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Hike Concordia - Ali camp

Path throw the Vigne valley

Petr Liška
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Hike Concordia - Ali camp
Inserted: 10.03.2013
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Gondogoro trek 6: The last stage before crossing Gondogoro la pass is approximately six hour lasting ascent from Concordia to Ali camp in a completely icy Vigne valley. As number of cracks on the snowy glacier gradually increase, caution is more than in place. Beautiful views back to K2, Broad Peak and others are worth the effort. Ali camp is a small rocky plateau surrounded with ice on all sides.

Marble Peak and K2

Not only sunsets, but also mornings are amazing at Concordia, especially when the weather is favourable. But there is no other choice but to pack the baggage and proceed to the Ali camp in the Vigne valley. The path is now more complicated and even a guide with porters have sometimes problems in finding the ideal way through small rivers, cracks and canyons in a glacier.

Marble Peak and K2
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Parade of giants

There is no point of view that would be uninteresting around Concrodia.

Parade of giants
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Ascent to Vigne Glacier

The most important is to find a way from the Upper Baltoro Glacier to the glacier Vigne.

Ascent to Vigne Glacier
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Vigne glacier

The path is more than obvious after “boarding” the Vigne glacier, but it is necessary to watch for cracks all the time.

Vigne glacier
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Panorama from the Vigne glacier

The path along the glacier rises slowly – outlook is still very wide at the beginning. As the valley proceeds deeper, the outlook is closing slowly.

Panorama from the Vigne glacier
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Trekking group

Because of hidden cracks it is better to be tied on the rope.

Trekking group
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Before Ali camp

Finally, smaller side valley appears, through which you rise on the final ascent to the Gondogoro pass. Ali camp is practically right at the beginning of the small valley.

Before Ali camp
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At Ali camp

Ali camp is basically situated on a pile of debris – probably on the remains of a small landslide.

At Ali camp
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Ali camp (4958 m asl)

Ali camp is very harsh and cold place – just a few cleaned small places for tents. There are not many things to do, but there is also not even mood to do anything in almost five thousand. So most people just sleep in tents and have a rest before the hard day lasting crossing of Gondogoro pass.

Ali camp (4958 m asl)
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View from the Ali camp

Views of the jagged peaks are not bad at all.

View from the Ali camp
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Early evening in Ali camp

A pleasant early evening mood – however, if you can say that about the stay in Ali camp :-)

Early evening in Ali camp
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