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Untitled Document Welcome to Karakorum Adventures

Day 01        Arrive Islamabad, Pakistan
Arrive in Islamabad. A representative of Karakorum Explorers will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport. This representative will answer questions, brief you on the immediate arrangements, and escort you to the hotel in Islamabad. Discover the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Rawalpindi is an old British -era settlement and Islamabad is the capital city and administrative centre built some time after the partition of India in elevation in 1947. The cities are Located at about 1,500 feet in elevation in the hot  and steamy plains of Pakistan’s upper Punjab. You may wish to explore Rawalpindi by wandering among its many and varied bazaars, or visit the imposing Shah Fasil Mosque superbly situated at the foot of the Margalla Hills. This mosque is one of the largest in the world, with room for 15,000 worshippers inside and 85,000 in the courtyard. This day we will attend a trek briefing at the Alpine club of Pakistan.
Breakfast included.Overnight in Hotel.


Day 02        Fly to Skardu
Fly to Skardu (subject to weather) and on arrival transfer to Hotel. If flight cancelled drive to Chilas along the Karakorum Highway and Indus gorges. The journey on the Karakorum Highway is most exciting and thrilling. It is a monument to the engineering feast and one of the most spectacular roads and the world’s highest metalled border crossing. It connects Pakistan and China stretching over a distance of 1300km between Islamabad and Kashgar,   winding through three mountain ranges and following the ancient Silk route along the Indus Valley to the Chinese border at Khunjerab Pass.
Soon after 1 hour drive from Islamabad we pass through the historical town of Taxila, beautiful hill station of Abbottabad, quake affected lush green towns of Mansehra, Shinkiari and finally meet the great Indus on Thakot Bridge. From there onward the road snails along the bank of the Indus with contrasting landscape after every two kilometres. We pass through Besham, Dassu, Komila and Shatial to arrive at Chilas with many rocks carving and inscriptions along the way left by Chinese pilgrims and ancient travellers of 5th century A.D. Overnight at Shangri-La Midway House. 460 Km, 10/12 Hours
Breakfast is included.

Day 03        Explore Skardu
We have a free day in Skardu if we flown the previous day. We have free time explore the town and visit the historic fort of Skardu situated 40 feet high on the northern hill side of main Skardu city. The fort lock from east and north angles by mighty Indus river, so it possesses tremendous strategically advantage and significant geographical position from military  point of view. Therefore it is locally called “Kharpocho” which means Strong Fort. We’ll explore its narrow bazaars and in the afternoon visit Turquoise blue Sadpara Lake by bus or a jeep which is about four miles south of the town.
If by road drive to Skardu first 2 hours along the Indus river and then we turn north east towards Skardu near Jaglot by crossing Alam Bridge over Indus. The drive through the Indus Gorge is guaranteed to knock your socks off! The view after crossing the Raikot Bridge of Nanga Parbat is without any parallel. Standing at around 1,000 m. you see a mountain which rises to above 8,000 m! This is the largest land escarpment in the world. This is also where the three greatest mountain ranges meet; Himalaya, Hindukush and Karakorum. Mashabrum Hotel Skardu. Approx. 8/10 hrs
Full Board, all meals included.

Day 04        Drive to Askole
We will travel by jeep with our crew and supplies along the Shigar and Braldu valleys to Askole. Village 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 to 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. The journey may take anywhere from six to twelve hours, with patience, we will arrive at our first camp of the trek. In Askole the villagers grow their own cereals, vegetables and fruit and own large herds of sheep, goats and dzos. Overnight in tents. Approx. 8 hrs.
Full Board, all meals included.

Day 05        Askole to jula
After considerable organisation 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 fifty kilometres 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 at Korofon. 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 by 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, which was once a passage between Baltistan and Yarkhand 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 at Jhola. Overnight in tents. approx 7/8 hrs
Full Board, all meals included.

Day 06        Jula to paiju
To Paiju (3450m) approx 7 - 8 hrs. 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, 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. Overnight in tents at Paiju.  approx 7/8 hrs
Full Board, all meals included.

