Our Top Tips for our K2 Base Camp Trek
1). You need to be physically fit and strong for multi-day hiking in a low oxygen environment. The K2 Base Camp Trek should not be your first trekking experience. We only recommend that hikers and trekkers attempt this trek to K2.
2). You need excellent Mental strength. You need to be adaptable, flexible, resilient, comfortable at altitude, be used to outdoor living. You need to have being training and preparing correctly as there may be a scenario that requires you to cover more distances and do more while in this environment. Simply put, do not do the bare minimum as you prepare for a trip like this.
3). Adventure know how, making sure you have the right clothing, gear and equipment for all eventualities. You will experience a wide range to weather conditions on a trek to K2 so you need to follow our itemized kit list. We send out our Kit List on signing up to one of our treks.
4). You need to be ready to over come challenges while camping, trekking and moving in a wilderness environment. You will experience good and bad days but important in a team and group environment to work as a team and stay positive during the trip.
5). It is really important to be planning your trip well in advance. All planning should be done 6+ months prior to departure to Pakistan. We have people planning a year or longer for a trek like this. We can not take any last minute bookings.
6). Check all your documents. Your passport must be valid and correct, your visa needs to be in place and you need make sure insurance cover, evacuation cover and flights are all correct well before leaving for Pakistan.
7). All information regarding the trip should be understood. Read all our information very carefully and prepare accordingly for what each day will bring.
8). All ground arrangements, full trip, visa, hotels should be sorted well in advance. If you are booking additional nights hotel this will need to be booked and paid for in advance of your K2 Trek.
9). Of course we will say this, but you should only go with a professional organisation. Having back up logistics, years of managing trips, local government connections and back up support are needed to make sure your trek and trip is managed correctly.
10). Make sure you have the specific training needed for this specific trek. This trip is for hikers and trekkers and having months and years of long distance hiking, training and preparation is important for a trip like K2 Base Camp. LEARN MORE.
11). Understand daily trekking distances and elevation gains and losses each day so you can make sure you are training in the correct way. We can help you understand the trail, trek and how you should be preparing for your trip.
12). Make sure you have adequate insurance cover and have Helicopter evacuation cover. This is really important for this trip as you will be long distances away from real medical support.
13). Consider a wilderness medical course and learn more about wilderness medicine, bring the right medical kit, along with re-hydration sachets and multivitamins to keep you healthy throughout this long wilderness trip.
14). We will prepare clean and quality food throughout the trip you need to manage your personal hygiene. You should be taking multi-vitamins prior and while on the trek to make sure you have a strong immune system throughout this trip.
15). Make sure your camp craft is efficient and practiced so there are no delays in leaving camp each day. You also want to be comfortable sleeping in a tent, test your air mattress, sleeping bag, clothing and gear needed for the trek.