Gasherbrum-iv Expedition

  Gasherbrum-iv Expedition


Duration
40 days

Tour Type
Expedition

Overview

Gasherbrum IV, which was also named “K3”, is the fourth highest peak in the Gasherbrum massif standing at a height of 7,925 meters. It is situated on the eastern edge of the Gasherbrum massif, bordering the Baltoro Glacier to the west and Abruzzi Glacier to the south. The nickname K3 was given to it because of its close proximity to K2, the world’s second-highest mountain. The other name given to Gasherbrum IV is, "Shining Wall," due to its southeast Face which is the most prominent of all and is the most challenging. No successful summit of Gasherbrum IV was achieved until 1958, but then the first summit was made by a Japanese expedition which was led by Kiichi Mori. Gasherbrum IV remains a wanted and dream peak for mountaineers seeking a high-altitude technical challenge. However, because of its inherent dangers, it sees fewer attempts compared to other Gasherbrums. The mountain offers several climbing routes among which the most famous is the southeast face, also known as the "Shining Wall". This route requires technical climbing skills and experience with big wall climbing techniques. Other routes include the Southwest Face, Abruzzi Spur, and the Normal Route. Climbers attempting Gasherbrum IV may face extreme weather conditions, including high winds, sub-zero temperatures, altitude sickness and potential avalanches. Proper acclimatization and a well-equipped team are the most important for survival. Climbing expeditions require meticulous planning, logistics support, and a high level of experience to navigate the mountain's complexities.

Services

Base camp services

1. Flight from Islamabad to Skardu and Skardu to Islamabad.
2. Drive by Jeep Skardu to Askoli and return Askoli to Skardu.
3. Porters/ Mule to carry luggage where the jeep cannot reach.
4. Pick and drop from the airport to the Hotel and vice versa.
5. 3 nights stay at 3*/4* Hotel in Islamabad (bed & breakfast).
6. Royalty and permit from the Pakistan Government for the expedition.
7. Porters carry up to 60 Kg of personal baggage.
8. 3 meals a day along with comfortable accommodation in a hotel/ lodge/ tents.
9. At Base Camp a mattress and pillow per individual, a dining tent, a kitchen tent, a communication tent, a Toilet, a staff tent, a tent for Pakistani base camp staff, store tents, tables and chairs and all necessary cooking gear.
10. Experienced and well-trained Cook & Kitchen Helpers.
11. Twin sharing tent for members.
12. Heating system in the dining tent and other necessary tents.
13. Solar panel/ electricity generator.
14. Medical and first aid kit.
15. Professional and experienced Tour guide.
16. Taxes and fees required for necessary tools.
17. Farewell dinner.

Exclude

1. Airfare for international flights.
2. Pakistan visa fee.
3. Sleeping bags, Oxygen masks and personal climbing equipment.
4. Minibars will not be provided while staying in hotels or while travelling.
5. Distinct Items for an individual which we provide collectively like rooms are provided for two members. Extra charges may apply.
6. Group climbing gear (rope, ice crew, snow bar, EPI gas, cooking pots and others)
7. Insurance policy for mountain climbing rescue and evacuation which is mandatory.
8. Lodging and meals and after base camp
9. Meals in Islamabad other than breakfast.
10. All costs arising from the necessity of an early conclusion or summit attempt (additional hotel nights, hotel meals, and evacuation expenses).
11. Costs resulting from unforeseeable delays beyond our company’s control (Force majeure).
12. Phone, fax, email or any personal communication from Pakistan to the home country.

