K2 is the second-highest mountain in the world and one of the most difficult in the world to conquer. Standing dangerously close to the heavens at 8,611 metres above sea level on the border of Pakistan and China, climbing K2 is every mountaineer’s dream. Due to its remote location in the northern part of Pakistan and surrounded by other 8,000 and 7,000 metres high peaks of the Karakoram Range, it is almost impossible to see it from anywhere else except for its base camp, and a few kilometres before it. And even getting there is a struggle for every trekker and mountaineer as it involves extreme level trekking at higher altitudes for over 8 days.

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Concordia Campsite, “The Throne Room of the Mountain Gods”

Seeing K2 is no joke, as it takes a great toll on your mental and physical strength. But the pain is worth it as the scenery of all the sentinels is way beyond one’s imagination. However, there are a few other points in Gilgit Baltistan from where the ‘Mountaineers Mountain’ can be sighted along with other peaks if the luck is on your side. People are learning more about these viewpoints to see K2 as not all can spare the funds and time required to trek to Concordia, which is known as the “Throne room of the Mountain Gods”, or the base camp itself. In this article, I am going to tell my esteemed readers about all the treks in Pakistan from where they can enjoy a great view of the King of all the mountains, K2.

Plan your trip wisely

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The hiking trail that leads to Baltoro Glacier in Shigar Valley

Each trek is situated at a very high altitude, so you will definitely need great fitness to accomplish your goal. Start working out to enhance your breathing capability and put some muscles so that you can carry weight with ease. You also need to enhance your mental strength, because most people turn back after getting mentally exhausted. You will also need to plan your trip according to the weather conditions to have a greater chance of seeing K2 from the viewpoint.

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K2 Viewpoint Trek List

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Trango Towers, Baltoro Muztagh

Although we are going to cover all the treks from where you can enjoy a great view of K2 and other 8000ers in its vicinity, there may still be other undiscovered treks in the valley that aren’t included in the list. Choose your trek wisely, plan every little detail, train yourself accordingly, and the most important part is to find the best weather window.

Rush Peak Trek – 5098 metres above sea level

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Rush Lake – Nagar Valley

Rush Lake is a high-altitude alpine lake located in Nagar, Gilgit Baltistan. It is accessible through Nagar Valley from Hopper Glacier. If you are physically fit, this trek will take almost 4 to 5 days from start to return. After reaching the lake, you can pitch your camps and start ascending further towards the Rush Peak, from where K2 can be seen in the North-East direction. The trek is challenging, but the beautiful snow-covered 7,000 and 6,000 metres high peak will keep your spirits high. The view is also going to motivate you all the way.

Burjeh La Top – 4815 metres above sea level

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Burjeh La Top – Image by Shayan Shah via The Karakoram Club

Burjeh La Top is located near Sadpara Village in the Skardu District of Gilgit Baltistan. The trek starts near the village’s broq and Deosai Top, which is the seasonal encampment of villagers grazing their herds at higher altitudes in summers. It is a 2 to 3-day trek and upon reaching the top, it is just like seeing the world from another dimension. Enjoy an amazing view of K2, Broad Peak, the Gasherbrum peaks, Masherbrum, and other towering peaks of Karakoram Range in the North. Nanga Parbat can be seen in the direction of the south along with some beautiful lakes just below the top. This is one of the few places in the whole world from where one can easily see 4 8000ers of the Karakoram and one 8000er of Himalaya.

Hombroq Trek – 4800 metres above sea level

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The starting point of the Hombroq Trek – Image by Majid Hussain via The Karakoram Club

Hombroq is a high-altitude pass from where you can have a great view of K2 and other 8000ers in its vicinity. This trek is comparatively closer to the king of all mountains, which is why there is a better chance of seeing K2 than most of the treks listed here. Start your trek from Hushe Village and ascend towards the pass. Once you have reached the top, you can enjoy the view of the mighty K2 and all the other 8000ers of Karakoram Range.

