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Askole Valley

Askole Valley is a destination located about 85 kilometers from Skardu, Pakistan. Askole Village, Pakistan’s highest and most remote village meadows, the last human settlement before trek up to Baltoro Glacier to Concordia.

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Askole village is located around 85 kilometres from Skardu. Askole village is the highest and most remote village in Pakistan. It is the last human element before you head up to Baltoro Glacier to Concordia, Earth’s highest and longest glacier. The Askole village is the famous gateway to Earth’s Great Mountain and the longest glacier outside the polar region.

Askole village is the first starting point of the trek to Biafo Glacier, Baltrori Glacier, and Chogtai Glacier. Askole village is the gateway to K2, Gasherbrum, Broad Peak, Uli Biaho Tower, Muztagh Towers, and many more.

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Askole- A Climber’s Paradise

For your journey from Skardu to Askole, jeeps are available at Skardu. North of Skardu lies on Valley of Shigar, a landscape of gentle and smiling fields dominated by a dreamy wooden village and an ancient carved mosque. Now the road climbs even higher, and the valley walls close only until you reach Askole valley. A narrow valley bowl that isn’t wider than four of five kilometres.

This area is encircled by a range of snow-capped peaks that reach the highest of over 5000m. They look like they will fall over and crash on the lost horizon. Askole is the starting point for the assault on the mountains of Concordia.

Uniqueness of land

This area is unique because of its location. It is located on the point of the last village before the expedition begins for huge mountains and glaciers. This place offers porters for tours, and you can get different facilities here. Askole is the main gateway to four of the world’s highest 14 peaks, known as the eight-thousanders.

People of Askole Valley

In a small village like Askole, religion keeps these individuals connected. This land is sparse, and villagers are pretty flashy. Most work as porters and only supply trains for huge mountaineering expeditions. Askole is on the Karakoram Mountains’ foothills, several hours from a jeep at the nearest town named Skardu. Although it is the gateway for Baltoro glacier and the popular trail to Concordia, the village could be in a better state. Because of its remote location, it needs to be addressed by the central authorities.

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Education/literacy rate

This village has a school with 270 students. There are eight teachers, the government pays three, the community pays 2, and the remaining 3 are volunteers.

Famous Mountains and their landscape

The many famous expeditions are launched to these mountains from Askole:

  • K2 is the second-highest one in the world at 8,611m.
  • Gasherbrum I is the 11th highest in the world at 8,080m.
  • Broad Peak is the 12th highest in the world at 8,047m.
  • Gasherbrum II is the 13th highest in the world at 8,035m.
  • Gasherbrum III, 7,946m.
K2 Basecamp Trek -Throne Room of The Mountain Gods

K2 Basecamp Trek – Throne Room of The Mountain Gods

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Difficulty: Level 9
Trip Style: Basecamp / Hard / Trekking
Trip Length: 19 Days
Max Elevation: 4510m/14800ft (more)

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Max elevation

HYDRATION

There is a correlation between daily fluid intake and successful acclimatization and you must pay particular attention to hydration during trekking at high altitudes. On treks to 3000 meters and above most people will need to drink between 4 and 6 liters each day to achieve suitable hydration levels and you must adopt a responsible approach to achieving this target.

ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS

Before embarking on a trek to high altitude it is important that you familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and that you report any illness to your tip leader straight away. See the links at the bottom of this page for further reading on AMS.

DIAMOX

There are a number of untested herbal remedies which claim to prevent mountain sickness. However, only one drug is currently known to have a useful role in preventing AMS and to be safe for this purpose: acetazolamide (Diamox). We recommend that you carry Diamox in your first aid kit for treks where you spend an extended period above 4000m. Diamox can only be obtained from a medical professional on prescription and it is important that you first consult your own doctor so that you know there are no contra indications with other medicines you may be taking and that you do not have an allergy to acetazolamide. Diamox commonly causes some minor side effects, such as tingling fingers and toes, or a metallic taste in the mouth, but more severe reactions are rare. On trek, the decision whether or not and when, you should take Diamox as with any drug, will rest solely with you. If you intend to take Diamox, you must familiarize yourself with the appropriate dosage and regime prior to coming on the trip. The links at the bottom of this page will provide further information on the use of Diamox as an aid to acclimatization.

Travelling to high altitudes is not something you need to be scared of. Every year thousands of people enjoy the most amazing experiences in the world's greatest mountain ranges. Altitude sickness is entirely preventable if you follow very simple rules and procedures. Please make sure you are aware of these before you travel.

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
The hike up to our campsite is a moderate 6 miles and 1400ft of elevation gain. The scramble up to Pyramid Ridge can be steep and difficult, but very adventurous and with just light day packs.Hiking

Distances
6-10 miBackpack Weight
25-35 lbsTerrain
Moderately RuggedMax Daily Elev. Gain
1950 ftHeights Exposure
Moderate

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information. Backpack Weight ratings are estimates that account for Wildland-provided gear, guest clothing, personal items and a share of group food. By packing light it’s often possible to stay on the lower end of the weight range. Pack weights also decrease during the trip.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 25-35 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
  • Hiking uphill off trail with a 8-12 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
  • Hiking with moderate heights exposure

To show the relative difficulty of our adventure holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most challenging. Our simple, colour-coded grade symbol provides an indication of the difficulty of each trip.

Clearly, there are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular holiday, including, length of day, terrain, type of accommodation, altitude and weather conditions. Since some of these factors are necessarily changeable, any system of grades can only provide a general indication. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please read the detailed Trip Notes and if you are still unsure, please do not hesitate to contact us

GREEN 1 - 4 LEISURELY

Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

YELLOW 5 - 7 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

RED 08 - 10 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involve many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness experience is essential.

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
The hike up to our campsite is a moderate 6 miles and 1400ft of elevation gain. The scramble up to Pyramid Ridge can be steep and difficult, but very adventurous and with just light day packs.Hiking

Distances
6-10 miBackpack Weight
25-35 lbsTerrain
Moderately RuggedMax Daily Elev. Gain
1950 ftHeights Exposure
Moderate

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information. Backpack Weight ratings are estimates that account for Wildland-provided gear, guest clothing, personal items and a share of group food. By packing light it’s often possible to stay on the lower end of the weight range. Pack weights also decrease during the trip.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 25-35 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
  • Hiking uphill off trail with a 8-12 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
  • Hiking with moderate heights exposure
DIFFICULTY LEVEL

To show the relative difficulty of our adventure holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most challenging. Our simple, colour-coded grade symbol provides an indication of the difficulty of each trip.

Clearly, there are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular holiday, including, length of day, terrain, type of accommodation, altitude and weather conditions. Since some of these factors are necessarily changeable, any system of grades can only provide a general indication. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please read the detailed Trip Notes and if you are still unsure, please do not hesitate to contact us

GREEN 1 - 4 LEISURELY

Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

YELLOW 5 - 7 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

RED 08 - 10 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involve many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness experience is essential.