Thursday, November 16, 2017

K2 Alternate Treks

So I have been looking into K2 and completely ignoring all the first steps I need to take in order to train for the trip (typical me).  The first thing I have learned is that the trekking season seems to be between May and October which pairs well with the vacation schedule here in the US so that is good.

The second thing I learned is that if I want to go to base camp I need to set aside 3 whole weeks for the trek. Most treks are between 21-22 days which doesn't include flights (from LAX it looks like it will take me two days to get to Skardu, the jumping off point of the Karakorum.

I seriously doubt my employer would let me travel the world for three weeks so I need something more in the 7-10 day range. Enter the K2 viewpoint solution.

I won't get right next to K2 but I can get close. The Internet is a powerful tool but man is it short on details about treks that will get me close to K2. Here are a few I have found so far.

Iqbal Trek:

A 10 day trek leading up to the Iqbal Top which has amazing views of not only K2 but Broad Peak and GI and GII. This seems like an easy, short trek but what that actually means is tough to determine from online posts.

Burgeh La Trek:

This sounds like a really fun trek. You trek through villages so you get the experience of high alpine living and you also get to camp in many historical sites, following the trail of Geofrey Vigne.

The downside of my research is coming across State Department travel warnings about traveling in Pakistan:

Has anyone traveled there recently and how are you viewing the security situation there?

So what do you guys think? Should I do a viewpoint trek or should I get myself to base camp? Does anyone know anything about these trek companies and/or these treks? Let me know in the comments as I continue to explore!


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