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Gasherbrum I Expedition Pakistan (8080m) 2019-20

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gasherbrum I Expedition To the heart of Karakoram
  • Spectacular views of Nanga Parbat & K2 from the flight
  • Experience the culture and hospitality of the friendly Balti people
  • One of the world’s top Climbing and Mountaineering Adventure.
  •  Explore the Ancient Himalayan Kingdom, Baltistan
  •  Experience the Concordia and the Baltoro Glacier

OVERVIEW

Gasherbrum I Expedition Pakistan registration is now open for 2019.

Gasherbrum I is the 11th highest mountain in the world at 8,080 metres above sea level. It is located in the Karakoram mountain range in Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan.

Since 40 Years We have been offering Our services to K2 Expeditions for Mountaineering enthusiasts from around the World. Trango Adventures operates a 50 day long Gasherbrum I Expedition. We offer Full board service until the base camp. The duration may be longer or shorter depending on the clients experience and ability. In Pakistan there are different systems to collect visa for expeditions. Each climber has to collect their Pakistan visa from their own country or nearest country with support of Permit applied documents through Trango Adventures. So we always need conformation before the end of March for participation in June, July and August.

Gasherbrum I & II stand next to each other. Both of the above 8,000m peaks have a common base camp and the higher camps until camp II are the same for both expeditions. Mountaineers have an option to attempt both by paying additional royalty fee or attempt one of the peaks. The first route of G-I (Hidden Peak) 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 the recent years has been the Gasherbrum La up to the Japanese Culvert or the route 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 danger of avalanche after new snow falls. Gasherbrum I & II base camp is a 5-6 hour walk from Concordia, the junction point of Godwin Austen glacier with Baltoro glacier. Your base camp lies directly below the Conway Saddle, which was the first route, used to reach the major Karakoram peaks .Depending on the weather, Gasherbrum Expedition can be completed in as little as six weeks (Islamabad-Islamabad) or as long as nine weeks.

Our Gasherbrum I Expedition start from Islamabad, the Capital of Pakistan. Our Representative will Meet and Greet you at Islamabad international Airport then transfer you to the hotel, resting day in Islamabad to recover from the journey. We will meet in the afternoon for a briefing about the Gasherbrum I Expedition. Next day we will catch the spectacular mountains view flights to Skardu, Baltistan (weather permitting).  On route you will have the first glimpse of the great Nanga Parbat, K2 and the other stunning Himalayan & Karakoram Mountain Peaks. After checking in to our Hotel, will have a rest and preparation day in Skardu. Skardu is the Capital of Baltistan and it is the getaway to the Mighty K2, Deosai Plato, Mashabrum, Gasherbruns and many other famous Karakoram Peaks. In Skardu, Trekkers and climber usually do their Finale purchasing and top ups for their journey. Following day we will drive along the Mighty Indus, Shigar and Braldu River to the lush green Shigar Valley towards Askoli. Askoli is the last village before we enter into the heart of the Karakorum. After spending your first night in the camp under the starry canvas, The first walking day of our Gasherbrum I Expedition will start from Askole. We will be walking towards Braldu, gorge and to the snout of the Baltoro glacier, which we then follow to Concordia. We will camp at the Base Camp during Gasherbrum I Expedition. Our High Porter, Chef and other staff will stay with you for the entire time. Our staff will stay there with you through out the climbing duration. Our chefs will make delicious and nutritious food through out the trip. We strongly believe that the nutritious food plays a vital role in alpine sports. After the Climbing Period we can follow the same Itinerary Back to Islamabad. The return trip is often over the 6000 meter Gondogoro La and the beautifully green Hushe Valley from which you return to Skardu. You will be Transfer to Islamabad International Airport for your flight back home.

