Day 8: Urdukas to Goro II
by Khalid Omar
It rained most of the night, and from the clouds it looks like it'll rain much of today also. The really cloudy weather which all mountaineers fear (and hikers too, for it blocks the views!) had now arrived.
Left Urdukas at 7:05am.
It snowed most of the way, and at times visibility became really poor as the snow fell in sheets across the landscape, and the white glacier loomed up all around us - it was the closest I felt to being really out there, as the low visibility and the many chunks of exposed glacier loomed like icebergs around us. The clouds were dark and threatening, and the mountains were barely visible.
We finally arrived at Goro I, to see the welcome sight of our porters huddled in the shelter of some rocks with a blue tarp on top to keep out the snow and a kerosene stove blazing away in the middle. As we straggled in one by one we squeezed in, and had a cup of super hot tea.
We waited almost an hour for the snow to stop and the cold to life, and finally set off again, reluctantly turning the stove off and putting on backpacks once more.
[lots of walking amongst snow here...]
Arrived at Goro II at 3pm. Soon as the tent was up everyone collapsed inside, where we waited for dinner, read a book (me and Khiz) and played some cards. Dinner was the usual daal chaawal, our aachar long finished.
N 35 44.741 E 76 24.264
We were sending back a couple of porters from Concordia, so were working out the amount due after dinner - the stages to Concordia:
- Askole - starting point
- Goro II
- Broad Peak basecamp
- K2 basecamp
A total of 10 stages, and even though most days you cover 2 stages going up, the porters get paid by the stage, not by the day. Back in the old days when the path wasn't so well defined and the going tougher, hikers would do 1 stage at best.
Posted in K2 Base Camp Hike, May 4, 2008, by Khalid Omar