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k2 Gondogoro La Trek

K2 Gondogoro La Trek is one of the challenging as well rewarding treks on the earth. Gondogoro Pass/La Trek an exceptional and ambitious trekking holiday in the heart of the Karakoram range, one needs enough stamina, endurance and somehow climbing skills to cross the pass. We will follow the same route along the Baltoro glacier till Concordia and k2 base camp then crosses the Gondogoro Pass 5600m into the Hushe Valley. Gondogoro La trek is a great extension in k2 trekking, the trekking starts from Paju camp, Shigar Valley, after k2 base camp we will cross a mountain pass (Gondogoro Pass / Gondogoro La) into another valley of mountains rather than returning via the same route to Askoli as we do in k2 base camp trek.

 

The Karakorum range is the wildest, vast and rugged landscape on the earth with views of spectacular sky kissing icy peaksgranite towersmountain passes, and gigantic glaciers that offer unparalleled opportunities for mountain adventures particularly trekking and expeditions. The trek to k2 Gondogoro La Trek is no doubt challenging but equally rewarding. During Gondogoro la trek we have to cross four huge glaciers, the Baltoro Glacier, Vigne Glacier, Godwin Austin, and Gondogoro Glacier. Placed among the world’s best trekkings the K2 Gondogoro La Trek, participants hike among the giants of Karakoram. Ten of the world’s thirty tallest peaks are located reroute to k2 Gondogoro La Trek, four of them are the 8000m peaks including K2/Chogori 8611m, Broad Peak 8049, Gasherbrum 1, and Gasherbrum 2.  Other famous peak includes Paju Peak, Trango Towers, Cathedrals, Uli Biaho, Masherbrum, Muztagh, Mitre Peak, Chogolisa, Baltoro Kangri, Sia Kangri, Gondogoro Peak, Laila Peak, and Amin Brak.

 

 

K2 Gondogoro La Trek at a Glance:

Our K2 Gondogoro La Trek starts from Islamabad the vibrant capital of Pakistan. The flight to Skardu is one of the spectacular routes in the world of aviation flying above the mountains of the Himalayas and the Karakoram the distinguished peak to observe is Nanga Parbat (Fairy Meadows). Skardu is the capital town of the Karakoram Valleys and the logistic hub for all expeditions and Trekking. After an overnight stay, Trekkers begin their journey by jeep to Paju Camp. The track is considered one of the dangerous roads in Pakistan. The last human settlement during k2 Gondogoro la trek is Askoli village the last Village of shigar valley.

 

Paju Camp is the logistic hub of all trekkings and expeditions. Onward Paju we will embark upon our K2 Gondogoro La trek toward k2 Base Camp. Beyond Askoli there is a complete wilderness, mountains, and mountain lovers.  We will follow the same route K2 conquerors have followed decades ago. As we headed up to the valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks, rock towers, and large glaciers, the valley opens up in a breathtaking mountain vista. From Paju Camp to onward most of the trek is on the 65km Baltoro Glacier. That is why k2 trekking is also known as Baltoro Glacier trek. Seven of the world’s highest peak rise at the end of Baltoro Glacier. the middle part is encircled by Masherbrum peak, Muztagh tower while the lower part is surrounded by mostly rock towers including Trango Towers, Uli Biaho, Shipton, and Paju Peak.

 

At Concordia also known as the “Throne Room of Mountain Gods” Baltoro Glacier confluence with Godwin Austin Glacier. There is no place parallel to Concordia for a campsite on the earth. Concordia is the amphitheater of mountains, surrounded by the highest concentration of 8000m mountains on the earth. We have reserved several days to absorb the breathtaking scene at Concordia. From Concordia, we venture into the depth of Karakorum reveal an unrivaled collection of peaks, with a 360-degree view of all peaks around that, include Mitre Peak (6010m), Marble Peak (6,256 m), Gasherbrum 4 (7,925 m), Chogolisa (7666m), Baltoro Kangri (7320m), Broad Peak (8047m) and the second-highest on the earth K2/ Chogori (8611m).  During the k2 Gondogoro la, participants can get a glimpse of climbers on different climbing routes on these peaks and can meet mountaineers at their base camps. The next day we will come back to Concordia.

