Mt. Gasherbrum Expedition

Trip Overview

Mt. Gasherbrum Expedition, one of the famous and demanding treks of the world is located in Karokaram at Pakistan. Mt. Gasherbrum, the 13th highest mountain of the world is a straight forward climb to reach at its summit. This is one of the easiest expeditions of the world as there are no more steep slopes in the trail. If you are planning to go on a Himalayan trek surrounded by some of the highest mountains of the world including Everest and Mt. K2 then the Mt. Gasherbrum Expedition is the ideal option for you. One of the popular routes to climb this mountain is through the Southwest ridge.

 

Mt. Gasherbrum Expedition takes the mountaineers near the sky above the height of 8000m, from where you can see the majestic view of snowcapped mountains including Everest (Highest mountain of the world), Mt. K2 (second highest mountain of the world), Broad peak and the spectacular view of Karokaram. One can get an opportunity to explore the lifestyle and culture of people living in this region. You will also explore a wide variety of flora and fauna along with the different majestic landscapes.

 

Mt. Gasherbrum Expedition starts with a scenic flight to Islamabad from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. From Islamabad, we will drive to Skardu in our private vehicle and then drive again to Askole. Trekking via Paiju will take us to Urdukas, a small and ancient village of this region. We will then continue our trek and pass many villages and settlements to reach Shagharing. We will then trek to reach the base camp of Mt. Gasherbrum. Leaving the base camp behind, we will start our climb to reach the summit of this beautiful mountain. The summit of this mountain rewards the visitors with the magnificent view of Himalayas including Everest, Mt. K2, Broad peak and many other beautiful mountains. Descending via the same route will bring us to the starting point of our trek, Askole from where we will drive back to Islamabad and return to Kathmandu to end our trip.

Equipment List

Personal Climbing Gear:

  • Alpine Climbing Harness
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Ascender
  • Multi-LED Head Lamp: 
  • Karabiners
  • Rappel device
  • Ski poles
  • Slings
  • Masks, hoses, and regulators
  • Altimeter 
  • Climbing helmet

Clothing

Upper Body:

  • One T-shirt Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200.
  • Two long Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 shirts.
  • One polar fleece pullovers, medium weight.
  • One polar fleece jacket.
  • One Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable jacket with large hood to accommodate climbing helmet.
  • Lightweight down jacket for chilly days in base camp or warm layer when stopping for short breaks.
  • One very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood or a down/duvet suit if you prefer, for high altitude use.
  • Note: Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.

Hands:

  • One pair lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts
  • One pair mittens, consists of 1 Goretex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner

Heads:

  • Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears
  • Balaclava
  • Scarf or neck sleeve
  • Ball cap or brimmed sun cap
  • Glacier Sunglass with side shields
  • One pair ski goggles (optional with light and dark lens)
  • Bandana or head scarf, useful for dusty conditions

Lower Body:

  • One pair walking shorts
  • One pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp
  • Two pair Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 thermal bottoms
  • One pair Icebreaker Merino 200 weight thermal bottoms
  • One pair polar fleece trousers
  • One pair Gore-Tex trousers or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
  • One pair of Goose-down (duvet) trousers or bibs. You may prefer a down (duvet)
  • Note: Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.

Feet:

  • One pair One-climbing boots( boreal , la-sportiva, millet, any ) 
  • One pair sturdy leather or synthetic (Gortex) hiking boots with good ankle support for the walk to advanced base camp
  • One pair cross-trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp
  • One pair down booties (optional)
  • Two pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
  • Two Pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
  • Vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags
  • Two pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool
  • Light Icebreaker Merino wool or cotton socks for in town.

Travel and Sleeping Gear

Rucksacks and Travel Bags:

  • One medium rucksack 
  • Two large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. 
  • Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.

Sleeping Gear:

  • For high altitude, one down (duvet) sleeping bag (rated to –35 C (-30 F). In the high camp, you can sleep in your down (duvet) clothing inside your sleeping bag;.
  • For base camp, one additional sleeping bag (good to -20 C (-5 F).
  • At least 3 closed cell foam mats for use in base camp and high altitude, which can be purchased in Kathmandu inexpensively; we do not recommend inflatable mats due to high probability of accidental puncture.
  • Note: Your sleeping bags should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags

Medical

Personal Hygiene:

  • Personal hygiene supplies;
  • Two tubes lip sun cream, 1 large tube skin sun cream (min. factor 30);
  • Anti-mosquito cream;
  • One toothpaste/brush set;
  • One bar soap or hand sanitizer gel/1 small synthetic towel;
  • Hand wipes.

Medical Supplies:

  • Note: Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits,
  • Personal prescription medications. Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.
  • One skin blister repair kit.
  • medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no doctor’s prescription;.
  • One small bottle of anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium).
  • One small bottle of anti-headache pills.
  • One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
  • One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
  • One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
  • One small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide. For more about this medication, please contact us.
  • Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant non compatible with high altitude physiology.
  • One small bottle of water purification tablets or water filter.
  • Earplugs.
  • Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.

Personal Food

We serve soup, local cheese, chocolate,dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried fruits and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. 

If you want your own you can bring or buy in Kathmandu.

Miscellaneous Practical Items

Miscellaneous Practical Items:

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
  • 1 compass or GPS;
  • 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
  • Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are also useful;
  • 3 Water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle)
  • 1 plastic cup and spoon;
  • 1 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 for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, Tibet visa, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts;
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for use for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  • 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
  • Base camp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example: paperback books, playing cards, ipod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
  • travel clothes for base camp and in town;
  • Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment.
  • Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions.

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