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K2 Trekking

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K2 is the second highest mountain in the world, and is thought by many trekkers to be the ultimate trek.


Date: 15 June to 9 July 2018, or 5 August to 29 August (25 days)

Full Service Cost: $4,850, £3,750, €4,050
(Converted17/06/16)


Overview

K2 – the ultimate trekker’s high! Expert leader Dan Mazur has led 2 K2 and 12 Everest expeditions successfully to basecamp and beyond. Be part of the select few to walk on the roof of the world on a less traveled circuit trek among the 8000 metre ‘Giants’ of the Karakorum. Trip includes internal flights/transportation, food, accommodations, staff, and group equipment.



Askole Village



Cost:

* Our “full-service” expedition includes:

  • Expert British, American, and Europeanleader/coordinator;
  • All internal / domestic flights (weather dependent)buses, jeeps, porters;
  • 25 Kg per member transport for personal baggage;
  • Three meals per day on trek, in basecamp, and on the mountain;
  • All permit fees and liaison officers;
  • Group, emergency equipment, satellite phone;
  • Individual tents in basecamp (no sharing);
  • 4 free Islamabad hotel nights on arrival/departure. Sharing or single available;

*What is not included?

  • International flights to Islamabad and back to your home country;
  • Trekking rescue and travel insurance;
  • Personal climbing and trekking equipment and clothing;
  • Your Pakistan visa.


Trekking in Askole village

Dates and Proposed Itinerary:

  • Day 1 Arrive Islamabad. Transfer to hotel for overnight.
  • Day 2 Free day at Islamabad (508 metres / 1667 feet)
  • Day 3 Skardu / Chilas

    • Fly to Skardu PK-451 (10:35 – 11:35). (Flight is subject to weather). Upon arrival transfer to Hotel
    • In case of cancellation of flight then drive to Chilason Karakoram Highway. Hotel. (1265 meters / 4,150 feet)
  • Day 4 Chilas / Skardu- free day at Skardu. Hotel. (2230 metres / 7,316 feet)
  • Day 5 Skardu - Briefing at Tourism Department of Gilgit Baltistan. Final preparation at Skardu. Hotel.
  • Day 6 Drive by Jeep to Askole. Camp. (3039 metres / 9972 feets)
  • Day 7 Trek to Jhola. (3170 metres / 10,400 feet)
  • Day 8 Trek to Paiyu. (3666 metres / 12,024 feet)
  • Day 9 Rest Day in Paiyu;
  • Day 10 Trek to Khuburtse. (3800 metres / 12,460 feet);
  • Day 11 Trek to Urdukas. (3950 metres / 12,960 feet);
  • Day 12 Goro II. (4300 metres / 14,100 feet);
  • Day 13 Concordia. (4550 metres / 14,925 feet);
  • Day 14 K2 Basecamp (5650metres/18,645 feet);


Karakoram Glacier


  • Day 15 Explore the area;
  • Day 16 Follow the Upper Baltoro Glacier to Ali Camp (4800metres/15,750 feet.);
  • Day 17 Cross the Gondogoro La (5585metres / 18,320 feet) toHuisprung;
  • Day 18 Trek down the Gondogoro Glacier to Dalsan (4150metres / 13,600 feet);
  • Day 19 Trek down the Gondogoro Valley to Saitcho (3350metres / 11,000 feet);
  • Day 20 Last day of trekking to Hushe Village (3050 metres / 10,000 feet);
  • Day 21 Drive beside the Hushe River and follow the Shyock and Indus rivers to Skardu (2230 metres / 7316 feet);
  • Day 22 De-briefing at Tourism Department. Showers, laundry, shopping. Hotel;
  • Day 23 Islamabad / Chilas. Hotel;
  • Day 24 Final paperwork, shopping, farewell dinner in Islamabad. Hotel.In case of driving, complete road journey from Chilas to Islamabad. Hotel;
  • Day 25 Fly Home.


Trekking in the Karakorum

Experience & Training:

It's not necessary to be in extremely good shape to enjoy this trek. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours with a few 20 minute breaks mixed in, you can accomplish this trek.