 

Gondogoro La Crossing :

Form Concordia we have two options either return via the same route or cross a technical mountain pass “Gondogoro La / Gondogoro Pass 5600m” into Hushe Valley. Those who are willing to cross Gondogoro La, trek towards Ali camp through Vigne Glacier and camp overnight al Ali Camp the last camp before Gondogoro La. This is the critical day during the K2 Gondogoro La trek, as we have to start trekking around midnight to cross Gondogoro Pass so that we can cross the stone falling part of Gondogoro Pass before sunrise.  Early morning trekkers will be on the Top of Gondogoro La at altitude 5600m. The 360-degree view of the Karakoram is spectacular from Gondogoro la top, the view of all four 8000m Peaks (K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum 1 and 2) and many other peaks are eye-catching, to the north the mesmerizing view of Laila Peak 6096m and Hushe Valley provides one of the best scenes in the world. Participants will reach Khuspang camp before 9 am, rest, and overnight camping in front of Laila Peak. Next day trek to Siacho Camp after overnight stay trek to Hushe Village. Our K2 Gondogoro La trek concludes in Hushe Village, and we will drive to Skardu, it will take around 5 hours to reach Skardu via jeep.

 

The trek starts from Skardu, then to Shigar valley until Ali camp and cross the Gondogoro pass into Hushe valley and back to Skardu city in a circular way that is why it is also known as K2 Gondogoro La Circuit.

 

 

Our k2 Gondogoro La Trek registration is open. We organize K2 Gondogoro la Trek according to the needs of our clients.  Our standard package for Gondogoro la trek includes a 20-days itinerary and 15 guaranteed fix departures each year. Our fixed departure dates are given below, as well we customize Gondogoro La Trek for our clients accordingly. We are the indigenous people of the Karakoram and all of our staff are professionally trained locals, who can never fall short of your expectations. Reserve your spot with a $350 advance deposit prior to the trekking.

 

K2 Gondogoro La Trek Cost

 

Cost for International Clients

International clients can join one of our k2 Gondogoro La Trek fixed departures with a standard price of $2200 per person. But the cost varies according to the style of trekking and the services provided. Given below are the packages for K2 Gondogoro La Trek. Our fixed departures are mostly confirmed and everything mentioned in the services included will be provided at a fixed cost that is USD 2200. Our k2 Gondogoro La Trek Fixed Departures and details are given below in the table.

 

Solo 2 to 4 person Up to 6 person Above 6 person
3500$ 2500$ 2300$ 2200$

 

 

Cost for Pakistani Clients   

K2 Gondogoro la trek cost for Pakistani nationals are in the following table, starting from 180,000 PKR. Pakistanis mostly undertake their Gondogoro la trekking from Skardu and will Conclude in Skardu. We will entertain clients from Islamabad as well upon request.

Solo 2 to 4 persons 4 to 8 persons More than 8 persons
350,000 pkr 200,000 pkr 190,000 pkr 180,000 pkr

 

DAYS ITINERARY

K2 Gondogoro La Trek Itinerary

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Location : Islamabad

This is the first day of trekkers in Pakistan. Upon arrival one of our staff will pick up the guest from Islamabad Airport and escort them to the hotel. You can spot our staff holding our company card or logo at Islamabad Airport. You are bound to provide flight details 3 to 4 days before arrival. Our staff will pick you up and transfer to a partner hotel in Islamabad close to Margalla hills. At the hotel, after relax and rest clients are bound to pay their dues upon late arrival payment of dues and briefing will be conducted in Skardu.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Room on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included,

On this day of k2 Gondogoro la trek, we will fly to Skardu in the morning. Skardu is the logistic hub of the expeditions and trekking’s in the Karakoram range. The flight from Islamabad to Skardu will provide spectacular views of the Himalaya and Karakoram mountains and we should be able to see Nanga Parbat towering among other peaks.

Upon arrival in Skardu, one of our staff will be waiting at Skardu Airport and will escort the clients to the partner hotel. Upon early arrival, we would have enough time to rest and pay a visit to the local Bazar and the outskirts of Skardu city.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Room on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included,

Skardu is a mountainous town along the Indus river, surrounded by mountains. After breakfast, we will go on an acclimatization hike to the kharpocho and old castle some hundred meters hike from Skardu Bazars. The fort provides a breathtaking view of the Indus river, Skardu, and its Surroundings. While the afternoon you can check out your trekking kit or need to buy something you can go to Bazar for shopping or sightseeing. To cross Gondogoro la crampons is a must so you need to arrange to one from Skardu you can ask us for arrangement if do not have one. During the whole activity, our guide will facilitate you.

while our office staff at Skardu will do our paperwork that mostly cleared in a day but unfortunately more than a day in most cases.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Room on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included,

We will drive to Askoli Village with our crew and supplies. It's a 5-7-hour jeep drive from Skardu to Askoli. After half hour drive from Skardu, we will reach the Shigar valley which hosts the second-highest peak on the planet. We will go through the lush green fields of Shigar valley along the Shigar river and the valley is narrowed as we further proceed to the mountains. The narrow track will lead us to Aksoli driving along to the Braldu River. Our porters will join us from Askoli or at Paju camp. This is the last village before K2 Gondogoro la trek. Before 2020 this was the last place from where we start our Gondogoro la trek but due to the recently built road, we can still go few more stages by jeep.

