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Time is a valuable commodity. We are about to change the fundamentals of high-mountain expeditions. For you.

Acclimatization for this expedition is already done at home. While a traditional Gasherbrum II expedition takes around two months, our Flash Expedition saves time and additionally increases safety and chances of success. (4 weeks)

The Gasherbrum II means in the language of the locals “Beautiful mountain” and is with it’s impressive height of 8.035m the thirteenth highest mountain on earth. It belongs to the Gasherbrum Group, which is located southeast of K2 in the border region of the Republic of China and Pakistan.

Gasherbrum II is the main peak of the mountain range, which consits of several peaks.
In July 1956, three Austrian expedition participants led by Fritz Moravec were the first to defeat Gasherbrum II. The ascent took place in alpine style. In alpine-style high-altitude moutaineering, even the highest mountain up the 8000m, are climbed in one  turn. The route, which the mountaineers used at that time, is still the normal route over the Southwest Ridge. Below the summit pyramid a crossing to the east takes place, over the southeast ridge of the pyriamid the summit is reached.

The Gasherbrum II is one of the less challenging 8.000m and is therefore perfectly suited as a training mountain for Everest.


  • Shortened duration of the expedition (4 weeks only)
  • 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.


Day 1 - 3: Arrival in Islamabad and onwards journey to Skardu

Day 1: 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.

Day 2: 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.

Day 3: 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.

Day 4 - 22: Ascent to Basecamp and Gasherbrum II summit attempt

Day 4-7: Shortest possible way from Skardu to the base camp via Gondogoro pass. This usually takes around 4 days.

Day 8-22: Now we have plenty of time to get used to the new surroundings and acclimatize, while the team sets up the route and high camps and everybody is waiting for good weather and suitable snow conditions for a safe ascent to the summit.

Day 23 - 28: Return, Islamabad and journey home

Day 23-26: 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.

Day 27-28: 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
  • IFMGA mountain guide
  • 2 nights in single rooms at hotel in a very safe area of Islamabad
  • 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
  • 1 Nepalese Climbing Sherpa per participant
  • Oxygen Pack (2 bottles, rent mask & regulator)
  • 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 and WIFI for a fee and depending on availability
  • Solar charging
  • 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
  • Exclusions

  • International flight to Islamabad
  • Excess baggage on the flight to/from Skardu in case a flight is possible (20kg + 7kg hand luggage is included, but the costs for excess baggage are manageable and not comparable with European standards)
  • Lunch in Islamabad
  • Personal insurance
  • Visa for Pakistan
  • Shipping costs for high altitude generator and tent outside of the EU
  • Personal medicine
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Summit bonus for personal summit sherpas
  • Tips
  • 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
  • Reviews

    Expedition Information
    Q2, Q3
    Gasherbrum II 
    Fitness Level
    Technical Level
    Furtenbach Adventures
    Furtenbach Adventures
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    Gasherbrum II
    8,035 m / 26,361 ft