Trek to Advance Base Camp of K2 and Gasherbrum I Base Camp

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Overview

K2 (28,251'), the second highest mountain on earth, is a magnificent pyramid of rock and ice flanked by giants including Broad Peak (25,414'), Gasherbrum I (Hidden Peak; 26,509'), Gasherbrum II (26,362'), and a host of granite towers that are formidable summits in their own right. On this special WT Expedition with veteran Trip Leader Gary McCue, we approach both K2 and Gasherbrum I from the north by way of China’s great desert province of Xinjiang. Our 21-day trek is an incredibly spectacular journey following trails alongside the Yarkand and Shaksgam rivers, milky white with silt from the Karakoram’s mighty glaciers. As we make our way through dramatic mountain valleys, a caravan of shaggy, two-humped Bactrian camels carries our gear. At K2 Base Camp at 12,900 feet, we leave our camels behind and backpack to the Italian K2 Advance Base Camp (15,350’) on the K2 Glacier, a strenuous 4-day round-trip hike. We have an Exploration Day here to hike up through ice seracs toward the sprawling glacial amphitheater at 17,075 feet below K2’s immense North Face. It’s a strenuous trip but well worth it. After returning from the Advance Camp, we then follow the Shaksgam River to reach the base camp of Gasherbrum I (also known as Hidden Peak due to the difficulty in having views of the world’s 11th highest summit), and the chance to hike further up the glacier toward the Advance Base Camp. Join us for a rare chance to explore two of the greatest mountain sanctuaries in the world!

Highlights

Highlights

Spectacular K2, 2nd highest mountain in the world
Trek high and remote trails amid the majestic peaks of the Karakoram
Backpack expedition from K2 Base Camp to K2 Advance Base at 15,530 feet
Trek to K2 Advance Base and Gasherbrum I Base Camp
Exotic Kashgar, with its famous Sunday Bazaar

Details

Length: 30 days
Cost From: TBA  
Arrive: Beijing, China
Depart: Beijing, China
Lodging: 7 nights hotels, 22 nights camping
Meals: All meals except 1 dinner and 1 lunch included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

21-day trek on moderate to steep trails, 4-8 hours a day, altitudes between 3,000-15,350 feet, 4 days backpacking carrying a 20- to 30-pound pack