China Far West - K2 North, Shakskam Valley

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 Kunlun Mountains and the "Kashgar - Tibet" Highway

Kunlun Mountains and the "Kashgar - Tibet" Highway

 Kunlun Mountains

Kunlun Mountains

 The Kunlun Mountains

The Kunlun Mountains

 The road to Mazar 

The road to Mazar 

 The road from Mazar to Ilik though north Karakoram Mountains

The road from Mazar to Ilik though north Karakoram Mountains

 The north Karakoram

The north Karakoram

 Yarkand River in Ilik 

Yarkand River in Ilik 

 The Karakoram around Ilik 

The Karakoram around Ilik 

 Ilk - the camels arrived 

Ilk - the camels arrived 

 Start of our trek - the north Karakoram mountains

Start of our trek - the north Karakoram mountains

 The awesome deep gorges of Northern Karakoram 

The awesome deep gorges of Northern Karakoram 

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 The camel caravan in the river bed of North Karakoram mountains

The camel caravan in the river bed of North Karakoram mountains

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 The gorges of the north Karakoram - near Aghil Pass

The gorges of the north Karakoram - near Aghil Pass

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 Near the Aghil Pass 

Near the Aghil Pass 

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 The approach to the Aghil Pass 

The approach to the Aghil Pass 

 The approach to the Aghil PAss

The approach to the Aghil PAss

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 The last camp before the Aghil Pass

The last camp before the Aghil Pass

 The high Karakoram from the Aghil Pass

The high Karakoram from the Aghil Pass

 The view from the top of Aghil Pass towards the Shagskam River Valley and the main Karakoram Range 

The view from the top of Aghil Pass towards the Shagskam River Valley and the main Karakoram Range 

 Approaching the Shagskam River Valley from the Aghil PAss

Approaching the Shagskam River Valley from the Aghil PAss

 The Shagskam River Valley 

The Shagskam River Valley 

 Preparing to cross the Shakgskam River 

Preparing to cross the Shakgskam River 

 Our caravan in the Shakskam River valley 

Our caravan in the Shakskam River valley 

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 Shagskam River Valley 

Shagskam River Valley 

 Shagskam River Valley 

Shagskam River Valley 

 These mountains make you feel so small 

These mountains make you feel so small 

 Crossing one of the main channels of the Shagskam River 

Crossing one of the main channels of the Shagskam River 

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 In the summer, the entire valley is filled with water

In the summer, the entire valley is filled with water

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 The view of the Shagskam River Valley that we followed to get to K2

The view of the Shagskam River Valley that we followed to get to K2

 View of the Chinese Base Camp - the last non glacier camp before K2 glacier

View of the Chinese Base Camp - the last non glacier camp before K2 glacier

 K2 - the steep north ridge 

K2 - the steep north ridge 

 The Chinese BC and K2 (on the left)

The Chinese BC and K2 (on the left)

 Looking west down the Shagskam River valley - the area is closed to trekking by the Chinese army

Looking west down the Shagskam River valley - the area is closed to trekking by the Chinese army

 Sarpo Lago River valley 

Sarpo Lago River valley 

 The majestic K2 North Face and the North Ridge

The majestic K2 North Face and the North Ridge

 K2 - 4km of rock

K2 - 4km of rock

 The confluence of the Shagskam and the Sarpo Lago RIvers

The confluence of the Shagskam and the Sarpo Lago RIvers

 Approaching the K2 Glacier 

Approaching the K2 Glacier 

 K2 Glacier and Italian BC, K2 in the distance

K2 Glacier and Italian BC, K2 in the distance

 K2 - the north face and the north ridge

K2 - the north face and the north ridge

 The Italian BC on the K2 Glacier 

The Italian BC on the K2 Glacier 

 A side glacier flowing into the K2 Glacier

A side glacier flowing into the K2 Glacier

 K2 and a side glacier 

K2 and a side glacier 

 Mountains along the K2 Glacier 

Mountains along the K2 Glacier 

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 K2, Pakistan is on the other side

K2, Pakistan is on the other side

 Looking down the Sarpo Lago River valley 

Looking down the Sarpo Lago River valley 

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 Crevasse Glacier 

Crevasse Glacier 

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