Mt.Gasherbrum II is the main peak within the Gasherbrum peaks and the 13th tallest in the world, with height 8,034m(8.034km).
This mountain is also referred to as ‘Mt.K4’ as it is the 4th peak of the great Karakoram mountain range. The Karakoram range comprises a total of 35 peaks. The name Gasherbrum came from the words ‘rgasha’ and ‘brum’ meaning ‘beautiful mountain’ in Balti language.
Mt.Gasherbrum II lies on the border of China and Pakistan. It is a good option for anyone who wants to try a less challenging climb among the mountains ranging above 8,000m.
This mountain comes in second place in low fatality rate making it one of the easiest and safest 8000m mountains. The number of successful attempts is also more for this mountain.
This mountain is accessible and is usually climbed as a practice before climbing other mountains of height more than 8,000m. Climbers have performed many fun activities even after reaching the summit.
They have snowboarded, parachuted and even skied down from the summit. The climb to this mountain gives a thrill of being able to climb an 8,000m mountain and at the same time offers you with excellent and breathtaking views of the surrounding massive peaks.
Mt.Gasherbrum II is easier to climb than other mountains when it comes to technical climbing and other aspects. But this doesn’t mean climbing Mt.Gasherbrum can be underestimated.
There is the usual altitude sickness and unpredictable weather. But with proper guidance and preparation, one can easily make it to the summit and return safely. The fatality rate of this mountain is just 2% and it also has high number successful attempts, making it one of the safest and easiest 8,000m mountains to climb. However, proper guidance and preparation is always required.
Climbing Mt.Gasherbrum II is refreshing as well as once in a lifetime experience. However, it has its own set of challenges that one has to go through to reach the summit.
The usual altitude sickness, unpredictable weather is always there to challenge the climbers. Besides these, one also needs experienced and technical guidance to reach the summit successfully and safely.
This is where Marvel Treks come into the picture. The entire team of Marvel Treks deliberately works to provide the best services and facilities to you and makes sure that you will have a once in a lifetime experience.
The best season for an expedition to Mt.Gasherbrum II is during summer when there is less snowfall and the weather is somewhat less harsh and comparatively warm.
However, there are expert and experienced travellers who want to level up their adventure and climb during winter. Even though climbing during winter is very hard compared to summer, there are still plenty of people who want to try the winter expeditions.
Climbing Mt.Gasherbrum II is considered as one of the safest and easiest mountains to climb among other mountains which range above 8,000m.
The low fatality rate and the high number of successful attempts have made it the perfect practice climb before climbing other dangerous mountains.
But there are the usual challenges like altitude sickness and chances of avalanches which shouldn’t be underestimated. Besides these, it also requires proper guidance and preparation to reach the summit successfully.
Climbing Mt.Gasherbrum II might be an adventurous, thrilling and self-refreshing activity yet it is dangerous too, so making a rush might not be the best thing to do considering your safety.
The overall adventure of climbing Mt.Gasherbrum II takes at least a span of 50 days. During these days, about 12 days are needed to reach the base camp.
Transportation: Includes pickups and drop offs from and to the airport along with the domestic flights and jeep rides during the trip.
Food and accommodation: Accommodations will be provided in a 4 star hotel while staying in Islamabad as well as during different stops in the trip. A welcome dinner will also be held to introduce our team with the clients. Later,3 meals will be served during the trip which will be cooked by talented cooks along with occasional teas and coffees.
Permits and fees: The company will pay for the air cargo charges as well as all the taxes to the government of Pakistan on your behalf. The company will also take care of different Royalties and permits from government of Pakistan. Permits for Walkie talkie as well as for satellite phones will also be added. Additional fees will also be paid for deposition of garbage
Insurance: The company will cover for insurances of all the involved staff in case of accidents.
Equipment: All the tools and equipment that will be needed for the expedition will be transported by the company through air cargo and potters. In case of unfavorable circumstances, it may also be done through land or helicopters.
Liaison Officer, Sherpas and porters: Every member will be facilitated with one Sherpa and one porter. Also, a legit government Liaison will be present throughout the expedition.
Base camp staffs and equipment: The base camp will be fully equipped with a separate kitchen tent, dining tent, communication tent along with a toilet tent along with all the other necessary items that are needed for a comfortable stay. Solar panels or generators will also be managed for electricity as well as the dining tent and other tents will be equipped with heaters to keep you warm. Expert cooks and porters will be there in the camp to assist you. The base camp will also have a bar and bakery.
Communication: Walkie talkie and satellite phones will be given to each member to communicate in between the base camp and the mountain. Internet access will also be granted.
Oxygen masks, bottles and regulators: Every member will be given 2 bottles of oxygen along with summit masks and regulators for their journey. More will be carried as a backup for emergencies along with a rescue sled.
Certificate: The members will be honored with a certificate from Pakistan Alpine Club for their accomplishment of climbing the mountain.
Food and accommodation: Accommodations will be provided in a 4-star hotel while staying in Islamabad as well as during different stops in the trip. A welcome dinner will also be held to introduce our team with the clients. Later,3 meals will be served during the trip which will be cooked by talented cooks along with occasional teas and coffees.
Insurance: The company will cover for insurances of all the involved staff in case of accidents..
Liaison Officer, Sherpas and porters: Every member will be facilitated with one Sherpa and one porter. Also, a legit government Liaison will be present throughout the expedition
International flights: The clients have to bear their flight fees while arriving and leaving Pakistan.
Visa and insurance: The clients are responsible for their VISA while arriving in Pakistan. You have to pay for their insurance in case of any accidents.
Meals in Islamabad and Skardu: While staying in Islamabad and Skardu, you have to pay for your lunch as well as dinner yourself.
Personal belongings and interests: The clients are requested to arrange their own clothing and required gear while joining the expedition. They also have to arrange the items required to maintain their personal hygiene. They have to bear the additional charges for services like phone calls, hot baths, laundry etc. They have to pay an extra charge in case they want to shoot videos or capture pictures.
Tips and bonuses: It will be highly appreciated if the clients can make some tips and bonuses to the hardworking Sherpas and the base camp workers. While giving tips to the Sherpas, you are requested to give them no less than $1500.
Extra services: In case you want any other services that’s not mentioned above then you have to pay extra from your pocket.
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