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Gasherbrum-II Climbing Expedition | SummitClimb

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Gasherbrum 2 - World's 13th highest mountain and perhaps the most affordable 8000 metre peak is off the beaten track.

Date: 16 June to 30 July, 2020. 45 - 52 days in Pakistan

Full Service Cost: $15,150 £12,050 €13,350; Basic Climb Cost: $11,150, £8,850 €9,750. (Price fixed in $USD. £GBP and €EUR price for convenience only, converted January 3, 2019)

KarakoramNews.com - Dan Mazur & Team, Sherpas, and friendly locals enjoyed a safe and succesful summer 2018: K2 Summit & Trek, Broad Peak, Training Climb, Pastore Peak & Gasherbrums

Overview:

Gasherbrum II is World's 13th highest mountain with a summit elevation of 8,035 m (26,362 ft.) above sea level. It is located on the border of Pakistan and China and has been summited ten times less than Mount Everest. G2 is one of the most remote 8,000 m peaks. Expert leader Dan Mazur has led Gasherbrum I, Broad Peak, K2 and over a dozen Everest expeditions successfully to the summit. The expedition includes travel within the Karakorum, food, accommodations, staff, personal climbing Sherpas, and group equipment. Test yourself at high elevation without the crowd and experience this attainable goal surround by some of the world’s most hauntingly spectacular terrain.

An ascent of Gasherbrum I can be added to this expedition, giving members the opportunity to climb two 8,000m peaks in one trip. Please inquire!



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Gasherbrum II cost

Our “full-service” expedition includes:

  • British, American, and European leader/coordinator
  • All internal / domestic flights (weather dependent) buses, jeeps, porters
  • 50 Kg (110 lbs.) personal baggage transport
  • Three meals per day
  • Permit fees and liaison officers
  • Group, emergency equipment, satellite phone
  • Individual tents in basecamp (no sharing)
  • Double occupancy tents above base camp
  • Full base camp with dinning tent, showers, bathroom, and solar charge
  • Two nights stay in Islamabad hotel on arrival and two nights prior to departure in a double room. Private rooms are available for a small additional fee.

What is not included?

  • International flights to Islamabad and back home
  • Mountain climbing rescue and travel insurance
  • Personal climbing/trekking equipment and clothing
  • Pakistan visa
  • Oxygen available upon request


Climbing on Gasherbrum II

Add on High Attitude Support: Click here for prices

  • Private Sherpa (personal guide-porter) – Carries up to 20 kg (44bs) of your personal equipment, climbs with you, melts water, cooks, and will be with you every step of the way.
  • Personal equipment carriage service – Sherpa carry up to 10kg (22lbs) of personal equipment up and down the mountain between camps


Oxygen:
You should consider whether or not you wish to use supplemental oxygen, which is optional on G1.


We recommend a three bottle set for G1. The price includes three large 4 litre Russian Oxygen bottles, mask, regulator, hoses, as well as carriage to the high camps by porters. Extra bottles are available for an additional fee. We have a 30% buy-back policy on masks, regulators, and unused oxygen bottles in good condition.

Oxygen supplies may be purchased separately. The same buy-back policy applies.The following may be purchased individually:

  • Mask and Hoses which are guaranteed to be in proper working order and match the bottles and regulator.
  • Regulator for high-altitude oxygen bottle
  • 4 litre Russian Oxygen bottle for high-altitude climbing

Please book oxygen/supplies well in advance. click here for prices


Our “basic-service” expedition includes

  • British, American, or European leader/coordinator
  • All internal / domestic flights (weather dependent), buses, jeeps, and porters
  • 50 Kg personal baggage transport to base camp
  • Three meals each day while traveling to/from base camp
  • Permit fees and liaison officers
  • Group emergency equipment and satellite phone
  • Two nights stay in Islamabad hotel on arrival and two nights prior to departure in a double room. Private rooms are available for a small additional fee.
Add-on Basecamp-Service (USD 300 per day, minimum 10 days):

  • Basecamp, personal tent (single accommodation)
  • Food, dinning tent, and kitchen tent
  • Boiled and filtered water at the base camp
  • Toilette tent(s) and showering tent
  • Solar power system with battery

Dates and Proposed Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Arrive Islamabad. Transfer to hotel for overnight
  • Day 2 -Free day at Islamabad 508 m (1,667 ft.)
  • Day 3 - Fly to Skardu
  • Day 4 - Organising and paperwork in Skardu. Hotel. 2,230 m / 7,316 ft.
  • Day 5 - Jeep to Askole
  • Day 6–Trek to Jhula
  • Day 7 –Trek To Paiju
  • Day 8 – Rest Day
  • Day 9 – Trek to Urdukas
  • Day 10 – Trek to Goro II
  • Day 11 – Trek to Concordia
  • Day 12 – Trek to Shagring
  • Day 13 – Trek To Gasherbrum Basecamp 5,150 metres / 16,896 ft.
  • Day 14 to Day 42–Gasherbrum 2 ascent

    • Camp 1 is at 5,900 metres / 19,357 ft.
    • Camp 2 is at 6,900 metres / 22,630 ft.
    • Camp 3 is at 7,400 metres / 24,278 ft.
    • Summit at 8,035 metres / 26,362 ft.

