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.