Gasherbrum II Expedition

Locations: Pakistan.
Difficulty: 9
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Trip Cost: Base Camp $7,200.00. Full Board $19,350.00 USD

Our Gasherbrum II Expedition takes you to the 13th highest mountain on Earth, also known as K4.  Gasherbrum II is located on the border of Pakistan and China and is the third highest peak of the Gasherbrum Massif located in the Karakorum Range.  Gasherbrum II is the shortest of the 8,000 meter peaks and is situated on the northwest part of the Baltoro Glacier, just beside Hidden Peak.  Situated with spectacular neighbors like K-2, Gasherbrum I, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum IV, Chogolisa and Golden Throne, Gasherbrum II attracts large numbers of climbers every year.   Gasherbrum II is an ideal peak to start high mountain climbing, as the climb is not as difficult as other nearby peaks, but is still considered a worthy experience.  With that being said, our Gasherbrum II Expedition should not be taken lightly and is still a very difficult task and a great adventure.

Gasherbrum II Expedition:  Facts

Nicknames: K-4

Rank: 13th tallest mountain in world

Altitude: 8,035 meters (26,362 feet)

Base Camp Altitude: 5,000 meters

Location: Baltoro Glacier

Range: Karakorum

Ideal duration: 55 days

Ideal time of year: June through August


Day-1: Arrive Islamabad. Transfer to hotel for overnight.

Day-2: Islamabad Welcome reception (briefing) at Alpine Club of Pakistan. Overnight at hotel

Day-3: Skardu / Chilasa). Fly to Skardu PK-451 (09:30 – 10:30). (Flight is subject to weather). Upon arrival transfer to hotel for overnight.  In case of cancellation of flight (13-14 hrs) drive by coach to Chilas (480 km) on Karakoram Highway. Overnight at hotel

Day-4: Chilas / Skardu, (a) Day free at Skardu, (b) If you are driving, complete road journey (07-08 hrs) to Skardu (275 km).  Along thge way you will have good views of Nanga Parbat (8,125m). Overnight at hotel.

Day-5: Skardu, Final preparation day at Skardu. Overnight at hotel.

Day-6: Askole: (3,000m).  Travel by jeeps drive to Askole (8-9 hrs), which is the last village along the way, about 50 houses.  The villagers grow their own cereals, vegetable and fruit and own large herds of sheep’s, goats, yaks and dzos. Overnight in tent.

Day-7:  Jhola: (3,200m). Start 2-3 hour walk across wasteland and traverse Biafo Glacier, an ocean of moving boulders and crevasses 2 km wide. Cross the glacier and after a lunch break continue to Jhola (4-5 hrs).  We then Cross-Dumardo River Bridge and camp at rather dusty campsite surrounded by a few bushes with a side stream. Overnight in tent.

Day-8: Paiyu: (3,600m), We start on a relatively easy trail for 3-4 hours, crossing Bardumal campsites along a 2-km stretch of sandy river beach.  After a lunch break, we continue towards Paiyu for another 2-3 hours as the trail climbs to a Vantage Point providing a view of the Snout of Baltoro.  In the distance there is a magnificent panorama of Cathedral Towers and the triangle of K2. Paiyu is a crowded campsite. Overnight in tent.

Day-9: Paiyu: (3,600m). Traditional rest day at Paiyu. Overnight at tent.

Day-10: Urdukas: (4,200m).  We start the 7 to 8 hour gradual climb up the Baltoro Glacier traveling on the southern edge.   After about two hours the path divides at the snout of the Baltoro glacier where the left branch goes to the BC of Tango Tower and the Sarpo Lago pass.  We continue to the right climbing up on to the glacier that stretches up the valley for 62 km.  Another  2-3 hours of steady climbing we reach the crest of the lateral moraine with stunning views of Paiyu Peak, Chorichi, Uli Biaho, Trango Towers and other great mountains. Urdukas is a spectacular campsite, however like Paiyu this site is over used and can be polluted. Overnight at tent.

Day-11: Goro II: (4,500m) This day consists of 6-8 hours of walking on the glacier. The first hour walk is across difficult side crevasses, however the traveling is easy in the center of the glacier.  We continue for 2-3 hours to Goro-I opposite the Yermanendo Glacier falling down from the Mashebrum Pass. For the next 3-4 hours, we continue east up the Baltoro glacier, following telephone wire from the Army HQ Goro to Gasherbrum IV. Goro-II campsite is pitched on rough rock and ice in the center of the glacier, with water from the glacier melt. Overnight at tent.

