The Scoiattoli chose an alternative route to return home as soon as possible.
How intent are the Scoiattoli on returning home? Extremely! A quick glance at their trekking progress reveals all: they have chosen to return from the Concordia via the Gondogoro La (5750m) pass, to enter into Gondogoro Valley which, in turn, leads to the Hushe valley and then Skardu. The standard return route is the one they took two months earlier, up the Baltoro glacier.
They left K2 Base Camp at 5000m on Sunday 1 August and walked past the Broad Peak Camp to one of the most spectacular amphitheatres in the world, the Concordia, with G IV, G I, G II, Mitre Peak, Broad Peak and her majesty K2. After 7-8 hours walking in constant bad weather and snow fall (rendering the panorama invisible) they halted at Ali Camp (5050m).
This long and tiring stage is usually split into two days and is the finaly preparation for the 5750m high Gondogoro La pass. On Monday 2 August the group ascended 700m and then descended 2250m to reach Shaishu in 12-14 hours. 64 year-old Lorenzo Lorenzi amazed all with his excellent physical form.
Toady, Tuesday 3 August, the Scoaittoli reached Hushe and then continued by jeep to Khande, where they will spend the night at Ibrahim’s, the organiser of their Base Camp at K2. Tomorrow they will continue by jeep to Skardu, the capital of Baltistan,.
The Scoiattoli are all well, obviously happy and relaxed but tired after the long march and almost two months away on expedition. What they desire most? “A good shower and to return home.” The most beautiful thing? “The smell of the forest close to Shaishu” is what Giuseppe Ghedina repied, before adding “perhaps at home it seems stupid, but you have no idea how happy we were to finally see trees and flowers, after more than 40 days of ice and rock horizons. ”
A weak ridge is situated over Afghanistan. It may at times affect the K2-area during the first days giving only risk of occasional showers. Then it seems to become more unsettled with frequent showers due to lows over Kashmir and Tibet.