To be an eligible member on this expedition you must be very competent, and posses the necessary stamina and experience to be a contributing player in the ascent. Gasherbrum II is part of the greater Gasherbrum group of 5 peaks, 2 of which soar over 8000m, and is the world’s 13th highest peak. She is roundly held as one of the most straightforward and accessible of the fourteen, and climbers on her normal route, if sufficiently resourced and prepared, enjoy good summit rates in clement weather. The climb is fully supported with the highest quality ground, base-camp, and leadership resources, and all group gear (HA and BC tents, tech gear, ropes, stoves etc) are included in the trip fee. This expedition represents an outstanding opportunity to be a part of an extremely well priced, expertly managed, and comprehensively resourced 8000m ascent.
High Altitude Warning: During the ultra high altitude components of our 8000m expeditions (climbing legs above 7000m) the member accepts and fully understands that the level and quality of support and guidance is exponentially reduced the higher the member/team goes. Climbing on the world's highest peaks is a potentially dangerous undertaking, and while we operate with safety as the highest priority, and have enjoyed a fatality free 10 year history, it must be understood by members that there are risks and dangers that neither leaders nor members have any control over. Members need to be aware of these risks and accept their presence as being inherent to the pursuit of the world's highest summits.
The South West Ridge Route: The climbing legs on Gasherbrum II certainly favor mountaineers attempting their first big peak. Her slopes are not as steep as nearby Broad Peak or as technical or mixed as her neighbor Gasherbrum I. There are few objective dangers, and the camp sites are placed in mostly flat sections.
The Climb Team: As a team member you would ideally have at least one summit under your belt at or above 6,000m, and preferably exposure to heights in excess of 6000m. You must be competent in the use of ice/snow belays, and fully conversant with all aspects of technical rope work and mountaineering. All team members must be self sufficient on the slopes, and be able to undertake movement between the camps unsupervised. It will be crucial that you be superbly fit, committed, and determined at the outset of the expedition and possess the necessary stamina and experience to be a contributing player in the ascent. Gasherbrum II is proving a good first time venue for aspiring 8000m alpinists, with reasonable summit rates if the weather is clement. This program has been priced to give climbers an affordable opportunity to test their skills and endurance on a big mountain. If you want to climb a classic Himalayan 8,000er, in a remote and stunning setting, and with quality back-up and expert leadership, then we invite your application for this affordable expedition.
Expedition Philosophy: This expedition will comprise a group of like-minded individuals pooling their efforts and talents to surmount a significant Himalayan objective. Our climb members join us because they are looking for an organized effort but do not need the meticulous catering offered by many organizations nor the expense which comes with it. We believe in offering lower cost alternatives and sharing more responsibilities with our clients.
That said you will find the services during the trek and at base camp of the highest quality. In fact we stay in the same hotels and use many of the same local companies as significantly higher priced trips. Our equipment too is of a high standard, and we use North Face or Salewa tents, and have at least 1 Iridium satellite phone at BC at all times. The expedition managers (either Stu Remensynder or Anibel Salje or Mike Hale) have extensive climbing CVs, have been to 8000m previously, and are both qualified medical technicians. Like all of our climbs this expedition is a flexible climb. There is no regimented strategy in place, and members can move at their own pace without the stress of having to keep up with a climbing line. It is required however, that team members be able to maintain a degree of self sufficiency, and understand that the climbing leader is there for the general leadership of the group, and not to devote all his resources to ensuring any single member reaches the top. The expedition manager will make all decisions in consultation with the group, however he retains the right to lead with safety as his foremost consideration, and this will be reinforced if any member appears overtaxed.
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