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K2

A delicacy for enthusiasts and experts…

From Islamabad we fly on to Skardu, then we continue to Aksole, where our trekking time can begin. We have different, moderate to strenuous trekking stages until we arrive at the K2 base camp. Here the work on the mountain starts immediately and while the group recovers and waits for a suitable weather window, the high camps and the route are further prepared. As soon as the weather is fine, we will start a direct summit attempt via the beautiful normal route on the southeast ridge (Abbruzzensporn). Sherpas and high altitude porters will accompany us and oxygen will be available for each participant. If we are successful, the absolute culmination of every mountaineer’s life awaits us!

If the Pakistani government allows us as announced, we will fly in our proven and experienced Sherpas from Nepal, who will support our Pakistani high altitude porters and insure the route. This is an additional safety factor.


Info for K2

For the K2 you have to be a very experienced mountaineer with eight thousand meter experience. The Abbruzzensporn at K2 is the most difficult normal route on an eight-thousander. We recommend oxygen for the summit day at the latest (this is included in the price). This means that the statistically most accident-prone passage under the Hängeserac after the shoulder and the bottleneck can be climbed much faster and safer both on the ascent and the descent. The fixed ropes in the summit area are only laid during the ascent to the summit. If you want to ascend without oxygen, you can do so, as long as you can prove that you have the appropriate experience and skills.

Adventure Factor brave
Experience / Emotion lifechanging
Fitness / Struggle challenging
Risk the height and the bottleneck
Comfort Expedition style

Highlights:

  • The mountain of all mountains
  • Sherpas and oxygen for summit day
  • German/English speaking UIAGM mountain guide
  • high camp equipment

Expected guide: to be announced soon
For pictures and reports of our K2 and Broad Peak Expedition 2017 (as the first Austrian organizer) and 2018 take a look at our blog.

The K2 can also be booked as a double expedition in combination with the Broad Peak.

Trip dates:

Booking code:-
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Price per person: 0

Due to the complex logistics of this expedition, there may be changes to the planned procedure during the trip. The exact procedure depends on the weather, snow conditions, the progress of insurance work on the route and the timetable of other groups in order to avoid potential traffic jams as far as possible. For a successful ascent, in addition to the basic conditions created by us such as oxygen supply, sherpasupport, base camp, route, high camp etc., a large portion of luck, good weather, condition, ability and mental strength of the participants are required.

The expedition can be extended, if the conditions require it and the participants wish this and bear the additional costs incurred. We move in a very remote, politically highly sensitive area where official or environmental restrictions of our freedom of movement must be reckoned with at any time.

The following schedule is planned:

Day 1 - 12: Arrival in Islamabad, Karakorum Highway and spectacular hike to K2 base camp.

Day 1: Arrival in Islamabad or meeting point at the Hotel Envoy Continental in IslamabadTag free for the participants during the expedition leader last administrative things with the authorities handles.

Day 2-3: Either two days bus trip to Skardu with overnight stay in Chilas or the conditions allow a flight to Skardu. The bus ride has its charm and takes us through the varied landscape of Pakistan to the Indus Valley, where we will take the legendary Karakorum Highway. On the second day shortly after Chilas we see in good weather the Nanga Parbat with the Rhakiot flank mastered by Hermann Buhl from the road. The drive on the second day is a bit shorter. Overnight stay in a hotel in Skardu.

Day 4: We spend the day in the small but lively town Skardu at 2300m. The porters are organized, the luggage is loaded and one can make last errands or undertake a hike.

Day 5: Journey with jeeps through a wild, impressive landscape and wild gorges to Askole at 3050m. For those who have never been here before, this will probably be the most exciting and exciting trip of your life! Overnight in tents in the small village of Askole.

