The lowest by a small footage of the Karakoram 8000m is Gasherbrum–II (8035m). Climbers have described it as an impressive but achievable peak, much like Cho Oyu in this respect but with a walk to its BC that is said to be the best trek in the world. Its climb provides a perfect mountaineering experience. G2 stands in the majestic neighborhood of K2 in a close line-up of world’s highest peaks in the titanic amphitheater of Concordia that has no parallel in the world.
The snow-face of the South-West Ridge presents considerable difficulties on ice and snow mixed faces and ridges once you are above the plateau after negotiating the heavily crevassed Gasherbrum Glacier. It is a steep way up at some sections.
From above the snowy Banana Ridge you continue climbing on a series of ridges and reach a platform where camp 2 is generally set up. From here you climb a couple of ice pitches and then up the face going steeper before you reach the shoulder, the site of C3 at 7490m. After three pitches from there it is a diagonal way across the face from where a traverse leads to the base of the summit pyramid on the East Ridge. The climb from there is straight on a wide-open expanse with glorious surroundings but a few steep sections before you reach the narrow summit ridge.
|Day 01||Islamabad: Arrival Islamabad|
|Day 02||Islamabad -Skardu/Chilas: Fly to Skardu. In case of cancellation of flight drive to Chilas (12-14 hrs drive)|
|Day 03||Chilas – Skardu: Day free at Skardu. If your are driving, complete road journey (7-8 hrs) to Skardu (275 km) En-route has good view of Nanga Parbat (8125m)|
|Day 04||Skardu: Briefing at Alpine Club of Pakistan|
|Day 05||Skardu – Askole (3000m): Jeep drive to Askole (5-6 hrs)|
|Day 06-13||Trek to G-I/II Base Camp|
|Day 06||Askoli – Jola (5 hrs trek/3300m)|
|Day 07||Jola – Payu (5-6 hrs trek/3240m)|
|Day 08||Rest day at Payu|
|Day 09||Payu – Urdocus (6-7 hrs trek/4132m)|
|Day 10||Urdocus – GoroII (4-5 hrs trek/4400m)|
|Day 11||Goro II – Concordia (4 hrs trek/4750m)|
|Day 12||Concordia –Shagring Khoor (4 hrs trek/4850m)|
|Day 13||Shagring Khoor – G-I.II Base Camp (4 hrs trek/5050m)|
|Day 14-39||25 days for acclimatization and climbing|
|Day 40-44||Trek back follow the same route or via Gondogoro La and drive back to Skardu|
|Day 45||Day free for shopping/relax|
Fly to Islamabad. In case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas
Leisure day at Islamabad. In case of driving, complete rod journey from Chilas to Islamabad
|Day 48||Onward flight:
Transfer to airport for onward flight