Gasherbrum I and II
The first route of G-I Hidden Peak has remained closed since the mid 80s due to the Siachen conflict. It is now usually being climbed from its most prominent route from the plateau on Gasherbrum Glacier. The more popular route in the recent years has been the Gasherbrum La up to the Japanese Culvert or the routes along the north ridge. The other alternate route is the west ridge, which is technically less demanding but takes longer time due to the long distance between Camp I and the summit. Apart from some technical difficulties in the lower part, the snow face high up sometimes poses danger of avalanche after new snow falls. The lowest by a small footage of the Karakoram 8000ers is Gasherbrum - II. It has been described by climbers 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 crevasse 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.
Gasherbrum II peaks and I stands side by side. Both the peaks have same base camp even the higher camps are common until camp II. Therefore for us ground handling and services to base camp is same for the either of the peaks. Choose one of the either peak or both by paying additional royalty fee. Rest leaves on us and enjoy your climbing.
Gasherbrum I or II Base camp is a short 5-6 hour walk from Concordia, nature's version of a highway interchange where several glaciers merge into the Baltoro. Hidden Peak is one of four 8000-meter peaks located in a tight cluster in the upper reaches of the Baltoro Glacier, the principle access to that part of the Karakoram. It is also known as Gasherbrum I. Like its bigger sister K2 (located only 20 kilometers west), Hidden Peak displays a classic paramedic shape. Base camp for Hidden Peak is the same as for its busier neighbor, Gasherbrum II, a day and a half east from Concordia, a prominent trekking destination where several glaciers merge into the Baltoro. Your base camp lies directly below the Conway Saddle, which was the first route, used to reach the major Karakoram peaks. Expeditions to the Karakoram now invariably start from Islamabad (capital of Pakistan) and its twin city of Rawalpindi (Pindi to its friends). Once the formalities with the government have been completed, you will continue on to Skardu, located in the district of Baltistan. This trip is made by one of two methods. Often preferred is the air route (when the weather permits), not only because the flight is only an hour, but also because you fly past Nanga Parbat on the way. Alternately, you may take a bus along the Indus River, first following the Karakoram Highway, then branching through the spectacular Indus River gorge as you approach Skardu. The latter is long, but recommended at least once during multiple visits to the region.
From Skardu, you will travel by jeep to Askoli, the last village on the trek. A couple long days bring you to Paiju and the tongue of the Baltoro. Here you will take a rest day as the porters prepare their food for the glacier. Your next stop is Urdukas, a grassy knoll located immediately opposite the Trango Towers and Uli Biaho. Two regular days and a final short day bring you to Base Camp. Gasherbrum 2 has the reputation of being one of the easier 8000-meter peaks. Its larger namesake, however, is far more technically challenging. Base Camp is at 5200 meters. Camp 1 is at 5900 meters after crossing the treacherous Gasherbrum Ice Fall. Camp 2 is at the Gasherbrum La, about 6400 meters. Camp 3 is at about 7200 meters above a steep couloir’s, although the location is highly variable since it is cut from the steep snow slopes. From the summit, you will see the entire Karakoram, including Broad Peak, Masherbrum, Mustagh Tower, Chogolisa, and of course K2. Depending on the weather, Hidden Peak can be completed in as little as six weeks (Pindi-Pindi) or as long as nine weeks. The return trip is often over the 6000 meter Gondogoro La and the beautifully green Hushe Valley from which you return to Skardu.
Note :- Although we try to adhere to the schedule listed below, this itinerary is subject to change due to numerous reasons beyond our control such as bad weather, cancelled or delayed flights, road washouts, vehicle breakdowns, accidents, sickness, govt. restrictions, & all other unforeseen exigencies.