K2 Gondogoro La Trek - $2200

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At A Glance

Difficulty
Max Altitude 5585m
Max Temperature(c) 35
Min Temperature (c) -16
Hiking Hours 4-6h /day
Camping Days 14-16
Hotel Stays 5-6 nights
Group Size 14 Max
Northern Areas

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THINGS TO CONSIDER

k2 Gondogoro La Trek Equipment list and Clothing

K2 Gondogoro la trek is a long-duration trek in the wilderness of Karakorum mountains away from human settlements. So everything should pack up according to the conditions. Here is our recommended list of equipment and clothing for your k2 Gondogoro la trek

 

  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicines
  • Crampons, Ice Axe, Jumar, Helmet and harness
  • Waterproof Hiking Backpack (30-46 Liters)
  • Head Torch with extra batteries
  • Sleeping Bag (-12 or above Recommended)
  • Sunglasses / Snow Glasses
  • Water bottle
  • Sunblock, Lip Balms, and Sanitizer
  • Gloves (Normal and Thermal)
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Scandals
  • Buff or Scarf or Bandanas
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Warm jacket
  • T-shirts / Shirt full sleeves recommended for trekking days
  • Warm cap and Sun Hat
  • Trekking poles
  • Underwear thermal for upper and lower body
  • Socks, Penknife
  • Travel Clothing
  • Lightweight travel Towel

K2 Gondogoro La Trek

What is Gondogoro La / Gondogoro Pass?

Gondogoro La /  Gondogoro pass is a 5600m high mountain pass in the heart of Karakoram 25km south of the world’s second-highest peak Chogori / K2. Gondogoro La connects the Gondogoro Glacier to the Vigne glacier. “LA” in the Balti language stands for high mountain pass and peaks. The Gondogoro La pass was discovered and crossed in 1986 by a local explorer connecting Concordia to the Hushe Valley. Since then thousands of trekkers and climbers are approaching the pass from the northeast / Concordia Side.

 

Gondogoro la is a great addition to k2 trekking. Gondogoro La is the border between two valleys of the Baltistan region. Trekkers walk to Concordia and Ali camp in Shigar valley and cross the Gondogoro la into Hushe Valley or Gangche. Gondogoro La is a technical pass that needs somehow knowledge of climbing.  The pass on the northeast (Baltoro Region) is a longer 55-degree slope mostly covered by snow and technical or steeper sections have fixed rope. While the descent is a 45-degree slope but riskier due to mudslides and rock falling.

 

The best part of the Gondogoro La trek is the view of mountain panoramas from the top, the 360-degree view of the spellbinding beauty of peaks has no match in the world.

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Gondogoro La Difficulty:

Crossing Gondogoro la is a difficult and challenging task for most trekkers. The ascent is moderate at the beginning and got steeper as we proceed towards the top. The ascent is on mostly snowy surface with glacier underneath. There could be small crevasses on the way up but there will be fixed ropes on the difficult sections. The ascent is steeper and mostly straightforward to the Gondogoro la Top 5600m. The descent is the most difficult part of the Gondogoro la trek.

 

There will be snow during the early season ( June and July) but in August the snowmelt and the slope get rocky. So it is harder to move down along a slippery loose rocky scree. the objective danger is high while the descent because there are the chances of rockfall and mudslides. Most sections during the descent have fixed ropes for support. In sum, the ascent is somehow steeper but the real difficulty of Gondogoro La is the descent because there are significant risks of rockfall and mudslides.

 

Chogori staff and rescue team has a proven track of successful Gondogoro la summits. Our staff and rescue team will always accompany and assist the participant during the whole expedition of Gondogoro La.

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Do I need climbing skills to cross the Gondogoro La?

Gondogoro la trek is no doubt a technical mountain pass and requires technical mountaineering skills but this is not the ultimate option. There are also significant risks such as rockfall and mudslides. Technical mountaineering skills are a plus factor while crossing the Gondogoro la. If you know how to wear crampons, harnesses, and the use of jumar and ice axe it is a way straightforward recipe for you. Crampons and ice axe are mostly used while the ascent from the Concordia side.

 

The thing that matter is the stamina and positive state of mind. Mostly said it does not require climbing skills and it is true to some extent. The descent is the most difficult part of the Gongoro la trek. The 45-degree angled slope has fixed ropes but is still trickier for many. The use of harness and jumar is the key for this part. Participants have to slightly walk down the slope with the support of the fixed ropes to the high camp and the rest is a normal walk to reach Khuspang camp for overnight stay. One has to be careful not to kick or knock rocks down to the trekkers in the queue.

 

I have been crossing the Gondogro pass since 2011, and most of my clients had not even a little knowledge of mountaineering. We helped them to put on the gears and assist them throughout the expedition and they did the Gondogoro la with no trouble. So the most important thing to consider for the  Gondogoro La crossing is a fit body and positive state of mind not technical knowledge of climbing. It is a plus point but not the ultimate requirement for the Gondogoro Pass.

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Suitability and Training for Gondogoro La Trek:

You are suitable for the trek if you are physically fit and have done strenuous treks in Nepal or Pakistan before ( K2 trek or Everest or Annapurna base camp trek ) or any other equivalent trek anywhere in the world. A high level of fitness is necessary for the Gondogoro Pass. It is a better suggestion to learn some basic mountaineering before the Gondogoro la trek.

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Is Gondogoro La Trek Safe? The Objective Risk of Crossing the Gondogoro La:

To some extent, it is riskier. The ascent is steep with crevasses on the way to the top. So it is always better to stay closer and accompany a staff or rescue member. And the descent is too tricky and more chances of objective danger due to the risk of rockfall and mudslides and the slippery gravel surface.

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How do we minimize the risk for Gondogoro La?

We cross the Gondogoro la at the midnight along with the support staff and rescue team. We will be on the top before the first rays of sunlight (Dawn) after a 20-minute break for rest and photography we will start the descent before the sun warm the surface, this means the rocks on the slopes are still frozen and there will be no chances of stone fall and we will reach the Khuspang camp before the sun warms the glacier slope on the Gondogoro La. After descending the pass you will find a straight trail to Khuspang camp.

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Is Gondogoro La worth Crossing?

In a word, yes! first of all, it will give you a chance of experiencing climbing in the Karakoram range. The views from the top are amazing! The whole central Karakoram peaks are in front of you from the top of Gondogoro la. The four 8000m; K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I & II, and many peaks of above 7000m like Chogolisa, Baltoro Kangri, Gasherbrum 4, Mitre peak all are on the Baltoro side and the Spellbinding Laila peak and Gondogoro Valley on the other side.

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