K2 Diary 6/17//04: Well
after traveling overland to Skardu and then by jeep to Askole, we started our
trek towards Broad Peak base camp on the 15th. Askole itself wasn't a
particularly pleasant place to stay, but was fine for one night. There has
been a lot of work done to the other camps as far as Urdukas, in that they
have good sanitation and bins to separate waste as well as camp management.
Askole is due to be developed for next years season.
The trek to the Jhola camp
takes about 5.5 hours with a 1.5 hours dinner stop, this was made at the
junction with the Biafo Glacier. The weather turned a bit miserable and eve
started to rain a little bit.
Arriving at the camp we were
amazed to see how much effort has been made to prevent further damage to the
environment. Toilets, washing facilities, solar charged lighting for the
night, recycle bins and an incinerator as well as replantation of trees.
In the evening the clouds
lifted and we spent some time looking at a very impressive peak on the other
side of the valley, working out possible routes on to the knife edge summit
On the 16th we had another
early start on our trek to Paju. This was a slightly shorter day. It started
with some spots of rain, and it looked like it was going to get worse.
Fortunately it didn't and soon the clouds broke, before we new it we were in
the baking sun. Just after passing a military encampment we stopped for
another delicious dinner, after which we ad the final two hour walk into
Paju sits amongst a cluster
of trees, so is well sheltered from the sun. Paju is at a height of 3480m ,
here we are having a rest day for the porters and allowing us time to
We're still having problems
charging the laptop. Hopefully this will be sorted when Dave joins us at base
It will take another 3 days
to reach base camp. Tomorrow we head up to Urdukas, which should take around 7
hours. En route, weather dependant , we should see some of the most
technically challenging mountains in the world. Ralph will no doubt be looking
for future base jumping possibilities.
K2 Diary 6/19/04: We were
told by Samander our Hushe Treks rep that the days walk to Urdukas would be
the hardest day. Traveling over undulating moraine for most of the journey. It
actually turned out to be not so bad and we arrived at Udukas in good time.
The camp is situated on
terraced levels with the impressive summit of Urdukas peak behind. The only
problem we have had at these camps is the dust, it gets into everything and
dries your throat. However it's nice to have decent facilities on the approach
to base camp.
On the 19th we had a slightly
later start of 6.00am still far too early for my liking. Today was to be an
easier day, traveling over a slightly more level Baltoro Glacier. The sun was
blasting down on us but the clouds seemed to be clinging to some of the
surrounding peaks. Masherbrum kept it's head in the clouds, Mustagh came into
view for a spell. Eventually we rounded a corner and got our first sight of
Gasherbrum 4, at first only a silhouette in the mist, eventually revealing
itself through the clouds. To its right Mitre Peak, too its left Golden Peak.
Barely visible through the cloud further left the summit of Broad Peak.
After arriving at Goro 2, our
camp on the glacier for the night. We relaxed and looked at some of the
surrounding peaks. Suddenly there was an almighty crash and an avalanche came
down from one of the peaks. Very impressive from the safety of our camp
several kilometers away. Tomorrow all being well we shall at Broad Peak base
camp. Although it requires another early start, which I'm not looking forward
Dave is about 4 days behind
us, today should be is first day trekking from Askole.
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