This corridor of ice leads to the colossal peak of K2 (8,611m, 28,251ft), the world’s second-highest peak. This incomparable trek traverses some of the most humbling scenery on the plane.
At 35 miles (57 km) in length, the Batura Glacier is one of the world’s longest outside of the polar regions. It lies in the Gojal region of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan. The out-and-back hike along its course offers spectacular scenery including some 14 peaks higher than 7000 meters, Ultar (7388), Shispare (7611m), Passu peak (7284m), Karun Koh (7164m), and the incredible Batura ‘Wall’ and one of the most scenically set villages you will ever see, the seasonal hamlet of Yashpirt. The lower portions can be described as a grey sea of rocks and gravelly moraine, bordered by a few summer villages and pastures with herds of sheep, goats, cows, and yaks and where roses and juniper trees are common.