In past, we used to embark upon our k2 Gondogoro la trek from Askoli Village. But due to recently built road track to Paju camp has enabled the trekking participants to access Paju camp by jeep. After an hour's drive, we will reach Korofon camp where we will take some rest. This place is the junction of the Biafo Glacier and Baltoro River. Snow lake and Hisper la trek are taken via this Glacier on our left. We will resume our drive to Jhula camp. In case of late arrival, we will take launch at Jhula camp otherwise will move to Paju camp or any other suitable campsite for lunch. A notable peak to see is Bakhordas peak facing Jhula Camp. Bakhoradas is the first peak to be seen while k2 Gondogoro la trek. After two hours or less drive along the bank of Baltoro River crossing trails and streams, we will be on our destination, we will camp overnight at Paju camp.

Our staff establishes tents and the participants will be served a hot cup of tea with cookies and snacks. We will take dinner in our mess tent and camp overnight in a fully serviced campsite.

If we are on Paju on the first day we will take a rest day here and if we are here on day 5. And if we are late this day is used to travel to Paju from Askoli. In case of the rest day, we have enough time to take a bath, washing cloth, and acclimatize our bodies. While porters are issued their rations and they baked and plan for their rest of the trek on Baltoro Glacier. Most of the trekkers go to Trango viewpoint to get a glimpse of Famous Trango Towers that is just a 20 to half an hour hike away from the camp. And the whole night is spent while dancing and partying in local style and trekkers are always welcome to join.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Room on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included,

On this day of k2 Gondogoro la Trek, we will start our trekking on the 65km Baltoro Glacier and it will follow us till Concordia where it confluence with Godwin Austin Glacier. After half an hour trek from Paju camp, we will be at the snout of Baltoro Glacier. This is where you can see Trango Towers. Uli Baiho and Paju Peak. The trek will take on the high and downs of the Baltoro glacier from here ahead. It is suggested that to be careful while trekking, let the horses and donkeys go if they are crossing your way. 4 to 5 hours trek will take us to Liligo, where we will take our lunch in front of Trango towers. The walk will continue to the Khoburse camp along the right edge of Baltoro Glacier and camp overnight there.

  • Accommodation: tents on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included,

After early wake up and getting breakfast we will start our trek to Urdukas Camp over the rough terrain of Baltoro Glacier. This is the last camp before glacial camps on Baltoro Glacier during Gondogoro la trek and the shortest day. The camp is located at a higher location above Baltoro Glacier and provides the best view of the Granite spire (Trango, Uli Biaho, and Cathedrals). This is the second scenic camp during Gondogoro la trek after Concordia camp. Good weather also provides a glimpse of Gasherbrum 4 as well from Urdukas Camp.

  • Accommodation: tents on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included,

On this day of the k2 Gondogoro la trek, participants trek in the middle of Baltoro Glacier through the rough moraines. Masherbrum peak is visible on the right side and Muztagh on the left. This day we get the first distant sight of Gasherbrum’s and Broad Peak. 3-4 hours’ trek on the glacier we will take our lunch and rest for a while at Goro 1. After lunch, we will resume the trek and it will take 3-4 hours to Goro 2 and Camp overnight in front of Masherbrum. Goro 2 is a windy and cold campsite this is our first camping at Baltoro Glacier. It is the junction of Baltoro Glacier and Younghusband. Looking back to Baltoro Glacier the views of the collection of peaks are mesmerizing.

  • Accommodation: tents on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included,

A very special day of k2 Gondogoro la trek passing through panoramic scenery of spectacular mountains to Concordia and k2 visible if weather permits. Concordia no doubt is one of the best campsites on the planet, also known as the “throne room of mountains gods”. Surrounded by sky kissing giant peaks as Marble peak, K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum 3, Mitre peak, Baltoro Kangri, Sia Kangri, and Chogolisa. Concordia is the junction of Baltoro, Godwin Austin, Gasherbrum, and Vigne Glaciers. After a 5-6 hours’ trek on the Baltoro glacier from Goro 2, we will reach Concordia. Very few people are fortunate enough to experience this wilderness. The camp is cold and even snowfall many times and overnight camping in a completed wilderness.

