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  Pakistan 2009 - Part 1 - From Askole, following Biafo glacier, to Marpogoro camp


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Nanga Parbat as seen from Islamabad-Skardu flight. If you have luck to get on the flight (costs about 50 usd only, saves 20hrs by bus) and the weather is good you can see all Karakoram and Hindukush ....

Skardu airport. PIA operates this flight in good visibility only and tends to move all people from non-realized flights to the next flight and people from the next flight to the other following flight etc. .... very bad habit!

Skardu

Ford from Skardu do Askole

Approaching Askole

Approaching Askole

Askole

After Askole, the valley straight is K2 trek, the valley to the left will be to Biafo Hispar trek.

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First part of  Biafo glacier, to Namla campsite

First part of  Biafo glacier, to Namla campsite

First part of  Biafo glacier, to Namla campsite

First part of  Biafo glacier, to Namla campsite

Namla campsite

Namla campsite

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Between Namla and Mango campsites, glacier still broken with a lot of stones and no path

Mango campsite is at the side of the glacier, we camp right on the stones to save time going there and back

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Glacier becomes open and without so much stones above Mango campsite

Above Mango campsite, with our porters. We went with porters up to Baintha. They took the load up to Karpogoro campsite (day 5 of 18 days) - the last place where they can go without rope. We took one porter per person so about 35kg of initial load per person was divided equally  between us and porters. All of us were using porters for the first time in mountains, here due to various knee/ankle problems we had before the trek.

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Side valley to Latok peaks, at the level of Baintha campsite

At the level of Baintha campsite

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Side valley leading to Latok peaks, at the level of Baintha campsite

Crossing from the middle of Biafo glacier to Baintha campsite - too late, best to cross earlier at the the level of Shafung campsite and good grass trail then goes up to Baintha.

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Crossing from the middle of Biafo glacier to Baintha campsite - such way to campsites sometimes took 1 hours there in the evening and same time back to open glacier next day.

Baintha campsite

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Baintha campsite - nice and green but with water only in the evening from some side snow (at our time)!

Side valley leading to Latok peaks

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Between Baintha and Marpogoro campsites

Between Baintha and Marpogoro campsites

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Peaks above Marpogoro campsite

Peaks above Marpogoro campsite

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Approaching Marpogoro campsite

Marpogoro campsite, not so green as famous Baintha, but more importantly - with a lot of water both in the evening and in the morning!

 

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