K2 Fast-Track

Summit the savage
mountain in record time.

K2 Fast-Track

K2 isn’t nicknamed “the savage mountain” for nothing. The world’s second highest peak is arguably the toughest challenge in mountaineering. For a long time it was considered unconquerable, and most climbers will still leave at least 60 days for a summit bid. At Elite Exped, we understand that such timescales are often incompatible with modern, professional careers, which is why we launched our fast-track K2 expedition. We can help you conquer the savage mountain in half the time.




29 days


Technical 5E

Max Altitude

8611 m
28251 ft

Daily activity

5 - 6hrs



Dates Available

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Starting from

USD $85,000

Aimed at climbers who’ve made an ascent of at least one 8,000er, and are already highly proficient in mountaineering - including moving safely in rock, glacier and snowy terrain.

Climb K2 like a record breaker

Our leaders Nimsdai, Mingma David and Mingma Tenzi will be forever associated with K2 because of their world first winter ascent in January 2021. But both have a history with the world’s second highest mountain that stretches back before that remarkable feat.

Mingma David led the rope-fixing team on K2 twice, leading to successful summits both times, and of course, Nimsdai summited the savage mountain as part of his ‘Project Possible’ push in 2019, when he climbed all 14 x 8,000ers in record time. Elite Exped’s K2 fast-track expedition plan is based on the one he successfully implemented, taking just 29-days from arrival in Islamabad to boarding your flight home.

Our leader's success on mountains like K2 is about more than just their supreme skill as climbers - it comes down to their ability to plan and prepare for every eventuality that can possibly be prepared for. We control the controllable, keeping every aspect of expedition planning in-house, so we’re never left relying on third parties. Operating like this ensures maximum efficiency, and also allows us to speed up the process, by putting everything - from tents to fixed ropes - in place before your arrival.

In order to maintain the very highest safety standards, we only open our fast-track programs to climbers who’ve previously summited at least one 8,000m peak. As with all our 8,000er expeditions, we guarantee a 1:1 guide to client ratio, with four guides always kept in reserve in case of emergencies.

Elite Exped’s guiding team are not just hugely experienced climbers, they’re also qualified mountain rescue professionals. We have evacuation plans and accessible helicopter rescue in place, ready to go at short notice should it be needed. Simply put, if you’re thinking of attempting one of the world’s hardest mountains, and want to do so fast, you could not be in safer hands.

Climbing K2 is a huge achievement, and the pinnacle of any mountaineers’ career. It’s not easy, but that’s the point. As record-breakers, we recognize and respect the desire to achieve the impossible in our clients - it’s what drives us too. In fact, we don’t view our clients as clients, but as friends and fellow high achievers. If it’s your dream to conquer the savage mountain, as we have previously, we’ll stand by you, and climb with you, every step of the way. 

From our clients
Jeff Evans
Mera 2017

You can trust them with the safety and satisfaction of clients. Elite was nothing less than a 10/10 in every aspect of how they executed the expedition.

Steve Davis
Manaslu 2019

Manaslu was my first 8,000er and first time with Elite. They exceeded my expectations at every level and stage.  I would have no hesitation in booking with them again! Highly recommended!!!

Amy McCulloch
Aconcagua 2018

I often felt they went above and beyond to ensure we had a successful expedition. Excellent judgments throughout the expedition led us to reach the summit safely in extreme conditions. Highly recommend!

This tried and tested itinerary is informed by decades of mountaineering experience. As with all adventurous activities of this type however, circumstances may arise where Elite Exped is forced to make alterations, possibly at short notice. While making every effort to adhere to this published schedule, we kindly ask for your patience if the weather, or other naturally occurring circumstances, intervene.

Your daily schedule

  • Day 01

    Arrival in Islamabad and transfer to hotel

  • Day 02

    Flight to Skardu

  • Day 03

    Expedition preparation and trip briefing

  • Day 04

    Drive to Jhula and over night stay

  • Day 05

    Trek to Paiyu

  • Day 06

    Trek to Urdukas

  • Day 07

    Trek to Goro 2

  • Day 08

    Trek to Concordia

  • Day 09

    Trek to K2 basecamp

  • Day 10

    Acclimatize day in basecamp

  • Day 11 - 21

    Climbing period (Basecamp to K2 Summit to Basecamp)

  • Day 22

    Basecamp Clearance and prepare for descending

  • Day 23

    Trek to Goro 2

  • Day 24

    Trek to Urdukas

  • Day 25

    Trek to Jhula

  • Day 26

    Drive back to Skardu

  • Day 27

    Flight back to Islamabad

  • Day 28

    Free Day

  • Day 29

    Final Departure


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Frequently asked questions

The following frequently asked questions may help answer any queries you have about Elite Exped, what this expedition involves, and what is required. If your question isn’t answered here please check our dedicated FAQ support page, otherwise don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What skillset and fitness level are required?

All Elite Exped expeditions are within extreme high altitude environments, with differing requirements for ability. Due to the nature of these operational landscapes it is essential you provide concise, honest descriptions of relevant experience and current fitness levels. Upon receipt we will review your experience and respond accordingly. At this point if we consider there to be any shortfalls, we can collectively discuss the opportunities and/or provide a training support plan to achieve your goals.

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Will I get my own guide?
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Why choose
Elite Exped?


Nimsdai Purja and Mingma David Sherpa’s mountaineering world records speak for themselves, but our founders are more than just supremely-talented climbers. While some choose to direct operations from a back office, Nimsdai and Mingma David lead from the front. Their experience of every aspect of guiding and climbing - from fixing ropes, to organising logistics - is unparalleled. It’s no surprise that when they’ve worked together they have a perfect, 100 percent success rate when it comes to summiting 8,000m peaks.

Safety through

If it’s controllable we control it, this is key to attain and maintain our industry leading strategy for success and safety. We maximise our options, agility and responsiveness by running totally self-sufficient expeditions, not relying on any other teams on the mountain to achieve our objectives. We are capable of setting up our own fixed lines (with a proven track record on all 8,000m peaks) and have backups to cover all scenarios, from secondary oxygen supplies through to the ability and experience to operate our own rescue missions if the situation arises.

A unique

With his Nepalese roots, and UK residency, our co-founder Nimsdai Purja brings a unique perspective of the world of mountaineering, and an unparalleled ability to bridge the gap between Western and Himalayan climbing cultures. We can assemble trusted teams and networks anywhere in the world, but our founders’ roots are a particular advantage when it comes to summiting the world’s very highest peaks. An intimate knowledge of how things work on the ground ensures that everything runs smoothly when you’re 8,000m above sea-level.

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