Full Board Service

1. Flight from Islamabad to Skardu and Skardu to Islamabad.
2. Drive by Jeep Skardu to Askoli and return Askoli to Skardu.
3. Porters/ Mule to carry luggage where the jeep cannot reach.
4. Pick and drop from the airport to the Hotel and vice versa.
5. 3 nights stay at 3*/4* Hotel in Islamabad (bed & breakfast).
6. Welcome Dinner will be served restaurant in Islamabad.
7. Payment of all Government taxes in Pakistan.
8. Royalty and permit from the Pakistan Government for the expedition.
9. Porters carry up to 60 Kg of personal baggage.
10. 3 meals a day along with comfortable accommodation in a hotel/ lodge/ tents.
11. Experienced and well-trained Cook & Kitchen Helpers.
12. Twin sharing tent for members.
13. At Base Camp a mattress and pillow per individual, a dining tent, a kitchen tent, a communication tent, a Toilet, a staff tent, a tent for Pakistani base camp staff, store tents, tables and chairs and all necessary cooking gear.
14. Heating system in the dining tent and other necessary tents.
15. Solar panel/ electricity generator.
16. 1 Pakistani climbing guide for every member at high altitude.
17. 2 oxygen bottles of 4 litres initially and more on-demand with extra cost.
18. High camp services include Altitude Tents, cooking EPI gas, cooking pot, all climbing and cooking crew, group climbing gears, and fixed and dynamic rope.
19. Satellite Phone for emergency communication available with appropriate charge.
20. Medical and first aid kit.
21. Farewell dinner


Itinerary

After the member arrives in Islamabad from their places, they will be picked up from the airport by our team, transferred to the hotel, and allowed to rest and prepare for further travel on the next day.
In the morning flight from Islamabad to Skardu, we will leave. From the flight, we will reach Skardu by noon. In case of cancellation of a flight due to weather conditions or any other reason, we have arrangements to drive by road. We will reach Skardu in the next two days in case of travel by road. Our itinerary will be one day ahead of this case.
A day free in Skardu for documentation and other formalities. We may also visit some nearby places in Skardu for sightseeing after completing the formalities and we may have a glimpse of the beauty of Skardu.
The journey goes alongside the Braldu River in the Shigar Valley. Askoli is the last village accessible by road. We will drive there by jeep from Skardu.
By reaching Askoli, we will Trek to Jhola. We have to cross the river Braldu by bridge. Jhola is also located near the Braldu River.
Start trekking towards Paju. It will be 6 to 7 hours of trekking following the Braldu River. The total distance for the trekking is 19.8 km.
A break day for exploring the Paju peak base camp. The team makes the preparations during the day for the further Journey. You have this day for rest or you can roam around to see the beautiful Nature.
Trekking to Khobursay starting from the morning, involves beautiful panoramas and landscapes throughout the trek. It also includes a river crossing midway.
Trekking continues again towards Goro II. This time we will be trekking through the glacier. The view of Masherbrum and Muztagh Tower is visible from Goro II.
We will reach Concordia by day 11. From Concordia, we can have a beautiful view of high snowcapped peaks such as Broad Peak, Mitre Peak, Gasherbrum and Sia Kangri as well as the aesthetic view of the Great K2.
We will start our trek in the early morning towards the Gasherbrum IV base camp from Concordia. The route includes a scenic view of sky-touching peaks.
We will start climbing from this day and continue our climb for at least 20 days. This specific time includes ascending Gasherbrum IV as well as descending back to base camp. We have included contingency time as well in case of any weather issue or any other time-consuming occurrence. The team of Mountain Tiger Treks and Tours will be assisting throughout the expedition.
After arriving back at the Gasherbrum IV base camp, we will spend a night again here and rest after the great success. A celebration of the success will be given.
After spending a night at Gasherbrum IV Base Camp, our journey moves back to Goro II.
Instead of camping at Urdukas, we will move down the Baltoro Glacier towards Khobursay which will need two hours more. So, our trek will start in the early morning this day.
This day, again instead of camping at Paju, we will trek down to Bardumal. This will take 3 more hours. So we have to start our trek in the early morning.
Starting early in the morning again, we will trek back to Askoli from Bardumal. We will spend this night as the last night of our trekking in Askole.
The flight typically occurs in the morning. So, we will reach Islamabad by noon on this day. After reaching Islamabad, you are allowed to take a rest in the hotel.
In case of any flight cancellation due to weather issues or any other issue, we will reach Islamabad this day. Otherwise, we can utilize this day to explore Islamabad. We will be having a farewell dinner in Skardu or Islamabad as well.
All members are free to go to their places. Our staff will transfer you all to the airport. Note: Price is flexible and can be discounted if 3 to 4 people book tickets combined.

