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SEASON: May to September
GRADE: Strenuous
ALTITUDE: 3000 m to 5200 m
DAYS: 22

The Karakorm range may be considered part of, or separate from the main Himalayas. Geographers normally assign the Nanga Parbat massif as the western extremity of the Himalayas, with the Karakorm extending north of the Indus valley. The Karakoram comprises the most heavily glaciated region of the world outside the polar regions - indeed the Baltoro glacier on the approach to K2 is over 55kms long. It also includes 14 peaks over 25,000 feet (7600m) making it one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the world - as all who have visited the region will at least.

The Karakoram is subject to the Southwest monsoon that draws its moisture from the Arabian Sea from mid-June until the end of August. During this time the occasional storm will move north up the Indus Valley as far as the Karakorm, although the regularity and intensity of the rains is far less apparent than in the nearby regions of the Indian Himalayas. Localized storms on the higher elevations of the Karakorm are a further important consideration. Records of three or four days of intense bad weather followed by similar fine periods seem to characterize the region and even in September, trekking groups are well advised to prepare for at least one bad spell of weather during the expedition.

Day 1 Islamabad
Arrive at Islamabad airport, meet & assist and transfer to hotel.
Afternoon proceed for city sightseeing of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, visit the Shah Faisal Mosque, with its unique architecture, and Damn-e-Koh for a hill-top view of the twin cities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 Skardu
Morning flight to Skardu*; a spectacular 45 min flight takes you over the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges.
Arrive at Skardu, transfer to hotel.
*Subject to weather.
Day 3 Askoli
Morning drive to Askoli in four-wheel jeeps, visiting enroute, the Shigar Fort
and Mosque built in the 17th century AD. We pass through scenic villages
on the both sides of the Braldu River. Overnight in tents.
Day 4 Korofon
We start our first day of trekking along the bank of the Braldu River, crossing
Biafo Glacier on the way. Meals and overnight in tents.
Day 5 Jullah
After breakfast, we trek to Jullah. Magnificent views of the Biafo Glacier and mountain tops leave one in awe of surrounding beauty! We then cross the Dumurdo River before arriving at Jullah. Meals and overnight in tents.
Day 6 Payu
After break fast, we walk on flat trails along the Braldu River, passing through meadows and streams, before arriving at Payu. Meals and overnight in tents.
Day 7 Payu
Day at leisure; porters make Chapattis (local wheat bread) and prepare lunch for onward trek to Baltoro Glacier. Overnight in tents.
Day 8 Khuburse
After break fast, we trek on the Baltoro Glacier where one can view the Great Trango Tower, Ulibiho and Payu Peak. Meals and overnight in tents.
Day 9 Urdukas
Another day of trekking on the Baltoro Glacier, and of indulging oneself in the beauty of surrounding panorama! Meals and overnight in tents.
Day 10 Goro II
Trekking on the Baltoro Glacier; enjoy the beauty of surrounding panorama! Meals and overnight in tents.
Day 11 Concordia
Walk on the Baltoro glacier, enjoying panoramic views of the Gaherbrum IV (7925 m) and Broad peak (8048 m); meals and overnight in tents.
Day 12 Concordia
Day at leisure; Concordia lies at the juncture of the Godwin Austin and Vign glaciers, and offers a gorgeous view of the K-2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum and Baltoro Kangri; overnight in tents.
Day 13 K-2 Base camp
We start an early morning trek to the K-2 base camp across the Godwin Austin glacier; the Broad peak is visible to the right and K-2 stands majestically in front. Visit the Gilky memorial. Overnight in tents.
Day 14 Concordia
Early morning trek back to Concordia; overnight in tents.
Day 15 Urdukas
Trek back to Urdukas, along the Baltoro glacier, facing stunning views of Mustagh tower and Cathederal group of towers. Meals and overnight in camps.
Day 16 Payu
Early morning trek back to Payu; overnight in tents.
Day 17 Jolah
Early morning trek along the Braldu River back to Jolah; overnight in tents.
Day 18 Askoli
Trek back to Askoli village; along the way we cross the Dumurdu River Bridge, and the Biafo glacier; overnight in tents.
Day 19 Skardu
Morning drive (by four-wheel jeeps) to Skardu through scenic mountain villages, along the Braldu River; overnight at hotel.
Day 20 Islamabad
Morning flight to Islamabad*; incase of flight cancellation we drive to Chilas, visit enroute the juncture point of the three majestic mountain ranges, the Himalayan, the Karakoram and Hindukush meet! Overnight at hotel

*Subject to weather.

Day 21 Islamabad
Day at leisure; overnight at hotel.
Day 22
Departure for return journey.
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