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MT. GASHERBRUM II EXPEDITION (8034M)

Gasherbrum II; surveyed as K4, is the 13th highest mountain in the world at 8,035m above sea level.

50 Days
5 Excellent

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  • Max. Elevation:
    8,034m / 26,358ft
  • Walking Per Day:
    5 - 7 Hours
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel + Tent
  • Best Season:
    Summer
  • Group Size:
    2 - 10 PAX

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Country

Pakistan

Peak Name

Mt. Gasherbrum II

Duration

50 Days

Route

SW Ridge

Rank

13

Weather Reports

Report

Range

Karakoram Range

Trip Overview

Gasherbrum II (8034m) is part of the Gasherbrum group, consisting of six peaks, two of them (G I and G II) over 8000m high. It is the world’s 13th Highest mountain. The first exploration of the mountain was made in 1909 by an Italian expedition under the leadership of the Duke of Abruzzi.

Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Arrival in Islamabad & Transfer to the Hotel
    Breakfast
    Hotel

  • Day 2
    Fly from Islamabad to Skardu (2,228m)
    Breakfast
    Hotel

  • Day 3
    Rest in Skardu
    Breakfast
    Hotel

  • Day 4
    Rest Day in Skardu: Expedition Briefing and Preparation
    Breakfast
    Hotel

  • Day 5
    Drive from Skardu to Askole (2,600m)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 6
    Trek from Askole to Jhola (3,185m)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 7
    Trek from Jhola to Paiyu (3,383m)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 8
    Rest day in Paiyu
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 9
    Trek from Paiyu to Urdukas (4,130m)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 10
    Trek from Urdukas to Goro II (4,250m)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 11
    Trek from Goro II to Shagharing
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 12
    Trek from Shagharing to G II Basecamp (5,000m)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 13-40
    Climbing Period [Basecamp - Summit (8,034m) - Basecamp]
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 41
    Basecamp Cleanup: Preparation for Descending back
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 42
    Trek from Basecamp to Goro II
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 43
    Trek from Goro II to Khuburtze
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 44
    Trek from Khuburtze to Mundung
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 45
    Trek from Mundung to Askole
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 46
    Drive from Askole to Skardu
    B/L/D
    Hotel

  • Day 47
    Fare well and De-briefing in Skardu
    Breakfast
    Hotel

  • Day 48
    Fly from Skardu to Islamabad & transfer to the Hotel
    Breakfast
    Hotel

  • Day 49
    Leisure day in Islamabad
    Breakfast
    Hotel

  • Day 50
    Transfer to the International Airport for final departure
    Breakfast