  • Day 43 - Follow the Upper Baltoro Glacier to Ali Camp (4,800 metres/15,748 ft.)
  • Day 44 - Cross the Gondogoro La (5,585 metres / 18,323 ft.) to Huisprung
  • Day 45 - Trek down the Gondogoro Glacier to Dalsan (4,150 metres / 13,615 ft.)
  • Day 46 - Trek down the Gondogoro Valley to Saitcho (3,350 metres / 10,991 ft.)
  • Day 47 - Last day of trekking to Hushe Village (3,050 metres / 10,007 ft.)
  • Day 48 - Drive beside the Hushe River and follow the Shyock and Indus rivers to Skardu (2,230 metres / 7316 ft.)
  • Day 49 - De-briefing at Tourism Department. Showers, laundry, shopping. Hotel
  • Day 50 - Islamabad / Chilas. Hotel
  • Day 51 - Final paperwork, shopping, farewell dinner in Islamabad. Hotel.
  • Day 52 - Fly Home.



Climbing Gasherbrum II

Who are the Leaders and Sherpas?

Leadership: Dan Mazur is a relaxed, friendly, well organised, and highly skilled professional with over 20 years of experience leading people to the summits of Everest, K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Manaslu, and Shishapangma.

Sherpas: We employ some of Nepal, Tibet, and the Karakorum’s best local mountaineers and Sherpas to assist team members in realizing their summit goals. Our friendly and loyal high altitude climbing staff has supported teams to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.

gasherbrum II personal team equipment

Climbing:

  • Climbing harness
  • 5 meters (16 ft.) of 6mm accessory cord
  • Figure 8 abseil/belay device (tube style devices, i.e. ATC will not work on fixed lines)
  • Full size ascender (i.e. PetzlAscention)
  • 2 locking carabiners, 1 large and 1 small
  • 4 non-locking carabiners
  • Ice axe with leash
  • Steel crampons with anti-balling plates
  • Trekking poles

Upper Body:

  • 2 cotton t-shirts
  • 2 synthetic t-shirts
  • 2 long sleeve synthetic shirts
  • Light-weight soft shell jacket
  • Medium weight insulatingjacket (fleece, down, or synthetic)
  • Hard shell jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Heavy down coat

    • For 6,000m peaks a very warm down coat with hood or an 8,000m coat with hood
    • For 7,000m peaks an 8,000m coat with hood
    • For 8,000m peaks an 8,000m down coat with hood or an 8,000m suit can be used instead

Hands:

  • Lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • Mid-weight soft shell gloves – water/wind resistant
  • Heavy- weight waterproof gloves – Gore-tex shell with removable liner
  • Expedition weight mittens -Gore-tex over mitt matched polar fleece mitt liner

Head:

  • Helmet
  • Warm hat that covers your ears
  • Balaclava
  • Face mask
  • Baseball hat or brimmed sun hat
  • Glacier sunglasses with side shields
  • Ski goggles with light and dark lenses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Buff/neck gaiter
  • Bandana or head scarf (optional)

Lower Body:

  • Synthetic underwear
  • Hiking shorts
  • Hiking pants
  • 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms
  • Medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Polar fleece or soft shell pants
  • Waterproof/breathable pants with full side zips (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Heavy insulating pants

    • For 6,000m peaks: Down or synthetic pants will full zips
    • For 7,000m peaks: 8,000m down pants
    • For 8,000m peaks: 8,000m down pants or a 8,000m suit can be used instead

Feet:

  • Boots

    • For 6,000m peaks: Plastic or composite double boots (Koflach, La SportivaSpantik, etc) Modern waterproof, single boots designed for 4-5,000m peaks may be suitable if they can be worn with 2 pairs of socks and vapor barrier lines and/or they are equipped with overboots
    • For 7,000m: Plastic or composite double boots (Koflach, La SportivaSpantik, etc)
    • For 8,000m peaks: 8,000m boots - One-Sport Millet Everest boots or equivalent

