How to Trek in Pakistan for K2 Views

Machalu Pass, Pakistan

This is how to trek in Pakistan for K2 views. I will provide details that include maps, costs, logistical requirements and facts as well as links to a full written narrative, photos and videos. This is a self-guided adventure on a shoe string. Follow the links to dig deeper into the adventure.

Difficulty Level:

This is a Moderate Activity

 

 

Photo in K2 Museum from Macholu La
Photo in K2 Museum from Macholu

Link to 8,000er’s

K2 Trek Maps

karakoram map

macholu area map

macholu close map

GPS Waypoints – Datum WGS84

Wpt
Description
Alt (m)
Lat(N)
Lon(E)
1
Skardu Village
2488
3514.465
076 23.717
2
Kapalu village
2871
3514.870
076 22.708
3
Macholu village shop
2658
3514.532
076 23.712
4
upstream – beyond village
2868
3514.861
076 22.705
5
high trail, right side, above river
3286
3515.314
076 21.565
6
stone hut
3377
3515.378
076 21.388
7
stone huts at white rock, 4pm
3598
3515.660
076 20.849
8
trail split
3649
3515.701
076 20.793
9
bridge to last left valley (didn’t use it)
3649
3515.734
076 20.646
10
trail x river to last left valley (R side of tributary)
3731
3515.763
076 20.488
11
lots of dead sheep/goats
3822
3515.677
076 20.292
12
Stone hut camp, at base of ridge at river split
2884
3515.611
076 20.143
13
trail reaches ridge above camp
3984
3515.593
076 20.111
14
shepherd village at valley crest
4055
3515.563
076 20.045
15
ridge 1 above shepherd huts to left
4177
3515.454
076 19.946
16
ridge 2 above left
4390
3515.174
076 19.874
17
ridge 3 above left
4517
3515.116
076 20.049
18
ridge 4 to right – now heading back to east
4554
3515.049
076 20.073
19
ridge 5 hugging right side of bowl
4553
3514.989
076 20.080
20
ridge
4558
3514.901
076 20.053
21
ridge
4590
3514.811
076 20.018
22
ridge
4593
3514.787
076 20.054
23
ridge, can use trail to lower ridge also
4627
3514.715
076 20.037
24
ridge
4554
3514.613
076 20.039
25
cross glacier over small stream
4536
3514.464
076 20.009
26
ridge
4578
3514.432
076 20.113
27
ridge
4619
3514.275
076 20.468
28
ridge
4663
3514.288
076 20.522
29
ridge, cairns mark, see pass in distance, one more bowl
4713
3514.183
076 20.484
30
rock shelter on backside of ridge
4722
3514.121
076 20.404
31
trail, in last bowl
4730
3514.034
076 20.359
32
last small ridge
4750
3513.884
076 20.368
33
pass
4785
3513.738
076 20.413

Link to Full Narrative


cost range

Costs $

2 Nights at Indus Hotel, Skardu (before & after trek)
Shared Van transport (to/from Machilu village)
Trek carried in food (sleep 2-3 nties in tent or stone hut)
Misc
Bus transport to/from Skardu via Islamabad
$10
$10
$15
$10
$30
Total $75

Link to Full Narrative

Skardu, Baltistan

Snow Land Guesthouse

Radio Pakistan Chowk Skardu Baltistan
05831-53487 Mob: 0344-543493
Outside of town, before you enter Skardu. 500-1500Rs per night. Top End of the scale. Even has a pool!

Hotel Snowland Palace

Hameed Gharh, Near PDTC K2 Motel, Skardu
051-5885179 Mob: 0303-8490590
500 Rs new rooms. Outside of town, after Skardu center, across from the Government K2 Hotel.

Indus Motel

College Road, Skardu
0092-5831-52608-52296 Mob: 0335-5406280
indusmotel_83@yahoo.ca (Muhammad Nazir, Manager)
400 – 700 Rs (I paid 250 Rs). Excellent food, and the hub for independant trekkers and climbers. Manager also works with the Pennies for Peace program (i.e. Three Cups of Tea auther).

Indus Travel Rent A Car Service, Yadgar Chwok, Skardu.

Syed Akbar Shah
05831-52449
Rented a jeep, with driver, for three days to/from Tarashing for 900Rs.

Riaz ul-Hassan, K2 Museum Resident Rep., 0092-58-3151514, riaz_sar@hotmail.com Good local source of information.

La Hore

Regale Internet Inn

Surriaya Mansion, Near Regal Cinema
65 The Mall, Lahore, 54000 Pakistan
00-92-42-7311987 Mob: 0333-4338588
regal_internet@hotmail.com, www.regal.com.pk
200 Rs dorm bed, 400Rs single, place is a dump and oven, but the only place to meet other travellers.

Raseeh Shams, Son of Regal Internet Inn owner.
Project Coordinator, Photo Journalist
www.faseehshams.com

Niamat Ali, Tuk-tuk taxi driver (motor rickshaw)
0323 4499347 or 042 6581524
For a 400 Rs round trip to nightly border closing and back to LaHore

Border

Latif Old Book Shop

Wahga Border & Lahore locations.
042-6581524
Cheap used books at the border in Pakistan. Has lots of used Lonely Planet Pakistan books in stock.

Government Hotel

Zahid Yaqeen, Manager at the Gov’t Hotel located at the border crossing. Excellent source of information and a relaxing break before the nightly closing.
00923134346890 or 00923465116568
yaqeen2747@hotmail.com or yaqeendosti@yahoo.com
c/o Mountain @ Culture
Nasseem Toyota Atous
Chaisma Bazar, Skardu
Baltistan, Northern Pakistan

Transport

India

From Amritsa Bus Park, there is a bus to Attari (8 km from border) for 10 Rs every 30min. Rickshaw to/from Attari to border is 20 Rs. Shared motor rickshaw to/from border is 5Rs each. Note: The Attari bus goes on to/from border at night for closing at a fee of 15Rs.

Pakistan

Took 400 Rs tuk-tuk from border to Internet Inn (see above). Only have a bus from border at night after closing show. Then switch bus twice.
Took 550Rs A/C bus from Neazzi Bus Stand to Rwalpindi (Islamabad) – 3/4hrs. Then 150 Rs taxi to the Pir

Wadhai Bus Stand

Took 1500 Rs A/C bus to Skardu 24/30hrs. Took private bus up and gov’t back. Both sucked.
Took another Neazzi bus back to LaHore, but from down the road, towards the highway junction (a short walk).

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Link to Full Narrative