Spantik Peak Expedition 2019 (Golden Peak)

35 Days
  • Spantik
  • Spantik 2
  • Spantik3
  • Spantik 1
Duration
35 Days
Country
Pakistan
Maximum Altitude
7,027m | 23.054ft.
Walking
6 - 8 Hours
Nature
Hotel + Lodge + Camping
Season
Summer
Grade
Medium
Group Size
12-15 People

Available Tour

Start Date End Date Group Size Available Seats Status Booking
1 June 20, 2019 July 25, 2019 15 12 Available

Spantik Peak: Facade of grandeur

The new love of mountaineers

Located in Nagar district of the Gilgit-Baltistan region, Spantik peak has recently gained immense popularity among mountaineers from across the world, thanks to its beautiful and majestic appearance.

Accessibility to Spantik is relatively easy, yet the peak is still located in a far-flung area. Thanks to the easy access and its location in a safe atmosphere, Spantik has witnessed a rise in the number of expeditions attempting to summit her each year.

Getting to the Spantik base camp requires at least 3 days. You would see yourself trailing across a glacial system, and it is always judicious to stick with your guide if you want to arrive at the base camp safely. Despite the easy accessibility, the route to the summit of Spantik is reasonably difficult. You have to take the northwest face, also called the Golden Pillar, in order to get a toehold.

The good news is that out of all the expeditions to Spantik so far, 80 percent have summited it with success. However, you success relies heavily on your skills, fitness, acclimatization, weather condition and your propensity to go the extra mile.

Climb Spantik Peak with Karakorum Expeditions

We have 35 days itinerary for Spantik Peak that starts with your arrival in Islamabad. Karakorum Expeditions will ensure that your travel and expedition is enjoyable, fun, full of adventure and most of all, a delightful experience. We offer you total solution, so our professionals will take care of every facet of your expedition, such as your logistics, accommodation, food, travel and everything in between.

Even though Spantik Peak is situated in Nagar Valley, yet the route to climb this beautiful and spectacular peak is from the Baltistan side. After your briefing at the Ministry of Tourism in Islamabad, we will arrange your flight to Skardu. You will then trek across the Chogolungma glacier before getting to the Spantik Peak base camp. The route to the 7027 meters Spantik Peak starts in in the Arandu region of Baltistan, also known as little Tibet.

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Day 01 Islamabad Departure
Day 02 Islamabad – Welcome reception (briefing) at Alpine Club of Pakistan.
Day 03 Skardu/ChilasFly to Skardu at 0930 hrs. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for overnight. Sightseeing around Skardu.

The 55 minutes flight to Skardu is a unique experience flying between the towering icy peaks of the mighty Himalayan and rugged Karakorum ranges with extra-ordinary and unforgettable aerial views of clusters of mountains, and Glaciers. While flying don’t miss the most spectacular views of Nanga Parbat (8124m) and K2 (8611m) from the cockpit. These two mountains tower over all the others.  In case of cancellation of flight (12 – 14 hrs) drive by coach to Chilas (480km) on Karakorum Highway. Overnight at hotel.

Driving on the KKH is exciting. The KKH is one of the most spectacular roads and the world’s highest metalled border crossing. It connects Pakistan and China stretching over a distance of 1300 km between Islamabad and Kashgar winding through three mountain ranges and following the ancient Silk route along the Indus valley to the Chinese border at Khunjerab pass.

Day 04 Chilas/Skardu1.   Day free at Skardu.2.   If you are driving, complete road journey (07 – 08 hrs) to Skardu (275 km).

Enroute stop on a viewpoint near Thalichi to take a view of Nanga Parbat. Austrian Climber, Hermann Bhul climbed this face on July 3, 1953.  It is a nice spot to take pictures in combination with Indus and the Nanga Parbat in the background.

 

We will cross the Alam Bridge over Gilgit River to continue our journey towards Skardu and drive on Skardu Road along the Right Bank of the Indus River. En-route we will have the close views of Nanga Parbat, confluence of the Indus and Gilgit Rivers, junctions of the three mightiest ranges of Himalayas, Karakoram and Hindu Kush as well as the rapids and falls of Indus River. The town of Skardu (2234m) is situated along the south side of the Indus River. It is a broad Valley about 40km long and 10km wide. Skardu is now the administrative center of the District and also transportation and commercial centre of Baltistan region.

Day 05 Skardu to AranduIt is an early start because of the long day journey. The road to Shigar Valley bridges the Indus from Thorego some (10km) east of Skardu. The road then runs through the sand dunes before climbing over a shoulder of mountain from where a majestic view of the entire Shigar Valley can be seen up to the junction of Braldu and Basha Rivers. The road then descends to the Shigar village (32km). From Shigar the jeep trek goes up the West Bank of the river. Enroute at Chu Tron we can see hot sulpher springs with separate bathing huts for men and women. The jeep track goes up the valley to the beautiful village of Doko (20km) from where we trek to Arandu the last village at the snout of the wonderful (38km) Chogo Lungma Glacier. The trail starts through walnut groves and then goes up and down the hillside with beautiful view of cultivated fields and villages on the other side of the river. It is an easy walk up to Sesko beyond which it becomes stony and slippery due to landslides. After Bulcho the valley opens up and after trekking about (5hrs) from Doko we reach Arandu. Overnight at camp above the village at about 2950 meters.
Day 06 From Arandu to BukhumIt takes about (8 hrs) to reach Bukhum, which is a summer settlement. The trail follows the Basha River up to the snout of the Chogo Lungma Glacier. After crossing the glacier follow the northern lateral moraine to Bukhum. Overnight at camp.
Day 07 Bukhum to KhurumalIt is (5 – 8 hrs) trekking. Watching the miracle views of the pyramid of Spantik, passing through Manchikera, which is a summer settlement we reach another summer settlement of Khurumal. Overnight at camp.
Day 08 Khurumal to BoluchoIt is relatively short stage, which takes (4 –5 hrs). Passing through the summer settlement of Gharincho and a small lake and enjoying the excellent views of Spantik and Laila Peaks we reach Bolucho, which is situated at the base of the Bolucho Glacier. Overnight at camp at about (3,900 meters) on a green ground with water.
Day 09 – Day 30 From Bolucho to Base Camp (For acclimatization and climbing 20 days)We will establish three high altitude camps to climb Spantik. Alternating between these camps will help acclimatize the team; this is the key to success. Certain parts of the route between different camps will be equipped with fixed cords for safety and going and coming without any hassles.

We will climb about (8km) up to the origin of Chogo Lungma Glacier to set up Camp 1 at 4550 meters. Camp 2 and Camp 3 are installed at mini summits of southeastern ridge with a view of 360º. The route from Camp 1 up to (5100m) altitude consists of many ice pitches with many crevasses requiring 8 ropes fix line. Beyond this point up to camp 2, no rope is required. The climbing from Camp 2 at (5500m) to Camp 3 at (6550m) comprises ice with some dangerous steep crevasses requiring 6 ropes to fix on this section. From Camp 3 to summit two ropes will be enough as safety rope.

Day 31 Return to Bolucho. Overnight at camp
 

 

 Day 32: Return to Chogo Brangsa. Overnight at camp.

Day 33: Return to Arandu. Overnight at camp.Day 34Return to Skardu. Drive by jeep to Skardu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 34: Islamabad/Chilas

1.   Fly to Islamabad at 1120 hrs (subject to weather conditions). Overnight at hotel.

2.   In case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas. Overnight at hotel.

Day 35: Islamabad

  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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