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- Expedition Grade
Despite it’s modern-day troubles, Pakistan is a country with a tremendously rich cultural and historical heritage. Home to many ancient cultures and kingdoms and ruled by numerous empires and dynasties over thousands of years, its impressive archeology, flavorsome cuisine and ethnic diversity all reflect the many varied influences on its past.
It is undoubtedly a country that has much to offer visitors who are prepared to go beyond the negative headlines and discover a land of welcoming people, natural wonders and architectural splendours. In fact, Pakistan’s absence from the tourist trail, has meant that its many attractions have remained outside of the influence and impact of mass tourism; unspoilt and now largely open to those willing to explore a little further.
There is no more rewarding area to visit, particularly for lovers of remote, epic treks, than the Karakoram mountains in northern Pakistan. An extension of the Greater Himalaya, the range is some 250 miles long and a glittering tangle of granite peaks and gigantic glaciers. In fact, the Karakoram contains the greatest concentration of ice outside the Polar Regions. It also contains four of the world’s 8,000m peaks with K2, the highest of them all at 8,611m.
At the heart of the Karakoram is Concordia - the confluence of the mighty Baltoro Glacier and the Godwin-Austen Glacier - around which are clustered the awe-inspiring peaks of K2, Broad Peak and Gasherburn I And II. The trek to reach Concordia is justifiably considered one of the classic walks of the world and we are delighted to be able to offer it again and take you to the foot of the world’s second highest mountain on our K2 Base Camp Trek. Our K2 & gongodoro La trek also reaches Concordia but then continues beyond to cross the Gongodgoro La pass. This is a true expedition trek – wild, remote, challenging and immensely rewarding.
Read a fascinating account of trekking to K2 Base Camp in our blog article - Looking back on an epic journey to K2.
Another incredibly remote and scenically stunning trekking option in the Karakoram, is the region around Snow Lake where the Biafo and Hispar glaciers meet. Surrounded by numerous unexplored and unnamed peaks, this area was considered one of the last ‘blanks on the map’ of early Himalayan exploration. It was also thought to be the last stronghold for many animals such as the Himalayan bear, ibex and the snow leopard. Our trek to Snow Lake – the Last Blank on the Map, traverses glaciers and crosses high passes in the shadow of magnificent peaks up to 7,315m high, making it truly a trek for aficionados of tough, spectacular, high mountain trekking.View our holidays here