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Climbing Information & Itinerary of Gasherbrum II (8035m)

The lowest by a small footage of the Karakoram 8000m is Gasherbrum–II (8035m). Climbers have described it 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 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 at 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.

Range Karakoram
Altitude 8035m
Zone Permitted
65 Days
Best Time Mid May–End August
Day 01 Islamabad:
Arrival Islamabad
Day 02 Islamabad -Skardu/Chilas:
Fly to Skardu. In case of cancellation of flight drive to Chilas (12-14 hrs drive)
Day 03 Chilas - Skardu:
Day free at Skardu. If your are driving, complete road journey (7-8 hrs) to Skardu (275 km) En-route has good view of Nanga Parbat (8125m)
Day 04 Skardu:
Briefing at Alpine Club of Pakistan
Day 05 Skardu - Askole (3000m):
Jeep drive to Askole (5-6 hrs)
Day 06-13
Trek to G-I/II Base Camp
Day 06 Askoli – Jola (5 hrs trek/3300m)
Day 07 Jola – Payu (5-6 hrs trek/3240m)
Day 08 Rest day at Payu
Day 09 Payu – Urdocus (6-7 hrs trek/4132m)
Day 10 Urdocus - GoroII (4-5 hrs trek/4400m)
Day 11 Goro II – Concordia (4 hrs trek/4750m)
Day 12 Concordia –Shagring Khoor (4 hrs trek/4850m)
Day 13 Shagring Khoor – G-I.II Base Camp (4 hrs trek/5050m)
Day 14-39 25 days for acclimatization and climbing
Day 40-44 Trek back follow the same route or via Gondogoro La and drive back to Skardu
Day 45 Day free for shopping/relax
Day 46 Islamabad/Chilas:
Fly to Islamabad. In case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas
Day 47 Islamabad:
Leisure day at Islamabad. In case of driving, complete rod journey from Chilas to Islamabad
Day 48 Onward flight:
Transfer to airport for onward flight

* Trip departures and detailed itineraries available upon request; all departures from Islamabad unless otherwise noted.
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Services Included:
Liaison with Gilgit Baltistan tourism department for climbing permit process,
Process of import/export permit from ministry of tourism.
Clearance of cargo before arrival of the team and its storage.
Assistance upon arrival/departure.
Briefing/Debriefing at Tourism Deportment.
Hotel accommodation in Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Chilas and Skardu.
All meals during trek and at B.C. as per itinerary.
Porterage of 75 kg per person of expedition equipment and high altitude food etc. to the B.C. and 50 kg per person on return from BC.
Road transfers between airport/hotel and within city as per itinerary.
Sleeping tents, mattresses, mess, kitchen and toilet tent with tables/field stools and camping ground fees.
Kitchen equipment, crockery, cutlery, fuel and related community gear.
Wages and basic kit of English speaking guide, sardar, cook and assistant (s).
Insurance of our field staff and low altitude porters (except helicopter rescue).
Porterage at airports, hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
Mail handling/forwarding to BC/overseas except postage charges.
Hiring of HAPs, mail runner (s) and any other crew as per requirement. (Wages and kit to be arranged by the team).
Pollution and Environmental fee or any other fee required to be paid to the Government of Pakistan.
A bottle of mineral water per person per day basis in cities.

Services Not Included:
Climbing Permit fee
Liaison Officer kit and equipment, allowances, travel, hotels, meals and insurance and his personal expenses of any kind.
International & domestic airfare, airport tax, excess baggage charges.
Surface transfers in case of flight cancellations to the kick off point.
High altitude porters/any crew above BC.
Tents, sleeping bags, personal and climbing equipment of any kind beyond base camp including high altitude food and oxygen.
Medications, ground evacuations and helicopter rescue charges of any kind.
Room services, laundry, beverages, phone/communication bills and items of personal nature.
Insurance liability of member (s) and other under force majeure conditions.
Clearing agent charges.
Any other service not mentioned in this condition sheet.

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