In the trekking season of 2019, we will be trekking K2 with kids. We’re teaming with another family, the Jones family of Where the Jones and it’s going to be epic. We have kids (all boys) between 10 and 15 years old and adults up to 51 years old. We’re going to K2 in Pakistan. Do you want to come with us?
We are Looking for a 3rd Group or Family to Trek K2 with Us
Previous Trekking Experience Requirements
The trek is around 3 weeks and is a step up from the Everest Base Camp Trek. There will be tents, no cosy tea houses, just porters, expert guides and outdoor cooking. It will be in the Himalayan trekking season of 2019 , so May – August would be great .
The Jones family reached Everest Base Camp ( 5,365m) in the spring trekking season of 2018. They went solo, no porters, no guides.
We, the World Travel Family people, took our kids to Everest two years ago. We had no intention of trekking when we arrived in Nepal but mountain fever gripped us so we took off towards Base Camp in running shoes ( some held together with gaffer tape) and got as far as Tengboche (3,860m) before snow froze our toes. On this occasion we took a Sherpa guide to help keep a watchful eye on the kids, but no porter.
We have previously trekked the 3 week Annapurna Circuit (5,416m highest point) pre-kids, this was fully independent trekking, no guide, no porter, just a map. We also completed a tented trek with full team, The Inca Trail ( 4,200 m) some years ago.
Last week we went up Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak ( 1,345 m) and both families will be squeezing in as much trekking as possible before K2.
Do you have this sort of trekking experience? It’s not a problem if you don’t, but you need to know what you’re in for. You don’t need to be particularly fit, this sort of trekking is more about mental strength and dogged determination, but obviously you need to be able to walk all day, at a decent pace, carrying a pack.
If you drink or smoke, you’ll need to quit or be able to quit for 3-4 weeks. We won’t be doing that on the trek. Some in our group are ultra fit ( my Ironman husband) but I’m really not. I could run 5Km right now if I had to, slowly. Ronnie and Amy are probably fitter than me and are at least a decade younger. The kids are all just normal kids, no training needed for active young’uns. Kids coming on this trip need to be active, willing and well behaved in a potentially hazardous environment. Similar aged kids to ours would be best, we wouldn’t want to take younger kids up there.
You don’t need to be a blogger, social media influencer or have any sort of online presence. We’ll handle all that, but you do need to be willing to appear in video and photos. You will also need to be able to scrape a large amount of cash together, be in possession of suitable trekking gear and a Pakistani visa.
Sponsorship and Funding on the K2 Trek
This trek will be self-funded by the two families above and the third. It costs a lot, the figure of $20,000 is floating around at the moment but sponsorship should take some of the sting out of that. If you need to know exactly how much at this stage, you probably can’t afford it. We’re prepared to pay whatever it will take and you need to want it that badly too. The trek will be filmed for YouTube by Where The Jones, World Travel Family will also take some video for website and social media use.
We think that by coming with our group you will get a cheaper deal than you would otherwise, but at this stage we can’t promise anything nor give exact figures. You will be expected to promote us and all sponsors for the trip as much as you can. If you are a blogger or influencer we’ll all pull together to help each other and our partners.
There will be regular social media updates and images across all platforms and of course coverage on the World Travel Family Website.
We are already stirring up some media interest and we expect a lot more. Ronnie Jones is doing his first American TV interview about the K2 trek today, just a few hours after our press release.
The K2 trek is maybe 11 months away, maybe 18, we have a lot of time to prepare and to promote Pakistan, trekking companies, airlines, hotels, restaurants and of course trekking gear brands.
We’re happy to hear from all potential sponsors.
Ronnie Jones is also running a Patreon campaign for this trek, donations will offset costs and allow him to make more of his popular videos.
Contacts. Because, Let’s Talk
Where the Jones
Name: Ronnie Jones
World Travel Family
Name: Hannah, World Travel Family PA on behalf of James and Alyson
Phone: 44 7925 878 325 (UK)
Find Out More About World Travel Family and Where The Jones
You already found the World Travel Family website, have a look around.
If you’re serious about joining us on the K2 trek, Please read this post on how hard Everest was on the kids, this post on how terrifying it can be and this post on trekking gear. You will need more gear that this, it won’t be cheap. Our full Nepal section is here. If you’re serious about joining us please comment on each one so I know you’ve read it. Reading will help you to get to know us and our style. Please subscribe to our mailing list in the sidebar
To find out more about Ronnie, Amy and family, you need their YouTube channel. Watch some of their Nepal content, ideally, all of it, and tell Ronnie he’s awesome in the comments. He likes that. Please subscribe as preparations will be tracked in coming videos.
About Our Families, Can You Spend 3 Weeks With Us?
I’m going to be honest, I’m an introvert and I need my own space. Being around people for 3 weeks will be tough so sometimes I’ll need to distance myself a bit. Maybe you’ll need that too, it’s cool.
We met the Where the Jones family in Vietnam. We lived in Hoi An for 6 months all up and the Joneses were there for about half of that time. We all got along pretty well and bonded over food and beer at The Happy Buffalo.
I am Welsh, my husband is Australian and the Jones clan are from the States. We all jog along quite nicely together and I don’t think anyone will annoy anyone else too much along the way. Ronnie talks a lot, so does Chef, we’ll just leave them to it.
After 3 weeks up a mountain in Pakistan I’m sure we’ll all be gagging for a beer, hopefully together.
Obviously we need to find people we can get along with, and I’m sure you have needs in that direction too, so get to know us a bit on Ronnie’s YouTube channel and the World Travel Family YouTube channel. Please subscribe to both.
What to Do if You’d Like to be the Third Family on the K2 Trek
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So thanks for reading. A big project, a lot of planning, a lot of sponsorship and media attention, but a trip of a lifetime and a golden opportunity to showcase tourism in a less popular region. Thanks to Ronnie, Amy and family for coming up with the K2 idea, I doubt we’d have thought of it. Thanks to you for being interested. Stick around to see us fail or succeed at trekking K2 with kids. Visiting Pakistan, the Karakorum, wow, it’s like a dream. Subscribe!