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Gasherbrum II 8035 m Expedition | Expeditions in Pakistan

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The shining mountain on the Karakoram range is just the second highest peak amongst the Gasherbrum Peaks with an altitude of 8,035m/26,361ft. The first ascent made by Austrians led by Fritz Moravec along with Joseph Larch and Hans Willenpart on 8th July, 1956. They set up a base camp on the south Gasherbrum glacier. Camp 1 was set up at 6,005m/19,700ft. It was here that the party was forced to stay for ten days because of a severe storm. Consequently, they lost a large supply store in an avalanche. After setting up a few more camps, Fritz Moravec, Joseph Larch, and Hansenpart set up a bivouac below 7,620m/25,000ft. Inspite of frostbites suffered in the bivouac, the three reached he summit of Gasherbrum II on 8th July and came back without meeting any further accident.

 The climb on this peak is both on rock and ice. A high level of technical skill, physical fitness and acclimatization is required. The approach to basecamp is via Skardu and takes about a week's trekking on Baltoro Glacier. An expedition to Gasherbrum II provides a more complete mountaineering experience than the commonly guided Tibetan 8000m peaks (Shishapangma & Cho Oyu) which can be reached by jeep roads. The walk to Gasherbrum II base camp along the Baltoro glacier has been described as one of the best treks in the world.

 

 

Itinerary: 

Day-01 : Arrival Islamabad/hotel
Day-02 : Briefing 
Day-03 : Fly Skardu or drive to CHilas
Day-04 : Preparation or continue to Skardu from Chilas
Day-05 : Jeeps drive skardu to Askoli/camp
Day-06 : Trek Askoli to Jula
Day-07 : Trek Jula to Pauju
Day-08 : Trek Pauju to Urducex
Day-09 : Trek Urducex to Goro II
Day-10 : Goro II Camp to  Gasherbrum Base Camp
Day-11 to 36   : Acclimatization and climbing
Day-37 : Trek back to Concordia
Day-38 : Concordia to Goro II
Day-39 : Goro II to Payju
Day-40 : Payju to Jula
Day-41 : Jula to Askoli
Day-42 : Jeep drive to Skardu/hotel
Day-43 : Fly to Islamabad or drive to Chilas
Day-44 : De-briefing or continue to Islamabad
Day-45     : Departure