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Baltaro La Trek

Baltaro La Trek

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Baltoro - Gondogoro La trek Range:
Karakoram
Tour Destination:
20 Days
Group Size:
3 & above
Destination:
Pakistan
Season:
May – September 
Tour Customizable:
Yes
Track Difficulty (Grade):
Strenuous
Maximum attitude:
5450 meters
Nearby Attractions:
Gondogora La with spectacular views of K2, Broad Peak, and theGasherbrums. A panoramic view of 8000 meter peaks!
Pax:1350 per person US DOLLERSMountain Skills & Disciplines:
Hiking
Back packing
Camping
High Attitude
Traversing
Avalanche Awareness
Environment Awareness
Outdoor Survival
 Navigation
Baltoro - Gondogoro La trek 
This is one of the most scenic and spectacular mountain journeys on the planet. It isunrivalled in its grandeur, isolation, and consistency of proximity to some of the world’shighest and most impressive mountains.
Baltoro - Gondogoro La
trek takes you in the
 
heart of Skardu. To the place where there is the highest concentration of some of thetallest peaks in the world.
Day 1: Islamabad
Arrive Islamabad reception, meeting and assisting upon arrival. Assist in customclearance and transfer to centrally air conditioned hotel Blue Sky. Afternoon visitMinistry of Tourism for briefing. Evening visit to Shah Faisal mosque, Shakar Parian,Damane Koh and a shopping trip to Supper Market to explore the market for carpets andrugs gathered here from Iran, Afghanistan, China, Uzbekistan etc . Bar-B-Q dinner inAfghan Restaurant in real Afghan style.
Day 2: Islamabad – Skurdu/Chilas
After breakfast, we will be on the most fantastic commercial flight in the world taking usfrom Islamabad to Skardu. If the weather is bad, we will drive to Chilas over KarakoramHighway along mighty Indus River, 11 to 12 hours drive, and overnight in hotel.
Day 3: Skardu
Rest day in Skardu. Sight seeing in Skardu includes Satpara Lake, Bazar and afternoonfinal packing for the Trek (Askole)
Day4: Skardu - Askoli
After breakfast we will make the 7 hours trip by 4 x 4 jeep to Askole (3000 meters).Thelast village before the starting of trek. Here we meet the porters of the trek, overnight incamp.
Day5: Askoli – Julha:
Trek along the Braldu River over barren land surrounded by the lofted mountain. Julha islocated on the bank of Dumurdo at the altitude of 3300meters and walking distance is 6to 7 hours, overnight in camp. 
Day: Julha -Paiyu
The trail alternate between the riverbed and terraces above crossing boulder field and sidestreams until coming to Paiju Glacier out watch Paiju stream. En route the view of Paiju
 
 peak 6600 meters and the Cathedral Towers 6017 meters. Paiju is located at the altitudeof 3425 meters and walking distance is 5 to 6 hours, overnight in camp.
Day 8 :( Rest Day in Paiju)
Paiju is like an Oasis in the desert. Here we have one day rest. Wash up, relax, read,climb on a steep ridge behind the camp, sing and dance with the porters! Depending uponthe size of the party. From here we will have view of Great Trango Tower 6223 meters.
Day 9: Paiju- Khuburchi (3800M 12,460 ft)
Camp, trek on Baltoro Glacier. Six to eight hours of walking. A tough day as we climb onthe rocky moraines of the Baltoro, but the sight of Baltoro pinnacles and Paiju Peak isastounding.
Day 10
 
: Khuburchi -Urdukas (3,950 m 12,950 ft)
Camp, Baltoro Glacier. A short 4-hour plus walk on the rocky moraines and ablationvalley of the Baltoro. We will cross couple of icy side glaciers on the way and may haveour first sight of Broad Peak and the Gasherbrums. The historical campsite is located on agrassy slope high above the Baltoro and commands one of the most intense mountainviews in this world.
Day 10: Urdukuas – Goro II (4,300 m 14,100 ft)
Camp, Baltoro Glacier. This is a tough day's walk on the undulating Baltoro. However,the footing becomes easy as the rocks become smaller and smaller as we move up theBaltoro. It takes about 8 hours to get to Goro. We walk right smack up the center moraineof the Baltoro. As Masherbrum emerges on the right, it takes our breath away and so doesGasherbrums 4 right in front of us. Goro is a cold campsite! It has a great view of theMuztagh Tower, overnight in camp.
Day 12: Goro- Concordia:
 Now we are entering in the Throne room of Mountains God Concordia at the altitude of 4650 meters, where the Godwin Austin Glacier meets the upper Baltoro glacier. Here we

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