We’ve chosen Gasherbrum II (8032m) for our next 8000 meter expedition for several reasons. Firstly, it is one of the most obtainable 8000 meter summits, being the 13th highest of the 14 8000 meter peaks, with Shishapangma being the 14th and a difficult climb to reach the true summit. Secondly, it lacks the steeper slopes that other 8000 meter peaks have, and it also doesn’t have technical or mixed climbing on the southwest ridge, our route of choice. Finally, summit rates on the peak are quite good even in marginal weather.
Leadership. Luke Smithwick will be leading this trip, and also climbing with you on the mountain. Additionally, one Sherpa will be present for every climber on the peak (and climbing with them). All camps on mountain will be stocked and pitched in advance, with the route fixed in places deemed necessary by the Sherpa climbing team and Luke.
Cost Effective. Full Service. Our base camp at Gasherbrum BC will be fully stocked with a variety of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with snacks. We will have hot showers in camp, two pit toilets, and each member will have their own roomy 2 person Mountain Hardwear tent. The purpose of a base camp is for you to have a place to recover, and relax, and have space from the mountain to collect your thoughts, gather your energy reserves, and move to climbing on the mountain. We will make two rotations on the mountain before making our summit bid. A rotation entails climbing on the peak, spending nights in established and stocked camps, and then returning to our base camp for a hot shower, fresh meals, and relaxing. Our goal as a guide service is to provide a climb that keeps you strong, physically healthy, and mentally prepared for your summit.
Proving Ground. Gasherbrum II is an excellent segue way into Everest and other difficult 8000 meter peaks. Come and test yourself on a Karakoram giant, surrounded by K2, Broad Peak, and the sharp and spectacular Karakoram.
Trust. Climbing at 8000 meters is no place to be short on resources. We make the proper advance preparations to ensure that our team will be properly cared for, from airport to summit to airport.
Route. We will be climbing the Southwest ridge. The SW ridge is the route with the most likelihood for summit success on Gasherbrum II.
>Gasherbrum II expedition climb | 8032m
>Spectacular and scenic approach via Concordia (K2 base camp)
>1:1 Sherpa:climber ratio
2 – briefing with Pakistan Ministry of Tourism
3-4 – jeep to Skardu ( we will fly if conditions allow)
5 – porter hiring and organization day in Skardu
6 – move to Askole
7 –trek Paiju
8 – rest Paiju
9 – trek Urdukas
10 – trek Goro
11 – trek Concordia
12 – trek Shagharing
13 – trek Gasherbrum base camp
14-15 – rest and organization of climbing equipment
16-44 – climbing days
45-50 – trek return Skardu
51-52 – travel Skardu>Islamabad
53 – contingency day
54 – depart Islamabad for home
- 4 nights hotel in Islamabad
- All other accommodation while present on scheduled trip itinerary
- Ground transportation by private vehicle | Flights if applicable Islamabad>Skardu
- ‘Himalaya Alpine’ Expedition style mountaineering trip: Delicious meals, french press coffee and herbal teas, all porterage on approach/retreat, local guides and staff, Mountain Hardwear expedition tents, equipped dining tent, experienced western guide, 1:1 Sherpa: climber ratio.
- Goal Zero Solar charging for electronics
- personal 5 watt walkie talkie (that actually works)
- Sherpa climbing bonuses
- up-to-date weather forecasting
- internet and satellite phone access
Trip deposit: US$5,000