Gasherbrum I Expedition 2019

50 Days
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Duration
50 Days
Country
Pakistan
Maximum Altitude
8,080m | 26.509ft.
Walking
6 - 8 Hours
Nature
Hotel + Lodge + Camping
Season
Summer
Grade
Very Difficult
Group Size
12-15 People

Available Tour

Start Date End Date Group Size Available Seats Status Booking
1 June 12, 2019 Aug 5, 2019 15 12 Available

 

Gasherbrum 1: The hidden peak

Explore Karakorum’s hidden gem

Gasherbrum I, also popular as the Hidden Peak, is located at 8,080 meters above sea level in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan.

The mountain is nestled beautifully between labyrinths of high peaks in the Karakorum Mountain range. Gasherbrum I boasts the most difficult topography, and it is the tallest of the series of 6 Gasherbrum peaks in the vicinity.

In 1936, veteran mountaineer H . De Segogne led a team of French mountaineers to attempt Gasherbrum I, but he was faced with failure. However, Nich Clinch and his team of American climbers became the pioneer to summit the peak in 1958.

The route to the base camp of Gasherbrum I begins from Skardu. You’d find yourself cruising across Shigar Valley and then trekking across the Baltoro glacier to finally arrive at the base camp. Gasherbrum I’s climbing period starts in June and ends in August.

Day 01

Arrive Islamabad.

Day 02

Briefing at Ministry of Tourism. Meeting with LO (Liaison Officer).

Day 03

Fly to Skardu (1 hr) or drive to Chilas.

Day 04

Day free at Skardu or drive Chilas – Skardu (8-10 hrs).

Day 05

Free Day at Skardu for final preparation

Day 06

Skardu – Askole (6-7 hrs)

Day 07

Trek to Jhula near Domardo River. (8-9 hours)

Day 08

Trek to Paiyu provides good views of Baltoro South, Cathedral Towers and triangle of K2 at far view (5-7 hrs)

Day 09

Day free at Paiyu for acclimatization (3600 m)

Day 10

Trek to Urdukus: To Khuburtze (8-9 hrs): A gradual climb up Baltoro Glacier on
The southern edge. The walk mostly along the crest of lateral moraine, with stunning views of Paiyu Peak, Chorichi, Uli Biaho, Trango Towers and so on. A good camp site at 4200 m

Day 11

Goro II: The first hour walk is across difficult side crevasses; however the way is
Smoother and easy in the center. Continue opposite of Yermanendo Glacier for 3-4 hrs to the camp site at 4500 meters pitched in the center of the glacier.

Day 12

Concordia: 5-6 hours slightly easy walk, with spectacular views and gigantic mountain panorama, including Mustagh Tower, GB IV, Mitre Peak and the mighty K2. Camp at Concordia at 4700 m

Day 13

4-5 hours trek to Shaghrin.

Day 14

4-5 hours trek to Gasherbrum II basecamp.

Day 15-39

Climb Gasherbrum II. No. of days depends on weather, fitness, and experience of the climbers

Day 40-46

Return to Askole or Hushe and drive to Skardu. In case of trek via Gondogoro number of trekking days can be lesser

Day 47

Fly to Islamabad or drive to Chilas

Day 48

Day free at Islamabad or drive to Islamabad

Day 49

De-briefing at the ministry of tourism

Day 50

Fly to destination.

 

