Concordia Trek is the most popular trekking holiday for foreign trekkers visiting Pakistan. This adventure is commonly known as 'K2 Base Camp Trek'. Concordia is the name for the confluence of the mighty Baltoro Glacier and the Godwin-Austen Glacier, in the heart of the Karakoram range of Pakistan. It is located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, at 4691 m above sea level. The name was applied by the English mountaineer Aleister Crowley during the 1902 Eckenstein / Crowley attempt on K2, and comes from this location's similarity to a glacial confluence, also named Concordia, in the Bernese Oberland, part of the Central Alps.
K-2, the second highest mountain on earth, at its foot stretches another wonder of the world, Concordia, a flowing, uneven, pockmarked river of ice, where great glaciers go down and slither together before separating to go their different ways. Like a proscenium, Concordia, is part of main stage of natural amphitheatre that has not equal. On every side, within a distance of 24 kilo-meters, rise up ten of the world's thirty highest peaks.
The Concordia, all around are giant ice clad mountains of 7000 and 8000m. Concordia is at the heart of Karakoram range, and the centre of a complex of some of the world's highest peaks and many of its largest glaciers. It is a location steeped in history, redolent of the adventurous, questing spirit that drove the earliest explorers and mountaineers to pursue their objectives whatever the hardship met.
Concordia, or Place de La Concorde as Martin Conway called this unique crossroads, is now the meeting place of mountaineers, trekkers, travellers, adventure and nature lovers from many lands brought together by shared interests and ideals and common goals.
This Concordia and K2 trekking holiday in Pakistan brings anyone with strong boots, good stamina and a sense of adventure up close to spectacular mountains and remote scenery. During this trek, trekkers explore Concordia, where the Baltoro and Godwin Austen glaciers meet, with the peak of K2, the world's second highest mountain, towering above. Expect amazing high mountain scenery, with K2 flanked by Gasherbrum 4, Broad Peak, Mitre Peak and Chogolisa, forming a ring of giants that have been nicknamed 'the throne room of the Gods'.
This has to be one of the world's most stunning treks and it starts in Askole before following the Braldu gorge to the Baltoro glacier to follow. There are also optional day treks to K2 and Broad Peak Base Camps, walking to a maximum altitude of 4,500m. The walking on the Baltoro glacier is fairly tough and is definitely not recommended for those who have not previously trekked at a relatively strenuous level in high mountain regions. Overall, the trek is graded tough and previous altitude experience is necessary.