Gasherbrum - II (8035m) Expedition

Paiyu Valley  Porter at Urdukas  Goro Camp    K2 Base Camp

Gasherbrum-II (8035m) is one of the absorbing peaks among the Karakorum Himalayan series. It is an impressive, ideal peak to start high mountain climbing and the best trek in the world. Although climb is not as difficult as Hidden Peak, but still considered its climbing provides a perfect mountaineering experience. G-II stands on the North West of Baltoro Glacier in the majestic neighborhood of K-2, the second highest peak in the world. 

The snow-face of the South-West Ridge presents difficulties on ice and snow mixed faces, once you reach above the plateau after negotiating the heavily crevassed Gasherbrum Glacier. It has a steep way up at some sections. Continue climbing on a series of ridges and reach a platform where camp 2 is generally settled up. From here you climb a couple of ice pitches and then up the face going steeper before you reach the site of Camp 3 at 7490m. After three pitches from there it is a sloping way across the route from where a traverse leads to the base of the summit on the East Ridge. The climb from there is wide open with glorious surroundings but there is a few steep sections before you reach the narrow summit ridge.

In 1956, the Austrian Karakorum Expedition members Firtz Moravec, Josef Larch and Hans Willenpart made the summit successfully of the South Face (Normal route). In 1984, Reinhold Messner made the historic attempt by continuously traversing both Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II with his companion Has Kammerlander.

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City / Station name

Schedule

01

Islamabad

Arrive Islamabad, meet our guide with transport and transfer to hotel

for overnight.

 

02

Islamabad

AM Welcome reception at Alpine Club of Pakistan.  

PM proceed for city tour including: Faisal Mosque, Visit Pakistan Monument and Museum at Shakar Parian, Rawal Lake also. In Rawalpindi   the famous places to look are Raja (King) Bazaar, Silver and Gold bazaars will allow us to catch traditional craftsmen at work.  

Drive back to hotel for dinner & overnight.

 

03

Islamabad–Skardu or   

Islamabad-Chilas

 

Fly Skardu, if flight does not operate, drive to Chilas. 

Chilas (490km, 12-13 Hrs) on Karakorum Highway, the most adventurous and thrilling. It connects Pakistan and China spreading over a distance of 1300km between Islamabad and Kashghar. Continue drive and finally meet the great Indus on Thakot Bridge. From there onward the road snails along the bank of the Indus.  

Lunch at Besham - is the largest town and commercial centre. Besham shops are famous for their China and international goods. Continue drive to Chilas - with many rocks carving and inscriptions and is standing under the shadow of world famous Nanga Parbat.  

Dinner & overnight at hotel.

 

04

Skardu or  Chilas -Skardu

Full day free at Skardu is at a height of 7,500 feet. It is the trekker and mountain climbers' paradise. OR complete the road journey from Chilas to Skardu. (280km, 8-9 Hrs).  

Lunch at Astak Nala.  

Upon arrival transfer to hotel for dinner & overnight.

 

05

Skardu

Final shopping day at Skardu.  

Lunch, dinner & Overnight at hotel.

 

06

Skardu - Jhola

After early breakfast, drive by jeeps from Skardu to Askole (3000 m, 6-7 Hrs) - is the last friendly village. Drive through Shigar valley and its stunning scenery. Continue walk & will reach at Jhola - 3200m, 6-7 Hrs. Lunch at Korophon. The landscape is flat, somewhat sandy & hot sun will be beating down and there is very little shade.  

After lunch at Korophon, continue up to Jhola. 

Dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

07

Jhola - Paiyu

Trek to Paiyu ('Salt' in Balti) 3450m, 6-7 Hrs. This is an undulating walk, difficult at times, which the first views of dramatic mountains ahead. There is a rest stop by some tamarisk trees besides the stream flowing down from Paiyu Peak.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

08

Paiyu

Day at leisure for acclimatization.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

09

Paiyu - Khuburse

After breakfast trek to Khuburse, 3930m, 6-7 hrs. Gradual climb up Baltoro Glacier on the southern edge. Continue to the right climbing up on the glacier. Further 2-3 hours steady climb on a long diagonal to the other side & reach at campsite. 

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

10

Khuburse - Urdukas

Trek to Urdukas – 4200m, 7-8 hours. Urdukas is a magnificent Campsite with spectacular views of Paiyu Peak, Choricho, Uli Biaho, The Trango Towers, Cathedral and Biale.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

11

Urdukas – Goro-II

Trek to Goro-II – 4500m, 5-6 hours. We will cover two porter stages. Baltoro shows a little more of the ice today and you are reminded that you are walking on one of the largest glaciers in the world. Masherbrum Peak welcomes you and Gasherbrum IV is now in front of you. Broad Peak is now also seen clearly.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

12

Goro-II  - Concordia

Trek to Concordia (4700m, 5-6 Hrs).  We pass Mustagh Tower then Broad Peak comes clearly into view. The Gasherbrum Range is straight ahead and we reach Concordia K2 finally reveals herself. All around are stunning peaks and you are standing in with one of the most amazing mountain panoramas on the planet. Concordia was named by Martin Conway in 1892, as it is the junction point of five glaciers.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

14

Concordia –

K2 Base Camp – Shagaring

 

K2 Base Camp (5100m), 6-8 hours slightly easy walk, with spectacular views and titanic mountain panorama, including Mustagh Tower, Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak and the mighty K-2. Camp at Concordia named by Martin Conway after the place De La Concordia in Paris. Lunch at Concordia. After having lunch at Concordia 3-4 hours walk. You will meet some crevasses on Gasherbrum Glacier towards Shagaring.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

  

 

15 -  59

 

44 days for acclimatization and climbing period.

 

60

Vigne Glacier  or

Ali Camp (4800m)

5-6 hours continue walk on Vigne Glacier, proving superb views of

Chogolisa, and Mitre Peak, A rare mountain panorama and camp just below pass.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

 

61

Gondogoro_La –

Khuspang

Gondogoro_La (5680m) - Khuspang (4680m), 4-5 hours. Start very

early in the morning for the strenuous and steep ascend to Gondogoro la (high pass), and another 3-4 hrs descend to the high camp (Khuspang) on the other side. Also BC for Gondogoro Peak. Continue trek to Dalzampa: (4300m) another 4-5 hours easy descends glacier Moraine to beautiful campsite of Dalzampa "field of flower". A climb to the lateral Moraine provides spectacular views of glacier and jagged spires.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

62

Shaieshcho - Hushe

Shaieshcho (3600m) - Hushe (3300m), 4-5 hours walk on the lateral

moraine through wild roses, gooseberry cedar and Tamarisk bushes.

The Charksa valley joins the Gondogoro at Shaieshcho and the route

leads towards the base camp of K6 and K7. Another 4-5 hours the last day of the trek follow the east bank of Hushe River on an easy path through the field and camp out side the village.  

Lunch, dinner & overnight in Camps.

 

63

Hushe-Skardu

Today meet the jeeps and drive to Skardu (2340m).   

Upon arrival at Skardu transfer to hotel for dinner & overnight.

 

64

Skardu - Islamabad

Fly to Islamabad

Or in case flight does not operate drive to Chilas. 

Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel.

 

65

Islamabad

A.M Farewell meeting at Alpine Club of Pakistan.  

PM free at Islamabad  

Or drive from Chilas to Islamabad.   

Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel.

 

66

Islamabad

Transfer to airport for your onward flight.

 

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