  1. Arrival & Departure: Airport – Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
  2. Hotel Accommodation In Islamabad: 2 nights hotel at 4 star Hotel in Islamabad on bed & breakfast Basis-Twin Bed Room.
  3. Welcome Dinner: One Welcome Dinner in tourist standard restaurant in Islamabad with Expedition Staffs.
  4. Cargo Clearance: International Air cargo clearance of Member Personal Luggage & Payment of Government taxes in Pakistan.(**Before the expedition.)
  5. Permit: Expedition Royalty and permit of Pakistan Government to climb the Peaks
  6. Liaison Officer: 1 Liaison officer with full equipment, salary and accommodation.
  7. Garbage Management: Garbage Deposit fees.
  8. Insurance: Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Expedition staffs during the trek and expedition.
  9. Map: Trekking and climbing map.
  10. Member Transportation:
    • Domestic Flight: Flight for all members for Islamabad to Skardu & Skardu to Islamabad with one Guide, as per Itinerary.
    • 3 Nights accommodation is Skardu
    • 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 Guides and Expeditions Staff. (At Skardu all members and staffs will meet each other).
  11. Expedition Stuffs Transportation: Necessary all equipment Transportation for all Members and Staffs From Islamabad- Skardu 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.
  12. Member Luggage: Up to 60 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carrying by porters.
  13. Food and Lodging: Food 3 meals a day (BDL; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Camp during the trek and Basecamp. Well-managed base camp set up for member & Staffs.
  14. All Necessary equipment for Camping during the trek.
  15. Porter: Porters per member up to Base camp from Askole & Porters while returning from Basecamp to Askole.
  16. Base Camp Staff: Experienced and well-trained Base camp Cook & kitchen Helpers as required.
  17. Staff Salary and Allowance: All staffs & porters daily wages, salary, equipment, foods & clothing.
  18. Base Camp Tent: Each member will have individual tent in Base Camp.
  19. 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 Pakistani base camp staffs, Store tents, Tables & chairs & all necessary cooking gears.
  20. Heater: Heater for base camp in each Dining and other necessary camp
  21. Solar/Generator/Light: 1 Solar panel or Generator for battery charge and light at base camp for use.
  22. High Altitude Climbing Guide: 1 Pakistani climbing guide per member.
  23. Climbing Guide Salary& Allowance: Climbing Guide Salary, Equipment, Food And Clothing.
  24. Oxygen Bottle (O2): Poisk O2 cylinder: 2 oxygen bottles ( more on demand for extra cost) (4 ltrs.) for each member and 2 oxygen bottle for each high altitude Guide.
  25. Oxygen Mask & Regulator: 1 Set of Summit Oxygen mask for each member and high altitude guide, which has to be return after expedition.
  26. High camp service: High Altitude Tents, Necessary cooking EPI gas, cooking pot for member, High food for member, High Altitude Guide, all climbing and cooking crew. (C1) (C2) (C3) (c4). Group climbing gears, fixed and dynamic rope.
  27. Internet: Reliable & high speed internet access WiFi is free to all climbers on our expedition at base camp.
  28. Satellite Phone for emergency communication carrying by Guide, also available for members with appropriate charge.
  29. Walkie Talkie: Walkie Talkie for communicating from Base Camp to Mountain and Mountain to Base Camp.
  30. Permit: Satellite Phone / walkie-talkie permit for all members and staffs.
  31. Comprehensive Medical kit for group and staffs.
  32. Certificate: Climbing certificate issued by Pakistani Alpine Club (after climbing)

Note : All expedition stuffs and equipment has to be return after the expedition.

  1. Arrival & Departure: Airport – Hotel transfers Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
  2. Hotel Accommodation In Islamabad: 2 nights hotel at 4 star Hotel in Islamabad on bed & breakfast Basis-Twin Bed Room.
  3. Welcome Dinner: One Welcome Dinner in tourist standard restaurant in Islamabad with Expedition Staffs.
  4. Permit: Expedition Royalty and permit of Pakistan Government to climb Peak.
  5. Liaison Officer: 1 Liaison officer with full equipment, salary and accommodation.
  6. Garbage Management: Garbage Deposit fees.
  7. Insurance: Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Expedition staffs during the trek and expedition.
  8. Map: Trekking and climbing map.
  9. Member transportation:
    • Domestic Flight : Flight for all members for Islamabad to Skardu and Skardu to Islamabad with one Guide, as per Itinerary.3 Nights in Skardu.
    • 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 Guide and Expeditions Staffs. (At Skardu all members and staffs will meet each other).
    • Expedition Stuffs Transportation: Necessary all equipment Transportation for all Members and Staffs From Islamabad to Askole by bus / Jeep and to base camp by Porters / Mule. While Returning: Basecamp to Askole by porters / Mule and Askole to Islamabad by bus / Jeep.
  10. Member Luggage: Up to 60 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carrying by porters.
  11. Food and Lodging: Food 3 meals a day (BDL; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Camp during the trek and Basecamp. Well-managed base camp set up for member & Staffs.
  12. All Necessary equipment for Camping during the trek.
  13. Porter: Porters per member up to Base camp from Askole & Porters while returning from Base camp to Askole.
  14. Base Camp Staff: Experienced and well-trained Base Camp Cook & Kitchen Helpers as required
  15. Staff Salary & Allowance: All Pakistani staffs & porters daily wages, salary, equipment, foods & clothing.
  16. Base Camp Tent: Each member will have individual tent in Base Camp.
  17. 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 Pakistani base camp staffs, Store tents, Tables & chairs & all necessary cooking gears.
  18. Heater: Heater for base camp in each Dining and other necessary camp.
  19. Solar/Generator/Light: 1 Solar panel or Generator for battery charge and light at base camp for use.
  20. Comprehensive Medical kit fro group and staffs.

