payu 3450m (Approx 7-8 hours).

The route is mainly at riverside throughout the day, switching up and down somewhat according to the level of erosion and water levels of the Braldu. The Masherbrum Group may be glimpsed to our right via the Xiangang Valley. The range is a vast array of peaks that extend almost the full length of the southern side of Baltoro. Walking conditions are hot and dry and care must be taken to prevent sunburn, especially when most members will have come from a southern winter! As we approach camp several small glacially-fed rivulets flow down from the north and the first peaks of the Trango and Uli Biaho group appear on the distant ridgeline. 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.
Meals: (Include: B-L-D) O/N Camping

Day 7 Payu-Rest Day

An important preparatory stage for our crew and porters. Our goats are slaughtered and roti (bread) baked throughout the day for the journey ahead on the glacier. It is a welcome opportunity for us to relax, read and take photos. Perhaps do some washing and simply enjoy being in the mountains.
Meals: (Include: B-L-D) O/N Camping.

Day 8Hike to Khoburche 3930m (Approx 7-8 hours).

Making the short approach to the glacier, the great expanse of ice stretching across the Braldu comes into perspective when we see the many porters forming an ant-like trail across it. Ice cliffs tower more than sixty meters above the turbulent waters at the origin of the Braldu River. As a result of its continually changing nature, the glacial moraine may be difficult to trek upon at this stage and our route varies somewhat each time. One should be prepared for a hard day of walking and carry plenty of fluid. Once at the other side, the trail will hug the side and occasionally necessitate a glacier or river crossing. There are now uninterrupted views of Paiju Peak (6610m), Uli Biaho group, Trango Group, and Cathedral Group – a majestic, spired collection of mountains that the Karakoram is so well known for. Behind us, the steep grassy slopes make high grazing pastures for ibex and the rocks are home to mouse hares (Pikas) and colorful hoopoe birds which forage for food scraps.
Meals: (Include: B-L-D) O/N Camping.

Day 9Hike to Urdukas 4050m (Approx 3-4 hours).

An easier day’s walk, following a good trail at the side of the Baltoro with two feeding glaciers to cross en route. It is Great Trango (5844m), facing eastwards, that is considered the greatest cliff face in the world and the point from which two Australians made a world record base jump in 1992. On the trail, pony trains carrying supplies to army camps are often passed and occasional helicopters overhead provide a reminder of our proximity to the disputed territory of Kashmir nearby. The grassy camp of Urdukas is well located before the mountains and is our last before continuing glacial camps. If the weather is clear at the head of the valley we may see Broad Peak (8050m) and Gasherbrum IV (7930m), two of the most prominent peaks of the region.
Meals: (Include: B-L-D) O/N Camping.

Day 10 Hike to Goro II 4380m (Approx 6-7 hours). Day

Descending rugged terrain onto the glacier, we cross to the center where it is easier trekking.
We weave over rolling mounds of rock and scree, not unlike that of a quarry, and head almost in a direct path to GIV. We are in fact steering slightly northwards to a moraine hollow where Goro II is situated. The vast glacial highway of the Yermanendu feeds in from the south, leading from the many mountains around Biarchedi. Crystal and Marble Peaks are now right before us. Looking back towards Paiyu, the impressive mountain groups that have dominated our views over the last few days are now dwarfed as we trek higher and further away.
Meals: (Include: B-L-D) O/N Camping.

Day 11Trek to Concordia 4650m (Approx. 5-6 hours).

A special day today as we trek into Concordia and enjoy our first views of K2 (weather permitting). This location
must be considered one of the world’s most spectacular camps as it is totally surrounded by stunning peaks. As
we leave Goro II, the Biange Glacier to the north provides a superb view up to Mustagh Tower (7284m), one of
the most difficult mountains in the Karakoram to climb. The trail continues along fairly easy rolling slopes of
moraine marked by cairns and then passes among ice towers or seracs as we approach the colliding glaciers at
Concordia. Mitre Peak (6030m) rises to our right, with Golden Throne (Baltoro Kangri) (7312m) beside it, while
the Gasherbrum Group is directly before us. The expanse of Broad Peak (8050m) is to the left and finally K2
(8611m) looms above the ridge towering over the Godwin Austen Glacier twelve kilometers away. Each mountain
is different in character and its climbing history. It is awe-inspiring to know that many of these mountains were
explored and climbed upon around the turn of the century but were not submitted until the fifties and sixties due
to their difficult technical routes and severe climatic conditions. One presumes they have little changed since
these first explorations. Concordia, the junction of the Baltoro, Godwin Austen, Gasherbrum, and Vigne Glaciers,
makes a perfect base from which to explore and enjoy some of the highest mountains in the world. Very few
people are fortunate enough to witness this sight.

