Gasherbrum 1 Expedition

The Hidden Mountain

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Trip Overview

Gasherbrum I, widely known as “The Hidden Mountain,” is situated in the secluded district of Shigar in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. This Eleventh Eight Thousander stands at an elevation of 8,080 meters and is a significant part of the Gasherbrum Massif, aptly named “The Hidden Mountain” due to its remote location. However, the local Balti people have their own ancient name for the mountain, combining “Rgasha,” meaning beautiful, and “Brum,” meaning mountain.

The exploration of the Gasherbrum Massif began in 1934, led by Swiss explorer Guinter Oskar Dyhrenfurth and international expeditions. Despite their efforts, the summits of both Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II remained unconquered. The mountain was eventually first ascended by Pete Schoening and Andy Kauffman on July 5, 1958, as part of an eight-man American Expedition team led by Nicholas B. Clinch. Gasherbrum I was initially discovered by British surveyor Thomas George Montgomerie in 1856 during The Great Trigonometric Survey in India, who named it K5, signifying the fifth peak of the Karakoram region.

Embarking on an expedition to this eighth-thousander offers a lifetime experience with breathtaking views of the Baltoro Glacier, Muztagh Tower, Masherbrum, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum IV, and the formidable K2. Despite being the eleventh highest peak globally, Gasherbrum I demands respect for its unique geographical challenges, with fewer than 200 successful ascents recorded. It is an exceptionally challenging climb, requiring a high level of psychological fortitude and physical fitness to stand triumphantly on its summit.

The best season to undertake the Gasherbrum I expedition is summer, particularly in July and August, the warmest months of the year. These months provide more favorable conditions for ascent compared to winter. Notably, the first winter ascent was accomplished by Polish climbers Adam Bielecki and Janusz Golab on March 9, 2012, without supplementary oxygen, marking a historic achievement in the mountain’s climbing history.

  • Season
  • Destination
  • Duration
    50 Days
  • Altitude
    8,080m / 26,509ft
  • Groups
    2 - 10 Peoples
  • Walk per day
    5 - 7 Hours


Upon your airport arrival, ensure visa procedures are completed. Our envoy will warmly welcome you and guide you to a conveniently booked hotel in Blue Area. Explore Islamabad's cultural sites like The Pakistan Monument, Lok Virsa Museum, and Faisal Mosque.

  • Altitude 508m
  • Meals N/A
  • Accomodation 4 star hotel

Complete travel permits, documentation, packing, and other necessary formalities. Engage in a comprehensive briefing, acquaint yourself with fellow trekkers, and leisurely prepare for the upcoming journey.

  • Altitude 508m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation 4 star hotel

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before flying to Skardu, a mesmerizing city in Gilgit-Baltistan at an elevation of 2228 meters. Refresh after the flight and explore the city's vibrant attractions. Prepare with our guides for the expedition ahead.

  • Altitude 2228m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Hotel/Lodge

Travel from Skardu to Askole, a remote town in Shigar valley, marking the starting point before the Karakoram's wild terrains. After a thrilling seven-hour jeep ride, settle in at the destination and prepare for camping

  • Altitude 2800m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation camping

Commence the trek from Askole (2800m) to Jhola (3185m) post-breakfast, avoiding heat by crossing the Biafo Glacier. Ascend 385m to Jhola and prepare for overnight stay.

  • Altitude 3185m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation camping

Embark on the journey to the stunning pinnacles of Paiyu, reaching a total altitude of 3383m. Enjoy a serene campsite for the next two days amidst Paiyu's calm and well-equipped region.

  • Altitude 3383m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation camping

Pause for a day's rest at Paiyu, located in the tranquil Karakoram Region. Witness nature's generosity with a golden sunrise over the majestic peak of Paiyu before heading towards Urdukas.

  • Altitude 3383m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation camping

Challenge yourself on a rocky moraine ascent of Baltoro Glacier to Urdukas (4130m). Marvel at the breathtaking views of Paiyu Peak and Trango, a sight that will leave you spellbound.

  • Altitude 4130m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation camping

Ascend from Urdukas (4130m) to Gora II (4250m) for an easier day. Enjoy the heart of Concordia's ice-covered vistas with magnificent views of Masherbrum, Muztagh Tower, and Gasherbrum IV.

  • Altitude 4250m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation camping

Embark on a captivating trek to Concordia (4550m), a campsite offering a panoramic view of Masherbrum, Gasherbrum, K2, Chogolisa, and Broad Peak. Set up camp and relish the breathtaking sights.

  • Altitude 4550m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation camping

Resume the trek to Gasherbrum Base Camp (5150m) to witness the incredible sight of Gasherbrum. After a six-hour hike, rest for the night at the base camp.

  • Altitude 5150m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation camping

Prepare for the summit attempt with final training in glacial travel and climbing techniques while paying homage to lost climbers.

  • Altitude 5150m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Full Board Camp Service

Initiate the ascent to Camp 1, following high camps 1, 2, and 3, aiming for the summit (8080m). Descend back to base camps, evaluating weather conditions, and rest before descending to lower elevation.

  • Altitude 8080m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Full Board Camp Service

Descend from base camps to Gora II, Khuburtze, Mundung, and return to Askole through the descending route.

  • Altitude 2800m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Lodge/ Hotel

Drive back to Skardu, refresh, and prepare for the flight to Islamabad after a seven-hour journey from Askole.

  • Altitude 2228m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Lodge / Hotel

Fly back from Skardu to Islamabad, relishing an aerial view of the capital city. Relax and explore cultural landmarks like The Pakistan Monument, Lok Virsa Museum, Faisal Mosque, Mragalla Hills, and Daman-e-Koh.

