Friday, 2 February 2018

Trip report for K2 Base Camp & Gondogoro in Pakistan during July/ August 2017

Photo: K2

Like in 2016, this year we also decided to run two treks to K2 Base Camp in Pakistan at the same time: our K2 Base Camp & Concordia and our K2 Base Camp & Gondogoro La. The plan was for both groups to walk together to K2 Base Camp then one group would return back down Baltoro and the second group from Concordia would follow Vigne glacier and ascend over the Gondogoro La pass to Hushe village

On July 25th the group drove in local jeeps along the rough and exposed jeep track to the roadhead at the village of Askole. On July 26th they started their trek following the fast flowing Braldu river. We have carefully designed our K2 Base Camp itinerary for gradual acclimatisation and unlike most other companies we decide not have two nights in Paiju (3,383m) as this is too low to benefit from acclimatisation. Instead we continue onto Urdukas camp (4,130m) where we have two nights as this more beneficial at this altitude and also the views from this camp over to Trango Towers are spectacular!

On August 3rd the group successfully walked up to K2 Base Camp and Gilkey memorial then after sleeping a night at Broad Peak Base Camp on evening of 3rd they awoke to glorious views of the majestic K2 mountain. After breakfast the group walked back down to Concordia and after group discussions the decision was made by Chris for the Gondogoro La group to head to Ali Camp towards the pass. As planned on August these two groups split with Chris and Zahid leading their group over Gondogoro La and Manzoor leading the K2 Base Camp group back down the Baltoro glacier to Askole.

Well done to both groups for achieving their objectives with the Gondogoro La group successfully crossing this technical high pass 5,500m+ and for K2 Base Camp group for walking up to Gilkey memorial and to the Base Camp for second highest mountain in the world. Both of our K2 Base Camp groups arrived safely back to Skardu on August 10th and then flew back to Islamabad on 11th.

The mountain scenery on K2 Base Camp trek has no doubt some of the best views anywhere in the world with a series of impressive mountains getting progressively larger as one ascends Baltoro and Godwin Austen glaciers towards K2 Base Camp. The crossing of Gondogoro La is a classic high pass with views of Leila Peak from the top and a challenging ascent down loose scree to the lovely grassy camp at Khuspang. The advantage of crossing Gondogoro La pass is that this completes a circuit trek and once over the pass you walk down a new valley to Hushe village.

Thanks very much to Chris, Zahid and Manzoor plus the rest of the Pakistan team for their hard work in leading this trek.

The Mountain Company is promoting both our K2 Base Camp & Concordia and K2 Base Camp & Gondogoro La for July 2018.

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions on K2 Base Camp trek and if you would like to discuss your suitability or additional training required to join this trek in the future.

Roland Hunter

Monday, 23 January 2017

Trip Report for K2 Base Camp in August 2016 led by Ade Summers

Photo: K2 as seen from Concordia
Our K2 & Gondogoro La and K2 Base Camp & Concordia treks in August 2016 led by Ade Summers went well and both groups made it to K2 Base Camp however due to poor weather & conditions were unable to cross Gondogoro La, please click here for the detailed Trip Report

The Mountain Company is organising two K2 treks in 2017, in August K2 & Gondogoro La and in late August/ September K2 Base Camp and Concordia. Please get in touch with us soon if you would like join one of these groups.

Roland Hunter
www.themountaincompany.co.uk

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Both our K2 Base & Concordia and K2 Base Camp & Gondogoro La treks in August 2016 are now guaranteed to run

Photo: Mount K2

The Mountain Company's K2 Base & Concordia and K2 Base Camp & Gondogoro La treks during August 2016 led by Ade Summers is now guaranteed to run and there is currently availability. We have a long track record of organising treks in Pakistan, our groups have visited this country since 2004.

Please get in contact with us soon if you would like to join one of our K2 Base Camp groups in August 2016.

