The lowest by a small footage of the Karakoram 8000ers 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.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Islamabad Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|
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.
Day 01: Arrival at Islamabad Airport, Transfer to hotel and briefing in the Ministry of Tourism. Sightseeing includes Shah Faisal Mosque, Daman-e-Koh and Parliament Street.
Day 02: Drive to Chilas over Karakoram Highway along mighty Indus River, 11 to 12 hours drive, overnight in hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Skardu, en route view of Nanga Parbat (8126meters) and junction point of three great mountain ranges Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindukush. 7 to 8 hours drive, overnight in hotel.
Day 04: Rest Day
Day 05: Drive by 4 x 4 jeep to Askole (3000meters). The last village before the starting of trek. Here we meet the porters of the trek, overnight tin Tcamp.
Day 06: Trek along the Braldu River over barren land surrounded by the lofted mountain. Jolha is located on the bank of Dumurdo river at the altitude of 3300meters and walking distance is 6 to 7 hours, overnight in camp.
Day 07: The trail alternate between the riverbed and terraces above crossing boulder field and side streams until coming to Paiju Glacier out watch Paiju stream. En route the view of Paiju peak (6600meters) and the Cathedral Towers. Paiju is located at the altitude of 3425meters and walking distance is 5 to 6 hours, overnight in camp.
Day 08: Paiju is like an Oasis in the desert. Here we have one day rest. Food is distributed among the porters and they will make the local bread For themselves for the rest of trek. From here we will have view of Great Trango Tower (6283meters).
Day 09: This is the longest walk in the whole trek. After 30 minutes of walk we will approach the snout of Baltoro Glacier. En route the view of Uli Biho (6417 Meters), Name Less Tower (6200meters), Lobsang(6000meters)Urdukus(6800meters), Urdukus is located at an altitude of 4050meters, 8 to 9 hours trek, overnight in camp.
Day 10: The trail descents and goes out to the glacier middle. En route the view of Masherbrum (7821meters), Gasherbrum-IV (7952meters), Goro II is located at the altitude of 4382meters. 6 to 7 hours trek, overnight in camp.
Day 11: Now we are entering in the Throne room of Mountain God Concordia at the altitude of 4650meters, where the Godwin Austin Glacier meets the upper Baltoro glacier. Here we have the Majestic view of K-2(8611meters) and Broad peak (8048meters), Chogolisa(7765meters),Gasherbrum-IV(7952meters), Golden Throne (7004meters)and countless lofty peaks.4 to 5 hours trek, overnight in camp.
Day 12: Trek to Sharing, Or G-II Base camp overnight in camp.
Day 13: Trek to G-II (8035meters) base camp.
Day 14 to Day 50: G-I and G 2 climbing activities.
Day 51 to 55: Return to Skardu overnight in hotel
Day 56: Drive to Chilas / Besham overnight in hotel
Day 57: Drive to Islamabad, overnight in hotel.
Day 58: De briefing in Alpine club, overnight in hotel.
Day 59: After debriefing, visit Rawalpindi old Bazar and free for shopping.
Day 60: Transfer to Islamabad Airport for fly back to destination.