One of the most remote treks in the world, the expedition to K2 Base Camp takes you right to the base of the second biggest mountain on the planet. This incredible trip weaves through awe-inspiring scenery, culminating with one of the best views from a base camp, with 10 of the world’s 30 highest peaks all visible on a clear day. If this sounds like your idea of heaven, then our ultimate guide to K2 Base Camp will answer all of your questions…
Ultimate Guide to K2 Base Camp
- How hard is it to trek K2 Base Camp?
- How long does it take?
- Is it safe to trek K2 Base Camp?
- How much does it cost?
- How do I cope with altitude sickness?
- What do I need to pack?
- How do I train for K2 Base Camp?
How hard is it to trek K2 Base Camp?
At Earth’s Edge, we give all of our expeditions a difficulty level. K2 Base Camp is a level 7, which means it’s a tough challenge. You can expect to trek an average of 6 to 8 hours per day at altitudes not usually exceeding 6,500 metres.
Read more about how hard it is to climb K2 Base Camp in our blog post.
How long does it take?
The Earth’s Edge expedition to K2 Base Camp takes 24 days. We spend 14 days out of 24 trekking, and have days built in for rest and acclimatisation. They are incredibly important when it comes to a successful and safe trek.
Read more about how long it takes to trek K2 Base Camp in our blog post.
Is it safe to trek K2 Base Camp?
While K2 is an exceptionally tough mountain to climb, trekking to the Base Camp is far safer. But safety is our number one concern at Earth’s Edge. We trek with an exceptional team, from both Pakistan and Ireland/UK. We send an international expedition leader and doctor on every single trek, while keeping group sizes sustainably small.
Read more about if it’s safe to climb K2 Base Camp in our blog post.
How much does it cost?
The Earth’s Edge expedition to K2 Base Camp currently costs €4,999. This includes your return flights from Dublin. Pretty much everything is included in this fee, like accommodation, food, guides and porters.
Read more about how much it costs to trek K2 Base Camp in our blog post.
How do I cope with altitude sickness?
K2 Base Camp is at an altitude of 5,400m. We trek slowly and rest along the way, in order to acclimatise slowly. You should also drink plenty of water (at least 3 litres, preferably 5 a day), stay well fed, get rest and walk at a slow pace. Don’t forget, the doctor is there for a reason. Tell them as soon as you start to feel unwell and the treatment is much easier.
Read more about coping with altitude in our blog post.
What do I need to pack?
We give you an extensive packing list when you book onto our expedition. If you want to take a sneak peak, read our blog post that tells you everything you’ll need, including gaiters, crampons and slings.
For the full equipment list, read our blog post.
How do I train for K2 Base Camp?
For many people, the trek to K2 Base Camp will be the toughest physical challenge of their lives. Therefore, it’s really important to make sure you are very physically fit before the expedition. The best way to train is a combination of hillwalking and cardio.
Read more about how to train for K2 Base Camp in our blog post.
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