BRIEF ITINERARY

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ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD,PAKISTAN:

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SPECTACULAR FLIGHT TO SKARDU (2,230m):

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SIGHTSEEING & PREPARATION DAY,SKARDU:

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DRIVE TO ASKOLI (3000m) 7 HOURS DRIVE:

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TREK TO KORFONG (3,100m) 4 HOURS WALKING :

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TREK TO BARDUMAL (3,350m) 6 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO PAJU (3,380m) 6-HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO KHOBURTSE (3,760m) 7 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO URDUKAS (4,130m) 4 HOURS WALKING:

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ACCLIMATISING DAY AT URDUKAS (4,130m):

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TREK TO GORO II (4,250m) 6 TO 7 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO CONCORDIA (4,600m), 5 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO GASHERBRUM BASE CAMP (5000m) 4 HOURS WALKING :

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CLIMBING & ACCLIMATISING :

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TREK TO KHOBURTSE (3,560m) 7 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO PAJU (3,380m) 5-6 HOURS WALKING :

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TREK TO JHOLA (3,170m) 7 HOURS WALKING :

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TREK TO ASKOLI (3050m) 3-4 HOURS WALKING:

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DRIVE TO SKARDU Via SHIGAR VALLEY, 7 HOURS DRIVE:

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FLY TO ISLAMABAD:

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CONTINGENCY DAY IN CASE OF DELAYS-Islamabad:

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FLY BACK HOME:

Additional information

Holiday TypeMountaineering & Climbing

Gasherbrum I Location

INTRODUCTION.

Trango Adventure has a long track record of organizing Expeditions in Pakistan. We have had groups successfully completed Gasherbrum I Expedition on previous occasions. We designed our itinerary based on over 40 Years of experience, which is the best in terms of acclimatization, safety and enjoyment. It is our intention to keep to the day by day itinerary detailed below, although there might be some flexibility due to local conditions or other factors beyond our control. If this is the case the trek leader will do everything possible to work out the changes to the itinerary in order to minimize your inconvenience.

Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last-minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in team is an important aspect of all of our trips.

DETAILED ITINERARY.

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ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD:

Most of the international flights arrives at Islamabad International Airport in the mornings. Your Guide will meet and greet you at the airport, then transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the days is free to recover from your journey. Later in the day, when everyone has arrived, we will have a group briefing about the Gasherbrum I Expedition. Depending on the time available to us, there may be an option to do some sightseeing in Islamabad, A purpose-built City in 1961 as the new capital of Pakistan.
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SPECTACULAR FLIGHT TO SKARDU (2,230m):

(If cancelled Drive KKH to Chilas,) Isb to chilas, 461km. 8-9 H-Drive

Today we travel to  Islamabad Airport to take a spectacular flight (weather permitting) across the mountains to Skardu, the Capital of Baltisan. It’s a 45 minute flight which offers Spectacular Mountains views of Himalaya &  Karakoram mountain range, you can also enjoy the breathtaking views of world’s 9th highest peak, Nanga Parbat  (8126m), if weather is clear then we might be able to see K2 and Gandogoro Pass as well. Check in to the Hotel, rest of the  day will be spent visiting the local Bazar, historical forts, scenic lakes or visiting ancient rock inscriptions, one of which is of 8th century Manthal Lord Buddha Rock that shows traces of Buddhist monks and pilgrims who had influence in the area before Islam.

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SIGHTSEEING DAY IN SKARDU & PREPARATION DAY,SKARDU:

In the morning we will walk up to the remains of Kharpocho Fort (builded early 1700), which overlooks the town and has a great view of the Indus River. If you are into photography then this is a perfect location to take photos of  Skaradu Town at sunrise or sunset. (we can arrange this for you). We will then walk to a small village, called Organic village, which grows all its crops organically. The afternoon is free to explore. perhaps you would like to take an optional jeep tour to Satpara Lake or explore the bazaar.
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DRIVE TO ASKOLI (3000m) 7 HOURS DRIVE:

Following day we will drive along the Mighty Indus, Shigar and Braldu River to the lush green Shigar Valley towards Askoli. Askoli is the last village before entering into the heart of Karakoram. We will spend our first night under the Stars in Askoli, which is high above the thundering Braldu River. Askole is a single street of wooden houses, backed by irrigated fields of corn, potatoes and groves of apricot trees.
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TREK TO KORFONG (3,100m) 4 HOURS WALKING :

Today will be our first walking day of Gasherbrum I Expedition Pakistan. After organising all the equipment and supplies, our porters loads up for the journey ahead towards Korofong. From our campsite we wend our way through the lanes and fields of Askole which will be the last settlement that we will encounter on our trek to Concordia. Watching the local people go about their daily business is a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the hardy Balti people. The valley opens out to reveal the Biafo Glaciers, we have our first taste of moraine walking, we cross the snout of the glacier and descend to the green spot beside the river at Korofong. We will be in camp by lunchtime, we can spend the afternoon relaxing by the river, and also do a short acclimatisation walk if we wish. If the weather is clear then it can be a hot day so keep your sun creams and lots of water with you.
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TREK TO BARDUMAL (3,350m) 6 HOURS WALKING:

