K2 Expedition

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Tour Details

Group Size: 
2 pax--12 pax 

Travel Season: 

March to October


4 star hotel and camps 


chartered car or public bus


Listed in the itinerary


English-speaking local guides

Entrance Fees:

Entrance for the sites stated


K2 Expedition-Trekking to the Base-camp
K2 is the second highest summit in the world after Everest with an altitude of 8612 meters. This tour will let you explore the amazing peak in northern part of K2 in Xinjiang China.

Day 1:Urumuq/Kashgar    
Fly to Kashgar then check to meet the group and guide to prepare for climbing the mountain.
Overnight in Kashgar
Meal: D

Day2: Kashgar/Karglik(Yecheng)                
Take a ride to Yecheng and have a sound rest there before entering the mountainous region. On the way to Yecheng, you can view the unique way of life of local Uyghur. 
Overnight in Yecheng
Meals: BLD

Day3: Karglik(Yecheng)/Yilik ( about 290kilos) 
Take a ride to Akarz pass (3700m)and Maza Pass (4500m) along the Xinjiang-Tibet highway to Yilik, from where no road for the vehicles and our trekking begins. Our local porters and the camels will meet us there. Camping shall be set up at Yilik Valley. If we arrive there early enough, we could drive to a small nomadic village 8km away for a short visit 

Day4: Yilik/Camping site of River-joint(about 12km, about 4-6hours by trekking) 
Starting from Yilik, we shall hike southwest along the Valley towards K2. The valley is wide and deep, with some Kerkz minority stone houses scattered everywhere. In 8 hours we shall trek to the Camping site where the two rivers meet. Broad view, flat landscape and sufficient sources of water make the place ideal for a camping site. 

Day5: River-joint Camping site/No.1 Sheepfold Camping Site(about 10km, hiking about 6-8 hours) 
From the River-joint to the No.1 Sheepfold Camping site, we shall have two places to have a break. One is the section named as “ a glimpse of sky”, where the steep mountains press down from both sides, giving people a feeling of being at the bottom of a well and wrapped up. And the narrowest part is only 2-3 three meter wide. The other is the camping site of Yellow Stone Beach. Only 2 kilos away from the final destination. 

Day 6: No.1 Sheepfold Site/Agil pass (4870m)/No.1 Red-willow Site(about 15km, hiking about7-9hours) 
It is the hardest part of the entire route. And the terrain gradually ascends up and finally reaches the Agil Pass, the height increasing by 1000 m. The small crystal lake, highland grassland and snow-capped mountains afar will make your efforts worth it. Another challenge we will face today is to cross the Keleqing River, which is too wide and torrential to pass even for camel in Summer. Camping will be planted at No.1 Red-willow Site 

Day 7: No.1 Red-willow Site/ No.3 Red-willow Site(about 18km, hiking about 8-12 hours) 

Day8: No.3 Red-willow Site/BC of K2(about 12km, hiking about 6-8 hours) 

From No.3 Red-willow site we hike southwest for about 3km. we could see K2 standing far away in front of us-an exciting moment. Further ahead for less than10 km, we will arrive at the Base Camp of K2(altitude 3900m). We couldn't see K2 from BC, but it is a good site for camping. 

Day 9--16:BC of K2 / ABC(altitude 5160m) 
After one-day rest and acclimatization at BC we will hike with porters and camels to carry equipment from base camp to advance base camp along K2 glacier from the altitude 3900m to 5160m. ABC is one of the best points to see the K2 and take pictures of it. We are supposed to Camp everyday. 

Day17: Return back Yecheng
Take a ride back Yecheng to celebrate the success of climbing.
Overnight in Yecheng
Meals: BLD

Day18 Yecheng/Kashgar 

Take a ride to Kashgar, take a flight back Urumqi
Overnight in Urumqi
Meals: BLD

Day 19 Depart from Urumqi
Transfer to the airport to catch flight back home.
End of the tour
Meal: B

Population:3.1 million
Ürümqi is the capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China, in the northwest of the country. With a built up population of 3.1millions as of 2010 census (5 urban districts plus Midong), Ürümqi, whose name means "beautiful pasture" in the Mongolian language of the Dzungar people, is the largest city in China's western interior. Since the 1990s Ürümqi has developed economically and now serves as a regional transport node and commercial centre.
The largest city in western China, Ürümqi has earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the most remote city from any sea in the world. It is about 2,500 kilometers(1,600 mi) from the nearest coastline as Ürümqi is the closest major city to the Eurasian pole of inaccessibility. The city has an administrative area of10,989 square kilometres (4,243 sq mi) at an average elevation of 800metres (2,600 ft).
Although Ürümqi is situated near the northern route of the Silk Road, it is likely to be a relatively young city. According to Chinese scholars, during the 22nd year of Emperor Taizong's reign in the Tang Dynasty, AD 648, the Tang government set up the town of Luntai in the ancient town seat of Urabo, 10 kilometers from the southern suburb of present-day Ürümqi.
Thus, little is heard ofthe region following the Tang Dynasty in the Chinese texts until the Qing Dynasty conquest of Dzungaria in 1755 under the Emperor Qianlong. Qianlong Emperor named the expanded town of Luntai "Dihua", meaning "to enlighten." In 1884, the Guangxu Emperor established Xinjiang as a Province, with Dihua (today’s Urumuqi) as its capital. Following the founding of the People's Republic of China, on 1 February 1954, the city was renamed Ürümqi, meaning "beautiful pasture" in the Mongolian language of the Dzungar people.

Kashgar (Kashi) 喀什
Province: Xinjiang
Population: 210,000
Kashgar or Kashi is an oasis city with approximately 350,000 residents in the western part of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. Kashgar is the administrative centre of Kashgar Prefecture which has an area of 162,000 km²and a population of approximately 3.5 million. Located in the western extremity of China, the city covers an area of 15 km² at the altitude averages 1,289m/4,282 ft. above sea level.
Kashgar has been an important trading centre since the days of the Silk Road, and still is today. The road from Eastern and Central China branches out to both the north and south of the Taklamakan Desert, and Kashgar is where the two branches meet again in the western part of the desert. The local population is a mixture of Uyghurs, Han Chinese, Kyrgyz, Tajiks and Uzbeks, boasting a colorful ethnic variety. The majority residents are Uyghurs in Kashgar. The Uyghurs employed an alphabet based upon the Syriacand borrowed from the Nestorian, but after converting to Islam widely used also an Arabic script. They spoke a dialect of Turkic claimed to be preserved in the Kudatku Bilik, a moral treatise composed in 1065.

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