K2 Base Camp From China The north base camp of K2 lies in a remote corner of China's Xingjiang province. Only a handful of people have ever travelled to this isolated mountain wilderness on the north side of the Karakoram range. Recently opened to foreigners this is one of the most unspoilt and least visited parts of the entire Himalayas. The mighty Shagskam river drains the waters flowing north from the great Karakoram peaks and carves a deep channel through the mountainous landscape. The valleys here are at a much lower altitude than those on the Pakistan side of the range, giving a far greater vertical height gain to the high summits. Many thousands of trekkers and climbers have seen the majestic Karakoram 8000m peaks from the Pakistan side, but few have ventured on the long trek through China to view K2, Broad Peak and the Gasherbrums from the north. Come along for the trip of a lifetime! Hike to the base camp (Chinese side) of K2, the world’s second tallest mountain (28,251 ft). Along the way experience the raw, breathtaking beauty of nature in a world unspoiled by human habitation. Our camel-supported trek involves daily hikes of 4 to 10 hours ranging in heights from 11,000 to almost 16,000 ft. At the beginning and tail end of our trek there will also be some time to explore the fabled, silk road trading hub of Kashgar.
Spring & Autumn
Day 1: Kashgar: Introductions & Getting Aquanted
We’ll start the tour off by meeting you at the Kashgar airport, transfer to the hotel in Kashgar where we’ll have a breif meeting for introductions of our hikers and the K2 Guide as well as discuss any important information about the upcoming 3 week K2 Trekking Adventure. You’ll be staying at the Qinibake Hotel or the Seman Hotel, 2 beautiful locations.
Day 2: Kashgar Sightseeing (B)
Visit the Mausoleum of Abakh Khoja dating from the mid-1600s; the beautiful tiled mausoleum contains the tombs of five generations of the Afaqi family, important figures in the development of Islam in China. Also visit the 15th century Id Kah Mosque, the largest in China. In the afternoon, pay a visit of the bazaar which is a good place to buy carpets, silk scarves, pashminas, and souvenirs. Stay in hotel.
Day 3: Kashgar/Yecheng (about 260km, by jeep, altitude 1289m, BLD)
On the first full day of our K2 Tour we will drive across some small Ugur counties and along the southwest border of Takelamagan Desert to Yecheng, a small but very important border county and starting point of Xinjiang-Tibet highway (the so-called highway is the highest altitude, the worst conditioned and dangerous road in the world. But don’t worry! Our K2 Guide will get you there safetly! The altitude of the highest pass on the way is Jieshan pass 6730m). In the evening you’ll stay in the simple hostel in the county.
Day 4: Yecheng/Yilik/River-joint Camping site (about 320km, by jeep，altitude 3800m, BLD)
The Road ends here today. We will drive over Akarz pass (3700m)and Maza Pass (4500m) along the Xinjiang-Tibet highway to river-joint camping site. Camping at the two rivers joint camping site.
Day 5: River-joint Camping site/No.1 Sheepfold Camping Site(about 16km, hiking about 7-8 hours，altitude 4300m, BLD)
Today we will hike southwest along the Valley towards K2. Today will give us a beautiful 6-8 hour hike. At day’s end we’ll set up camp at Sheepfold Camping Site and relax with dinner cooked over an open fire.
Day 6: No.1 Sheepfold Site/Agil pass (4900m)/No.1 Red-willow Site(about 15km, hiking about7-9hours, altitude 3700m, BLD)
You don’t go trekking K2 unless you are expecting some challenge and adventure. Well, today you’ll get that. Day 6 is the hardest day of hiking. We will hike straight up for a little less than 1000m in height to the Agil pass. Keep in mind, though, that the small crystal lake, highland grassland and snow mountain afar will make the hardship worth. Today we’ll also face the exciting challenge of crossing the Keleqing River. We’ll set up camp at the No 1. Red-Willow Camp site.
Day 7: No.1 Red-willow Site/ No.3 Red-willow Site (about 18km, hiking about 8-12 hours, altitude 3700m, BLD )
Day 8: No.3 Red-willow Site/BC of K2 (about 12km, hiking about 6-8 hours，altitude 3980, BLD )
From No.3 Red-willow site we’ll hike southwest for about 3km. We’ll see K2 standing far away in front of us-an exciting moment. Further ahead for less than10 km, we will arrive at the Base Camp of K2(altitude 3900m). We won’t be able to see K2 from this BC, but it is a great site for camping.
Day 9-13: BC of K2 / Italian Camp (Karatash, altitude 4700m)) /BC of K2 ( about 44 Km, hiking about 24 hours, BLD)
After one-day rest to acclimatize to the altitude at BC or a side trek to see Soughat Glaciers and Huang Guan peak. and we will hike with porters and camels to carry equipment from base camp to advance base camp along K2 glacier from the altitude 3900m to 5160m. ABC is one of the best points to see the K2 and take pictures of it. We are supposed to Camp everyday.
Day 14-17: BC of K2/ Yellow Rock (BLD)
With our camels carrying the equipment we’ll head back to Yellow Rock over 5 days with camping under the stars every night.
Day 18: Yellow Rock/Yilik/Yecheng (about 8-9km, 3 hours hiking, BLD)
Hiking about 3 hours to Yilik. Then drive back to Yecheng. Stay in local hotel.
Day 19: Yecheng/Kashgar (BLD)
Drive back to Kashgar, stay in Kashgar Hotel. Have a good shower and rest after the long expedition. Stay in Qinibake or Seman Hotel.
Day 20: Final Departure.
Free until airport or train time. Drop to airport or station for final departure