Here is a short clip of our journey from Islamabad to Skardu yesterday. As you can see, it was a very scenic drive!
Due to inclement weather, the flight to Skardu from Islamabad was not available so we elected to drive the Karakoram highway, considered by many the most dramatic road in the world. We followed the Indus river past where the 3 greatest mountain ranges in the world meet: the Himalayas, the Hindu Kush, and the Karakoram. We are now in the lush Skardu valley to rest for a day or two then will continue on our way to Askole to begin our trek.
Today most of our American and European climbers arrived in Islamabad, we enjoyed a nice afternoon hike in the hills around the city, and then a fabulous dinner perched high atop one of the hillsides. The rest of the crew will arrive tomorrow. We are happy to be here and begin our journey to K2 and Broad Peak!
Our Pakistani & Sherpa members are now on the second day of trekking to base camp and our American and European members are about to arrive in Islamabad. A photo of our first objective, K2, looking up from Camp 4, and a photo of our second objective, Broad Peak (taken from Camp 1 on K2)! With a little luck and good weather we hope to climb Broad Peak after K2 this season.
Our team of climbing Sherpas from Nepal have landed in Islamabad! They are now heading to base camp with our local Pakistani guides. Our American and European climbers are finishing last minute preparations at home and excited to depart soon! We will be posting regular updates here on our K2 & Broad Peak dispatch page, beginning soon!