Whit climb of Ihakora Peak 6172m
Our expeditions are always led by expert IFMGA Certified Mountain Guides

From the 6th to the 28 of June 2020

A trekking in one of the sanctuaries of mountaineering, made of big glaciers surrounded by steep rock walls and high peaks that seems to touch the sky.

On our way, after getting the K2 base camp, we’ll also climb the Ihakora peak 6172m: from the summitwe’ll have the opportunity to admire the view of hundred of amazing mountains: among others,Trango Towers,Mustagh Tower, Masherbrum, Chogolisa, Gasherbrum, Broad Peak andK2 8611 m.

From K2 base camp, through the difficult Gondokoro Pass 5650 m and the wild and remote Hushe Valley, we’ll be finally back in Skardu, capital of Baltistan.

Travel Program

1stDay

Milan – Islamabad flight

International flight to Islamabad

2ndDay

​Landing in Islamabad and Islamabad-Skardu

Depending on the weather conditions, once in Islamabad, we’ll fly to Skardu. Otherwise, transfer to the hotel, and in the afternoon visit to the city. Accomodation in Hotel

3rdDay

Visit to the city of Skardu or Islamabad - Chilas

Relax day in Skardu. Visit to the city and the Bazaar. Otherwise departure from Islamabad by private minibus to Chilas through the legendary Karakorum Highway. 470 km - 12/14 hours. Accommodation in Hotel.

4thDay

​Rest day in Skardu or Chilas – Skardu

If we had to travel by private minibus, we’ll continue our journey along the banks of Indus River at the feet of Nanga Parbat 8125m, in order to get the city of Skardu. 280 km - 10 hours.

5thDay

​Skardu – Askole (3000m)

Today we’ll travel by jeep through the amazing Braldu Valley in order to get Askole 2970 m, starting point of our trekking. We’ll spend the nightin the camp 110 km - 6/7 hours driving.

6thDay

​Askole – Jula (3100m)

The trekking begins. We’ll walk along the banks of Braldu river crossing Biafo glacier up to the first camp site: Jula. 6/7 hours walking

7thDay

​Jula – Payù (3500m)

We will reach the oasis of Payù Camp site. From here we can admire the front of Baltoro glacier, the Payù Peak 6600m, the Trango Towers 6617m and Uli Biafo Tower 6527m. 7 hours.

8thDay

​Rest day in Payù

Rest and acclimatization.

9thDay

Payù – Urdukas (4000m)

Today we will walk on the low part of Baltoro glacier, surrounded by masses of sharp granite towers. At the end of this long day, we’ll get the beautiful Urdukas Camp, located in the middle of big boulders, on the last grassland of the valley. 9 hours.

10thDay

​Urdukas – Gore (4500m)

Our path continue on the glacier: today we’ll have a fantastic view on Masherbrum 7821m and Muzthag-Tower 7527m. 5/6 hours

11thDay

​Gore – Concordia Circus (m 4750)

Concordia Circus welcomes us with incredibleview all around: Gasherbrum IV 7980m, Broad Peak 8048m, K2 8611m. 4/5 hours.

12thDay

Rest day in Concordia

Rest and acclimatization day.

13thDay

​Concordia – Base camp of Broad Peak (4900m)

We’ll start walking along the Goldwin Austin glacier to the Broad Peak base camp, where climbers are preparing this challenging ascent. 4/5 hours.

14thDay

Base camp of Broad Peak – Base Camp of K2 (5000m) – Concordia Circus

We’ ll start walking through the upper part of Godwin Austin Glacier to the first goal of our yourney: the Base Camp of K2. Back to Concordia Circus 7/8 hours.

15thDay

Concordia Circus – Ali camp (5100m)

Today we leave Baltoro glacier and begin to climb up Vigne glacier. On our way to Ali Camp we’ll be surrounded by Gasherbrum and the huge Chogolisa m 7549. 5/6 hours.

16thDay

​Ali camp – Ihakora Peak 6172 m

We’ll start the climbing around 1 a.m. We’ll get the summit by sunrise and, from there, we’ll have a breathtaking view of the hundreds of mountains around us: among others, Trango Towers, Mustagh Tower, Masherbrum, Chogolisa, Gasherbrum, Broad Peak and K2 8611 m. We’ll be back to Ali Camp around 10 in the morning. 8/9 hours.

17thDay

​Ali camp – Gondogoro La (5650m) – Kisphang (4850m)

Another early start: we will leave in the middle of the night in order to reach Gondogoro Pass by sunrise. A steep descent leads us to Kisphang Camp in the Hushe valley. 8 hours.

18thDay

Kisphang – Sayechu (3600m)

We’ll continue downhill along the moraine, with a wonderful view of Laila peak and Masherbrum glaciers. As we’ll continue our descent, the valley start to be green again, with cedars, tamarisks and rose roses 7/8 hours.

19thDay

Sayechu – Hushe (m 3300) - Skardu

In our last day of trekking, we’ll walk down green fields to Hushe village. Transfer by jeep to Skardu. 3 hours + 5/6 hours jeep transfer.

20thDay

​Skardu – Islamabad

Depending on the weather conditions, flight to Islamabad or get by minibus to Chilas.

21stDay

​Islamabad

Visit to the city or transfer Chilas-Islamabad.

22ndDay

Islamabad-Rawalpindi

Debriefing and visit to the city. In the night transfer to the airport and flight back home.

23rdDay

Islamabad-Milan

Landing in Milan

More details

The schedule may be subject to change under unforeseen circumstaces.

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Info Ascensione

The climb to the Ihakora peak is optional: who doesn’t want to climb Ihakora peak, can stay at the camp and have a rest day or do a short hiking around Ali Camp.

Meanwhile Ihakora Peak south summit 6095m doesn’t present high technical difficulties, the climbing of the north summit involve 50° steep slopes and snow ridges.

The path through Gondogoro Pass 5650m is completely equipped with fixed rope.

Difficulties

PD / A little difficult

Skills required

Excellent physical shape, good training and practice in the use of ice axe and crampons are required, Good spirit of adventure is needed.

Duration, Participants and Deadline

Duration Min Max Deadline
23 days 6 10 29/04/2020

Equipements

Expedition equipment. The full list will be provided with the detailed informations

Documents

Passport expiring six months after the return date and tourism entry visa. Lyskamm 4000 can deal with practices for obtaining visas

Vaccination

No mandatory vaccinations are required

Prices

Rate details

WHAT’S INCLUDED: Support and assistance of a certified UIAGM Mountain Guide. Services provided by local tourist agency: transfer from and to the airport, inland transports (depending on weather conditions return flight Islamabad-Skardu or transfer by private bus through the Karakoram Highway), briefing to the tourist Ministery, full board with accommodation in two places tent, sirdar, chef, canteen tent, toilet tent, table, dishware and chairs during the trekking, porters for the transport of food and equipment, personal porter (max 15kg), trekking, climbing and camping permits fees. Half board with accommodation in hotels or guest houses (double rooms) in Skardu and Islamabad. Travel insurance (luggage, medical assistance, repatriation) provided by Innovation Viaggi or other italian travel agency.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED: International return flights (Lyskamm4000 will book and buy your ticket), pakistani visa (around 100 €), lunches in the cities, tips, drinks, personal equipment and gears, other optional insurance (high mountain injury, travel cancelation), everything is not mentioned in “WHAT’S INCLUDED”.