From Korofong we continue our Day by following the path up a side valley to do a detour to cross the fast flowing river by a foot bridge. We then walk for another half an hour or so to reach the Jhola Camp. The views are impressive with Bakhor Das (5,809m) and Paiju Peak’s needles in the distance. From Jhola we continue onto Bardumal campsite.
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TREK TO PAJU (3,380m) 6 HOURS WALKING:

Today we will have an early start from Bardumal. The path runs for a while at the very edge of the river, before climbing to higher ground and allowing us excellent views of the impressive Paiju Peak. We have to negotiate a couple of streams today and depending on the melting of the glaciers above, we may have to ford these (sports sandals or old trainers useful). Paiju is a green oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak (6,611m). From this camp we have the first views of the immense Baltoro Glacier, granite peaks of the Trango and Cathedral groups, and if the weather is clear then might see a glimpse of k2.
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TTREK TO KHOBURTSE (3,760m) 7 HOURS WALKING:

Another early start today. From our camp at Paiju, a walk of approximately one hour brings us to the snout of the Baltoro Glacier. After viewing the outpouring of melt water from the ice we climb up onto the back of this great beast. At this point the ice of the glacier is completely covered by rubble and rocks and although we are following a trail used by many expeditions, the going here can be quite tough. The trail undulated as we climb over the swells of the flowing glacier and it is fascinating to think that the stones underfoot could have come from the summit of Broad Peak, Gasherbrum or K2. Gradually we work our way across the glacier to its south side where we can use a path along lateral moraine. Heading roughly east we continue, sometimes on the moraine and sometimes down beside the glacier until we reach a side valley. At this point it may be possible to continue more or less directly by climbing up onto the glacier. Or, if the glacier is not easily accessible, we will turn off into the valley for approximately half an hour to reach a point where we can cross the meltwater stream (sandals or old trainers required). Finally reaching the camping place at Khorburtse (3,760m) we have sensational views of the Cathedral Towers, the Trango Group and the striking rock tower of Uli Biaho. A great day of trekking over difficult and mixed terrain.
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TREK TO URDUKAS (4,130m) 4 HOURS WALKING:

Today is a short day but quite hard work as we walk up the undulating moraine and gaining height all the way. We continue east beside the Baltoro Glacier either along the lateral moraine or sometimes on the glacier itself, passing the ship-like prow of Great Trango and the isolated pillar of the ‘Nameless Tower’ to our next camp at Urdukas. It has truly sensational views of the Trango Towers to the west and directly opposite and almost a mile away across the valley, the vast rock walls of Cathedral Peak and Lobsang rise like ramparts above the glacier. This is a truly awesome place. We should reach here in time for a late lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free to camp, relax and soak up our fabulous situation.
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ACCLIMATISING DAY AT URDUKAS (4,130m):

From many years of experience we have learnt that taking a rest day at Urdukas has worked well, the advantages of spending an extra night here are very Helpful. It helps the acclimatization process and has proved to be more effective than a rest day at Paiju.

This is the last campsite on grassy slopes off the main glacier, it also has facilities for washing and cleaning. There is a pleasant walk behind the campsite through grassy slopes full of alpine flowers. Climbing high & sleeping low is the best way to help the acclimatisation process.

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TREK TO GORO II (4,250m) 6 TO 7 HOURS WALKING:

Leaving Urdukas behind, we follow the moraine edge eastwards until it is possible to climb up onto the broad back of the glacier. The trail on the Baltoro goes past the Yermanandu glacier, which flows from Masherbrum, and there are views of Muztagh (7,270m), Masherbrum (7,800m) and Gasherbrum IV at the head of the Baltoro and Concordia. We are quite high now and camping on one of the largest pieces of ice outside the polar regions, so we will make sure to wrap up warmly for the cooler nights ahead. The campsite is on the glacier where ledges have been levelled out for the tents.
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TREK TO CONCORDIA (4,600m), 5 HOURS WALKING:

