Duration: 52 Days
Best Time: Mid May – End August
Gasherbrum in local language means “Shining Wall”. There are six peaks in the cluster Gasherbrum: Gasherbrum 2 (8035 meters/26,361ft), with a summit pyramid is the second highest peak among the Gasherbrum Peaks. Gasherbrum 2 (also known as K4) is the 13th highest mountain on Earth, located in the upper Baltoro region bordering China and the north face assessable from China. Gasherbrum 2 is the third highest peak of the Gasherbrum massif, located in the Karakoram Range of the Himalaya.
Climbers have described it as an impressive but achievable peak, much like Cho Oyu but with a gradual walk up the Baltoro Glacier to its BC that is said to be the best trek in the world. Its climb provides not too hard and a perfect mountaineering experience for Himalaya beginners. G2 stands in the majestic neighborhood of Karakoram giants like and K2 in a close line-up of world’s highest peaks in the amphitheater of Concordia that has no parallel in the world. In 1889-1929 an international expedition headed by the Swiss G.O. Dyhrenfurth studied possible ways to the top of the Gasherbrum 2 and got to 6250m on the south flank. On July 8, 1956 the first ascent via the southwest spur was made by an Austrian expedition headed by F. Moravec. Fritz Moravec along with Josef Larch and Hans Willenpart from a bivouac at 7700m via the east spur to the summit on 7th.
The snowy of the South West Ridge presents considerable difficulties on ice and snow mixed faces ridges once you are above the most complex glacial plateau after negotiating the heavily crevassed Gasherbrum Glacier. It is a steep way up at some sections as we continue climbing on a series of ridges and reach a platform where camp 2 is generally set up around 6400m. From here we climb a couple of icy pitches and then up the … face going steeper before you reach the site of C3 at 7490m. After three easy pitches from there get to 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 snowy face with glorious surroundings but a few steep sections before you reach the narrow summit ridge.
Day 01 Islamabad
Day 02 Islamabad
Day 03 Skardu/Chilas
Fly to Skardu. In case of cancellation of flight drive to Chilas (480 km).
Day 04 Chilas/Skardu
Day free at Skardu. If you are driving, complete road journey (07-08 hrs) to Skardu (275 km) En-route have good views of Nanga Parbat (8125m).
Day 05 Askole (3000m)
By jeeps drive to Askole (6-7 hrs).
Day 06-13 Trek to G-II Base Camp.
Day 14-43 30 days for acclimatization and climbing.
Day 44-49 Trek back to Askole or Hushe via Gondogoro La and drive to Skardu.
Day 50 Islamabad/Chilas
Fly to Islamabad. In case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas.
Day 51 Islamabad
Leisure day at Islamabad. In case of driving, complete rod journey from Chilas to Islamabad.
Day 52 Islamabad
Farewell meet. Transfer to airport for your return flight home.