One of the most spectacular treks in the world! The K2 base camp trek has some of the most amazing scenery on this planet. The good news is that security is improving in Pakistan after a relatively uneventful election this summer and a recent overture to the IMF for a current account bail out. This means that this trek is starting to become popular again, but for good reason – it’s amazing!! We are using the same agency that has been used by Nancy Hansen and her husband Ralf Dujmovits when they climb in the Karakoram. Conditions permitting, we will return via the spectacular Gondogoro La (5600m), a dramatic high col that affords further stunning views of not only the Gasherbrum peaks but also Broad Peak, K2 and the Muztagh Tower.
We have also selected an itinerary that differs a bit from other K2 treks. Our agency is giving us 2 nights at the beginning of the trek in Islamabad to allow us to get over jet lag. In order to make up the extra day, we are planning on FLYING BOTH DIRECTIONS from Islamabad to Skardu. Yes, the drive is spectacular. Yes, it is also a huge pain and the most likely place where there may be “security incidents”. While the possibility of having any problems is very low, the advice we have taken from experienced Karakoram climbers is to fly both ways. “Don’t screw around. Pay the extra money and just fly,” suggested Steve Swenson, who has climbed in the Karakoram over 20 seasons.
Applications will be accepted for this trip until December 15. Successful applicants will need to provide a USD$1000 deposit. Contact Steve Fedyna at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or an application form.
DATES: July 12 to August 1
COST: US $ 2560/- per person based on 12 participants