Terms & Conditions

1. Early Bird Discount:

The given prices are the discount offers for holidays and are limited. These prices may be changed accordingly. The local services providers and airlines as well as hotels increase prices in the season. So early reservation cost us less price.


2. Limited Space in Peak Months:

The peak months of the year attract a great amount of national and international tourists and hence sold out earlier. We will have a maximum of 15 travellers in one group. Our registration is on a first come first serve basis.


3. Limited Flight Seats:

We use the deposit to book your domestic flight in advance because domestic flight seats for the Himalayas and the Karakoram sell out very quickly in the peak season. Another reason is that there are only two flights in a day.


4. Pay Balance after arrival in Pakistan:

You may have concerns regarding paying your final balance. According to our policy, we receive your final balance only once you arrive in Pakistan. Deposit is the only Payment before arriving in Pakistan.


5. Pay Minimum Deposit:

The advance payment for the holidays also incorporates early bird discounts and may change automatically based on the late deposit schedule. The same dates in the schedule will be applicable for the next season's deposit as well.


Advance Deposit for Pakistani Nationals:

The advance deposit for Pakistani Nationals is PKR 100,000 or 30 % of the total price whichever is greater. The deposit amount is nonrefundable.


Extra Stays at Base Camp:

•For Extra Stays at base camp, extra charges will be charged.
01-04 pax US $ 130/. Per person per day
04-06 pax US $ 100/. Per person per day
06-08 pax US $ 90/. Per person per day
• If Government of Pakistan demands for any fee or new condition ensuing extra, the same will be charged in addition to normal Package offer.


• Reservations and Advance Payments:
For the confirmation of your reservation, you have to pay your advance into our account 50 days before the arrival of the group/ client in Pakistan. The rest of amount will be received once you arrived in Pakistan.

• Mountain Tigers Treks and tours
reserves the right to deduct, in respect of hotel reservation, confirmation of airline ticket, documentation and other necessary works which are being done before the arrival of client.

• 25% of the total amount will be deducted in case of cancellation in less than 15 days before the arrival date. If cancellation is made in less than 30 days, 10% of the amount will be deducted as in shape of paper works. Mountain Tigers trek and tours reserves this right.

• Anyone deciding to abandon after arrival, or may want to leave the trip during the expedition or tour, due to health issue or any other issue, will not be eligible for any refund. The same policy is applicable in case of entire group. If the group abandons or completes the trip early than the itinerary. No money will be refunded.


Refund Policy for All Deposit:

The deposited amount is non-refundable once it is paid. Because this amount will be spent in making all the arrangements. This deposited amount is also nonrefundable in case of Pakistani clients.


• Balance: Only pay the balance on the first day after arrival in Pakistan according to the Payment guidelines which will be shared later.


• Currency: International clients have the option to pay in US Dollar (USD). Or they may also pay in Euros (EUR) or Pound Sterling (GBP). Pakistani clients have the option to pay the equivalent amount in Pakistani Rupees (PKR).


• Single Supplement: Separate rooms will cost extra charge of 290 USD. This includes all hotel nights.


For separate tents, it will cost the extra charge of 180 USD including additional porterage cost. Both the payments must be made with the balance upon arrival


LIABILITIES:

Mountain tiger treks and tour endeavors to ensure comfort and safety during tours. However, the company is not liable for injury, damage, death, loss, accidents, delays, public disturbances, or any other unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control.

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Max Guests
7
Min Age
18+
Tour Location
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