4WD or Van, & camels
K2 is the second highest mountain in the world and, needless to say, offers some excellent trekking.
We can make all necessary arrangements for those wanting to trek through the surrounding mountains to K2 Base Camp on the Chinese side. We also arrange climbing expeditions for K2 ascent.
If you’re interested in K2 treks on the Pakistan side, we can arrange those as well!
Our guide will meet you at the Tourgat Pass and accompany you to Kashgar where you’ll check in to the Qinibagh Bagh Hotel. Total distance is 170Km (106 Miles), about 5 hours driving plus China immigration and custom.
Explore the rich, endless culture of the Uighurs in Kashgar. Visit the largest bazaar in Central Asia at the Kashgar Sunday market, spend time by the Id Kah mosque, the largest mosque in China and marvel at the intricate architecture of Kashgar’s historic Apak hoja tomb. We’ll also spend time today in the Kashgar old town and have dinner with a local Uighur family. Stay at Qinibagh
Drive from Kashgar to Kargilik along the edge of the Taklamakan desert through many of the oasis Uighur towns that dot its edge. Kargilik’s central square is an eclectic mix of local teahouses, fruit and egg sellers all under the shadow of the large mosque to one side
A short drive takes us from Kargilik to Ilik which is the starting point of our trek. At Ilik we will meet out camels and camel drivers to begin our hike into the desert. Overnight camping in the desert under the clearest night sky imaginable.
The adventure begins! Trek for four – five hours toward the confluence of the Zug Shaksgam and Surukwat Rivers where we will make camp for the night. ‘Confluence’ is called ‘Liangcha’ in Chinese.
Our trek begins today with a short ascent to the Aghil Pass (4779m). The trail climbs through an ancient Kirgiz village on route and our camp will be to the north side of the pass. Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours
After reaching the summit of the Aghil Pass, we descend to the Shaksgam River which we cross and camp on the far side. If the weather permits today, we will have a good view of Gashebrum l and 2 and Broad Peak from near the Pass.
Trek for four – six hours at a leisurely pace along the Shaksgam river and camp nearby. If the weather permits we will have our first good view of K2 from our camping site.
Ascend for four – six hours to the Chinese base camp of K2 at 3800m. Few sights on earth incur such feeling as the might of the second highest mountain on Earth towering over
Push onto to Advance Base Camp offering stupendous views of the mountain and surrounds
Time to relax, trek and hike around one of the highest Base Camps in the world.
Return to the Shakgam River Retire from Advance Base Camp and head back to the Shaksgam River to camp and catch a breather after several days at altitude
Trek four – six hours along the Shaksgam river and make camp downstream
Returning from one high point, doesn’t mean that others don’t need to be crossed as we re-conquer the Aghili Pass back to Ilik.
Is the adventure over? Not quite. Today we trek six – eight hours to Ilik where our trek might be over but the adventure not quite.
Today we drive back to Kargilik and stay overnight at a recommended hotel.
Return to Kashgar alongside the shifting dunes of the desert and stay overnight on the crossroads of Asia