Kharkoo Trek – 5050 metres above sea level

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Kharkoo Valley on the banks of Shyok River – Image by Saira Hussain via The Karakoram Club

Kharkoo Trek is another high-altitude trek to the Kharkoo Broq from where you can see K2 and other magnificent 8000ers of Pakistan in the Karakoram Range. Start your trek from Kharkoo village in the Ghanche district of Baltistan and enjoy great views from the top. The trek will be steep due to the sudden elevation change and I recommend it for only the fittest people. However, once you have reached the top, the view of K2 and other mighty peaks of Karakoram Range sitting in the ‘Throne room of the mountain Gods’ will be worth it.

Machulu La Trek – 5200 metres above sea level

 

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Machulu La Trek is one of the most famous treks in Pakistan from where you can see K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum 1, and 2 with other peaks in the massif, and other beautiful peaks of Pakistan. On a very clear day, you can also see Nanga Parbat from the very top of this mountain pass. Though sighting the Himalayan giant may look like a myth from this place, there is only one way to found out which is to accept the challenge of trekking to the very top of this pass. The view is unbeatable from the top, and you can see the whole valley beneath you along with the stars above your head at twilight.

Gondogoro La Trek – 5600 metres above sea level

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K2, Broad Peak, and Gasherbrum 1,2 and 4 as seen from Gondogoro La Pass

Gondogoro Pass is closest to K2 and other peaks in the Karakoram Range. It is also the highest with respect to its altitude from sea level and one of the most challenging. You need to have certain knowledge and prior experience of ice climbing and using tools such as a belaying device, ascender, ice-axe, crampons and must have proper apparel to cover your body from all the exposing factors. When you have accomplished all the challenges, the view will certainly clear your mind as it will be filled with the best image of K2 and other peaks on the flanks of Concordia.

Iqbal Top Trek – 5000 metres above sea level

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View from Iqbal Top Trek in Hushe Valley – Image by Imran Qadri via The Karakoram Club

Iqbal Top Trek stars from the Nagma Valley Kanday, a village near the city of Skardu. This valley is known for its granite rocks and towers, which is why it is loved by rock climbers and trekkers. Iqbal Top Trek was discovered not long ago by Mr Iqbal, who named it after himself. This top is almost 5,000 metres high, and you can enjoy a magnificent view of K2 and other beautiful peaks that flank the king of all mountains.

Barah Valley Trek – 5000 metres above sea level

 

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Barah Valley is located on the left bank of River Shyok. This valley is renowned for its apricots and beautiful sceneries. The trek starts from the bottom of the valley and will take you to Moses Peak, from where you can see the second-highest mountain on this planet as well as other 8000ers in the elite list of 14 tallest peaks on Earth. There are also numerous 7,000 and 6,000 metres high peaks visible from the top. The whole panoramic view has no parallel in the whole world.

Ghanche Lake – 4600 metres above sea level

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Trek towards Ghanche Lake in Khaplu Valley – Image by Muhammad Nadeem Balti via The Karakoram Club

The Ghanche Lake is located almost 4,600 metres above sea level in the Ghanche district of Baltistan. It can be accessed from the town of Khaplu, from where the trek starts. Once you have reached the trek, you can enjoy a mesmerizing view of K2, and other 8000ers along with some beautiful snowcapped peaks in Baltistan valley that are almost 7,000 and 6,000 metres high above sea level. The lake is surrounded by flowers, glaciers, and lush green pastures. The whole place is ideal for camping, and you will most definitely enjoy the view from the very top.

In a Nutshell

It has been a lifelong goal of mine to visit all these viewpoints and discover more with the help of locals. There might be a few places in China and India such as Harmukh Peak in Jammu Kashmir, from where one can spot K2 and other beautiful peaks of Karakorams. There will be a few more in Pakistan as well, as many parts of Northern Pakistan are still unexplored. Due to the remoteness of these places, coupled with the geography and terrain, along with border disputes between these countries, it is quite impossible to fully explore the Karakoram and Himalayan mountain ranges, give them an identity, get them listed on the map, and present them to all the explorers. Yet it will always be my personal goal and that of my team members at Dream World Travel to bring forth these places for all our esteemed readers so that they can go explore them. If you have any K2 viewpoint that I am unaware of still, feel free to educate me in the comments.