K2, the second-highest mountain in the world at over 28,000 feet, lies further off the beaten path and is even more difficult to climb than Mount Everest. We'll take the east approach to its base camp in the Chinese Karakoram through one of the world's last unexplored valleys of the Shaksgam River. The only people to enter this region are a small number of mountaineers, their hearts and minds set on the elusive summit. Even the locals tend not to venture far into this unknown territory bordering the Taklamakan desert (Uyghur for "if you go in, you won't come out"). During this epic expedition we'll trek through remote villages, over high passes, across glaciers, and ford rivers on the backs of our camels. We finally arrive amidst the grandeur of K2 and the many other imposing pinnacles that surround it.
- Participation on an adventuresome trek into one of the most remote mountain regions of Asia
- Views of K2, world's second-highest peak, and the breathtaking region of mountain massifs and vast glaciers surrounding it
- Sunday bazaar in Kashgar, reminiscent of medieval times along the ancient Silk Road
- Opportunity to witness the traditional lifestyles of villagers and nomads in central Asia
Day 1: Beijing.
Day 2: Fly to Kashgar.
Days 3-4: Kashgar.
Day 5: Kashgar to Yecheng.
Day 6: Yecheng to Maza Dala.
Days 7-12: Trek to the K2 Base Camp.
Day 13: K2 Base Camp.
Days 14 - 19: Trek back to Maza Dala.
Day 20: Maza Dala to Yecheng.
Day 21: Drive back to Kashgar.
Day 22: Fly to Urumqi and onwards to Beijing.
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