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K2 Trekking Leader Sherpa

Leadership: Join Dan Mazur for a spectacular experience on an 8000 metre peak. He is a relaxed, friendly, well organised, and highly skilled professional with over 20 years of experience getting people to the summits of Everest, K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Manaslu, and Shishapangma.

Sherpas: We hire some of Nepal, Tibet, and the Karakorum’s best local mountaineers and Sherpas to assist team members in realizing their summit goals. Our friendly and loyal high altitude climbing staff have supported teams to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.

K2 Trekking Personal Equipment

Upper Body-

  • 1 cotton t-shirt;
  • 1 cotton long sleeved shirt;
  • 1 polypropylene warm but light thermal long shirt;
  • 1 fleece jacket;
  • 1 wind/waterproof jacket with hood;
  • Umbrella (optional);
Hands-

  • 1 pr. warm poly thermal gloves, with plastic wind shell (the latter is optional);

Head-

  • 1 cotton sun hat;
  • 1 cotton head scarf;
  • 1 fleece balaclava or very warm hat;
  • 1 head torch with extra battery;

Lower Body-

  • 2 pr. cotton underwear briefs;
  • 1 cotton walking shorts;
  • 1 cotton long trousers;
  • 1 polypropylene warm but light thermal leggings;
  • 1 pr. fleece/pile/trousers;
  • 1 pr. wind/waterproof trousers;
Feet-

  • 2 pr. cotton socks;
  • 1 pr. sandals for use in hotel;
  • 2 pr. med. polypropylene thermal socks;
  • 1 pr. sturdy, leather trekking boots with good ankle support ("broken-in" please);
  • 1 pr. trainers, lightweight running shoes for trekking on flat, easy trails;

Sleeping-

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 10 degrees F);
  • At least 1 closed cell foam kari-mats (optional). Most of the tea houses we stay in have nice soft mattresses to sleep on.

Rucksack and Travel Bags-

  • 1 medium backpack (40-60 liters, can be used for airplane carry);
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional);
  • 1 large kit-travel bag with lock (80-100 liters for checked bag);

Personal Hygiene-

  • 1 toothpaste/brush;
  • 1 bar soap/1 small towel;
  • female or male hygiene supplies;
  • 1 set earplugs;

Medical-

  • 1 bottle water-treatment tablets;
  • 2 tubes lip sun cream, 1 tube skin sun cream (min.factor 15);
  • anti-mosquito cream;
  • 1 skin blister repair kit;
  • 1 bottle anti-diarrhea pills;
  • 1 bottle anti-headache pills;
  • 1 bottle cough and/or cold medicine;
  • 1 bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide;

Personal Food-

We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food, 2 kilos/4 pounds, is a good amount.

Practical-

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
  • 1 compass or GPS;
  • 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
  • 1 camera and film, or digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
  • Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage;
  • Two 1 litrewater bottles;
  • 1 plastic cup and spoon;
  • 1 small folding knife;
  • Binoculars (optional);
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks;
  • Passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary;
  • Separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance;
  • Dollars, pounds or euros cash;
  • Bank/ATM/Cash and credit cards;
  • 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
  • Paperback books, playing cards, ipod/mp3 player, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
  • Travel clothes for basecamp and in town;

Group Equipment:

We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: trekking tents; cookers, fuel, etcetera.

K2 Trekking Application

Please fill out the trip registration and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit to hold your place on the team.

Here is what we need to have in your file at least two months before the trip begins:

  • Completed Payment;
  • Trip Registration form;
  • 1 Passport sized photo;
  • A scan of your passport identification pages;
  • Complete flight itinerary;
  • Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance;
  • Cancellation and trip interruption insurance is advised.
  • Please do let us know what further questions you may have. Thank you.

What our clients say?

  • Here is what Blake from Missouri, USA says:

     

    "I was lucky to have chosen SummitClimb. Being in Nepal I realized what an amazing operation you guys run and how respected the leaders are.  I was proud to have been a part of this year’s expedition and look forward to many more in the future.

    The leadership, organization and professionalism from everyone involved were great. Every problem was addressed immediately by the guides and solved seamlessly. The leaders were amazing and the porters they hired were first rate. Top notch work guys!"

  • Here is what Maria from Athens says:

    "Overall it was a very nice experience and we are very happy we participated in the trek and we would love to come back to climb."