Roland Hunter

Friday, 29 March 2013

Trip Report for K2 & Gondogoro La led by Chris Horobin in August 2012

Photo: K2 as seen from Concordia
Our K2 & Gondogoro La trek in August 2012 led by Chris Horobin went well and the group successfully crossed the Gondogoro La to Hushe valley, please click here for the detailed Trip Report

The Mountain Company is organising two K2 treks in 2013, in August K2 & Gondogoro La and in late August/ September K2 Base Camp and Concordia. Please get in touch with us soon if you would like join one of these groups.

Roland Hunter
www.themountaincompany.co.uk

Monday, 9 April 2012

K2 & Gondogoro La in August 2012 now guaranteed to run

Photo: TMC camp at Concordia

The Mountain Company's K2 & Gondogoro la trek in Pakistan during August 2012 led by Chris Horobin is now guaranteed to run and there is currently availability. We have a long track record of organising treks in Pakistan, our groups have visited this country every year since 2004.

Please get in contact with us soon if you would like to join our K2 & Gondogoro la group in 2012.

Roland Hunter

Friday, 3 September 2010

Trip Report for K2 & Gondogoro La led by Roland Hunter in August '10

Photo: K2 seen from Concordia

I arrived back to UK this afternoon after leading The Mountain Company’s K2 & Gondogoro La trek in Pakistan. At the start of trek the group arrived to Islamabad on August 6th, this was shortly after the heaviest monsoon rains in Pakistan for last 50 years causing widespread flooding throughout the country. In fact we were seriously considering whether to cancel this trek however after researching the current situation we were confident could operate this trek as planned. As it turned out we made the right decision as we enjoyed good weather with fine views of K2 and other mountains around Concordia, we even had a beautifully clear day on crossing Gondogoro La.

After arrival to Concordia on 19th we discussed the options for the next day, five people decided to make the long walk to K2 Base Camp and Gilkey memorial while the others opted for the shorter walk to Broad Base Camp. As ever it was an emotional visit to Gilkey especially seeing the new memorial and a broken ski from Fredrik Ericsson who died earlier this summer, for further information please see his blog

We decided to leave Ali Camp at 1am in order to ensure we had enough time to cross the pass and descend the other side. It was a beautiful morning with starry skies and nearly full moon illuminating the peaks around. The group made good progress to the base of the pass and by 7am everyone had summited Gondogoro La at 5,550m. As ever the descent is more challenging than ascent and we made steady progress however the unseasonal snow from week before started to melt releasing some rockfall, it was a good thing everyone had helmets for this descent! The recent snow made the rapel down the ropes easier than previous years however on reaching the bottom of the ropes the trail was less established than in 2008.

At The Mountain Company we believe strongly in looking after our porters, we are the only trekking company operating on the Baltoro that provides waterproof jackets and trousers plus walking shoes to our porters. We follow International Porter Protection Group five guidelines in Pakistan. We do not think it is appropriate for porters to cross Gondogoro La in plastic shoes and cotton shalwar kameez! Please take a look at this YouTube video that shows this gear being given out to our Balti Porters.

Overall we had a great trip with perfect weather at Concordia and for crossing Gondogoro La, as ever Pakistan is a true adventure destination and one needs to be flexible and be prepared for the unexpected! We certainly had our fair share of good luck on this trek and were fortunate weather improved when needed higher up. As ever I would like to thanks our superb Pakistan trek crew for looking after us so well, in particular our local guides Ghulam Hassan and Momin Shah as well as our cook Syed Jhan.

The Mountain Company plans to run our K2 & Gondogoro La trek again in August 2011 so please get in touch soon if you would like to join this group. We also plan to operate our Snow Lake Biafo Hispar trek in July 2011

Please click here for our full Trip Report on The Mountain Company's blog

Roland Hunter

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Roland Hunter will lead K2 & Gondogoro La trek in August 2010

Roland Hunter will be travelling to Pakistan again later this summer for his sixth trek to K2 & Gondogoro La (August '10). This departure is now guaranteed to run, please get in touch soon if you would like to join the group.

For more information on our K2 & Gondogoro La trek