We returned to Skardu yesterday after 2 long days walking back to Askole from Khoburtse. We decided to complete the trek a day early and as such our last day walking from Paiju to the pulley box river crossing at Korophone was approximately 17 miles long. We were able to jeep the last 4 miles back to Askole.
Yesterdays 7 hour jeep ride back to Skardu was, happily- uneventful. You are never quite sure what the situation will be on these wild jeep roads in Northern Pakistan. Our local crew was amazing and most supportive of our journey to K2 basecamp.
We have a rest/work day here in Skardu and tomorrow back to Islamabad to wrap up our very successful 1st season of operating trips in Pakistan. I am already looking forward to returning next year, inshallah! Thanks for following along!
We have reached Concordia at 15,000’ thr junction of 4 major glacier systems. Todays walk was around 7 hours along the glacier. We are doing great.
Tomorrow we will attempt to reach K2 basecamp and back to Concordia, a long day of 12-14 hours walking. In route we will also pass by Broad peak basecamp. K2 was hiding behind cloud cover tonight at sunset!
Today Dan and I walked from Urdukas camp out to the middle of the Baltoro glacier and to Goro II camp at 14,000’. About 6.5 miles and 7 hours walking.
We are doing fantastic. The mountain vistas the last 2 days have been amongst the best I have ever seen. Last night from Urdukas we were treated to an other worldly sunset on the Trango Tower and Uli Biaho groups. Granite spires shooting out of the glaciers and holding some of the most iconic big wall rock climbs in the world.
Today we have been treated to stunning views of Masherbrum 7821m and Gasherbrum IV 7925m, both in the top 20 highest on earth and amongst the hardest alpine climbs, both with only a couple of ascents. The trek is challenging but one is rewarded
with some of the best mountain scenery on our amazing planet.
We are in fine company with our Balti porters, Pakistani kitchen staff and Zahid our local guide from the Hunza Valley. Tomorrow to Concordia and our 1st views of K2!
Thanks for following along.
Eric and Dan
It was hard and dirty. It was fun. The guides were great. My fellow team mates were awesome. Our guide was a great cook, and we ate well. The hotels were perfect, the logistics seamless. This was my first international expedition, and presented a great learning opportunity. I’d go back in a heartbeat!