Note : All expedition stuffs and equipment has to be return after the expedition.

  1. Pakistan Entry Visa fee: Pakistani Visa fee.
  2. Lunch & Dinner: Lunch & dinner in during the stay in Islamabad (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
  3. Extra night in Islamabad: Extra nights accommodation in Islamabad. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  4. Insurance: Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
  5. Trip cancellation Insurance.
  6. Rescue Evacuation: Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs.)
  7. Personal Expenses: Telephone, Internet, battery recharge, shower, Laundry, any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Islamabad but we will serve all kinds of beverages for members in basecamp), and also Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking /Climbing Gears.
  8. Filming: Special Filming, Camera and Drone permit and its fee (if required).
  9. Summit Bonus: Summit bonus for climbing guide $2200 usd. (If company offers Full Board Services).
  10. Tips: Calculate some tips for Basecamp staffs. (minimum 300USD)
  11. Extra: Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  12. Our Company’s Service will be “Zero” above Base Camp (If company offers just Base Camp services)
  13. Any other item not listed in Cost Includes section.

Equipment List

We are providing you with three lists for the Trek. List 1 and 2 contain items and equipments that you must bring. The third list contains optional items you might need on your trekking holiday. Based on your own judgment you can select things that you might need from the third list.

List 1 – Must Bring Items:

  • First Aid Pack (Diamox (Altitude), Dioralite (re-hydration salts), antiseptic cream, blister treatment, throat lozenges, plasters, Imodium (diarrhea treatment), painkillers)
  • Hiking Backpack (Day Pack) 32-42 Litres
  • Fleece jacket with hood or a warm jumper
  • Mittens or gloves
  • Gloves (Thermal)
  • Headtorch with spare batteries
  • Hiking boots
  • Sleeping bag (-16°C comfort rated)
  • Sandals (sports) or old shoes (to cross rivers)
  • Sun protection cream (including total block for nose, lips etc.)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Thermarest or any similar mat/pad for sleeping
  • Warm hat
  • Warm jacket (down)
  • Water bottles 1 liter (x2)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof over-trousers
  • Antibacterial hand wash
  • Shirts/T-shirts
  • Small towel
  • Socks
  • Spare laces
  • Underwear (normal and thermal)
  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
  • Wash-bag and toiletries
  • Walking socks (2/3 pairs)
  • Baselayer – leggings (Thermal)
  • Trekking Trousers
  • Baselayer thermal shirts (2 long sleeves, 2 short sleeves)
  • Mountaineering equipment (See “List 2” below)

List 2 – Mountaineering Equipments:

  • Crampons
  • Mountaineering boots that must be compatible with your crampons. Minimum Grade B2.
  • Ice axe
  • Climbing harness
  • Karabiner/Carabiner (screwgate type x 2)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Prusik loops X two (2) – (4 meters of 6 mm cord makes up 2)
  • Sling (120 cm)

List 3 – Optional:

  • Buff or scarf
  • Small padlock (for locking your bag)
  • Camera
  • Insect repellant
  • Pen-knife (important: pack sharp tools in hold luggage)
  • Repair kit (e.g. thread, needle, duct tape)
  • Liner (for sleeping bag)
  • Travel clothes
  • Bottle for Pee

Minimum Group Participants and holiday Status

The required number of participant bookings i.e. six (6) registrations are required to conduct the “Fixed departures”. Although we receive several guests for each fixed departure, we feel that it is important to mention it. You can make sure of the trip status on this page. Status “available” means we are registering guests and “guaranteed” means we have crossed the required number of participants and the trip will commence on the given dates. We will constantly be in touch with all our guests who register. We will timely guide you step by step regarding visa applications and flight reservations to Pakistan etc.

Travel Documents & Visa

In order to apply for visas to Pakistan, you generally need a passport expiring later than (6) months. For more reliable and updated information, we suggest you to contact the nearest Pakistani consulate or embassy in your country. We expect that you will take full responsibility for ensuring you have the right travel documents. Normally if you are visiting non-EU countries, you must check for 2 vacant pages in your travel document (passport) for every country you plan to travel.

A tourist visa (visit visa) is required to come to Pakistan for trekking. People on work visas (already in Pakistan/abroad) require a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) which normally takes up to 6 weeks. The requirements and fee for tourist visas to Pakistan is normally around 200 USD but for accurate information you should consult Pakistani consulates nearby. To apply for a tourist visa, you will need a Letter of Invitation from our company and sometimes a duplicate (copy) of the “government trekking permit” for the group, processed by us. We will help you with all necessary documents to obtain the visa once you register with us.

For more information please write us at info@karakorumexpedition.com

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