 Today we will Trek to the mighty Concordia, it will take us through what must arguably the most spectacular mountain scenery anywhere in the world! Our approach to Concordia continues along the heaving swells of the Baltoro Glacier as we pass Mustagh Tower (7284m). Ahead of us Gasherbrum IV (7925m) acts like a beacon drawing us on, whilst at some points on today’s walk we can also see Gasherbrum ll (8035m) which peeks out to the right of Gasherbrum lV. As we make our way up the Baltoro, the aptly named Broad Peak (8051m) comes into view above the ridge connecting Marble Peak and Crystal Peak on our left. K2 keeps itself hidden until the very moment we reach Concordia when suddenly its full height is revealed in sweeping lines that climb almost 4000 metres from the valley floor to the summit – a site that will never be forgotten. Concordia is a wide area where glaciers coming down from K2 meet those from the Gasherbrums and Chogolisa. It is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular places on the planet and here you can stand within 24 kilometres of no fewer than four eight-thousanders and ten of the world’s thirty highest peaks! We make our camp at approximately 4500 metres on a moraine ridge surrounded on all side by jagged peaks including Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak, Chogolisa, Crystal Peak, Marble Peak, Baltoro Kangri, Broad Peak and K2.
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TREK TO GASHERBRUM BASE CAMP (5000m) 4 HOURS WALKING :

Today we will trek to the base camp of Gasherbrum Base Camp.
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CLIMBING & ACCLIMATISING :

Non guided climbing of Gasherbrum I Expedition will start from today onwards. During the climbing period our staff will be at base camp to help and assist you. Will be there to give you full back up support. Our professional Chef will make delicious and nutritious food Through out the Trip. We Strongly Believe that, Nutritious food plays a vital role in Trekking And Expeditions.
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TREK TO KHOBURTSE (3,560m) 7 HOURS WALKING:

After the Climbing period of Gasherbrum I Expedition, we will start descending on the Baltoro Glacier. It is amazing how different everything looks in descent with our constant field of vision now filled with an entirely different view. The drop in altitude starts to become more noticeable as the granite walls and spires lining the glacier, which yesterday looked almost lower than us, now tower to lofty heights above. It is also a little warmer and there is more oxygen in the air. Passing through the campsite of the Duke of Abruzzi at Urdukas we can marvel at the tenacity of those early pioneers who endured untold hardship simply to get to their base camps. After taking lunch on the Duke’s terrace, with sensational views across the glacier to Biale Peak which remains hidden except from this vantage point, we continue trekking down this huge valley, sometimes on the glacier and sometimes along the moraine or the valley sides until we reach Horbose, our first off-glacier camp for some days. Ahead now we can make out the end of the glacier and the start of the valley of the Braldu. We can even see the patches of green on the lower slopes of Paiju Peak which mark the location of the spring water camp.
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TREK TO PAJU (3,380m) 5-6 HOURS WALKING :

 We will continue our trek on the Baltoro Glacier with spectacular views of the Trango Towers towards Paiju. As on our approach we have to detour to the south in order to cross the Liligo Glacier. This glacier defies world trends in that it is steadily growing. Twenty years ago its snout was half a mile up the valley and now it has collided with the main Baltoro Glacier, with the result that the churning forces have made it impossible to cross without the detour.

Having made the detour and returned to the main Baltoro Glacier, we now cross to its north side, climbing over the huge swells of the glacier towards the ramparts of Uli Biaho. On the other side we then work our way down to the valley where we pick up the main trail and pass by the snout where the underground river which flows through the length of the glacier erupts out in a cascade to become the Braldu. The last hour of the day is an easy walk on a good path although there is a final uphill pull to reach the campsite. On our first arrival here we relished the prospect of a cooler climate ahead. Now we will welcome its warmth! We will spend our night at the green oasis of Paiju.

