Gasherbrum-II Expedition

Country: Pakistan
Duration: 46 days
Group size: 2 to 10
Status: Guaranteed
Date: 15th Jun to 30th Jul 2021

Gasherbrum-II is the 13th highest peak out of 14 eight-thousand meters peak at 8,035 meters above sea level. Gasherbrum-II is located on the northwest of Baltoro Glacier beside Hidden Peak. Each ear of the peak attracts a quite number of climbers due to the spectacular view of its neighboring peaks such as Gasherbrum I & IV, K2, Broad Peak, Chogolisa, and Golden Throne. It is the easiest eight-thousand meters peak, ideal for the mountaineers attempting K2 and Everest. Gasherbrum-II was first climbed on 8th July 1956 by an Austrian Karakoram Expedition team lead by Fritz Moravec and his team Josef Larch and Hans Willen part. The first summit was made from the left Buttress of South Face (normal route).

Price based on group expedition (maximum 12 members) - US$ 00,000 per person (tax inclusive) valid until 28th Feb 2021
Inclusions & Exclusions
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Government & Related charges

  • Gasherbrum-II climbing royalty fee of US$ 5,400 (up to 7 climbers & $900 per additional climber)
  • 1 X Pakistani Army liaison officer with flight, accommodation, meals and wages
  • Refundable rescue bond and Garbage deposit fee per group
  • Route fixing charge for higher camps to the summit
  • Summit certificate from Department of Tourism after the summit
  • Weather forecast report

Service in Islamabad

  • International and domestic airport transfers
  • Return flight from Islamabad to Sakardu
  • 4 nights in a preferred hotel in Islamabad with breakfast
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Islamabad
  • 2 X Thamserku Duffel bag per member

Service during Trekking

  • accommodation in camps and local lodge on full board
  • Back and forth transportation from Sakardu to Askoli
  • Hot water for drinking purpose
  • Medical Kit and oxygen during the trek
  • Porters to carry trekking and expedition gears (1:1 ratio)
  • Assistance of Guide and Sherpa during the trek

Basecamp Service

  • Single tent per member with a comfortable mattress
  • Tent for climbing and Kitchen crew on twin sharing
  • Kitchen, Dining, Shower and toilet tent (communication tent for 8 pax above)
  • Solar panel/generator for light and battery charging
  • Gas heater for the dining tent
  • 3 meals a day, snacks and unlimited tea and coffee on request
  • Internet facility depending upon the network provider & group size

