Moving time  5 hours 24 minutes

Time  8 hours 33 minutes

Coordinates 3503

Uploaded August 24, 2019

Recorded August 2019

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near Surungo, Gilgit-Baltistan (Pakistan)

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First day of our trekking through the Baltoro Glacier, in the heart of the Karakorum, in Baltistan, north of Pakistan (bordering with China to the north and the area in dispute of Kachemira in India).
We spent the night previously in the village of Askole, which we had arrived by jeep from Skardu, after a good day en route in the rain. We sleep in an area set up for camping on the outskirts of the village, just before the entrance control to the area through which we will travel these next days. The camp has bathrooms. It was raining all night, which foreshadowed that we were going to have bad weather in our trekking ..... and so it would end up being.
We started walking a little later than established with the guides to wait for it to stop raining. The first kms of walking are along a wide path (suitable for SUVs as we would see on the way back), although sometimes we avoid taking alternative footpaths. The road takes us to a point where they are working to continue it but they have found a good wall that has made it difficult for the workers, since it falls to the peak on the Braldo River, without giving many alternatives for passage. Shortly after climbing the path to save this wall, we cross a bridge under construction on one of the many tributaries of the river that we are going to find on the route. Then we continue on flat and easy terrain next to the main river side. At one point we arrive at the terminal moraine of the impressive Biafo Glacier, which comes from our left. Here is a camp at the foot of the glacier (where we would spend the last night of our trek, when we turned around) in a wooded area next to one of the arms of the river that comes out of these millenary snows. The dimensions of everything you see here are incredible and it is hard to get an idea of how big everything is, glaciers, rivers and mountains .... you have to be there to try to understand it. And walk it to give it its fair measure.
After eating in said Korophon camp, we continue the comfortable march always by the Braldo river, before turning left to the Dumordo River Valley, where after making a good detour to cross a bridge, is Jhula Camp. Just when we turn left to enter the valley and leave the much larger Braldo, a small clearing opens (the only one of the day) and I can see in the distance the massif of the Masherbrum or K1 (since it was the first peak high that found the expedition that explored these mountains of the Karakorum for the first time, then they would find the K2, which is substantially higher). In Jhula Camp we will do our first night of trek. It has fountains and latrines. And stunning views of the Bakhur Das ..... when the clouds and the full moon let us see it!
Camping

Campamento de Askole

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Saliendo de Askole.

River

Río Braldu

Intersection

Intersección

Intersection

G a izquierda. Fin de pista para jeeps.

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Salvando la peña sobre el Braldu (donde se ha acabado la pista para todoterrenos)

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Bajando de la peña hacia el Braldu.

Bridge

Puente

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Zona intermedia.

River

Otra vez junto a río Braldu.

River

Río que desagua del Glaciar Biafo. Vadeo.

River

Morrena del Glaciar Biafo.

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Morrena del Biafo.

Camping

Campamento Kodophon

Camping

Korophon Camp.

Bridge

Río que viene del Biafo.

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Morrena del Biafo.

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Saliendo de la morrena del Biafo.

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Dejamos morrena del Biafo.

River

Junto a río Braldu.

River

Braldu

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Río Braldu

River

Vadeo de río que vierte al Braldu

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Valle del Braldu.

River

Dejamos valle del Braldu para adentrarnos por el valle de su afluente Dumardu. Vistas del Gasherbrum o K1

River

Valle del Río Dumardu

Bridge

Puente sobre el río Dumardu.

River

Río Dumardu cerca del Campamento Jhula.

Camping

Campamento Jhula

2 comments

  • Photo of Pelchas

    Pelchas Aug 27, 2019

    Que impresionantes rutas, desde luego sois unos aventureros, envidia sana, a seguir conociendo mundo y disfrutando. Saludos.

  • Photo of lamorosangel

    lamorosangel Aug 28, 2019

    Muchísimas gracias Pelchas como siempre por tus comentarios y valoración. Poco a poco vamos viendo cosas bonicas que hay por el mundo y dándonos buenos pateos por algunos rincones bien escondidos. Acabamos de regresar de Pakistán.
    Un saludo amigo!

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