Finally, the Baltoro Glacier camping is about to begin. Today, in a relatively short hike, we will walk from Urudukas (4,061 m) to Gore I (4,185 m), lunch, and then continue the hike to Gore II (4,271 m). Immediately after leaving Urdukas, we will enter the Baltoro Glacier and repeat many ups and downs to progress.
The five kilometer journey between Gore I and Gore II is GIV (7,925 m) in front of Masherbrum (K1, 7,821 m ) to the south and Muztag Tower (7,273 m) to the north. So I got a few photos while trekking.
The view from the Urdukas camp in the morning. From Paiju Peak to Biale, it seems to be a comparison of the high peaks north of the Baltoro Glacier.
From the early morning, the porters and various expeditions started departing one after another. Our group is on the way to Gore II, but the expedition teams will go directly to Concordia or the base camp of the target mountain. For the porters, they just want to quickly carry it up and get back in order to take the next job.
Heading up to the Baltoro Glacier in a caravan of mules and porters.
As we climb, we sit on the boulders that are at the right height, for taking a break along the way.
As the glacier melts, the rocks crumble and from moment to moment the route changes.
We cross over several small rivers that have formed at the various breaks in the glacier.
Just ahead, GIV is getting closer and closer!
We have arrived at our lunch spot on Gore I (4,185m). It was a little too early lunch, so I just took a break.
It is exceptional to be able to sit on a Glacier for lunch on such a sunny day.
After lunch, the peak of Masherbrum (K1) is our guiding star.
The view of Masherbrum as seen from the Baltoro Glacier. With an altitude of 7,821 m, this is the 22nd highest mountain in the world, and in Pakistan, it is the 11th highest mountain. Masherbrum can be seen from the Baltoro Glacier, and can easily be climbed from the Hushe Valley on the south side.
Peak of Masherbrum (7,821 m). In 1856, the British army named this as the first peak of their Karakorum mountain survey, so it got the name K1.
With Masherbrum to our south, we kept making our way across the glacier to Gore II (4,271m).
From our campsite at Gore II, we could continue to enjoy our day of “Masherbrum watching” until dark.
Photos & Text: Mariko SAWADA
Trek Date: Early Jun, 2022
*The altitudes and distances traveled from site to site that are listed, are based on our own measurements and GPS equipment. Please note that these may differ from other official books or reference materials.
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