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TREK TO JHOLA (3,170m) 7 HOURS WALKING :

Now we are off the glacier and at a lower elevation it is considerably warmer and we may make an early start to use the cool of the morning. Leaving Paiju, we walk on a good trail down the valley. Once again it is surprising how different the experience is compared to our ascent. The trail rises and falls as we cross several alluvial fans. We have to cross some side streams today, mostly using makeshift bridges or stepping-stones but it may be necessary also to wade across, especially later in the day. The source of all these streams is meltwater and so they grow bigger as the day gets warmer. At one point the trail passes close to the river beside walls of conglomerate and it is possible to feel its tremendous power. We follow the main Braldu River downstream to its confluence with the Panma River where we turn north-east to reach a camping place beside the toll bridge at the place known as Jhola.
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TREK TO ASKOLI (3050m) 3-4 HOURS WALKING:

Today will be our last Trekking day of Gasherbrum I Expedition Pakistan. We are returning to civilisation after many weeks in the wilderness. Soon we will follow a pleasant trail which leads down to the little ablation area beside the Biafo Glacier known as Korofon, surrounded by sparse grasses and tamarisk bushes. Beyond Korofon we first follow the glacial moraine of the Biafo and then walk beside the river that issues from its snout until we reach a bridge which allows us to cross to its north side. The trail passes through a wide flat area known locally as the ‘King’s Polo Ground’ before climbing to pass through a convenient cleft in a ridge of rock which threatens to bar further progress down the valley. Descending steeply down the other side of this ‘window’, we have a pleasant stroll through a boulder-strewn landscape before climbing once again up onto a shallow plateau. We cross several small side valleys and begin to see various signs of habitation before reaching an irrigation channel bring meltwater to the field of Askole. We follow the channel for a while and can appreciate the tremendous skill of the local people who have harnessed the distant snows to grow their crops in a high altitude desert. Eventually we reach green fields and stone walls which lead us into the village. Most of our porters are from Askole and will be pleased to be home. To reach our campsite at the road head, we must first walk through the outlying fields and then descend from the little plateau on which the village is located.

Today we can celebrate our success of Gasherbrum I Expedition with the porters and hand out their tips as a token of our appreciation for their hard work throughout the trek. Also, we often give them any spare kit that we no longer needed which is also a way of saying thank You. Most of our porters are from this village so later on at the campsite we will say goodbye to our crew who are now our friends and we will perhaps have a final party here.

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DRIVE TO SKARDU Via SHIGAR VALLEY, 7 HOURS DRIVE:

Our vehicles will already be waiting for us in Askole so we make an early start for the return drive to Skardu. Crossing the Braldu on a suspension bridge we follow the remarkable road built through the Braldu Gorge. It is not uncommon for this road to be blocked by landslide and we may have to change vehicles if the road is blocked. If this is the case we will retain some of our porters to transfer the bags while we walk across any landslide areas. Once we have climbed up out of the gorge at the other end the road improves as we travel down the fertile Shigar Valley to its confluence with the Indus. Now we have a faster, smoother journey on a paved road following the great Indus River into Skardu. Arriving in the town we will check in to our hotel and there will be time for a Hot shower and clean up before sitting down to dinner. Tonight we will enjoy the comfort of a real bed.
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FLY TO ISLAMABAD:

If the weather is clear then will take the flight to Islamabad. Skardu airport is a 40 minute drive from the hotel along a good road lined with poplar trees. Boarding our plane we have an exciting flight out of the valley, once again passing by Nanga Parbat before turning south for Islamabad. Arriving in the Pakistani capital after a period in the mountains is always a strange experience and it takes a little time to get used to the hustle and bustle and especially the traffic. Our private bus will be waiting at the airport to transfer us to the group hotel and once we have settled in it will be time to take lunch (unless we have experienced unusual flight delays). After lunch the rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing or to relax at the hotel. Your Guide will advise you on the possibilities for sightseeing. Shopping for hand-made Iranian & Afghan rugs is a usually popular option. This evening we come together again for a celebratory meal at the hotel or in a local restaurant.

In Case of Flight cancellation we will drive down the Karakoram Highway. We will arrive in Chillas late afternoon.

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CONTINGENCY DAY IN CASE OF DELAYS-Islamabad:

If driving down the Karakoram Highway we will arrive to Islamabad late afternoon. If we managed to fly the day before then we will spend today sightseeing in Islamabad. In the evening we will have a final group meal.

