K2 peak, locally known by the name of ?Chogo Ri ? which means "The Great Mountain", 8,611m, is the 2nd highest mountain in the world. K2 is taken from the first letter of Karakorum, and the number indicates that it was the second peak in the range to be measured. K2 is placed on the Pakistan - China border in the mighty Karakoram range.
With no simple routes, K2 is known as the finest and most dangerous mountain in the world. This is because of the massiveness in the size of this mountain and the numerous unsuccessful attempts made on it by various expeditions, which include mostly American expeditions(K2 Expeditions & Attempts list is available at the end of the page) . K2 was firstly climbed on July 31st, 1954 by Italian climbers team lead by Ardito Desio and accompanying him were Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni. It was first reached from north side from China in 1982 by Japanese, a feat that has rarely been repeated.
K2 Expedition Overview
Kashgar--Yecheng--Yilik--base camp --advance base camp--base camp--Yilik--yecheng--Kashgar
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. The walk to her north base camp is an absolute classic, encompassing what is arguably the most extra-ordinary display of alpine scenery on the planet. It is a must do trek for mountain connossieurs, and rightly listed as one of the world's Top 5 mountain walks.
This outing combines a trek up to K2 base camp and China cultural exploration. We will trek along rivers, over a 16,000-foot pass, and up to the K2 Glacier. This hike is very strenuous, but camels will haul your overnight gear, food, , so you carry only a small daypack. You will ride a camel across one or more rivers. The route is one of the most unspoiled 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. So here you may experience breathtaking nature sceneries of the Karakorum Mountains range both high peak and pure and quiet lake. The landscape of the area is unique with the longest glaciers in China(about 40.2 kilometers),crystal snow-capped peaks around lush valleys.
During our journey to K2,we also will visit the Kashgar, the most attraction in central Asia in the long history and the Silk Road for the famous scenic spots and historical sites and the Islamic architectures, centrak Asia Sunday Barzaar.