Day-12: Concordia (4,700m).  This day starts with 6-8 hours of easy walking, with spectacular views of Muztagh Tower, Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak and the mighty K-2.  The camp at Concordia is named by Martin Conway after the place De La Concordia in Paris. Lunch at Concordia.   We will also check ou the crevasses near the Godwin Austin glacier. Overnight at tent.

Day-13: Gasherbrum Base Camp (5,050m).   This day consists of 6-7 hours of easy walking with spectacular views of Muztagh Tower, Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak and K-2. Overnight at tent.

Day-14-52:  38 days for acclimatization and climbing Gasherbrum II
Day-53: Trek to Ali camp 5,010 meters. Overnight in tent.

Day-54: Trek to Hispung 4,680 meters. Overnight in tent.

Day-55: Trek to Saicho 3,330 meters.  Overnight in tent.

Day-56: Trek to Hushe 3,050 meters. Overnight in tent.

Day-57:  Travel by jeep to Skardu. Overnight at hotel

Day-58: Islamabad / Chilas. a) Fly to Islamabad PK-452 (11:20 – 12:20). (Subject to weather). Upon arrival transfer to hotel. b) In case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas. Overnight at hotel.

Day-59: Islamabad. a) Leisure day at Islamabad, b) In case of driving, complete road journey from Chilas to Islamabad. Overnight at hotel.

Day-60: Islamabad. Farewell meeting (de-briefing) at Alpine Club of Pakistan. Transfer to airport for your return flight home.

Gasherbrum II Expedition: Royalty Fee

To obtain a climbing permit from the Pakistan government, an initial royalty is required to be deposited. This amount can also be deposited in Pakistan Embassy, or you can send it to our bank account. We will deposit the fee in the Government of Pakistan Treasury in Islamabad, to obtain the climbing permit.  The Royalty Fee for Gasherbrum is $5,800.00 USD, with a 40% discount by the Government of Pakistan, for a group of consisting 1-7 members and  $900.00 USD (40% concession), for each additional member.

Reaching Base Camp

Our guide will accompany you up to the Gasherbrum II base camp. He will assist you in dealing with porter’s affairs and wherever local help is required.

Base Camp Staff

We will provide a complete kitchen staff to take care of expedition members. The number of staff depends on the number of climbers, however,  for our expeditions ranging from 10-15 members, we provide one head-cook, one assistant-cook and one or two helpers who take care of base camp services. For your convenience, on we can provide high altitude porters on advance notice. 

Gasherbrum II Expedition:  Included

Hotel Accommodation (sharing twin room)

  1. Islamabad/Rawalpindi, 04 nights, with bed & breakfast. Envoy/Shalimar/Royal Inn
  2. Hotel in Chilas, 02 nights full board: Panorama/ Shangri-La/ Chilas Inn
  3. Hotel in Skardu, 03 night’s full board: Shangri-La Resort/Masherbrum Hotel

Climbing permit and Official Formalities

  1. Climbing permit
  2. All documentation with Ministry of Tourism.
  3. Briefing and de-briefing

Liaison Officer

Food, Insurance, hotel accommodation in Chilas and Skardu. (same days as mentioned above for group members)

Taxes and Fees

The following fees and taxes are included in our quote, for members, our crew and porters.

  1. Camping fees during trek
  2. Bridge crossing Fees

Note: In case of trash created by the expedition members, fines by concerned authorities are not included.


We provide tourist class air-conditioned buses and vans for our clients in the cities and to all accessible places.  Where this is not possible, we provide 4×4 jeeps for transportation.

  1. Airport to hotel on arrival & hotel to airport on departure.
  2. Transportation from Islamabad to Skardu, including minibuses, jeeps etc. with all expedition luggage.
  3. Both ways domestic air fare between Skardu & Islamabad (depending on weather conditions).
  4. 4×4 Jeep transportation from Skardu to Askoli and to Skardu or Hushe to Skardu.

Camping Equipment

  1. North Face VE 25 tents at base camp (shared by two people)
  2. Mattresses
  3. Toilet Tent

Kitchen Equipment

  1. Mess Tent
  2. Cooking pots
  3. Table & chairs
  4.  Kitchen utensils
  5. Lamps

Food (meals)

  1. Break Fast
  2. Lunch
  3. Dinner
  4. Tea, Green Tea, or coffee
  5. Soup before dinner
  6. Dessert after dinner

Our Staff:

Daily wages, food, kit and equipment, Insurance, accommodation of following staff is included in the price.

