Out of 14 eight thousand meters high peaks in the world, 5 are situated in Pakistan. Nanga Parbat is the only Himalayan Peak situated apart from the other 4 in Karakorams, clustered around Concordia, the famous place on Baltoro Glacier. Concordia trek is one of the most demanding but rewarding treks in the world. Serving as the basic point for the 4 giants of Karakorams i.e. Gasherbrum II ( 8035m ), Broad Peak ( 8047m ) and Hidden Peak or Gasherbrum I ( 8068m ) dominated by the king of the mountains, K-2 ( 8611m ), Concordia is the junction of Baltoro and Godwin Austin Glaciers with several other tributaries.
We drive from Skardu to Askole, the last permanent village at the head of jeep road and visit base camp of all 4 eight thousanders in days to follow. Completing the trek at Hushe across the Ghondoghoro Pass ( 5650m ), we drive to Gilgit and go onwards to one of the most scenic places, Fairy Meadows, which offers a superb view of Nanga Parbat ( 8125m ), the ninth highest in the world. After visiting Concordia and crossing Ghondoghoro La, a trek to base camp of Nanga Parbat is a soft adventure. A night in tents or in log cabins at Fairy Meadows is a wonderful experience before returning to the busting towns with daily busy routine life. This is an adventure beyond your imagination.
Day 01 Arrival in Pakistan
Welcome in Pakistan at Islamabad and transfer to hotel for rest. In the morning, we will visit ministry of tourism for a briefing session and for permit formalities.
In the afternoon we will make a city sightseeing tour Rawalpindi and Islamabad, which offers a great contrast of culture, archaeology and planning. Rawalpindi is an old city with narrow lanes and bustling bazaars while Islamabad is a modern and the only planned city of Pakistan serving as the capital of the state. Raja Bazaar, Murree Road, Lok Virsa Museum and Shah Faisal Mosque are the places of tourist interest included in the tour.
Day 02 Islamabad - Chilas
We depart from Islamabad and arrive at Besham crossing the famous towns of Abbottabad and Mansehra. Later on ffollowing the upstream course of River Indus, we will make photo stops at Shatial rocks with ancient graffiti's on it. After a long day aboard, we arrive at Chilas and transfer to hotel for overnight.
Day 03 Chilas - Skardu
We keep on following the course of River Indus, and make a brief stop at Chilas rocks carvings. Our next stop is at Nanga Parbat viewpoint which offers breathtaking views of the huge massif of Nanga Parbat. Before entering into the narrow gorge of River Indus, we make another stop at the unique point where three mountain ranges, Karakoram, Himalayas and Hindu Kush meet near the confluence of Indus and Gilgit Rivers.
Our onwards journey is through the narrow and barren gorge of Indus and the scenery changes at Kachura, a picturesque lake of Baltistan, where we make a brief stop and later drive on to Skardu town to stay for overnight.
Day 04 Day free at Skardu
This is a free day at Skardu to make an optional trip to Satpara, another vast and picturesque lake of Baltistan. Our staff will make arrangements for porters and make last minute shopping for the expedition.
Day 05 Skardu - Askole
We depart by jeeps from Skardu and enter into Shigar Valley across River Indus. From Shigar, we continue our drive along Shigar and Braldu Rivers to the legendary village, Askole, a kick point for expeditions and trekking parties for most of the famous mountains in Baltistan.
Day 06 Askole - Bardumal
We start our trekking from Askole and making a stop at Korofon, a green campsite and crossing Domurdo River we arrive at campsite of Bardumal. A full day's walk mostly on flat ground helps us to acclimatize.
Day 07 Bardumal - Paiyu
Another full day's walk with tough portion of crossing river by Jhola, the flying fox. Later on we arrive at Paiyu for overnight.
Day 08 Paiyu - Day Free
Paiyu is a traditional rest spot before climbing on Baltoro Glacier and the last place to find trees of the region. Our campsite is under the Paiyu Peak which is not visible from campsite. In local language Paiyu stands for salt.
Porters enjoy a feast here as we provide them with meat. They prepare their food for next few days and enjoy a bonfire with dancing and beating drums. A memorable night in the far flung place, deep in the mountains.
Day 09 Paiyu - Khaburse
We start our trekking on the glacier and make a traverse on Baltoro Glacier, the source of Braldu River to arrive at Liligo campsite. Walking onwards along the glacier, we arrive at campsite of Khaburse for overnight.
Day 10 Khaburse - Goro I
Our onwards walk, stay and everything is on the glacier for next few days. We cross Urdukas, the last place to grow grass and alpine flowers, en route and view of Paiyu Peak and Uli Biaho tower behind. Walking in the heart of glacier, Gasherbrum IV - 7929m is visible in her full glory. We pass by the Masherbrum Peak ( K-1 ) - 7821m and view Cathedrals across the glacier. Today our camp will be on the debris of Baltoro Glacier so be prepared for a chilly cold night.
Day 11 Goro I - Concordia
We are walking in a gorge of high mountains i.e. Gasherbrum, Masherbrum, Cathedrals and Mustagh etc. Mustagh Tower is an eye catching peak on the route. We finally arrive at Concordia and camp under Mitre Peak.