Service at higher camp: CI, CII, CII & CIV

  • New tent North Face/Ozark/Red Fox on twin sharing for members and climbing crew
  • Total 5 bottles of POISK oxygen – 3 for members, 2 for Sherpa
  • Latest Mask and regulator for members and Sherpa & one extra for emergency
  • High Altitude food (B, L&D) for members and climbing crew
  • Enough Epi gas, gas stove and cooking pot set for CI, CII, CIII and CIV
  • 1 satellite for emergency and walkie-talkie for a member, Sherpa and basecamp
  • Group safety equipment, i.e. extra rope, carabiners, ice axe, ice screw
  • Porterage of personal and group camping equipment
  • Charge for supplying fresh meat, fruits and vegetables to Broad Peak base camp
  • Climbing Crew: Expedition Manager/Climbing Guide and 1 personal Sherpa (1:1 ratio) for the summit
  • One Cook and required number of kitchen porters at the basecamp
  • Porters to carry camping equipment’s and supply food from Askole to Basecamp
  • Equipment’s, daily wages, carrying bonus and medical insurance for climbing crew/Sherpa
  • Equipment’s, daily wages, and medical insurance for Kitchen crew and porters
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
  • Summit bonus of US$1000 for climbing Sherpa once you make a summit attempt from Camp IV or US$500 if dropped from Camp IV
  • Unexpected increment in the royalty fee/climbing permit
  • International airfare and Pakistan visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Islamabad
  • Extra hotel nights in Islamabad
  • Personal travel, medical and rescue insurance
  • Medical evacuation charge if required
  • Personal trekking and climbing gears
  • Tips for climbing Sherpa and Kitchen team at basecamp
  • Service besides mentioned in inclusions example – extra oxygen, Sherpa and porters
  1. MOUNTAINEERING GEARS CHECKLIST (7000m to 8848m)
    Bodywear
    1. Down Suit - Recommended Absolute Zero Over suit by Mountain Hardwear, or Ulvetanna Suit by Berghaus, or The Himalayan Suit by The North Face, or the Expedition Suit by Rab.
    2. Down Jacket and a pair of Down Salopettes - Recommended Absolute Zero Parka and Absolute Zero Pants by Mountain Hardwear, or by Rab. - not very bulky
    3. Waterproof Jacket and Over trousers that goes over your alpine boot
    4. Balaclava - Recommended The North Face A3543 Unisex Wool Balaclava or similar covering nose and face
    5. Long sleeve Thermal shirt and Trousers - Recommended anti-sweat
    6. Fleece Jacket and Trousers - Recommended Patagonia, or The North Face, or Mountain Hardwear
      Hand wear
    1. Liner gloves - thin and warm
    2. Down mitts - Recommended The North Face, or Marmot Expedition mitt, or Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Mittand.
    3. Mountain Gloves - Recommended water & windproof
    4. Gore-Tex Primaloft Glove - Recommended the North Face, or Mountain Hardwear.
    5. Smartwool Mountaineering Socks (2 pairs - new)
    6. Ultra-Soft Running / Hiking Socks (2 pairs - new)
    7. Mountaineering boot Recommended La Sportiva Olympus Mons Evo or Millet Everest GTX
    8. Alpine boot - Recommended La Sportiva Men's Nepal EVO GTX Boot or similar
      Climbing equipment’s
    1. Climbing helmet - Recommended Black Diamond
    2. Ski Goggles with UV protection and anti-fog system
    3. Headlamp - Recommended Black Diamond &Petzl
    4. Spare batteries - Recommended Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries
    5. Harness Set
      1. Lightweight Harness - Recommended DMM Super Couloir, or Black Diamond Couloir Harness, or MammutOphira 3 Side climbing harness
      2. Ascender (Jummer) - Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
      3. Abseiling device - Recommended Black Diamond ATC Guide Bley Device, or Petzl GRIGRI 2 Grey Belay, or Descent Device D14BG
      4. Screwgate Carabiners (2 X large, 2 X small sizes) - Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
      5. Bent Gate Carabiners (2 medium sizes) - Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
      6. 6 mm rope - Recommended 2 meters UIAA tested
      7. 6 mm rope - Recommended 5 meters UIAA tested
      8. 1 X tape sling - Recommended 120 cm UIAA tested
    6. Dynamic 8.9 mm rope (single rope) - Recommended 2 m UIAA tested
    7. Classical Alpine ice-axe - Recommended (70-90 cm) Petzl, or Grivel Air Tech, or Black Diamond
    8. Crampons that fits Mountaineering boots - Recommended Grivel G-12 New-Matic Crampons
      Other equipment’s
    1. 55-65 Liter Rucksack - Recommended POD Black Ice, Crux AK47 (extendable) and Crux AK57
    2. Base Camp Duffel – XXL
    3. 2 X 5 season sleeping bag with compression bag - Recommended North Face and Mountain Hardwear
    4. 2 X 5 season foam sleeping mat - Recommended 72 x 20 inches (20 x 5 x 5.5 inches folded) and weigh around 14 ounces
    5. Swiss Army Knife with a multi-tools system or leathermen
    1-litre stainless steel thermos - that works in extreme weather condition
  2. TREKKING GEARS CHECKLIST (2000m to 5000m)
    Headwear
    1. Sun Hat/Normal cap
    2. Fleece or woollen hat
    3. Earmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    4. Sunglasses with UV protection
    5. Buff Scarf / thin face mask
      Handwear
    1. Fleece or woollen thin gloves
    2. Gore-Tex mitten gloves
      Bodywear
    1. Gore-Tex Jacket
    2. Gore-Tex Pant
    3. Hiking pant
    4. Fleece trouser and jacket or warm jumper - Recommended not thick but warm enough that fits inside the Gore-Tex pant
    5. Anti-sweat T-shirt
    6. Thermal inner trouser
    7. Down jacket with hoodie
      Footwear
    1. Trekking boots
    2. Hollow Out Outdoor Slipper
    3. Trekking socks (4-5 pair)
    4. Snow Gaiter
      Other equipment’s
    1. Sleeping bag (comfort rated - 15 ºC)
    2. 30 Liter Rucksack with cover
    3. Large size Duffel Bag with padlock
    4. Headlamp with spare batteries
    5. Water bottles 1 Liter
    6. Thermos
    7. Basic First Aid Kit including antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.
        Washing Kit & Toiletries
    1. Waterproof washing kit bag
    2. Towel - medium size
    3. Washing soap, towel, tooth pest, toothbrush etc.
    4. Sun Lotion Enough +30SPF (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    5. Handwash& sanitizer
    6. Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
    7. Wet tissues
      Optional items
    1. Trekking poles
    2. Trainers or similar for use in the lodges
    3. Shorts
    4. Baselayer leggings
    5. Gaiters
    6. Sleeping bag liner
    7. Pillowcase
    8. Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring)
    9. Camera
    10. Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