  • Sturdy leather walking boots
  • Trainers, running shoes and/or sandals
  • Down booties (optional)
  • 3 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
  • 2 pair poly or wool liner socks (optional)
  • Vapor barrier liner socks (optional)
  • 2 pair lightweight trekking socks
  • Cotton socks for in town

Sleeping:

  • Down sleeping bag

    • For 6,000m peaks: -18C or 0F
    • For 7,000m peaks:-23C or -10F (If you sleep cold consider -29C or -20F)
    • For 8,000m peaks: -29C or -20F (If you sleep cold consider -40C or -40F)

  • An additional down sleeping bag for basecamp for the following climbs: Everest, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Manaslu, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I and II, Spantik, K2/Broad Peak Everest training climb. For Mastagata a second sleeping bag is optional, but highly recommended.

    • Down base camp sleeping bag should be rated to -10C or 15F (If you sleep cold consider -18C or 0F)

  • 2 closed cell foam kari-mats (sleeping pads) for use in basecamp and high altitude (these can be purchased inexpensively in Kathmandu)
  • High quality inflatable sleeping pad designed for cold weather (Thermarest)
  • Patch kit for inflatable pad

Rucksack and Travel Bags:

  • Medium rucksack/backpack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used as carry-on bag)
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional)
  • 2 large (120+ L / 7500+ cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment
  • Small luggage locks for duffel kit bags

Personal Hygiene:

  • Female or male hygiene supplies
  • 2 tubes lip sun cream
  • Large tube skin sun cream (min factor 30)
  • Anti-mosquito cream
  • Toothpaste/brush
  • Hand sanitizer gel (small-medium bottle)
  • Bar of soap small towel
  • Hand wipes

Medical:

  • Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc.
  • Blister repair kit
  • 10 anti-diarrhea pills
  • 20 anti-headache pills
  • 10 cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide (optional)
  • 10 Stomach antibiotics: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
  • 5 Azithomycine tables
  • Steri pen or bottle of water purification tablets
  • Cough sweets/lozenges (Halls/Stepils)
  • Earplugs
  • Extra prescription glasses/contact lenses and supplies

Personal Food:

  • Snack food/daily energy food

    • Everest training Nepal/Tibet, AmaDablam, Baruntse: 2-4kg (4.5-9lbs)
    • Spantik, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Mustagata, Manasu: 2-5kg (4.5-11lbs)
    • Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I/II, K2/Everest training, Everest, Lhotse: 3-6kg (6.5-13lbs)

  • Dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for summit attempt

    • Everest training Nepal/Tibet, AmaDablam: 2 Means
    • Spantik, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Mustagata, Manasu, Baruntse: 3 meals
    • Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I/II, K2/Everest training, Everest, Lhotse: 5 meals
Practical:

  • Small roll of repair tape
  • Sewing repair kit
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Small box matches
  • Compass or GPS
  • Battery powered alarm clock/watch
  • Camera with extra cards and extra batteries
  • Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage
  • 2 water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene
  • Pee bottle (1litre or larger)
  • Plastic cup and spoon
  • Small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
  • Passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary
  • Separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or euros cash
  • Bank/ATM/Cash and credit cards
  • Bathing suit/swim suit (you never know)
  • Paperback books, playing cards, ipod/mp3 player, musical instruments, extra batteries, etc.
  • Travel clothes for basecamp and in town
  • Umbrella (optional)
  • Small solar panels for personal electronics (optional)
Oxygen:


A 5 bottle set of oxygen is included in the cost of our full service Everest, K2, and Lhotse expeditions. It may be purchased for Broad Peak, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, and Manaslu. Click here for pricing

Group Equipment:

We provide group gear, equipment, and supplies including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection, tents; stoves, fuel, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. A personal tent will be provided for each member at base camp. On the upper mountain, team members will share tents. In base camp, a shower, toilet, solar charger, and a dining tent will be provided.

Gasherbrum II Experience & Training

High-altitude mountaineering, snow, ice, and rock experience, ascend/descend fixed lines independently. Proper conditioning is critical to your success on Gasherbrum 2. Team members are expected to be very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health

Climbing Application Forms

Please fill out an application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit to hold your place on the team.


In addition to your application, we will need the following at least two months before the trip begins:
 

  • Completed Payment
  • Oxygen order (if any)
  • Sherpa order (if any)
  • Trip Registration form
  • 1 Passport sized photo
  • A scan of your passport identification pages
  • Complete flight itinerary
  • Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance. We strongly recommend Global Rescue, with at least $50,000 worth of helicopter rescue insurance.
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is recommended

Please contact us with any questions you may have.

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