The Great Karakoram Traverse

The Great Karakoram Traverse

Images from the Great Karakoram Traverse, a 26-day trek through the heart of the Karakoram mountains of Pakistan, July 2000. Leaving from the village of Hushe, our trek headed over the 18,500-ft Gondogoro La (pass) and then down the Vigne glacier to Concordia, the confluence of several major glaciers in the Karakoram, in the shadows of four 8,000-meter peaks, including K2. From there, our route followed the glacier "highway" down the Baltoro glacier, up the Biafo glacier, across Snow Lake, over the Hispar La, and finally, down the Hispar glacier to Hushe village -- a total of perhaps 150 miles. To return, we drove the Karakoram highway from Karimabad to Gilgit to Abbottabad to our final stop in Rawalpindi. (Map legend: Green line = land transport; Red line = trekking route.) Locate on Google Maps.