    11. Repair kit – (e.g. needle, thread, duct tape)
  3. Booking Deposit/Payment
    Once services are price has been agreed and a booking has been secured then a deposit of 25% of the tour cost is required. The deposit can be made in any one of the four currencies (US$, £ Sterling, € Euros, or NPR). The deposit sum required is to be made by cash or Credit/Debit card and any Credit/Debit card payment will carry a service surcharge of 3.5%. The balance (full payment) of the cost of the services to be provided is to be paid two months prior to the departure date of the first service to be provided. Once the full payment is been made, the below cancellation charge applies:
    • From 45 to 30 days: 30% cancellation charge of the total cost.
    • From 29 to 15 days: 70% cancellation charge of the total cost.
    • Less than 14 days: 75% cancellation charge of the total cost.
  4. Cancellation/ Postponement
    The deposit is non-refundable except owing to cancellation by Thamserku Trekking in which case the deposit will be refunded in full. In the event of cancellation by the client/s, only in exceptional circumstances might the deposit, or a part of the deposit, be refunded on a ‘good-will’ basis. Under no other circumstances will the original deposit be refunded. In the event of postponement by a client/s once the deposit has been paid, the deposit paid can be reallocated to a subsequent date (fixed or unfixed) within a 12 month period from the date of postponement advice. In this case, prices are subject to review. Once the contracted program has begun no refund will be made or any consideration can be made only under extreme circumstances.
  5. Tipping
    Tipping is generally expected by all the expedition staff at the end for the excellent service they had provided to make your expedition successful. Normally the tips are given at the end of the expedition and this is best done as a group. We recommend that each group member contributes around $1000 - $1500 for the expedition crew on the last evening at the base camp and part of the collection to the climbing guide/ leader in the last day dinner in Islamabad. You are welcome to give away some of the equipment’s or clothing that you are not going to take back home, you can donate to the local staff, for this your group leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the crew.
  6. Visas on Arrival
  7. Passport
    Please ensure that you have a current passport well before travelling. It also needs an accurate photo and should be valid for at least six months after you are scheduled to return home. Also, check that your airline tickets are in exactly the same name as your passport.
  8. Copies of key documents
    We recommend that you photocopy the main pages of your passport, your airline ticket, itinerary, insurance policy, and credit cards. Keep one set of photocopies with you, separate from the originals. Leave one set of copies at home with family or friends. It is also worth taking some extra passport photos with you.
  9. The Trekking Day
    The day usually begins between 6.30 am and 7.30 am. After you have packed all your gear into your kitbag, breakfast will be ready. While you are eating, the crew members will make up the loads for the porters. You will often be on the trail by 7.30 am, though at higher altitudes the start is usually later, as we wait for the sun to warm the air a little.
  10. Medical preparation/Travel Insurance and Safety Guidelines
    • Every Thamserku Trekking traveller is required to have comprehensive travel insurance. This covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalization, emergency travel, and repatriation back to your home country. Remember to bring a copy of your insurance policy with you or send us the scanned copy.
    • Apart from having travel insurance and being in generally good health, some pre-holiday health preparation is advised. We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations and in some places, anti-malarial medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental checkup is also highly recommended before departure.
    • Acclimatization to high altitudes (generally for trips over 3500 meters): We take this very seriously, which is why we have one of the best safety records in the Himalayas. We have over 30 years of experience in the region and our success rates on high altitude treks are very high. Our itineraries allow for a safe approach to high altitudes, following the guidelines set out by the Himalayan Rescue Association. We even carry Oxygen, mask and regulator for your safety and peace of mind on all treks proceeding above 4000 meters.
    • Our leaders are highly-experienced mountain guides. Please follow their instructions very carefully as you ascend to high altitudes: walking slowly rather than hurrying, wearing sunglasses during the day, maintaining a high level of (non-alcoholic!) fluid consumption, not sleeping during the day, wearing adequate warm clothing are all factors of importance. Your leader will brief you fully on these considerations prior to the start of your trek.
    • In addition, if you are taking any medications with you which may have been suggested as an aid to acclimatization - Diamox is quite commonly suggested - it is vital that you advise your leader in Kathmandu before you leave for the start of the trek. He will then discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of taking this medication, and in particular when you should consider starting it and the duration for which it should be taken. Be aware that many trekkers have no need for such medication.
  11. Money Matters
    • The official currency of Pakistan is the Pakistani rupee (PKR)
  12. On arrival
    If you have booked an arrival/departure transfer or is included in the program price. Please ensure that we have been advised of your correct flight details in Islamabad by either yourself or your travel agent. Your Group Leader will be at Islamabad airport to meet your flight and transfer you to your hotel.
  13. Emergency Contact
    If you encounter any problems on or need any assistance, please Contact our Emergency number below:
    • 1st Contact: Dawa Sherpa (Expedition Manager): +977-9801333616
    • 2nd Contact: Yalamber Rai (Operations Manager): +77-9851131344
    • Office Hours only: Thamserku Office: 00977-1-4433886
  14. Responsible Travel
    We are a partner with Travelife – Sustainability in Tourism. We believe strongly in low impact or rather a positive impact on tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimize the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects.
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