Day 12 Day Free at Concordia
Enjoy the superb panorama of surrounding peaks at Concordia as one can see K-2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum-IV, Baltoro Kangri, Mitre, Crystal, Marble and Angel Peaks. Reaching at Concordia is rewarding as the first phase of the trek is complete.
Day 13 Concordia - Excursion K-2 Base Camp
To Day, we will make a trip to the base camp of K-2, crossing Broad Peak base camp en route. The walk is through heavily crevassed glacier but trekking is safe. After photography and having cold picnic lunch at base camp, we start walking back to Concordia, our campsite.
Day 14 Concordia - Gasherbrum Base Camp
We depart from Concordia campsite and crossing Shama Camp, arrive at the base camp of two more eight thousanders i.e. G-I & G-II. The all time great climbing legend Reinhold Messner has made a traverse of both mountains in one go, another record of his time. Our choice is same as of Messner's with the only difference as we will stay at base camp only.
Day 15 Gasherbrum Base Camp
Day free for photography and side walks at base camp. Enjoy the overwhelming grandeur of the lofty mountains all around.
Day 16 Gasherbrum Base Camp - Ali Camp
We start back to our main trekking route i.e. towards Ghondoghoro La, we leave Baltoro Glacier and start walking on Vigne Glacier to arrive at Ali Camp, a famous campsite serving as the base camp for Ghondoghoro La.
Day 17 Ali Camp - Kheuspang
A very early start to cross Ghondoghoro La at 5650m, our main challenge of the trek where we fix ropes to cross the crevassed slopes on both sides of the Pass. Once on the top of the pass, a clear Day reveals superb panorama of the peaks all around. The Gasherbrums, Broad Peak and K-2 are visible superbly.
We start descending down to our campsite and enjoy a relief as the hardest portion of the trek is finished and onwards is an easy walk down to Hushe.
Day 18 Kheuspang - Dalsangpa
It is an easy and short walk to Dalsangpa, meaning a field of flowers. Superb views of towering Masherbrum and other peaks from the campsite. We enjoy almost a free Day as the walking is quite easy in comparison to the previous Day's adventure.
Day 19 Dalsangpa - Hushe
Finally we are out from savage glaciers and start walking on dry ground. We descend down to Saistcho, a campsite along riverside with trees and greenery. Our walk finishes at green and fertile village Hushe, the first permanent village after leaving Askole.
Day 20 Hushe - Khaplu
We will drive by jeeps to Khaplu, a major division of Baltistan and known for its delicious fruits. Its other attractions include a Raja's Palace and an old mosque.
Day 21 Khaplu - Gilgit
After staying in constructed buildings and enjoying a shower after a long time, we make an early departure for Gilgit driving along River Shyok and then following the same route from Skardu to KKH. Once on the KKH, we drive to Gilgit, the commercial centre of the northern areas.
Day 22 Gilgit - Excursion Hunza Valley
While driving towards Karimabad, the capital of Hunza Valley, we cross several villages of Nagar & Hunza valleys. We make a spectacular stop at Rakaposhi viewpoint, revealing the grandeur and beauty of the mountain.
At Karimabad, Ultar, Hunza Dome, Bublimating, Spantik and Diran are famous peaks surrounding us while Rakaposhi at 7788m dominates the whole panorama. At Karimabad, we visit Baltit Fort Museum and in the evening drive back to Gilgit for overnight.
Day 23 Gilgit - Fairy Meadows
A great but soft adventure at the base camp of Nanga Parbat - 8125m, the lone giant of Himalayas and the only second highest in Pakistan after K-2. We drive to Raikot Bridge on KKH and onwards to Jail ( Tato ), by jeeps at foot of Fairy meadows. From the end of jeep track, it is a hike of about three hours to the legendary place Fairy meadows, which is truly named with unsurpassed views of Nanga Parbat. At fairy Meadows tents or log cabins are available for accommodation.
Day 24 Fairy Meadows - Excursion Base Camp
We start trekking with a soft walk of two to three hours, through the dense pine forest and later through birch trees and along shallow streams which takes us to Beyal, a summer settlement of shepherds with stunning views of Nanga Parbat - 8125m.
From Beyal, we hike to base camp crossing tails of glaciers with well identified track. At base camp, a monument had been erected in the memory of climbers died on the mountain. After a packed cold picnic lunch at base camp, we will return to our campsite. This excursion to the base camp of last of the five eight thousanders in Pakistan will completes our schedule to visit the base camps of all five eight thousanders of Pakistan.
Day 25 Fairy Meadows - Besham
Early departure from fairy Meadows to Jail and drive to Raikot Bridge and onwards driving on KKH and crossing Chilas, we arrive in Besham in the evening. At Besham we enjoy a night along the swiftly flowing River Indus.
Day 26 Besham - Islamabad
Making an early departure for Islamabad, we arrive at Taxila, the famous capital of Buddhists. At Taxila, we will visit Jaulian Monastery and Archaeological Museum and resume drive to Islamabad for overnight. At Islamabad, evening is free for packing and individual's activities ( optional visit in Islamabad at ministry of tourism for de-briefing ).
Day 27 Departure
Our staff will provide transfer and assistance at departure and say bon voyage for your onwards journey.
End of the Tour
For 22 Days K-2 Base Camp / Ghondoghoro La trek, please deduct 05 Days for G-I & G-II plus Nanga Parbat extension.