From Rawalpindi to Chilas by road, travelling on
famous Karakoram Highway. (Overnight stay in Chilas).
Chilas to Skardu. (Overnight stay in Skardu).
Hire porters and purchase supplies in Skardu. Free
time for sightseeing. (Overnight stay in K-2 Motel).
Leave Skardu for the kick-off point at Askoli
travelling by jeep and tractor through the beautiful Shighar Valley
along with Braldu River (Overnight in Askoli village).
Askoli to Camp Korofang. From today we enter total
wilderness; nothing but glaciers, sand dunes and lofty mountains. A
relatively easy day - some crossing of glaciers. Our campsite is
situated on the far side of the Baifo Glacier with trees and fresh
Korafang to camp Bardumal. Here we find numerous
small streams and cross a hanging bridge which is usually out of repair,
necessitating 2-3 day detour via the Darmundu Glacier to Bardumal.
Otherwise, a fairly rough 8 to10 hours trek.
Bardumal to camp Piayu (10,500 ft) Today's trek
brings us to the bottom of the Baltoro Glacier. There are few streams to
cross and some rocky portions, but otherwise the trail is not difficult.
Paiyu is an ideal camp with spring water, wild flowers and trees. At
Paiyu we have a rest day.
Paiyu to camp Liliwa. From Paiyu we approach the
famous Baltoro Glacier, which we will be crossing from today onwards (upto
Concordia and back again). Liliwa Camp is situated off the glacier and
offers superb views of Paiyu Peak and Trango Towers. It is a 6 hours '
Liliwa to Camp Urdukas (13,000 ft) is another rough
day with a steep up and down hill climb. The water crossings are
difficult but the panorama is spectacular. Urdukas Camp is also located
off the glacier and is one of the most beautiful campsites of the trek
with views of Paiyu Peak, Trango Towers and Baltoro Cathedral.
Urdukas to Camp Goro is tiring a 8-hour walk over
loose stones and rubble. We camp on the glacier near the conjunction of
the Muztagh and Baltoro Glaciers with a spectacular panorama of Muztagh
Tower, Masherbrum and Gasherbrum-IV.
Goro to Concordia (14,000 ft). Today's trek takes you
to our goal - the legendary Concordia, dwarfed on all sides by the
towering K-2, Broad Peak, the Gasherbrum Group, Golden Throne and
Chogolisa. At Concordia the glaciers from all these peaks meet and flow
towards Paiyu. The group will have two extra days at Concordia to
explore the surroundings.
Commence return journey via same route.