Gasherbrum 1(8068 M) Hidden Peak
 
Gasherbrum I is popularly known as Hidden Peak. Flying over the Karakoram, one can see below a maze of peaks as one comes to the huge pyramid that is the K2 which stands out prominently like a giant among the mountains there is cluster of peaks to the south east. These have been named as Gasherbrum peaks. The formation of mountains chains here is such that one peak Gasherbrum I. This peak remained hidden because it lies in one of the Most difficult terrains which is surrounded by the some of the highest peaks around. Swiss Skier "Sylvan Saudan" set world record by skiing down from the summit. Gasherbrum in local language means "Shining Wall". There are six Gasherbrum Peaks and Gasherbrum I Peak is one them. The Gasherbrum Peaks are in the Karakoram Range. A French expedition led by H . De Segogne made first attempt in 1936, but they could not climb beyond camp five (5) at a height of 6797 Meters. However, in 1958 an American expedition led by Nich Clinch made the first ascent of Gasherbrum I (Hidden Peak) and Schoening and Kaufman were first to reach the summit. The approach route to Base camp starts from Skardu through Shigar Valley and approach trek starts from Tongal or Askole through Baltoro glacier, southern Aburuzi glaciers. Period :- June/July/August
 
ITINERARY
 
Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II peaks have same base camp .
 
DAY 01 ARRIVAL ISLAMABAD
 
Arrival at Benazir International Airport and transfer to Hotel.
 
DAY 02 ALPINE CLUB OF PAKISTAN
 
Briefing at Alpine Club of Pakistan and meeting with Liaison Officer. Overnight in Hotel.
 
DAY 03 RAWALPINDI / CHILAS
 
Departure for Chlias via Silk Rout, sight seeing all along the rout with the company of Indus river the longest river of Pakistan It flows from Tibet northwest across the Indian-controlled portion of Jammu and Kashmir, passing between the western extremity of the Himalayas and the northern extremity of the Hindu Kush mountain range; it then courses generally south through Pakistan to the Arabian Sea.
Check in hotel. Overnight in Chilas.
 
DAY 04 SKARDU
 
Arrival in Skardu. Total drive time from Islamabad to Skardu is 22-24 hours.
 
DAY 05 SKARDU
 
Final arrangement for the expedition.
 
DAY 06 SKARDU -TO- ASKOLE
 
Full day ride on a winding jeep trail to Askole. The last inhabitance on our way to the Great Glaciers,highest in the region, the stone & timber abodes contain dark & narrow stairwells riven by gloomy, unlit alleys cluster within the embrace of the fertile terraces.
Overnight in tents.
Distance 96 km
Drive 07-08 hrs
Altitude 3050 m
 
DAY 07 ASKOLE -TO- KOROPHONE
Early morning start the trek .For the remaining portion of our journey we rely on our porters who carry our food and equipment’s and sustain our expedition. After scrambling over a ridge we come across what legend says an old polo field. Passing through a rock gap we cross the Biafo glacier and camp beside its snout at korophone. The Biafo Glacier is a huge river of ice 63 Km long which descends from the central peaks of the Karakoram & flows East into the Braldu Valley at a point about 10 Kms east of Askole. Overnight in tents.
Walk : 03 - 04 hrs
Grade : Easy
Altitude : 3100 M
 
DAY 08 KOROPHONE -TO- JHULA
 
Trek to the Dumurdo river cross at Jhula, (Jhula means wire rope bridge with a hanging wooden basket), now a wooden bridge is made cross it & camp beside a torrent facing the Bakhordas.
Walk : 03-04 hrs
Grade : Strenuous
Altitude : 3150 M
 
DAY 09 JHULA -TO- PAIJU
 
Resume trek along the Braldu River to a green Oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak 6611 M. Paiju - is a Balti word which means "SALT". Since there are some rock salt deposits at the base of this peak, the locals believe that the snow on the summit of Paiju Peak is not snow but a huge deposit of salt which drips down to the base. From this camp we have the first views of the impressive Baltoro Glacier. Overnight in tents.
Walk : 05-06 hrs
Grade : Moderate
Altitude : 3480 M.
 
DAY 10 PAIJU - Rest Day
 
Rest & acclimatization day at Piaju. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff.
 
