Gashabrum I & II - 50 Days

Gasha measn beautiful in balti language while gashabrum refers to “Shining Wall”. There are six  peaks in Gashabrum range. Gasherbrum I also known as K5 and Hidden Peak, a name given by William Martin Conway in 1892 because of its extreme remoteness, Gashabrum I is the highest and Gashabrum II is the second highest peak among Gashabrum range . G I is also the 11th highest peak in the world and second highest while G II is is the 4th highest in the Karakorum Range of Pakistan. The two peaks are located in a tight cluster on the upper reaches of the Baltoro glacier, the main access route to the mountains which cuts through the center of the Karakoram Range. Gasherbrum-II Climbed in 1956, members of an Austrian Karakorum expedition the party was led by Fritz Moravec. It set up a base camp on the south Gasherbrum glacier. Three reached the summit of Gasherbrum-II on the 8th July and came back without meeting any further accident. Gasherbrum 3 at 7952m is 6th highest peak in Pakistan and 15th in the World ranking Completely overlooked in the rush to the 14, 8000m peaks, G 3 had only 2 ascents using the same route, which put 7 people on its summit; G 4 is rather better known for its remarkable stylishness and extreme complexity.

It is Challenging and demanding but equally rewarding, delightful and remarkable as well. Skardu, the bewitching capital of Baltistan region, is the starting point for beautiful Gashabrum range by crossing a beautiful lush green fertile and fruit laden Shigar valley and drive as far as Askoli, the last inhabitant before falling into the throne of mountains. Walking on the unpredictable but charismatic and enchanting Baltoro Glacier, we glimpse several famous and beautiful mountains towards Gashabrum.

Duration:  50 days Altitude: 8068/8034m 
Range:  Karakorum  
Camp nights:  40-46 Hotels nights:  4-6
Grade: Very difficult hard Best Period: Mid June to end of August

Day 1: Arrival to Islamabad

Welcoming and receiving at Islamabad International airport and shifting to the hotel. Here meet with the group and during the day visit to the famous bazaars, Mosque and other places in Islamabad depending on time

Day 2: Islamabad to Skardu By flight or KK Highway

Given good weather we will fly to Skardu (perhaps the most spectacular commercial flight in the world, with magnificent views of Nanga Parbat the 9th highest mountain in the world. If the weather doesn’t allow the flight we take the Karakorum Highway on the old silk route. This is just spectacular. It’s a long drive but one of the great journey’s of the world between the deep gorges of the mighty Indus. Overnight hotel in Chilas, driving over Babsur Pass will minimize the distance and the night stay will be in Naran. (10-12 hour drive).

Day 3: Free day at Skardu

Go for the briefing at the Ministry of tourism A free day in Skardu, meanwhile we will complete the documentation. Sometime it may take two days, but no need to worry, we have contingency days for such delays.

Day 4: Jeep ride to Askoli

Today we take a Jeep ride to Askole 3,300m/ 10,827ft. The last village between us and K2 from where we begin our trek towards K2 the following morning.

Day 5: First day, Trek to Jula

We set off early to avoid the heat of the day. The route is gentle and enjoyable. We cross the Biafo Glacier on the way and get our first sight of the Paiyu pinnacles. We will be trekking for around 5-6 hours to the Jula camp today

Day 6: Trek to Paju

Trek to Paiju (3,380m) 6 to 8 hours walking. The path is quite loose in places and again it is likely we will have to take boots off where the river has flooded the path in a few places. Paiju is a green oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak (6,611m). From this camp we have the first views of the immense Baltoro Glacier

Day 7Rest day

Today is a rest day at paju to aid acclimatization and an important resting point for porters, they prepare food for the trek ahead. Normally there is much singing, drumming (or barrel bashing) and dancing amongst the porters with a real feel good atmosphere!

Day 8: Trek to Khoborsay

Another early walk of approximately one hour brings us to the snout of the Baltoro. After viewing the outpouring of melt water from the ice we climb up on to the back of this great beast. At this point the ice of the glacier is completely covered by rubble and rocks and the going here can be quite tough.Finally reaching at Khoborsay camping place (3800m).we would be able to see the cathedral Towers, the Trango and the striking rock tower of Uli Biafo.A great day of treekingover difficult and mixed terrain.

Day 9: Trek to Rdukas

Today is a short day. we continue Baltoro glacier on the lateral moraines or sometime glacier itself, passing great Trango and the isolated pillar of the Nameless Tower to our next camp Rdukas (3900m).This is truly awesome place hundred meters above the glacier we should reach here in time for a late lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free to tend to camp chores or just to soak up our fabulous situation.

Day 10: Trek to Goro 2

This day we follow the moraine edge and climb up on to the glacier. Soon we come have the enchanting view of Mashabrum (7821m) on out right side. Ascending and decending on the mountains of rubbles over the ice we have the glimpse ahead to the peaks which surround Concordia. Goro is the camp name with (4290m) and camping one of the largest glacier outside the polar region with the attracting view of Gashabrum IV (7925m).

Day 11: Trek to Concordia

Today, We move up to Concordia passing the Golden Throne and Mitre Peak as we enter the arena of the 8,000m/ 26,247ft. Peaks, first Broad Peak 8047m/ 26,400ft. followed by the Gasherbrums and finally K2 8,611m/ 28,251ft. The sheer size and scale of the 8,000m peaks defies description, this is a very special place and for many the view is a lifetime goal. Unlike many other treks to this area, ours continues up to K2 base camp where you will stay for a few days to enjoy the sheer majesty of K2 and its supremacy over this whole region. We will be trekking for 8-10 hours today.

Day 12: Trek to Shagaring

Today, we will walk for Broad Shagaring which will be a second last day of our trekking before we start actual climbing for more than a month.

Day 13: Trek for Gashabrum I,II Base camp.
Day 14–Day 41 Climbing around 4 weeks

Wish you best of luck and pray for your success.

Day 42 to day 47 : Trek back to Askoli

Day 48: Drive for Skardu

Day 49: Fly to Islamabad

Day 50: Homebound Flight and Good bye Pakistan with the hope to Come back next year for K2.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • High Altitude porter/climber from Pakistan
  • Lodging at base camp (single supplement)
  • Full base camp with dinning tent, bathroom, showers & solar charge
  • All internal/domestic transport
  • All domestic flights
  • 60kgs personal baggage
  • All meals during trek and expedition (B,L,D)
  • Permit & royalty fee
  • Liason officer(s) – equipment fee and allowance
  • Group emergency equipment/satellite phone service with fixed calling charges
  • Staff insurance (guide, cook, kitchen staff, assistant(s) & porters etc)
  • Experienced cook from Pakistan
  • Kitchen staff
  • Porters for all expedition supplies
  • Electricity generator (backup for high voltage devices)
  • Communication radio (walkie talkie)
  • Weather reports from reliable Western sources

The Trip cost Excludes

  • International airfare cost
  • Personal climbing equipment such as clothing & sleeping equipment
  • Mountain climbing rescue and evacuation insurance policy (mandatory)
  • Personal equipment cargo to/from Islamabad
  • Pakistan visa fee
  • Tips/gratuities to staff, cook, assistant(s) of US$ 400-600 in total
  • Meals in Islamabad
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early wind-up/summit (extra hotel nights, meals at hotels, evacuation)
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of World Adventure Tours
  • Personal communication (phone, fax, e-mail) between Pakistan and home country.

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Gashabrum I & II

Trip Facts

  • 4-10
  • 8068/ 8034
  • Skardu Baltistan
  • Islamabad
  • Breakfast, lunch, Dinner
  • Hotel and Camping