K2 base camp and Memorial

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The first day after Concordia, we decided to go up to K2 base camp, because of forecast was good.

It has been one of the day more beautiful but also tiring of the trekking. Twenty three kilometers, from 4500 meters up to 5000, on glacier and stones.

We started to walk at sunrise (5:10 am) and we came back at 5:30 pm, just before four days of monsoon rain.

Here K2 in all its beauty!

Near Concordia camp, a refugee with communications antenna:

Here porters and mules taking stuff for some expeditions or trekkers camp.

After a path through stones, we go on the glacier, easier to walk here!

Some stuff left by past expedition, lost in time and space:

A short stop at Broad Peak base camp, no people here, nobody was trying to climb it:

And finally, K2 base camp!
It seemed to be on another planet, with other rules, very different from the misery of our daily life. Here you feel the true essence of Man, you understand why some people decide to risk the life to realize a dream, to reach summit, as they were called by a powerful voice. Here my inner flame becomes a great fire, and this energy pushes me to realize my dream, at any cost.

The border between Pakistan and China is very close, so following this valley you can reach China:

Above the camp, on the first steps of mountain walls, protected by rockslide, there was the memorial, a sort of open sky church, plenty of commemorative plaques and memories of the alpinists dead here, trying to climb K2.

This painting has moved me. The image is very evocative, it is like a farewell, a cry of stars, a surrender, a prayer, a return, a departure ...

Here a plate in memory of Ali Sadpara, a great alpinist and man, an hero in Pakistan, well known and celebrated in all the country, dead presumably on K2 bottleneck in february 2021.
He climbed eight eight-thousanders, and completed the first winter ascent to the summit of Nanga Parbat in 2016.
Our guide Akbar has been a close friend of Ali, and he talked a lot about him, with words full of love and nostalgia. During february 2021 expedition on K2, also Ali's son, Sajid, was there, but he decided to come back due to an oxygen regulator malfunction, leaving Ali and the other member of the team near the summit, but they never returned. Now Sajid wishes to climb all eight-thousanders, maybe to complete the dream of the father.

"For all the dreams you had
And all the love you gave
You live in us forever
Now you are immortal".

Here human bones. The best way to celebrate the union between Man and Mountain.

Here the red tents of K2 base camp. Tents are wrapped with a white, messy and huge coat of seracs:

It's time to go back... During last part of the path we were very tired. Here last steps on glacier before coming back to Concordia, an amazing maze of ice and stones, with colorful lakes and lovely sight, despite the clouds coming:

Thanks to God, and keep on dreaming!

Pictures taken with Sony Alpha 7iii.
August 2022.



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Incredible post! The info, the experience, and the amazing photos. Wow! Thanks for sharing this with us here.

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Thank you!! Yes, it has been one of my best experience... And I have done this post with the heart. It is another planet, really!

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Now I understand why dreams are compared to mountains. And here literally to climb a peak of mountain as a dream . What an amazing place amd incredible experience

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True! Good metaphor! Yes, it seemed to me to live in a dream, too much beautiful and unreal!

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That's truly a bucket list experience!!! The way you described it... Will you go back and try to get to the summit?

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Thank you! One of the best experience in my life, I remember every seconds. Yes, we will go back, I can't climb K2, too much difficult. Not only is an 8000 meters (8611), but it is the 8000 most difficult and dangerous...

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It must be a great pleasure for you to enjoy this challenging and adventurous hike. The landscapes are so beautiful that I look at them again and again. Thank you very much for this beautiful and quality sharing.

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Waaaauw what a route and what great snaps.

Id love to hear more about the mental.aspect of this journey and how it was for you

Atleast you got down safe afterwards considering this post

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Thank you!
About mental aspect... mmm I was very tired, maybe because of I have eaten not so much, I don't know, or maybe because the path was very long (23 km on high altitudine). When I was there, energy came back, because of energy of the place was so strong, and my 'food' has became watching so incredibile, unreal and unusual landscape. Yes, Memorial is to celebrate the memory of dead people, but I feel a great life there. I have understood that there are many dead people spiritually alive, and many more people physically alive but dead inside. Our body can die, but our dreams are like a contagious flame. I felt all those people alive in the spirit of other people, I felt a great love. One astronaut one the moon has said: 'I didn't feel alone on the moon, I felt an unseen love'. The same for me, I felt an unseen love, also in my body, not only in my soul, so I have forgotten my body, I felt a part of universe. I have forgotten myself. This trip is not dangerous, only long, and I didn't want to climb K2, I can't, for me it was enough to be there, but it was my dream, and I did it. On the way back, I was very tired, I wishes to stop walking, but body has inside a great auxiliary energy, I can call it passion, and if you have passion, you forget tiredness and you keep on walking.

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Loads of love on this reply dude! But still even if it is not dangerous 23 kms of walking in altitude is still no joke and hypoxia is still the enemy on everything. Kudos and more kudos!

I can imagine in this landscape feeling so much around you, it is so overwhelming that all your senses are open.

What a fantastic post and reply, please so write more of these kinds of things! <3

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Thank you!! I will keep on, I have many stuff from my last travel, many things to say and many pics to show! Yes, not simple 23 km on 5000 meters, also a trained physics can suffer, going in 'tilt', and it has happened to some of us, but my team and friend has been very special, we helped each others!
Sense was open, I feel this connection, like a force, like to be a part of a greater purpose, and I have stopped to planning too much, I'm trying to turn off rationality. Rationality is not a bad thing, but when it is used too much, it hides the true essence of life, that is irrational. This is why, coming back in Italy, I'm very nervous and restless, I hate many thing of our society, too much rational and who wants to cancel the risks at all costs, but we can't cancel risks at all. Human being is irrational. The inner and truest part of us is irrational, it is why we feel sometimes to do something but we can't understand why... But the same, we should do it!! Answers will come. As Pakistani people said every time: Inshallah. God knows.

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Amazing! Incredible experience, Thanks for this pictures so exciting. Beautiful landscapes!

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Wowzyyyyyy

That adventure and the feelings I suppose can not be described with words. Just feel those images. I never really saw snow :) I always wanted to visit India/Pakistan to get the vibe of snow and the weather during that period. Although, I am planning to visit this year and it would probably be India. I am going to do everything in my possession to reach where the snow is and get the vibe of it lol.

While I am pretty sure I wont be able to go on with the trekking part! It sure is adventurous but also not suited for me much lol.

Tbh I am in utter surprise. As I am clueless about saying which picture looks the best. It is like saying to a kid to choose the best candy from a candy store :) Lovely and stunning images. The beauty of the creator Almighty is fascinating! You are lucky to witness it is live!

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Thank you very much! I hope you will visit India and snow! There are beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh and ladakh too!

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This feels like heaven for me. The shots are all great and of course the place is so breathtaking. If only I am living near, I would love to have it on my travel list. You are truly amazing my friend. Have safe trails and travels. Take care @barnabo73

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Thank you!

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The pleasure is mine my friend. I really enjoyed the fun time and thanks as well for taking me in your beautiful and amazing place.

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Wow!!!! looks exciting and amazing nature

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This is such a beautiful insight you give on your experience!! The water looks awesome, well as pretty much everything:) It must be very quiet up there, is it?

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Thank you! Very quiet during the day, but not totally quiet: you could often hear the noise of rockslides somewhere on mountains, like regular loud thunders.

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Wow wonderful post, the photos and even the actual post itself. Its so wonderful. Keep it up. Love guys like you who explore.

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What a journey! In front of the mountain giants one can realize how small we are. So many lost their life in the pursuit of this, it shows the power of the human spirit to achieve the highest version of themselves.

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