Andalucía K2 is about to get to Base Camp
The members of the Andalucía K2 expedition, once in
Islamabad, the capital of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, picked up the
material sent by air cargo from Andalucía, and made some shopping, before
leaving to Skardu, where they packed and weighed the drums that are uses to
carry the load up to Base Camp.
Two days to cover 800 Km in the 20 hours of traveling that
are needed to get to Skardu, following the Karakorum road, which is an
spectacular work that joins China and Pakistan through the Karakorum. The
road is carved on the side of the mountains of the Indo river; it is
continuously cut by falling rocks. These days it has been cut during a week
because of political turmoil.
The trip was done in two phases, the first Islamabad -
Chilas in 12 hours and the second up to Skardu in 8 hours. Skardu is the
capital of Baltistan, a mountain region which is also known as little Tibet,
because of orographic similarities. The city is located on the Indo river in
a zone bordering with Cashmere to the South and China to the North. During
these days the cargo is prepared, Pakistani personnel is hired to be at BC and
porters are hired. The massive affluence of trekking to the zone, as well as
expeditions makes porters scarce. The increase of visitors is because of the
celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of K2.
The members of the expedition worked to be sure everything
was prepared to start the last leg of the approach in all terrain vehicles, by
the spectacular road which was finished in April 1991, which travels by the
mountain sides over the Indo river and that in 8 hours will take them to
Askole, the last inhabited village. To start the approach to the mountain,
we'll walk with a caravan of porters. From Askole to Braldo river the gate
of the Baltoro glacier is open, through which most of our trip is done.
expedition is organized by Federación Andaluza de Montañismo, Club Alpino Ama
Dablam (San Pedro Alcantara), Club Montañero Sierra del Pinar (Jerez de la
Frontera) and Club de Aire Libre Treparriscos (Granada), and sponsored by
Consejería de Turismo, Comercio y Deporte of Junta de Andalucía, through
Deporte Andaluz, Ayuntamiento de Jerez, and also Tenencia de Alcaldía de San
Pedro Alcantara and Delegaciones Municipales de Juventud y Deportes, Cultura y
Turismo del Ayuntamiento de Marbella.
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