Route Map

Cost Includes

  • AIRPORT PICK-UP & DROP : Airport - Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
  • ACCOMMODATION IN ISLAMABAD : 3 nights hotel at 4-star Hotel in Islamabad on bed & breakfast Basis- Sharing Twin Bed Room.
  • ACCOMMODATION IN SKARDU : On Bed and Breakfast plan.
  • WELCOME DINNER : One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Islamabad with Expedition Staff.
  • CARGO CLEARANCE : Assistance for cargo clearance in Pakistan’s Custom Department, clearance cost is subject to a charge. **before the expedition.
  • PERMITS : Expedition Royalty and permit of Pakistan Government to climb Gasherbrum II.
  • LIAISON OFFICER : 1 Liaison officer with full equipment, salary, and accommodation.
  • GARBAGE DEPOSIT : Garbage Deposit fees.
  • STAFF INSURANCE : Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Expedition staff during the trek and expedition.
  • MAP : Trekking and climbing map.
  • DUFFLE BAG : Seven Summit Treks duffle bag.
  • MEMBER TRANSPORTATION : Domestic Flight: Flight for all members from Islamabad to Skardu and Skardu to Islamabad with one Guide, as per Itinerary. Land Transportation (Members): Drive by Jeep Skardu to Askole and on returning Askole to Skardu. Land Transportation (Staffs): Islamabad to Askole via Skardu (by bus/jeep) for All Climbing Sherpas and Expeditions Staffs. (At Skardu all members and staff will meet each other).
  • EXPEDITION STUFF TRANSPORTATION : Necessary all equipment Transportation for all Members and Staff from Kathmandu to Pakistan by air cargo - Islamabad to Askole by bus / Jeep and to basecamp by Porters / Mule. While Returning: Basecamp to Askole by porters / Mule and Askole to Islamabad by bus/jeep.
  • MEMBER LUGGAGE : Up to 60 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carried by porters.
  • FOODS & LODGING : 3 meals a day (BLD; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Camp during the trek and Basecamp. Well-managed base camp set up for members & Staffs.
  • CAMPING EQUIPMENT : All Necessary equipment for Camping during the trek.
  • PORTERS : Porters per member up to Base camp from Askole & Porters while returning from Basecamp to Askole.
  • BASE CAMP STAFF : Experienced and well-trained Base camp Cook & kitchen Helpers as required.
  • STAFF SALARY & ALLOWANCE : All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
  • BASE CAMP TENT : Each member will have an individual Yak Mountain or Kailas tent in Base Camp.
  • BASE CAMP EQUIPMENT : At Base camp: foam mattresses and pillow per member, 1 Dinning Tent, 1 Kitchen Tent, 1 Communication tent, 1 Toilet & 1 Shower Tent, 1 Staffs Tent, 1 Tent for Nepalese base camp staff, Store tents, Tables & chairs & all necessary cooking gears.
  • HEATER : Heater for base camp in each Dining and other necessary camps.
  • SOLAR/GENERATOR/LIGHT : 1 Solar panel or Generator for battery charge and light at base camp for use.
  • HIGH ALTITUDE CLIMBING SHERPA : 1 veteran and Government Licensed Sherpa per member.
  • CLIMBING SHERPA SALARY & ALLOWANCE : Climbing Sherpa Salary, Equipment, Food, and Clothing.
  • OXYGEN BOTTLE (O2) : Summit Oxygen cylinder: 2 oxygen bottles (4 ltrs.) for each member and 1-oxygen bottle for each high-altitude Sherpa.
  • OXYGEN MASK & REGULATOR : 1 Set of Summit Oxygen masks for each member and high-altitude Sherpa, which has to be returned after the expedition.
  • ROPE FIXING : The team of experienced Sherpas will fix the route in Gasherbrum I (no extra charge will be applied to members).
  • HIGH CAMP SERVICE : High Altitude Tents, Necessary cooking EPI gas, cooking pot for a member, High food for a member, Sherpa, all climbing and cooking crew in between (C1) (C2) (C3). Group climbing gears, and fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period as required.
  • INTERNET : Thuraya IP+ Internet access Wi-Fi is free to all climbers on our expedition at base camp. (Payable Basis)
  • SATELLITE PHONE : Satellite Phone for emergency communication carried by Sherpa, also available for members with appropriate charge.
  • WALKIE-TALKIE : Walkie–Talkie for communicating from Base Camp to Mountain and Mountain to Base Camp.
  • WALKIE-TALKIE PERMIT : Satellite Phone/walkie-talkie permit for all members and staff.
  • WEATHER FORECAST : Weather forecast report from Meteotest, Bern (Switzerland) during the entire expedition.
  • MEDICAL KIT : Comprehensive Medical kit for group and staff.
  • SUMMIT CERTIFICATE : Gasherbrum II climbing certificate issued by Pakistani Alpine Club (after climbing Gasherbrum II successfully).

Cost Excludes

  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE : International flight airfare (from and to Islamabad).
  • PAKISTAN VISA FEES : Pakistani Visa fee.
  • LUNCH & DINNER : Lunch & dinner during the stay in Islamabad & Skardu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
  • EXTRA NIGHTS IN ISLAMABAD & SKARDU : Extra nights’ accommodation in Islamabad & Skardu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • INSURANCE : Travel and high-altitude insurance, accident, Helicopter medical & emergency evacuation. *Mandatory
  • CANCELLATION : Trip cancellation insurance.
  • RESCUE EVACUATION : Medical and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests, and Hospitalization costs).
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES : Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Kathmandu but we will soft drinks for members at base camp).
  • PERSONAL EQUIPMENT : Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking /Climbing Gears.
  • TOILETRIES : Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
  • FILMING : Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
  • INTERNET SERVICE : Not included during the trek the expedition.
  • SUMMIT BONUS : Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa- Minimum 1500 USD. (Applies to Full Board Member).
  • TIPS : Calculate some tips for Basecamp staff.
  • EXTRA : Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary. Any other item not listed in the “Cost Includes” Section.

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    Grading

    Below the different grades shown in the chart are explained in more detail.

    For Expeditions

    1. Easy (E): Climb requires one-day climbs, or a multiday climbs with non-technical elements.
    2. Moderate (M): Either a serious one-day climbs, or a multiday climbs with some technical elements. Requires an average level of physical fitness.
    3. Difficult (D): Multiday climbs with some moderately technical elements. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.
    4. Hard Difficult (HD): Multiday, Highly technical climb. Requires high level of physical fitness and stamina.
    5. Very Difficult (VD): Multiday, Extremely technical climb. Requires very high level of Physical fitness and stamina.

    Grading

    Below the different grades shown in the chart are explained in more detail.

    For Trekking

    1. Light: Light walking and generally level hiking that is good for most fitness levels. During these trips, hill-walking experience is desirable.
    2. Moderate: Trek has various types of moderate to difficult terrain, including rough trails and normally 3 to 5 hours a day. Requires an average to above average fitness level.
    3. Moderate+: High altitude treks above 3000 meters or in fairly difficult terrain- normally 4 to 6 hours a day. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.
    4. Extreme: These high altitude treks or passes are known to be the most strenuous and has difficult terrain and conditions. These treks may require a degree of mountaineering skills and you capability of carrying on normally at an altitude of 4000-5600 meters. Daily walking is 5-8 hours approx.

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