Day 07        Paiju
An important preparatory stage for our crew and porters. Our goats are slaughtered and roti (breads) 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.
Full Board, all meals included

Day 08        Paiju to Koburse
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 metres 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 are 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 colourful hoopoe birds which forage for food scraps. Overnight in tents.  approx 7/8 hrs
Full Board, all meals included.

Day 09        Koburse to Goro I
Biango. For the first two hours we walk along the rest of the lateral moraine. Across the Baltoro glacier we have exciting views of Paiju    Peak, Choricho (6700m), Uli Biaho, Trango Towers, Cathedrals, and Biale (6750m) .After crossing the green pastures of Urdukas (approximately 4050m), we cross the side crevasses, then walk on the medial moraine of the Baltoro to Biango campsite. Biango, at 4250m, is part of the Yermanadu Glacier flowing down from Masherbrum Pass (17,594 ft). From here we have a spectacular view of the snowy triangle of Masherbrum (7821m ft), the 24th highest peak in the world. Seven to eight hours hiking.
Full Board, all meals included.

Day 10        Goro I to Concordia
Trek seven to eight hours to Concordia.  As we make our approach, Gasherbrum IV (7925m) stand  guard in the east, with Gasherbrum II (8035m') peering from its  right shoulder, More extraordinary mountain views await us at Concordia, where we see K2 (8611m), Broad Peak (8047m), Golden Throne   (7285m),Mitre Peak (6560m), and a vast array of other peaks. Six to seven hours walking.
Full Board, all meals included.

Day 11        Concordia (optional walk to K2 Base camp)
Day excursion to K2 base camp. We start hiking from Concordia, cross the crevasses of the Baltoro Glacier; walk on the Medial moraine of the Godwin-Austin Glacier to K2 base camp. In the afternoon walk back to Concordia. Overnight in tents. approx 10/12 hrs
Full Board, all meals included.

Day 12        Concordia
This day is reserved to regain the lost energy on the trek and enjoy the great panorama.
Full Board, all meals included.

Day 13        Trek back to Urdukus
Trek back to Urdukas. Eight hours trek. Overnight in tents.
Full Board if at base camp, all meals included.

Day 14        Urdukus to Paiju
Trek back to paiju.seven to eight hours trek Overnight in tents.
Full Board, all meals included.

Day 15        Paiju to Jhola
Trek back to Jhula.six to seven hours. Overnight in tents.
Full Board, all meals included.

Day 16        Jhola to Askole
Trek back to Askole.Six to seven hours trek.  Overnight in tents.
Full Board, all meals included.

Day 17        Askole to Skardu
By jeep to Skardu.  Meet with jeeps and drive to Skardu, passing through many picturesque villages perched on vertical rocks. This part of Baltistan appears greener and more prosperous than on our drive to Askole. Overnight at Concordia Motel/Mashabrum Hotel, Skardu.
Full board, all meals included.

Day 18        Fly to Islamabad
Fly from Skardu to Islamabad, weather permitting, rest of the day is at leisure if flight cancelled drive to  Besham on the Karakorum Highway. Overnight Regency/Besham Continental Hotel.
Breakfast is included

Day 19        Rest day, Islamabad
If flown day at leisure in Islamabad. If by road today we arrive Islamabad from Besham, hotel. Overnight Regency/Islamabad Continental.
Breakfast is included.

Day 20        Departure for Home destination, Bon voyage
Transfer to airport and fly home from Islamabad

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1900 USD
Occupancy Level:

Hotel accommodation at tourist class hotels with B/B. All meals during trek. Sleeping tents,, kitchen, toilet and mess tents with tables/stools. Kitchen equipment, crockery, fuel and related camping gear. Services of english speaking mountain guide, assistant guides, cooks, Sirdar and  low altitude porters.12.5 kg of personal baggage during the trek. Arranging Trekking Permit from Ministry of Tourism, Insurance of our field staff, porters/guides. Safety rope and basic necessary  gear. > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >

International /domestic airfare and airport tax. Excess weight. Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment. Main meals and extras at hotels like drinks, laundry, phone calls. Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid, and helicopter rescue coverage etc. Any other services not mentioned above.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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