Time is a valuable commodity. We are about to change the fundamentals of high-mountain expeditions. For you.
Our Flash expedition cuts the usual 40 days for a Broad Peak expedition to a minimum while increasing safety and chances of success.
From a purely statistical point of view, the Broad Peak is one of the objectively safest eight-thousanders which also has a very high success rate. The route is direct, relatively short and the few difficult passages are secured with fixed ropes. Because of this, and because of its lower altitude, the Broad Peak is the first eight-thousander for many high-altitude mountaineers. The Karakoram is often described as climatically harsher and colder than the Himalayan mountains. This, however, arises from a rather subjective sensation as opposed to scientifically validated values. First you hike for one week via the Baltoro glacier over boulders, ice and moraines to the mountain. Not through forests and meadows as is often the case in the Himalayas. It’s all barren and thus acts inhospitable. But in reality it’s not colder. There are even days when you can sit on the Broad Peak summit in ski touring pants and a light windbreaker.
As far as the Pakistani government continues to permit it, we will fly in our experienced Sherpas from Nepal to support our Pakistani high altitude porters and secure the route. This is an additional safety factor.
- Shortened duration of the expedition (4 weeks only)
- UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide
- Limited number of participants for more safety and higher chances of success
- The Broad Peak Flash expedition is exclusively available at Furtenbach
- Adventures, no other operator reaches the 4-week mark.
1. – 4. Day: Arrival in Islamabad and onwards journey to Skardu
1. Day:Arrival in Islamabad and meet-up at the Hotel in Islamabad
Free day for the participants while the expedition leader takes care of the last administrative formalities the authorities.
2.-3. Day:Depending on circumstances, either a two days bus ride to Skardu with an overnight stay at Chilas, or a flight to Skardu await us. The bus ride has its own charm and takes us through the varied landscape of Pakistan into the Indus valley, where we embark on the legendary Karakoram Highway. On the second day shortly after Chilas, weather permitting, we can see the Nanga Parbat with the Rhakiot flank mastered by Hermann Buhl. The ride on the second day is slightly shorter. Overnight stay at hotel in Skardu.
4. Day:We spend the day in the small but lively town of Skardu at 2300m. The carriers are organized, the luggage loaded, and you can run some last errands or go on a hike.
5. – 21. Day: Ascend to Basecamp and Broad Peak summit attempt
5.-8. Day:Shortest possible way from Skardu to the base camp via Gondogoro pass. This usually takes around 4 days.
9.-21. Day:We will have about two weeks for the ascent of Broad Peak, however we want to stay flexible due to weather and snow conditions as well as the participants‘ needs and requirements. We will set up 2-3 high camps. The first, which we could skip later on, will be situated on a small plateau following the first firn flank at 5700m which will be secured with fixed ropes. The next camp will be at ca. 6300m and the last one at 7100m.
The summit tour first takes us to the 7800m high saddle between the northern peak and the pre-summit, then via the wide ridge with a few easy climbs (second level of difficulty – here we will use a fixed rope) to the pre-summit. From here we easily (walking terrain) continue over a wide, gently sloping ridge that is by far not as long as often described, towards the main summit. This ridge is often blown off, facilitating easy advancement. If conditions are good, and participants are in a healthy and normal state, we can accomplish this in about half an hour there and 20 minutes back.
22. – 28. Day: Return, Islamabad and journey home
22. Day:The group makes their way back to Skardu via the shorter route over the Gondogoro pass or stop at a smaller base camp with reduced service (without a guide?) for another summit attempt, in case the first one was not successful. The way back to Islamabad is organized for the group, an individually planned return is available at extra cost.
Arrival to Islamabad would then be on the 27th day, the flight home on the 28th day, unless you decide to undertake a second summit attempt. We want all participants to have as many opportunities as possible for their summit success. For more flexibility, we recommend to book a flexible flight fare for your flight back to Europe.
- All organization for the Expedition
- High altitude generator and tent for 6 weeks prior to the Expedition
- State certified (UIAGM) mountain guide
- 2 nights in double rooms at hotel in a very safe area of Islamabad (single room available for a supplement)
- All Transfers (private bus or flight to Skardu – depending on weather)
- Full board during the whole travel (only half board in Islamabad)
- Beverages during joint meals (no alcoholic beverages)
- Double room accommodation during our trip to the mountain
- Porter / Yak to the base camp and back (40 kg personal luggage / person)
- 1 tent per member at the base camp
- 1 tent per 2 members during the approach and for the high camp
- Mat for the base camp
- High camp equipment (tents, mats, cooker, gas, dishes, food)
- Total securing Equipment
- Climbing Sherpas for the Group
- Insurances (helicopter, accident) and equipment for all Nepalese team members
- Emergency Oxygen
- Pharmaceutical travel kit, high altitude emergency medicine, pulsoxymeter
- Kitchen Team
- Common tent, shower tent, power generator 2 hours per day etc at the base camp
- Satellite communication (WIFI, laptop, solar loading facilities depending on availability)
- Radio communication for base and high camp
- All fees and permits
- Government deposit for helicopter rescue (actual costs must be paid by members or their insurance / Global Rescue membership)
- Environmental fee
- Weather forecast
- Security and warranty of an Austrian tour operator
- International flight to Islamabad (we will gladly make you an offer)
- Excess baggage on the flight to/from Skardu in case a flight is possible
- Lunch in Islamabad
- Personal insurance
- Visa for Pakistan (must be obtained by members at the Pakistani Embassy in their home country in time)
- Shipping costs for high altitude generator and tent outside of the EU
- Personal medicine
- Alcoholic beverages
- Summit bonus for personal summit sherpas
- Personal mountain and climbing equipment
- Sleeping bag for base and high camp
- Mat for high camp
- Fees for satellite phone and emails
- All not specifically mentioned included services