 Skardu is a ‘weather dependent’ airport which means the planes will only fly here if the visibility allows line of sight to the runway by the pilot on the approach. Fortunately the weather is mostly clear in the Karakoram but local weather conditions can bring cloud and rain from time to time. If we cannot fly we will travel down to Islamabad by road along the spectacular Karakoram Highway. If we flew up to Skardu this will be an added bonus as it is a fantastic travel experience in its own right. The drive down the Indus River to Islamabad takes two days so this is an important contingency day to allow for this. If we have flown to Islamabad this will be a further day for sightseeing in the capital and your leader will advise the group on the options available for today.

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DEPARTURE DAY - FLY BACK HOME:

After Breakfast, we will Transfer you to the Islamabad International Airport for your flight back home.

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Gasherbrum I Expedition Date & Prices

Groups – Chose your own Dates

Expedition Starts From Islamabad-Domestic Flight Inc

BEST SEASONS PER PERSON GASHERBRUM ROYALTY  FEE DEPOSIT
JUN-JULY USD $ 6,000 USD $5400 (up to 7 members) USD $ 1,200
AUG-SEP USD $ 6,000 USD $5400 (up to 7 members) USD $ 1,200

GASHERBRUM I EXPEDITION PAKISTAN prices is without the Royalty And High Altitude Porters Fees. High Altitude Porters and Liaison Officer Fees will be provide upon request. Above Price is for our services from Islamabad To GASHERBRUM I EXPEDITION PAKISTAN and Return to Islamabad

Our Gasherbrum I Expedition is on Full board basis until the base camp and back to Islamabad. Please Chose your own Expedition Dates. Prices are for the itinerary based on from Islamabad to Islamabad. International flights from most cities of the world arrives in Islamabad in the morning, Return flights will depart from Islamabad International airport on the last day of the itinerary.

Our Experience Mountain Guide will Meet and Greet you at the International Airport, will stay with you through out the Journey and see you off at Islamabad Airport on the last day of your Trip. Please be aware that there are a lot of paper works needs to be done to get the permit to climb a mountain in Pakistan so we recommend that you book as early as possible, especially during peak times. Please note that you may be asked to pay the Royalty fees in advance, which is set by the Government of Pakistan every year.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE – NO SURCHARGE GUARANTEE:

The price of our holidays can change depending on a variety of factors but unlike some other tour operators, Trango adventure have undertaken to guarantee the Land Only price of your holiday will not change after you have booked. The price when you book is the price you will pay, whether you are booking for this year or the next. Book early to avoid any tour price increases, Trango Adventure is a Government licensed Company and we are bonded to follow the strict Regulation set by the Tourism Department of Pakistan.We accept Bank Transfers, PayPal and all major Credit & debit Cards.

Climbing A Mountain In Pakistan.

Pakistan occupies about 880,000 square kilometers of land, it is stretch from the Arabian sea to the high mountains of the Central Asia. Pakistan is a country of contrasts: expansive dusty plains to the high snowy peaks of the Karakoram and the Himalaya in Gilgit Baltistan. Here the world three Great mightiest mountain ranges meet: the Karakoram, the Handukush and the Himalayas. This region is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking mountains. The five of the fourteen highest peaks of the world are here, the mountains of the mountain K2 (8611), the Magnificent Nanga Parbat (8126), Hidden Peak(8080 ), Broad Peak (8047 ), and Gashebrum II ((8035m ). Gilgit Baltistan (northern areas) has also the largest Glaciers outside the polar glaciers.The scope for Climbing a Mountain in Pakistan is virtually unlimited. Climbing Holidays will depend on what type of climbing you would like to do, how much experience you have, Which season you would like to go, How many days you have available, etc. We have been organizing Expeditions in the Karakoram since 40 years so we have the expertise to help you organizing your next Climbing trip. Our expert Advisers will be happy to assist you. In Pakistan, we have to apply for climbing permits for many Peaks, so if you a know which mountain you want to climb then please let us know in good time so we can arrange this for you.

Climbing & Trekking Permit.

Once you have decided which mountain you want to climb we can start the preparations and apply for the necessary permits. A climbing permit is required to climb peaks which are above 6500 meters, a trekking permit is required for some areas, one of them is the Central Karakoram National Park area(CKNP). We have extensive details of all peaks, permit fees, rules and regulations regarding climbing in Pakistan. We will take care of everything so you can focus on your Climbing.

Royalty Fees.

