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Hike Johla - Paiyu

To the moraine of Baltoro glacier

Petr Liška
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Hike Johla - Paiyu
Inserted: 08.08.2013
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Gondogoro trek 2: At the beginning of the second day of Gondogoro trek lasting about seven hours and 20km, the path from the camp of Johla turns back to the main valley. It then slightly rises the whole day along the river of Biahu Lungma to the camp Paiyu, which is already in sight of the massive frontal moraine of Baltoro glacier. Above the river rise rock walls smoothed by the glacier and on the horizon rise monumental pointed shields, under which you will walk the next days. This stage of the trek is ideal to get used to walking, but that does not mean it is not interesting. In addition, at good weather it can be very hot here, so it can be more tiring than it may seem at the first sight according to the terrain and elevation.

Bakhordas (5432 m asl)

Just on the second day of Gondogoro trek from Johla to Paiyu there is a beautiful view of the steep top of Bakhordas – quite often mistaken in Internet with much higher mountain of Mango Gusor, which is much further in the south.

Bakhordas (5432 m asl)
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Gama Sokha Lumbu (6 282 m asl)

If you look back, you can see in the distance the massif of mountain Gama Sokha Lumbu towering above the glacier Braldu.

Gama Sokha Lumbu (6 282 m asl)
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By the river of Biaho Lungma

After about half an hour walking from the camp Johla the path turns back to the main valley.

By the river of Biaho Lungma
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Flowering shrubs

Even in this otherwise sparse vegetation landscape you can find beautifully flowering shrubs. Above all this tower mountain slopes perfectly trimmed by the glacier.

Flowering shrubs
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Valley as the palm of your hand

After three hours of walking, sometimes in a river dust, the path rises slightly above the river and the view is much nicer then.

Valley as the palm of your hand
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Camp Bardumal

In about an halfway of the today's stage is Bardumal camp – the perfect place for lunch, although some trekking agencies occasionally also sleep here.

Camp Bardumal
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The view of the landslide

Close behind Bardumal opens another nice view – there is something like a landslide on the horizon. But it's only rock extrusion pushed by the glacier from the side valley falling from the mountain of Choricho.

The view of the landslide
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Beautiful shields

Just before the „landslide“ opens beautifully the view of the jagged ridge towering directly above the valley.

Beautiful shields
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The path through the landslide

The way through the landslide is the most difficult part of this stage, but even so it's still a normal walk. The river is in these places quite wild – please see the introductory slide of this photoreport.

The path through the landslide
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Paiyu peak

The views of rock towers trimmed by glacier are really beautiful – and it's only just the beginning. Famous Trango Tower is just a short walk away.

Paiyu peak
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Paiyu camp in sight

From the outlook point at the landslide you can see another huge pile of soil displaced by glacier, this time from the other side of the valley. The river must make here an involuntary meander. On the horizon you can see the moraine of Baltoro glacier, so Paiyu camp is almost within reach.

Paiyu camp in sight
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The gigantic pile of soil

You may wonder during the frontal view, how many million tons of rock the glacier was able to squeeze out of the side valley. Karakorum shields are therefore the most beautiful in the world – very young mountains worked incredibly by the glacier to very sharp spikes.

 The gigantic pile of soil
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Just before the camp of Paiyu

Just before the end of the walk opens a beautiful view to the river valley – to a small green oasis of the camp Paiyu and the opposite Liligo mountain (5600 m asl).

Just before the camp of Paiyu
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Views from the camp of Paiyu

Paiyu camp (3 400m asl.) is quite large and that is why almost all expeditions sleep here. Most of them want to be here as soon as possible to occupy the place for tents at least a little in the shade. Views, especially at sunset, to the other side of the valley are great.

Views from the camp of Paiyu
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