  • Accommodation: tents on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included,

This day we have a flexible schedule this day, most of the trekkers want a closer look at k2 and want to visit Gilkey Memorial while most prefer to hike to Broad Peak Base camp and back to Concordia on the same day and some just want to stay at Concordia to enjoy the 360-degree view of mountains around. We have a whole day to fully absorb the wilderness of the “Throne Room of Mountain Gods”. Trekkers would choose the option they prefer.

Those trekkers who want to go to Broad Peak Base Camp and K2 Base camp (Gilkey Memorial) will rise early in the morning. We start our trek towards Broad peak base camp crossing the Glacial streams flowing through the junction of Glaciers very next to the Concordia camp. This part of the glacier between Concordia and K2 Base Camp is rough and technical due to the melting down of the glaciers and the rest is smooth plain track till Broad Peak Base Camp. It will take almost three hours to reach Broad Peak Base camp, where we will take our lunch and resume the trek for two more hours till k2 base camp through Godwin Austin Glacier mostly white glacier. K2 Base Camp elevation/height estimated as 4998m (16,400 ′) almost five thousand meters above sea level. At k2 Base Camp, Gilkey Memorial is a 10-15 minutes’ hike on the mountain. We can find the memories of legends who lost their lives while scaling mountains in the Karakoram. We would have chances of meeting with climbers at Broad Peak and K2 Base Camp only when we are there during July and August. After paying homage to the legends at Gilkey Memorial we will start the trek back to Concordia via the same route and overnight camp at Concordia.

And those who want to return via the same route return to Gorro 2 and the rest who are ready for Gondogoro la will set out towards Ali camp the next day.

  • Accommodation: tents on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included,

Gondogoro la is contingent on the weather situation. It is risky to cross the Gondogoro pass on a snowy day so it is a rest day in case of unfavorable weather.

On this day of k2 Gondogoro la trek, we will start our journey towards Ali Camp via upper Baltoro Glacier. After crossing Mitre peak we will be on Vigne glacier, it is a crispy white glacier very easy to walk on the surface of the glacier. There are many small crevasses on the glacier so it is recommended to walk along with our guide or any other staff member and use crampons in case of fresh snow on the glacier. We will camp at Ali Camp (named after a local porter who discovered Gondogoro Pass). It will take around 5 to 6 hours from Concordia to Ali Camp.

  • Accommodation: tents on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included,

This is the critical day of k2 Gondogoro la trek. The pass needs to be cross before the sunrise because there are chances of rock falling whiling descending the top. The descending part is mostly rocky glacier so we need to do this before the sun warms the glacier surface. We will wake up before dawn or even midnight, after having a good breakfast we will start our trek to Gondogoro la pass with a rescue member and our support staff. Rescue people are already there we pay them and they watch the ropes on the Gondogoro Pass and assist us crossing the top. We will continue our trek on the west Vigne glacier until Gondogoro la Base. On Gondogoro la base we will put on our harnesses and crampons, and start climbing slowly, our support crew will accompany us during the whole process. It normally takes 3 hours to reach the top of Gondogoro la. We will be on the top at dawn the four 8000m peaks (k2, Broad Peak, G1, and G2) and the whole Baltoro region is just in front of you whole on the other site the ravishing Laila peak and Gondogoro valley will catch your imagination.

Participants need to extra vigilant and must watch every step while descending the top. The fixed ropes are used while descending Gondogoro la into Hushe valley. During early summer this part has snow so keep your crampons on if there is snow while after mid-summer it is mostly rocky so try to trek down without crampons. Our support crew is there always our guide will lead you from the front. Upon descending the pass, the trail becomes essay and straightforward till Khuspang Camp. We will camp at Khuspang camp (4600m) overnight in front of Laila peak.

  • Accommodation: tents on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included,

Today we will resume the trek back to Saicho camp. We start trekking on the Gondogoro glacier for an hour till Dalchanhpa. We will come across Masherbrum while this section of the trek. After lunch at Dalchangpa. We will resume trek to Saicho Camp through the pasture of Gondogoro and will camp at Siacho overnight. Siacho has comparatively better weather so we can wash and take a shower over there. It will be a trek of 5-6 hours today.

On this Day of k2 Gondogoro la trek, we will be back to civilization. we will resume the trek back to Hushe Valley. The last village of Ghanche District is known for its hospitality. It will take up to 5 hours to reach Hushe Village we can stay overnight at Hushe or travel to Skardu on the same day.

