After an intense 30hr bus ride, over rugged roads, and driving by the mouth of the Swat Valley, which has been a Taliban stronghold till recently, we made it at about 2am to the serene and pristine Skardu!
This village is really where the Karakoram HImalayas begin, and our adventure continues! We arent fully done with autos yet, as we are still loading into a jeep tomorrow for our final leg under auto power to Askole. From there we will be on foot for another 5 days or so to Broad Peak basecamp, which is about 1hr walking away from K2 basecamp.
We will be acclimating on Broad, to prepare for K2, so it will be an amazing experience to climb on 2 8000m peaks this season! Lets hope we get to summit at least one of them!
Katrina, Lakpa and Tshering are all doing well, and we were busy today re packing loads, and enjoying the scenery while strategizing over our maps about our chosen route on K2.
We have met up with other Broad Peak climbers for this leg of our journey, as other K2 folks are a day ahead of us.
Stay tuned as it can only get more interesting from here!
maps and planning