Day 12Optional visit to Broad Peak base camp 4572m and K2 base camp

Our schedule is somewhat flexible according to the prevailing weather conditions and group preference. One of
our objectives is to visit K2 Base Camp (approx. 5150m) and the Gilkey Memorial, a spectacular full-day trip from
camp. The most exciting day of this trek as you walk past Broad peak and get nearer to K-2 and arrive at the strip
which is the most popular camping area for nearly all the expeditions to K-2. Here some of the top climbers of the
world can be seen busy in preparations for the challenges ahead. Return to your camp at Concordia for overnight
(K-2 base camp is too high and trekkers can get seriously ill from altitude if they stay for the night at this altitude,
therefore the group must return to Concordia).
We will return by the no-less-spectacular journey back down the Baltoro glacier to the road head at Askole.
Heading in a different direction, the views are always different and the weather always changing in the mountains;
one could not consider this route as repetitious by anyone’s standards.

Day 13Hike Down to Baltoro Glacier to Shachspong (Goro) 4100m

We begin the return trek descending first to Goro II where we have magnificent views of the surrounding
granite spires and towers Camp.

Day 14Trek via Urdukas with views of Biale Peak to Khoburche (3795m)

We continue our descent of the Baltoro glacier, today reaching as far as Urdukas where we make camp off the
glacier for the first time in several days.

Day 15Hike to Payu 3450m (Approx. 8-10 hours).

Crossing the Baltoro to its north side beneath the towers of Uli Biaho we finally climb down its snout to reach a
the good trail back to the spring oasis of Paiju.

Day 16Trek via Panma Valley and the Cliffs of Jhola to Korofon.

Following the Braldu River downstream, we make the detour into the Panma Valley to the bridge across its
tributary to reach Jhola or Korofon.

Day 17Trek to Askoli 3000m (Approx. 3-4 hours).

The final day of trekking to the village of Askole. Here we say goodbye to our porters who will return to their villages.

Day 18Drive to Skardu 2450m (Approx. 5-6 hours).

Making an early start we drive to Skardu through the relatively verdant Shigar Valley. We check into the hotel and the afternoon is free for sightseeing.

Day 19Fly to Islamabad or Drive to Chilas 1280m (Approx. 8-10 hours).

a) Weather permitting, we will fly to Islamabad today, on arrival transfer to the Invite Inn Guest House for overnight.
b) In case of flight cancellation, it is necessary to drive to Chilas and overnight at the Chilas Inn or Panorama hotel on the banks of the Indus. We cannot guarantee air travel at any time between the north and south and we expect members to be as reasonable and flexible as possible on this matter. Should we travel by surface, we will have a private minibus that will take us via Chilas which is a day’s drive from Islamabad. The road is good for most of the journey but occasionally subject to landslide breaks which can delay us. We follow right beside the Indus from Skardu and view the incredible force of the river by the deep gorges it has carved out. We then join the Karakoram Highway (KKH) which was built by the Chinese over twenty years and runs from Kashgar to ‘Pindi. As we wind our way southwards down to the plains, we cross several passes thickly forested in pine and birch. The hills open out to the vast plains and deltas of Punjab province.
The traffic becomes more chaotic as we approach Rawalpindi and one feels the temperatures of the plains once again. Should we be able to fly, the additional time will be well spent in ‘Pindi; shopping and sightseeing. The Bazaars have endless numbers of streets to explore and traders to bargain with.

Day 20Drive from Chilas to Islamabad or Islamabad/Contingency Day.

Extra ‘cushion’ day!
*Note: Day 20 will be used as a ‘cushion’ day in case of delays in travel due to weather, route change, health, acclimatization issues during the trek, etc.

Day 21Trip Concluded in Islamabad.

After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for your return flights

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