  • Accommodation: tents on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included,

Today our jeeps will take us back to Skardu city. At Skardu, it is time to wash, shopping, and excursion and the K2 Gondogoro la trek is concluded.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Rooms on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included,

This day is to compensate for delays in trekking. If you are according to the schedule of K2 Gondogoro la trek, then It is a free day you can enjoy your day at the hotel or visiting the local Bazar or we can arrange a short trip to a lake known as Kachura Lake in the outskirts of Skardu. A farewell Dinner will be held at a Good Restaurant at Skardu in honor of our guests. Guests are welcome to share their experience and recommendation about the trekking and services.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Rooms on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included,

Today we will fly back to the capital city of Pakistan Islamabad vie PIA flight.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Rooms on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included,

This day is reserved in case of flight cancellation to drive to Islamabad from Skardu. It will take almost 20 hours to drive from Skardu to Islamabad via Karakoram Highway or Naran Kaghan. In the case of a flight from Skardu to Islamabad, it is a free day in Islamabad. Where you can go to the old Rawalpindi City or Islamabad, shopping Bazars or Historical monuments.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Rooms on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included,

This is the last day of the K2 Gondogoro La Trek; our staff will transfer the trek participants to Islamabad Internal airport to say goodbye.

HIGHLIGHT

K2 Gondogoro La Trek Highlights

  • K2 Base Camp, Gilkey Memorial, and Broad Peak Base Camp,
  • A night camping at Concordia “the throne room of mountain gods”
  • 360-degree of Mountains at Concordia
  • Get up a close look at Gasherbrum, Marble Peak, Chogolisa, Baltoro Kangri, Sia Kangri, and Mitre Peak as well as hiding spurs of Gasherbrum 1 and 2 From Concordia
  • Close views of Muztagh and Masherbrum and Urdukas Peak from the Upper part of Baltoro Glacier
  • Close views of Cathedrals, Uli Biaho, Paju Peak, and Trango Tower from the lower Part of Baltoro Glacier
  • Trekking on Baltoro Glacier and Godwin Austin Glacier
  • Aerial view of k2, broad peak, Gasherbrum 1, Gasherbrum 2, Laila Peak, and many more
  • An Expedition style trekking
  • Vigne Glacier, Gondogoro Glacier
  • Gondogoro La / Gondogoro Pass 5600m
  • Gondogoro Peak
  • The stunning Laila Peak
  • Chogolisa Peak, Masherbrum peak from both sides
  • Amin Brak
  • Hushe Valley and its lifestyle
  • Views of Glaciers (e.g. Biafo, Vigne, Liligo, Dunge, Muztagh, Yermanendu, Mandu, and more).
  • glacial lakes, waterfalls, and streams
  • Many other peaks of above 5000 m peaks in Baltistan Valley
  • Balti Porter’s life and culture
  • Shigar Valley, Braldu Valley, and Skardu Valley
  • Khaplu Valley and Shyok River
  • Beautiful Pro-Tibetan culture and heritage of Balti people
  • Indus River, Shigar River, and Braldu River
  • A scenic flight over the Himalayas and Karakorum
  • The Karakoram Highway in case of Flight Cancellation
  • Delicious food of Pakistan
  • Sight-seeing in Islamabad or Rawalpindi.

SERVICES

Services Included For K2 Gondogoro La Trek

  • Implementation of all Covid SOPs
  • All domestic transportation Flight, Jeep, and Car
  • All accommodation during hotel stays on twin sharing basis
  • All accommodation during trekking days on twin sharing
  • Separate Room or Tent for Single Women Participant
  • Professional Guide and Supporting staff
  • Professional cooking staff and assistants
  • Best Porters team (Porter for personal luggage of 15kg)
  • All meals according to the itinerary
  • Trekking permit fee, Waste management fee, and toll and bridge charges
  • Satellite Phone for emergencies
  • Boiled water, snacks, cookies, and dry fruits every day during the trek
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Mess Tents, sleeping tents, toilet, and shower tents

Services Not Included For K2 Gondogoro La Trek

  • Personal Insurance
  • Visa and Fees but we can facilitate the visa process
  • International flights
  • Personal clothing (shoes, trousers, etc.)
  • Personal Equipment’s (Ice Axe, Crampons, Harness, Helmet, etc.) but we can arrange upon request
  • Extra hotel stays
  • Tips to Guides, cooks, and porters
  • Miscellaneous expenses not mentioned in services included
  • Anything else not mentioned in services included

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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