K2 CALLING

"Because I'm still alive, I have to try to go back and finish this K2, a dream I've had for a very long time"

- Mike Horn

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In June 2019, Mike will be heading back to K2! After two attempts in 2010 and 2015, Mike and Swiss Mountain Guide, Fred Roux, are not yet ready to give up on their shared dream of reaching the top. Just 237 meters shorter than Mt. Everest, K2 (8’611m) is the second highest mountain in the world. It is located on the border between China and Pakistan and is part of the Karakorum mountain range.

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THE ROUTE

DAY 1 : PREPARATION DAY

DAY 1 : PREPARATION DAY IN SKARDU

Mike and his team land in Skadru from Islamabad, Pakistan to begin their adventure. But before they can start their hike up to K2 base camp. Once the team arrives safely in Skardu, The team start preparing for the rest of the journey up to K2. Adequate preparation is crucial, the equipment needs to be double-checked and split out in evenly-weighing loads to ensure that each porter carries the same weight. Once the luggage ready, the necessary paperwork approved, the team can embark on part 2 of their journey: The rocky drive to the last civilized village of Askole, before beginning their hike up to base camp.

DAY 2 : DRIVE TO ASKOLE

DAY 2 : DRIVE TO ASKOLE

The anticipation starts to build up, K2 is calling and Mike and his team are getting closer to making their first steps to reach the summit. The drive towards the Baltoro Glacier can thus begin! With every passing kilometer, civilization starts to diminsh, the roads get windier and the surrounding mountains higher. For Mike and Fred, this is when the excitment begins!<br /> Upon their arrival in Askole, the team will finally meet the Porters who will become their climbing partners for the next 6 days up the Baltoro Glacier. These Porters are Balti, some of the most friendly people in Pakistan, always singing and dancing, the Baltis are cheerful travel companions.

DAY 3 - 10 : HIKE TO K2 BASECAMP

DAY 3 - 10 : HIKE TO K2 BASECAMP

Finally, the hike up to K2 base camp can begin. This part of the journey is the perfect warm up for the challenging 2-months to come, and safe to say, it is no easy warm up either! Sometimes untraced, the path towards K2 will take Mike and his team through a diversity of terrains and ever-changing weather conditions. From dry and rocky trails under the scorching sun, to fighting their way through snow storms making progress over icy glacial morains, the hikers will have to overcome the numerous obstacles while slowly but surely adapting to increasing altitudes. Eventually the group will reach « Concordia », the meeting point between the Baltoro and Godwin-Austin glaciers. This is also where the group will finally set sight on their goal, standing tall in the distance: The Mighty K2!

DAY 11 - 55 : K2 SUMMIT ATTEMPT

DAY 11 - 55 : K2 SUMMIT ATTEMPT

Once they will arrive at the basecamp, the team we will wait for the next 3 weeks to acclimatize. Then they will wait to have the right weather window to attempt the K2 summit.