At the beginning of each year the Gilgit-Baltistan Council publishes the official royalty fees for the upcoming summer and winter climbing season. This notification is publicly available and makes a distinction in terms of mountain, trekking and waste disposal fees for various areas and the two seasons. When we apply for your permit we will have to deposit the required fees which means they are therefore non-refundable.

Government Clearance.

All particulars with regard to your expedition including the details of all members must be sent to us so that we can get the government clearance for the approval of your climbing permit. Additional members can still be added or changed at a later date if needed but it is best to send everything well in advance to prevent any delays at the start of your expedition. We currently advise to apply not later than 3 months in advance as unfortunately we have noticed that the time for clearance is taking longer each year.

Helicopter Rescue Bond.

Each expedition has to obtain a helicopter rescue bond of US$10,000/- from Askari Aviation www.askariaviation.comin order to be allowed to commence the expedition. If these rescue services are not used, the bond will be refunded after the end of the expedition minus the administration charges from Askari Aviation. We are able to assist with these arrangements if needed.

Liaison Officer.

To all peaks between 6500 meters to 8611 meters, the Government of Pakistan sends Liaison officers with expeditions. All his expenses like food, accommodation and transportation are borne by the expeditions. In addition to the above mentioned standard kit, the Liaison Officer is paid a daily allowance in Rawalpindi / Islamabad as well as in the mountains for his food. A part of his cost, sharing the cook, insurance, provision of two porters for his personal stuff & food while trekking up & one porter while Trekking down is paid by us.

Environment.

All expeditions are required to submit an environmental undertaking which states that they will take their garbage with them after the end of the expedition. The Liaison Officer will have to certify that the team has left the mountain clean, if this has not been done satisfactory fines will be imposed. A separate environment waste management fee is charged to each expedition member for maintenance of the mountain environs which is non refundable.

Expedition Cargo & Climbing Gear.

We will take care of all the formalities to clear your expedition cargo & safely store it before your arrival. Any charges which incur at clearance (during export or import) of your equipment will not be paid by us. All non-consumable equipment that you bring in will be duty-free if you take it back with you. You are not allowed to trade in it. The consumable goods are similarly duty-free as long as they are used for the purpose they have been brought in for. The unconsumed materials have to be re-exported. We have a selection of well-maintained climbing materials which we are renting out to expeditions and items for sale like different variations of climbing rope and gas canisters.

Base Camp Staff & High Altitude Porters.

There will be a complete kitchen team to take care of you and your expedition members at your base camp and of course on the trek to and from Base Camp. The number of staff depends on the number of climbers. However, for our normal expeditions ranging from 10-15 members, we provide one head-cook, one assistant-cook and one or two helpers who take care of base camp services. We are also able to arrange experienced high altitude porters to assist you during your climb, kindly inquire well in advance so that we can hire the best High Altitude Porters for you.

Cancellation.

In case you have to cancel your expedition plans or want to postpone your trip, the royalty fee will be forfeited. It cannot be carried forward to a future trip or be re-funded. The royalty is refunded if the government cancels a permit for some reason. Cost related to our services will be (partially) refunded based on our Terms & Conditions.

What is Included.

  • Liaison with Ministry of Tourism in Islamabad for climbing permit process, providing measurements of the appointed Liaison officer for his prescribed kit.
  • Process of import/export permit from ministry of tourism.
  • Clearance of cargo before arrival of the team and its storage.
  • Assistance upon arrival/departure. Official Briefing/Debriefing.
  • 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 guide, sirdar, 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.
  • confirmation of air tickets. (Domestic)
  • Hiring of HAPs, mail runner(s) and any other crew as per requirement.
  • The team arranges the wages and kit.

What’s not included.

  • International, airport tax, excess baggage charges.
  • Surface transfers in case of flight cancellations to the kick off point.
  • Liaison Officer kit and equipment, allowances, travel, hotels, meals and insurance and his personal expenses of any kind.
  • 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.
  • Climbing Permit, Pollution and Environmental fee or any other fee requirement
  • by Government of Pakistan.
  • Clearing agent charges.

Meal Plan

Fully inclusive of all meals throughout, from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Last Day.

