Price
On Request
CountryPakistan
RegionBaltistan
ActivityMountaineering
AccommodationHotel/ Camps
Best SeasonSummer
Mode Of TravelFly In/Out
Trip Start PointIslamabad
Trip End PointIslamabad
Group SizeMin. 12-15 pax
Duration52 Days
Trekking Days41 days
Trekking Hours5-6 hours
Trip GradeExtreme

Gasherbrum means "Shining Wall". It is the highest (8,068m/26,470ft) among the six peaks of the huge massif. This mountain is also called ‘Hidden Peak’ by the nineteenth-century British explorer Conway. There are six Gasherbrum Peaks, the Hidden peak is the highest one among them. It is the world’s eleventh highest peak with challenging technical difficulties at a lower level of ascent. Its first part of the climb is steep snow and ice with rocks then easy climb on snow and mixed slops. The most common route is North West Face. It is located in the Pakistani and Chinese border in Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan and Xinjiang region of China.

The Route

The first route of  Gasherbrum I  has remained closed since the mid-80s due to the Siachen conflict. It is now usually being climbed from its most prominent route from the plateau on Gasherbrum Glacier. The more popular route in recent years has been the Gasherbrum La to the Japanese Culvert or the routes along the north ridge. The other alternate route is the west ridge, which is technically less demanding but takes longer time due to the long distance between Camp I and the summit.

Apart from some technical difficulties in the lower part, the snow face high up sometimes poses a danger of avalanche after new snow falls.

The lowest by small footage of the Karakoram 8000ers is Gasherbrum – II. At 8035m it has been described by climbers as an impressive but achievable peak, much like Cho Oyu in this respect but with a walk to its BC that is said to be the best trek in the world. Its climb provides a perfect mountaineering experience. G2 stands in the majestic neighborhood of K2 in a close line-up of world’s highest peaks in the titanic amphitheater of Concordia that has no parallel in the world.

The Alternative Route

The snow-face of the South-West Ridge presents considerable difficulties on ice and snow mixed faces and ridges once you are above the plateau after negotiating the heavily crevassed Gasherbrum Glacier. It is a steep way up in some sections. From above the snowy Banana Ridge, you continue climbing on a series of ridges and reach a platform where camp 2 is generally set up.

From here you climb a couple of ice pitches and then up the face going steeper before you reach the shoulder, the site of C3 at 7490m. After three pitches from there, it is a diagonal way across the face from where a traverse leads to the base of the summit pyramid on the East Ridge. The climb from there is straight on a wide-open expanse with glorious surroundings but a few steep sections before you reach the narrow summit ridge.

Highlights

  • Gasherbrum I occupies the  tenth position on the ascent-list of  the 8000-meter peaks
  • The "least popular" of the 8000-meter peaks
  • The scenery is stunning and the climb is mind-blowing

Day 01: Arrive in Islamabad. Welcome reception at Alpine Club of Pakistan.
Day 02: Briefing at the Ministry of Tourism. Meeting with LO (Liaison Officer)
Day 03: Skardu/Chilas: Fly to Skardu. In case of flight cancellation, drive to Chilas (480 km/13-14 hrs).
Day 04: Drive to Chilas-Skardu (2,438m) 275 km/ 08 hrs
Day 05: Free day for final preparation and briefing at Skardu
Day 06: Drive to Askole (3000m) by jeeps (6 hours) Camping
Day 07-13: Trek to Gasherbrum -I Base Camp.
Day 14-43: For acclimatization, climbing, and summit (30 days)
Day 44-49: Trek back to Askole or Hushe via Gondogoro La and drive to Skardu
Day 50: Islamabad/Chilas: Fly to Islamabad. In case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas.
Day 51: Islamabad: Leisure day at Islamabad if by flight. In case of driving, complete road journey from Chilas to Islamabad.
Day 52: Farewell meet. Fly out. Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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