Continuing the Trek from Urdukas
After the snow melted away and the porters were able to dry out, we started making our way to the Gore 2 campsite. Gore is on the glacier and as such, it is a much colder place to camp. There are no trees or vegetation, so it is kind of like camping on a snowy gravel pit – but there are some stunning views!
We set off from Urdukas a little later than normal, but once we got on the glacier, the terrain was easy and the 5-hour hike went quickly. My shoe choice was maybe not the best and I had wet feet all day, aggravating my blisters. The porters wear little rubber shoes without socks, so I really can't complain.
The morning started off overcast, but by the time we reached our campsite, the sun came out and we got our first view of Broad Peak, as well as the stunning Gasherbrum 4 and the summit pyramid of Masherbrum peaking out from the clouds. Amazing!
We have been dealing with a low-pressure system over this part of the Karakorum Mountains, partially as a result of the monsoon over India, but the barometer started rising and along with it our hopes of better days ahead.
Among our 400 porters are also over 24 horses and donkeys making the campsites different. The animals are very vocal all through the night, making tent site selection critical to getting a good nights sleep!