Gasherbrum I (8068m) Expedition

Range:                  Karakorum

Altitude:              Min 600m – Max 8068m

Zone:                    Permitted                               

Duration:             50 days

Best Time:           June – August

Gasherburm I (8068m) “Shining wall” known as (Hidden Peak)  The first route of G-I (Hidden Peak) climbed from its most prominent route from the plateau on Gasherbrum Glacier. The more popular route in the recent years has been the Gasherbrum La up to the Japanese Culvert or the routes along the north ridge. The other alternate route is the west ridge, which is technically less demanding but takes longer time due to the long distance between Camp I and the summit.

Apart from some technical difficulties in the lower part, the snow face high up sometimes poses danger of avalanche after new snow falls.

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:                 Islamabad – airport /hotel                                                          

Day 03:                 Islamabad – Chilas: drive 11-12 hrs/hotel

Day 04:                   Chilas – Skardu: drive 8hrs/ hotel

Day 05:                   Skardu – Trekking preparation

Day 06:                   Skardu – Askoli(3050m): Jeep drive 6-7hrs/camp

Day 07:                   Askoli – Jula(3180m): Trek 4-5hrs/Camp

Day 08:                   Jula – Paiju (3400m): Trek 5-6hrs/camp

Day 09:                   Paiju: rest day

Day 10:                   Paiju – Urdukas(4000m): Trek 5-6hrs/camp

Day 11:                   Urdukas – Goro II (4380m): Trek 7hrs/camp

Day 12:                   Goro II- Concordia (4700m): Trek 6-7 hrs/camp

Day 13:                   Concordia – Gasherbrum I Base camp 4-5 hrs/ camp

Day 14-42:             Climbing activities

Day 43:                   Concordia – Ali Camp (4800m): Trek 4-5hrs/camp

Day 44:                   Ali camp Gondogoro La (5940m) Xhuspang (4680m): Trek 7-8hrs/camp

Day 45:                   Xhaspang – Schiacho (4300m): Trek 6-7hrs camp

Day 46:                   Sciacho – Hushe: Trek 3-4 hrs/camp

Day 47:                   Hushe – Skardu : Jeep drive6-7 hrs/hotel

Day 48:                   Skardu – Besham 11-12 hrs/hotel

Day 49:                   Besham – Islamabad 5-6 hrs/hotel Day

50:                 Departure