Accommodation

During this Gasherbrum I Expedition, group will spend 2-3 nights in Islamabad at a good standard hotel. The group will also have a night in a tourist standard hotel in Skardu before and after the trekking. Accommodation at each of these hotels is twin-sharing with en-suite facilities. Whilst on trek there will be a share base camping in 2-person tents. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired with another single client of the same-sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. For the  hotel nights, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Islamabad are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact our Advisers. Hotels rooms are subject to availability and prices may vary.

Internal flights
SKARDU FLIGHTS

Skardu is a weather-dependent airport. Since the valley is completely surrounded by high mountains, planes can only land here in good visibility and this means flights to and from Skardu are never guaranteed. The planes do fly more often than not, but cancellations can and do occur and in these circumstances we will travel by road. If we did not do this groups would risk being stranded in Islamabad and you should beware of companies that say they will only fly to Skardu as this may mean you have no possibility of trekking. See our ‘Important Note’ about travel on the Karakoram Highway for more details.

Health & Vaccinations

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you specific require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is discretionary for this trip. Malaria exists in the area around Islamabad. However, incidences of urban transmission of malaria are extremely low. In Skardu and in the mountains there is no malaria risk. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transmitted for more than 12 hrs through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Travellers who intend to visit Pakistan for 4 weeks or more that proof of Polio vaccination will be required on exit of the country. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

INSURANCE

We highly recommend that you have adequate travel insurance for your trip with Trango Adventure Pakistan. We recognise the complexity and variety of choice in the insurance market and know that many of you either have your own preferred insurer or have annual multi trip cover in place already. If this is the case, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your Trango Adventure itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken.

Trango Adventure do not provide any advice on travel insurance, although it is Highly recommended  that you have travel insurance which covers the activities which you are likely to be undertaking on your holiday.

It is strongly recommended that suitable cancellation insurance is purchased at the time of booking as all deposits (Royalty Fees) for Expedition are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Group Leader & Support Staff

The group will be led by an experienced Mountain Guide. During the trek the group will be accompanied by a full support crew, assistant Guide a cook and kitchen crew, as well as porters to carry all equipment and personal trek bags.

Altitude

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatised successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday.

Climate

From mid June to August, we can expect to encounter temperatures as high as 30°C at Skardu and 25°C at Hushe and Askole. In June and early July there will be a good covering of snow on the slopes leading to and from the Gondoro la and we may also encounter snow on the upper part of the Baltoro. Above 4000 metres snow can fall at any time of the year. At any time of the season the night-time temperature above 4000 metres are likely to drop to freezing or below and at our highest camps may reach minus 10 or 15°C. The weather is generally good throughout the summer season, with clear skies and little rain or snow. However, weather in mountainous areas is difficult to predict, and short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year.

Books
  • Trekking in Pakistan. Isobel Shaw.
  • Karakoram Highway. King.
  • Top Treks of the World. Steve Razzetti.
  • In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods. Galen Rowell.
  • K2 Triumph and Tragedy. Jim Curran.
Passport & Visas

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

VISA PAKISTAN

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is approximately $150 and you must apply for it prior to departure. To obtain a visa for Pakistan you will require a letter of introduction from an approved agency which will be provided by Trango Adventure. For some treks  you will also be required to submit a copy of the group ‘Restricted Area’ permit which will be provided by Trango. Visa applications can only be made in person at the Pakistan consulate/Embassy in your home country.

Equipment List

We will send you a detailed list of items close to your  Holiday departure. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking including your sleeping bag and mattress should be no more than 12.5 kgs. This limit which is set by the porters is strictly enforced and bags will be weighed prior to setting off on trek. Anything not required on the trek can be left at the group hotel in Islamabad or Skardu. Please note that your mountaineering equipment will be packed into additional, communal kitbags at the start of the trekking and this equipment will not be part of your personal 12.5 kgs weight limit.

If you would like to Know more about Gasherbrum I Expedition then Please  do contact our advisers at info@trangoadventure.com

Gasherbrum I Expedition
SHIGAR VALLEY
SHIGAR VALLEY
Askole Camp, ( 3040m) Trango Advneture Operation Manager with a Client.
kids
porters
Bridges
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Ascending To Baltoro Glacier
Urdokas Camp
walking along the baltoro
Hiking Up ON Baltoro
BALTORO GACLIER
k2
Our Staff at Concordia
Nanga Parbat
Babusar Pass & Naran Kaghan

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