  • Altitude 508m
  • Meals Breakfast and Farewell Dinner
  • Accomodation 4- star hotel

The Gasherbrum Summit journey concludes today. Bid farewell with cherished memories as our representative escorts you to Islamabad Airport for your scheduled flight.

  • Altitude 508m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation N/A


  • Arrival and Departure services at Islamabad Airport including pick-up and drop-off.
  • Four nights of hotel accommodation in Islamabad at a four-star hotel with Bed & Breakfast basis, and a four-night hotel stay in Skardu at a two-star hotel with BB Plan.
  • Expedition royalty and permit from the Pakistan government for climbing Mt. Gasherbrum I, covering the member, climbing Sherpa, and working crew.
  • Inclusion of the liaison officer's costs covering their salary, equipment, transport, and accommodation.
  • Provision for garbage management fees.
  • Medical & emergency rescue insurance for all staff involved in the expedition.
  • Domestic flights from Islamabad to Skardu and return, with contingency arrangements for irregular flight cancellations to Skardu via Chellas, and ground transportation from Skardu to Askole by jeep and porter.
  • Transportation of necessary expedition equipment from Kathmandu to Islamabad and Islamabad to Skardu via truck, and further transport to Askole by Jeep, and Askole to Base camp by porter.
  • Allowance of up to 75 Kgs of personal luggage per person.
  • Provision of food throughout the trek and the entire expedition duration, along with well-organized camp setup during the trek, at base camp, and higher camps.
  • Supply of all required camping equipment and necessary porters for carrying loads.
  • Essential base camp staff including chefs and kitchen staff, with accommodation, meals, and other services covered.
  • Individual tents for each expedition member during the trek and at base camp, with shared tents for higher camps. Tents will be of the Kailash brand. Additionally, all essential base camp equipment including heaters, generators, solar panels, electric charging devices, dining, communication, shower, and toilet tents.
  • Charges for rope fixing gear and payment to the fixing team.
  • Hiring of one high-altitude Climbing Sherpa experienced in Gasherbrum I summits, with good salary, allowances, and transportation provided.
  • Provision of 03 bottles of Summit Oxygen (4 liters) per member and 02 bottles for climbing Sherpa, including mask and regulator sets.
  • Required services and provisions for high camps including food and tents.
  • Access to Thuraya IP Satellite internet at the base camp with optional extra sharing costs among members for usage. Satellite phones available for emergency calls.
  • Distribution of Walkie-Talkie sets to each member for communication between base camp and higher camps.
  • Daily weather forecasts provided through Swiss Weather Meteorology.
  • Comprehensive medical kit available for emergency situations.


  • International airfare for the expedition member.
  • Pakistan entry visa fees.
  • Lunch and dinner during stays in Islamabad and Skardu.
  • Extra hotel nights in Islamabad and Skardu beyond what is specified.
  • Emergency evacuation insurance and medical cover for expedition members.
  • Personal Climbing gear expenses.
  • Sherpa Summit Bonus of USD 1500 for each climbing Sherpa.
  • Calculation of tips for Cooking staff and porter.
  • Any other expenses not specifically mentioned in the inclusion section.

Trip Notes

  1. Weather Challenges: Trekking in the Karakoram Region is inherently challenging due to its unpredictable weather. We strive to schedule our trips in the most appropriate seasons. The mentioned itinerary may change based on trip complexities, but we assure you that the quality of service will not be compromised. In the event of delayed or canceled flights, please be informed that clients are responsible for bearing the expenses of any extra days beyond the total number included in the itinerary. Taktok Brothers will facilitate necessary arrangements for your convenience at a reasonable extra charge.
  2. International Flights and Luggage: Taktok Brothers will not be responsible for missed international flights or any issues with your luggage before our reception. However, we are committed to minimizing any inconvenience you may face. To avoid complications, we recommend scheduling flexible time frames before and after trip departure.
  3. Climbers’ Recommendations: Climbers are advised not to carry extravagant materials for their own comfort. Instead, focus on maintaining mental and physical health, which will be significantly required to resist remoteness, higher altitudes, extreme weather, and the separation from beloved families.

Cost of Expedition

The cost of our expeditions varies based on factors including group size, royalty and permit costs in different seasons, hotel accommodation categories, the number of allocated Sherpas and equipment, type of arrangement, and package customization. We prefer discussing expedition costs with our clients before providing a detailed quote. Please feel free to contact Taktok Brothers Expeditions for any information about your selected package.

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Lisa Ligina

November 5, 2023

Taktok Brothers made my trek in Nepal an unforgettable experience. The entire trip, from planning to execution, was seamless. The team’s deep understanding of the local culture added a unique layer to the adventure. If you want an authentic trekking experience, Taktok Brothers are the ones to go with!

David De-Gia

November 5, 2023

My trek with Taktok Brothers was a dream come true. The staff’s passion for the mountains and their commitment to responsible tourism shone through at every step. I’ll cherish the memories of this journey, and I’m already planning my next adventure with them.

Maria D-Closk

November 5, 2023

I can’t say enough good things about Taktok Brothers! Their attention to safety and the overall well-being of their clients is commendable. The trek was challenging yet rewarding, and I always felt in good hands. If you’re looking for a trekking company in Nepal, these guys are the real deal.

James Cook

November 5, 2023

Taktok Brothers provided a well-organized and memorable trekking adventure in Nepal. Their guides are not only experts in the trails but also wonderful companions. We trekked through remote villages and breathtaking scenery, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. This company comes highly recommended!

Sarah James

November 5, 2023

I had an incredible trekking experience with Taktok Brothers! From the moment I arrived in Nepal, their team took care of every detail. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and made the trek enjoyable. The stunning landscapes and cultural experiences made this trip unforgettable. I highly recommend them for your next adventure!

Luis Stitzinger

November 5, 2023

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