If you’ve been trekking for a while, you’ve likely heard of the legend of K2. One of the most remote and challenging expeditions around, K2 is the world’s second highest mountain. It’s also considered one of the toughest mountains to climb. But how hard is it to climb to K2 Base Camp? Is it still a challenge? Let us fill you in…
How hard is it to climb to K2 Base Camp?
Even though it’s not as challenging as the summit of K2 (8,611m), K2 Base Camp is a tough trek. At 5,400m, it’s no walk in the park! However, it’s definitely more manageable.
At Earth’s Edge, we give all of our expeditions a difficulty level. K2 Base Camp is a level 7 expedition. This means you can expect…
“An average of 6 to 8 hours per day at altitudes not usually exceeding 6,500 metres. Typically, it will involve one long day of 10 to 15 hours to reach a summit. Typical elevation gain per day would be 500 – 1000 meters, with at least one day over 1000 metres. Added to this will be the remote location of the expedition. As a rough guide, you should be comfortable hillwalking for 8 hours per day for two days in a row.”
It’s the same level as Mera Peak, if that helps.
What is the route to K2 Base Camp like?
Like with many of our other expeditions, we go a little off the beaten track. Unlike other trekking companies, we don’t retrace our steps once we’ve hit base camp. Instead, we head over the Boltoro Glacier and cross the Gondogoro La Pass (5,585m) which is actually higher than base camp. From there, we head into the Hushe Valley and get the absolute max out of the stunning Karakoram range.
This means you’ll be blessed with the most incredible sights over the course of the 24-day expedition.
How tough is the itinerary to K2 Base Camp?
Our expedition is 24 days, including 14 days of trekking. The itinerary includes a rest day for acclimatisation, which is crucial at this altitude. When you’re well rested and acclimatised, you’re in the best physical condition to continue. We also have a rest day in Concordia after base camp day, so we can make the most of our beautiful surroundings.
Don’t forget, we send an international doctor and guide on every single one of our expeditions. This means we offer unparalleled levels of safety.
If the idea of trekking to K2 Base Camp has you buzzing, you can read more about our expedition here.