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

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Roland Hunter will lead K2 & Gondogoro La trek in August 2009

Roland Hunter, owner and founder of The Mountain Company, will lead the K2 & Gondogoro La trek in August 2009.

For more information on our K2 & Gondogoro La trek