Trek to K2 – Day 5

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Climbers destined to climb K2 or Broad Peak trek on the Baltoro Glacier on their way into their Base Camp. There is a lot of up and down as we head up the glacier. Traveling on the icy and slippery glacier is still a very welcome change to what we experienced further down the Baltoro Valley where it was very dusty, hot and bouldery.

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Pakistani Porters are frying their chapatti in their makeshift shelter made of spare bags and boxes from loads, and a thin piece of plastic. Sleeping on a blanket right on top of the rocks and ice of the Baltoro Glacier is a refreshing experience and can make for a long night.

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A Pakistani Porter takes a load off a mule in a not too delicate fashion. I hope there is nothing breakable in those bags. Way in the distance at the head of the valley is Gasherburn 4, one of the fourteen 8,000 metre mountains in the world, partially hidden in cloud.

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Climbers trekking on the Baltoro Glacier on their way to climb K2 or Broad Peak.

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A panorama photo of our camp on the Baltoro Glacier. If you look carefully way up the valley to the left you will see Gasherburn 4, one of the fourteen 8,000 metre mountains in the world, partially hidden in cloud. Also on the far right you can partially see Masherburn, an almost 8,000 metre mountain mostly hidden in cloud.

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An older Pakistani Porter carrying a 25 kg (55 lb) load into K2 Base Camp, 2016.

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Two Pakistani Porters takes a well deserved rest on the Baltoro Glacier as they carry their loads into K2 Base Camp.

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The sun rises over Urdukas Camp and the Trango Towers of the Baltoro Valley. The camp is being packed up and is ready for the porters and mules to pick up the loads for the climbers that are on their way to climb K2 and Broad Peak.

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The Pakistani Porters make shelters to cook and sleep in high up on the Baltoro Glacier on our trek into K2 Base Camp. Way in the distance at the head of the valley is Gasherburn 4, one of the fourteen 8,000 metre mountains in the world, mostly hidden in cloud.

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