K-2 is also known as Chogori in the Baltistan region, Gilgit Baltistan. Chogori is a Balti language word in which Chogo means Heaghiest likewise Ri means mountain, Balti is the language of the Baltistan region of Pakistan, Kargil and Ladakh region of India and Tibet region of China. K-2 is located in the Shigar district which was an earlier division of the Skardu district of the Baltistan region.
K-2 is the second-highest mountain in the world. Its height is almost 8611m above sea level. The K2 is only eight thousand meters peak which is never climbed by anyone during the winter or from its eastern face. It is an amazing destination for trekking.
Although the peak of Everest is the high altitude, the K2 is a more difficult and dangerous climb, which is because of its more severe weather and relatively greater altitude from base to peak.
Hassan Sadpara was the first person from Baltistan who climbed K2 without oxygen.
K-2 Winter Summit
The mountain could be climbed in summer, but it did not allow anyone to step on it in winter. On 16 January 2021, after forty years of continuous efforts, a highly trained expedition of Nepali Sherpas stepped on the peak of K2 in winter, and fortunately their wind speed (0km to 5km/h) on Summit day. It was 5 kilometers per hour one of the best days in the history of K2.
This year in January and February 2021 the largest ever a number of mountaineers are attempting to climb K2 and Broad Peak during winter. The renowned mountaineer Muhammad Ali Sadpara and his son are also part of the winter expeditions. Muhammad Ali Sadpara has been missing after summiting K2 in winter without oxygen. Renowned Pakistani mountaineer Muhammad Ali Sadpara along with two other climbers John Snorri from Iceland and JP Mohr from Chile is reported to be missing during their winter ascent on K2 and contact with the 3 member expedition has not been established since Friday 5th Feb 2021. A rescue operation in search of the mountaineers has been launched.
The scenery of Karakorum is best as we can view the unique glimpse of the giants of Karakorum from Concordia and la top.
Distance and Track
Islamabad to Shigar
After reaching Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, it almost takes 45 mins flight to Travel Skardu by Air. After Skardu trekkers have to travel to a small village Askole of District Shigar its a 7-8 hour ‘jeep’ ride.
Shigar to K-2
Askoli is the last village of Shigar district before K-2., next is the trek to Jhola its a fairly easy part crossing villages and fields. Next part Paiyo about 8 hours from Jhola this is a beautiful campsite. The most difficult part of trekking is to Urundas about 10 hours or more taking a stop at Khobursay, again views are amazing Trango series are in front and trekking on Baltoro glacier, after Urundas it was easy stopping at Ghoro 1 and night stay at Ghoro 2, then on to Concordia, it was as you were in middle of greatness, surrounded by the K2, broad peak, Masherbrum, Gasherbrum and on the other side Snowdome.