1 Group departs
2 Arrival in Islamabad.
3 The entire day will be spent in Rawalpindi.
4 Travel by bus over the Karokorum Highway pass to
Chiles. Starting in Besham, a small market town,
after lunch at the PTDC-Hotel the most impressive
part of the drive begins through the dizzying
5 Visit the wall paintings along the silk road
near Chilas. Another varied and interesting eight
hour drive past Nanga Parbat to Skardu (2,280 m).
6 In a half an hour by jeep, the group will reach
lake Satpara with its crystal clear water; here
the group will go on a half day acclimatization
hike which includes a great view of the first
mountains in the Karakorum range.
7 Again by jeep, the group will pass through the
charming Shiger Valley pass Dasu to reach the
Braldu gorge. Depending on conditions, the street
may be passable all the way to Askole, the last
village in civilization. Should flooding be a
problem, our final destination by jeep may be
Thongal (2,885 m)
8 - 13 Our seven day approach trek begins. Over
Jhola, Korophon (3,025 m) and Chobolak (3,140 m)
the trail leads us first to Paiju along the Braldu
(3,370 m), a green oasis; here we can already get
a glimpse of the Baltoro glacier and the Trango
Towers. At this point, Balti carriers prepare for
the long glacier march; Tschapatis (flat bread) is
baked ahead in order to stock up, and normally at
this occasion a goat is slaughtered. We now enter
the 60 kilometer long Baltoro glacier; further
stations along the way are called: Khoborsey
(3,780 m), Urdukas (4,050 m), Goro I (4,150 m)
and, finally, Concordia Place (4,650 m). Suddenly,
in front of us, is one of the largest glacier
rivers on earth which is over 30 kilometers wide.
A few meters further is the gigantic predominate
structure of K2 (8611 m) which juts 4,000 altitude
meters towards the heavens; then, we can see our
destination, Broad Peak (8,047 m). From Concordia
Place it is another two hours to reach base camp
(4,900 m) on the side morains of the
14 and 15 Two rest days have been planned which
can be used to set-up base camp and to become
16 - 42 Twenty-eight days are available for the
actual climbing of Broad Peak.
For a small team of
climbers in a big mountain, carrying all their
equipment themselves, pitching their own camps in
the classical fashion, and all this done without
supplementary oxygen.. It will be fairly hard.
First and foremost,
during the first couple of days, the route to Camp
one (6,000 m) must set, which, at the end,
goes up a 200 meter couloir which sometimes as
steep as 50 degrees. Camp two (7,000 m) will be
reached by climbing over ice terraces and short
rocky out-cropings. Here, as well, there are many exposed
Finally, Camp three (7,400 m) will be reached by
climbing much less exposed glacier slopes with a
few rocky sections; the length of this section is
approximately 400 altitude meters. The summit is
now in front of us; first through a stepening
couloir in the wind-gap between the main and
central summit, then across a ridge which is
partially exposed at the end; there is very little
altitude gain at the end.
K2, next to us, is higher; the entire Karakorum
range is below us.
reaching the summit, the camps will be taken down
and all the garbage will be transported back to
base camp on the way down.
43 - 46 Four days will be needed to return to
Skardu via Gondokoro La. Accomodations, as before,
in K2 Motel.
47 and 48 Flight back to Rawalpindi. Depending on
the weather, it might be necessary to drive back
down the Karakorum Highway to Rawalpindi.
49 Debriefing in the Ministry of Tourism and free
time in Rawalpindi (or a reserve day in case the
flights or drive across the Karakorum delay us).
50 Departure in the morning on a British Airways
flight. Arrival in Frankfurt in the evening.