  • Here is what Mike from Santa Monica says:

    "When about everything was good, all I can do is mention what was best. Our guide could not be surpassed! He could not have been more attentive, considerate and conscientious. He was a pleasure throughout the trek, and before in Kathmandu, and taught us much about the Sherpa culture and customs, which was one of my goals for this trek. The tea houses chosen were all fine, clean and comfortable, the food was tasty and substantial. I'd be happy to recommend SummitClimb to anyone. You guys have this program handled!"

  • Here is what Soon Keng from Singapore says:

    "Overall, an unforgettable trek for me: great guides, great porters, great trail mates. What more could one ask for? I'll be back."

  • Here is what Patty had to say:

    "What was good about the trek - the lodges, the peace and tranquility of the trek, the people of Nepal, the Yaks - EVERYTHING!!!

     

    We loved it. We got to meet other trekkers and have more interaction with the people in Nepal. Each lodge was so unique and the owners and their children so special. I loved the quiet of the

    trek... there were no motors running, the only sound was the people, dogs and yaks!

     

    To prepare for the trip... walk - LOTS! Hike if you have any hills/mountains in your area but WALK - WALK - WALK. I felt stronger and stronger the farther we went. They may also want to practice walking with poles. I never used them and they may have helped on the way down with my knees.

     

    What to expect - expect to enjoy the experience. Just let the little things go and open yourself up to living through one of the most amazing experiences in your life. Don't expect it to be like home... you are there to experience a different aspect of life, not your normal day to day existence.

     

    I also LOVE the fact that you have added on Island Peak - I would have done that FOR SURE!!! I'm very disappointed we didn't have that opportunity, which just reinforces my drive to go back. You know, we swore this was a once in a lifetime trip and we didn't think we would ever go again BUT we loved it. I was really tired by the time we got home and it took me a couple of day before I REALLY appreciated all that we had experienced. It didn't sink in until we were home, going through the pictures, handing out the gifts we had bought, etc. when it hit me - It was one of the BEST things I have ever done for me personally and for Rob and I as a couple. Not everyone takes the opportunity to experience life and to live life, the trek make us both feel like we have lived life a bit more... but we're not done yet!!!

     

    Let people know they can purchase almost ALL of their gear in Katmandu for much cheaper prices than in most countries and it is GOOD gear, not just junk. We would not have bought as much clothing, etc. to Katmandu if we would have known this. Not only would we have saved $$ BUT we would have supported more people in Katmandu. It may be a third world country, BUT the Nepalese know what trekkers and climbers need."

  • Here is what Wanda says:

     

    "My concern about any problems in Nepal I heard about before the trip were non-existent in the areas we traveled. We did not witness any such disturbance. Traveling as a single female, I am probably a little more cautious than most but I have to say that never once did I feel concerned about my safety."

  • Here is what Elselien says:

     

    "I think a good thing about this trip is having a trek included with the expedition. People really like having that look into the 'expedition world' but usually don't want the uncomfortable/cold suffering part themselves. They mostly like a night or two/three of camping but prefer (definitely higher up) the lodges. Another good thing is that this trip is being organized by very experienced people who know how things work in Nepal and can offer solutions to unexpected problems. Trekkers usually feel that this trip is relaxed and the leaders are flexible when and where they can. This gives them a feeling of being more part of the team because their questions and opinion are being heard.

     

    I really like the fact that it is fairly easy to achieve a high altitude while trekking the original Everest route from the 1920-1953 Everest expeditions."

  • Here is what Neil and Ariel have to say:

    Hi there, I was just looking through some photos of our trip and was inspired to write to you. It was a marvelous adventure and all four of us loved it and wanted to thank you for making it possible and giving us excellent Sherpa Guides and Porters. They worked tirelessly to ensure our safety and fun. Great stuff. (in fact my only gripe on whole trip was that I should have taken my good camera, really regret that!). So, where do we go from here? Not sure... I am thinking I may have to build a house first? Gordon and I are playing with the Mera peak/ Ama Dablam trip we briefly discussed but just not sure when. Keep us posted with your usual enthusiasm and adventures. Cheers and thanks again, Neil and Ariel