After a relaxing few days in Islamabad, it was time to get the K2 Basecamp expedition underway. We boarded a domestic flight from Islamabad to Skardu, which gave us views of Nanga Parbat (8,125m) out the plane window. Upon arrival in Skardu we had a short Jeep ride to the hotel, which was full of laughs. It was good to be back with my Madeira friend Joao who is always an entertaining guy.
The hotel had magnificent views of the mountains. Although a basic-styled hotel, the view was five-star and reminded me of the Swiss mountain village called Murren. Sitting out on the small terrace watching the sunset or sunrise was just incredible and had me excited for the mountains to come.
Two members of our group had flight delays so we actually ended up staying a few nights in Skardu to allow them to catch up. This allowed us to explore the streets, buy last-minute snacks and do a small hike up to the historic fort that overlooks the city. My knee problem managed the hike, which was the first activity I had done in three weeks. It’s still not perfect but I’m beyond happy to be able to do this trek and grateful my body is allowing it.
I didn’t take too many photos this week other than a drone flight out the window of the hotel and a little bit of 360 action at the fort but here are a few highlights from Skardu.