DAY 11 PAIJU -TO- URDUKAS
 
Begin trek after an early breakfast. Traverse the junction of Paiju - Baltoro Glaciers through crevasses & lunch below Liligo, the traditional camp under the muddy cliffs with fine views of rock spires. Cross the Khuburse torrent early morning and ramble over two glacier moraines to reach the grassy slopes of Urdukas offering splendid views of the Trango, Uli Biaho & Bial Groups. Overnight in tents.
Walk : 06-07 hrs
Grade : Moderate
Altitude : 4130 M
 
DAY 12 URDUKAS -TO- GORO
 
A long walk on the icy Baltoro Glacier. Traverse the Yermanandu Glacier which flows down from Masherbrum & joins the Baltoro. Magnificent views of Muztagh, Mitre & Gasherbrum IV. Overnight in tents. Walk : 06-07 hrs Grade : Strenuous Altitude : 4500 M.
 
DAY 13 GORO TO CONCORDIA
 
Early morning resume a long walk on the Baltoro Glacier to a point called Concordia - a huge junction of Baltoro, Abruzzi & Godwin Austin Glaciers at 4000 meters . Within a short radius of 15 Kilometers, stand 41 peaks over 6500 meters. including 04 peaks above 8000 M. The 360 view offers a panorama of peaks nowhere to be found on this Earth. Overnight in tents.
Walk : 05 - 06 hrs
Grade : strenuous
Altitude : 4720 M.
 
DAY 14 CONCORDIA REST DAY
 
Final day of trek to Gasherbrum base. A 4-6 hrs trek will bring you to the base of Gasherbrum,
Walk : 04-06 hrs
Grade : strenuous
Altitude : 4650 M.
 
DAY 15 TO 41 CLIMBING
 
Climbing start towards Summit. Length of Climbing period depends on weather, fitness, and experience of the climber.
 
DAY 42 TREKKING BACK TO ALI CAMP
 
After an early breakfast leave the base camp and we will cross Concordia and several side glacier to reach our right path. After 4-5 hours we will reach Vigne glacier, it is also possible to walk on the Vigne glacier which is fairly easy then walking on the stony bath on the right side of the glacier but it depend on the snow condition. Overnight in tents..
 
DAY 43 ALI CAMP -CROSS GONDOGORO PASS- KHUSPANG
 
A very early start as early as 2 or 3 O’clock does in the morning to cross the Gondogoro la to reach Khuspang. The basic theme behind the early walk to reach the top of the Gondogoro Pass 5700 meters is that in the morning snow will be soft and you will not get tired quickly as the sun is not strong, but as sun get strong snow get soft, snow going to be melt and bring water and stones, also the chance of ice falls or avalanches. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff. Walk : 10 - 11 hrs, Grade : Strenuous, Altitude : 5700 M
 
DAY 44 KHUSPANG -TO- SHAICHO
 
You pick your way across moving boulders and ice, finally crossing the glacier up to the camping site to reach Dalsangpa, meaning 'field of flowers', lives up to its name. Keep yourself on the left side of the lateral moraine, crossing several side streams. The next hour is an unpleasant scramble along the stony, sliding glacier edge, with huge boulders poised above, ready to fall.
Continue your trek along the path goes down hill to the summer settlement called Shaicho, a large shepherds settlement. This is the traditional camp among the forest of juniper, cedar and willow trees with giant bushes of wild roses and a good water supply. Walk : 07-08 hrs
Grade : Moderate
 
DAY 45 SHAICHO -TO- HUSHEY
 
After breakfast continue your walk along the Hushey river on a easy path. An easy day will bring you to Hushey village. Evening free. Overnight in tents.
 
DAY 46 HUSHEY -TO- SKARDU
 
Full day ride on a winding jeep trail to Skardu. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. All meals included.
 
DAY 47 SKARDU - RAWALPINIDI
 
Morning flight to Islamabad, if unable to fly same day drive to Chilas Overnight in hotel.
 
DAY 48 RAWALPINDI
 
Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Rawalpindi. Evening sightseeing.
 
DAY 49 RAWALPINDI
 
De-briefing at Ministry of Tourism Islamabad.
 
DAY 50 FLY BACK TO HOME
 

Transfer to airport for your onward flight.

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