K2, The Savage mountain.

I had a great yet challenging time going to K2 Base camp and conquering gondogoro-la 6000m Approx. 

K2 is the world’s 2nd highest mountain at 28,251’/8611m. It is located in northwest Pakistan about 30 miles from the border with India. K2 is called the Mountaineer Mountain and the Savage Mountain for its deadly and difficult reputation.

It is not climbed as often other 8000 meter mountain due to the technical difficulty and history of avalanches and deaths. As of 2012, the summit has seen about 334 successful ascents and 83 deaths, ranking it second for the dangerous 8000m peaks only after Annapurna.

I started my journey from Sakardu from where I went to askolay ( last civilization on way to K2 ) on 4×4 Jeep. I would have to add another brief post explaining the magical jeep ride of 8 straight hours that we had from Sakardu to Askolay.

jeep

From Askolay we started our trek towards K2 Base Camp (CONCORDIA) and it took us 6 days to reach Concordia. We climbed small rocks, crossed the Baltoro glacier, got our feet stuck in the white deserts of Baltoro. The camping sites were as follows.

Askolay-Jhoola

Jhoola-Paiju

Paiju-Khuburchee

Khuburchee-Urdukas

Urdukas-Goro-1

Goro-1-CONCORDIA

trek

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K2 is the king of all mountains, you have to trek hard to get a glimpse of the throne of mountain Lords. This trek is considered as among one of the toughest treks around the world but also this trek is truly a trekkers Paradise giving you a marvellous view of one of the most amazing, sky scrapers including K2, Broad Peak, G1, M1, Laila Peak, etc. 

We stayed at concordia for one complete day and had a chance to capture the Savage mountain in one the best weather conditions one could ever get. 

Next day, after an early breakfast we left for ALI camp, on our way we crossed Vigne Glacier. The same night we attempted the Gondoro-la. Brrrrrrr…….

gon gon2

The view from the summit of this nearly 6000m.pass (Gondogoro La) is beyond description. In the opinion of many, it is simply the finest mountain panorama in the world. K-2, Broad Peak, the four Gasherbrums, Trinity Peak, Laila Peak and a multitude of lesser pinnacles touch the heavens all around you.

One must make an extra effort from Concordia to see this spectacle. The trek to the top of the Gondogoro La includes some 60 degree ice and snow slopes climbs that require the use of an ice axe, crampons, harness, helmet, ropes and carabiners.

Experiencing the Life from Top of the World cannot be explained in words 🙂

climb top

On our way back to sakardu  we pass shining alpine lakes, shepherds in their meadows and ancient villages. Masherbrum (7821 m.) shyly reveals her other side as we approach Hushe. Hushe is eastern Baltistan’s counterpart to Askolie, and home to many of the best climbers and mountaineers in Pakistan.

The following picture marked the end of a 15 days journey from Sakardu to Sakardu :)The rigged faces explain it all 🙂

sak

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