  1. Cook
  2. Cook helper (above 5 members)
  3. Base camp manager (above 10 members)
  4. Sirdar /Local guides on trekking
  5. Porters

Note: Any helicopter rescue is not included in the price for staff as no company in Pakistan offers this service

Gasherbrum II Expedition: Visa Facilitation

In case you need invitation letter to get your Visa, we can either send the invitation letter to you, or we can get that from the Ministry of Tourism to facilitate your application.

Luggage and Cargo

We take care of your luggage if you send it in advance. Your luggage will be cleared and stored. Our offer does not include custom clearance changes.

  1. Clearance of Cargo before arrival.
  2. Documentation for export of your equipment.
  3. Storage of Equipment to our store until your arrival. 


Porters for food, camping equipment and climbing gear will be provided by us. Free baggage allowance for personal equipment and high altitude food is 75 kg, while going up to base camp and 50 kgs on way back after expedition.

Complimentary services (without charge)

  1. Mail delivery at the base camp (if required)
  2. Reconfirmation of international flight tickets.
  3. Processing application for satellite permit (if required) 

Kitchen utensils: Complete brand new kitchen utensils (crockery)

Gasherbrum II Expedition:  Menu at the Base Camp


Bellow is list of major items we provide for breakfast with a combination of four or five items a day,but not all at once.

  • Porridge
  • Corn Flacks
  • Eggs (Omelets/Fried or according to demand)
  • Paratha (local form of bread)
  • Muesli
  • Jam
  • Honey
  • Marmalade
  • Black tea
  • Coffee
  • Milk


Bellow is list of major items we provide for lunch with a combination of four or five items a day during trekking, but not all at once.  At the base camp, one dish of curry (check dinner menu) with rice or macaroni or spaghettis plus chapatti will be provided.

  • Sardine Fish
  • Peanut butter
  • Tuna Fish
  • Paratha
  • Crackers
  • Cookies Sweet
  • Cookies Saltish
  • Candies
  • Dry Fruit
  • Tin Fruit
  • Potatoes/peas
  • Green tea/Mixed tea
  • Coffee
  • Tang


You will get a complete dinner with a soup, two curries, plus rice or Spaghetti or Macaroni.  There will be a dessert, green tea and coffee.

  • Chapatti
  • Spaghetti
  • Macaroni
  • Pasta
  • Rice in different varieties
  • Meat (Mutton & Beef)
  • Eggs
  • Different variety of pulses
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Backed beans
  • Green peas
  • Noodles (Magi)
  • Salad
  • Lentils
  • Green tea etc.

General Services:

  • Liaison with ministry of tourism in Islamabad for permit process and measurement of Liaison officer.
  • Process of import/export permit from ministry of tourism.
  • Clearance of cargo before arrival of the team and its storage.
  • Assistance upon arrival/departure.
  • Welcome reception (briefing)/farewell meeting (debriefing) at Alpine Club of Pakistan.
  • Road transfers between airport/hotel and within city as per itinerary.
  • Sleeping tents, mattresses, mess tent, kitchen tent and toilet tent with tables/chairs and camping ground fees.
  • Kitchen equipment, cookery, cutlery, fuel and related community gear.
  • Wages and basic kit of mountain guide, sirdar, cook and assistant(s).
  • Insurance of our field staff and low altitude porters (except helicopter rescue).
  • Porters at airports, hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Letter of guarantee on behalf of team/client for environmental bond for USD $1000.
  • Mail handling/forwarding to BC/overseas except postage charges.
  • Hiring of HAPs, mail runner(s) and any other crew as per requirement. (wages and kit to be arranged by the team).
  • Assist to deposit royalty fee and obtain climbing permit
  • Assist to deposit pollution fee in ministry of tourism
  • Tips for baggage handling at airport & at hotels
  • Fees: (Bridge crossing, cable crossing, camping)
  • International flights tickets re-confirmation
  • Above quotation is based on present porter rates and subject to revise.

 Gasherbrum II Expedition:  Not included

  • International airfare, airport tax, excess baggage charges.
  • Surface transfers in case of flight cancellations to the kick off point.
  • Liaison Officer kit and equipment, allowances, travel, hotels, meals and insurance and his personal expenses of any kind.
  • Medications ground evacuations and helicopter rescue charges of any kind.
  • Room services, laundry, beverages, phone/communication bills and items of personal nature.
  • Insurance liability of member(s)
  • Permit, Pollution and Environmental fee or any other fee required to be paid to the Government of Pakistan.
  • Clearing agent charges.
  • High altitude tents, sleeping bags, personal and climbing equipment of any kind beyond base camp including high altitude food, oxygen and high altitude porters/any crew.
  • Any other service not mentioned in this condition sheet.

Posted on

October 23, 2014