Day 6-12: An impressive hike through what we believe to be the most spectacular mountain valley in the world. Overnight stay in a tent. On the first day it goes relatively flat by a very dry and barren landscape up to Jhula on 3100m. On the second day we reach the last small oasis settlement Paiju at about 3500m altitude. There we may have a rest day, which the porters need to prepare for the further way on the Baltorogletscher. On the fourth day we already move on the legendary Baltoroglacier. We reach our camp Urdukas at about 4150m next to the glacier. And right opposite the Trango Towers! An incredibly impressive view! The fifth day leads us past the beautiful Muztagh Tower to our next camp Goro II at about 4200m. Because of the spectacular views the hikes here are very entertaining. You have to force yourself to look at the ground.

On the sixth day we reach the famous Konkordiaplatz at about 4600m, where so many explorers, discoverers and mountaineering legends have already set up camp. All of them have left their traces unmistakably. From here we see two of the most beautiful mountains of this planet Masherbrum and Gasherbrum IV. And also Broad Peak, K2 and Hermann Buhls Schicksalsberg the Chogolisa lie prominently in this stunning 360 degree panorama. On the last day we reach the K2 base camp in the Godwin-Austen glacier.

Day 13 - 49: Ascent to the summit

Day 13 – 49: We take about 5 weeks for the ascent. First we refuel, organize material and then wait for a suitable weather window for a direct ascent attempt over the Abbruzzensporn with 4 high camps. Camp 1 at about 6000m we reach relatively easy over a 40 gad steep firn flank. From there we go through snow gullies and combined terrain to the first key point, the approx. 25m high house chimney insured with fixed ropes. Shortly afterwards we reach camp 2 at 6600m.

The further way to Camp 3 depends strongly on the conditions. Snow flanks, rock passages and combined terrain with individual steep turns change until our southeast spur meets the east ridge (Black Pyramid). From here easier along the east ridge to camp 3 at 7350m. The way from Camp 3 to Camp 4 at 7900m on the shoulder is a technically easy snow ridge and ridge. In Camp 4 you see two things very prominent: the intoxicating panorama on one side and the dangerous Hängeserac with the infamous “Bottleneck” on the other side. This is the most dangerous part of the route.

The bottleneck is the key point for the next summit day and is secured with fixed ropes. From here on at the latest we use oxygen, which allows us to pass this dangerous passage faster and safer both in the ascent and in the descent. About 100m after the bottleneck, the terrain covers itself and the last meters lead over a simple snow slope to the summit. Should the weather allow it, we still have time for a second summit attempt. Also here we recommend to book a rebookable return flight to be able to extend the expedition a few days if necessary or to travel home earlier if we can finish the expedition already earlier successfully.

 

Day 50 - 56: Disassembly, return to Islamabad and flight home

Day 50-53: Dismantling of the base camp and return to Skardu via the Gondogoro Pass. Overnight in tent and hotel in Skardu.

Day 54-55: Return to Islamabad. If possible with flight otherwise again the two-day bus journey. We will be so exhausted that we will simply oversleep the trip. Overnight stay in a hotel in Islamabad56. Day: Islamabad or return flight

check_circle_outline  What the price includes:

  • All organisation for the double expedition
  • State certified (UIAGM) German / English speaking mountain guide during the whole expedition
  • 2 nights in an upscale hotel in a very safe quarter of Islamabad in a double room (surcharge for a single room) 
  • All transfers including transport to/from Skardu by plane or private shuttle (depending on weather) and to/from Askole in all-terrain vehicles
  • Full board for the duration of the whole trip (half board in Islamabad)
  • Drinks during joint meals (alcoholic beverages excluded)
  • Double rooms on stop-overs during our trip to the mountain
  • Porters to the base camp and back (40kg per baggage piece per member)
  • 1 tent per participant at the base camp
  • 1 tent per two participants during the approach and for the high camp
  • A mat for the approach and the base camp
  • High camp equipment (tents, cooker, gas, dishes, food)
  • All the fixing material for the route
  • Use of the fixed ropes along the route
  • Transport of waste back from the base camp
  • High altitude porters and climbing Sherpa (1:2 Sherpa client ratio on Broad Peak, 1:1 Sherpa client ratio on K2) 
  • Oxygen package with a rental mask & regulator and 2 bottles per members for K2
  • Insurance and equipment for all staff
  • Emergency oxygen
  • Pharmaceutical travel kit, high altitude emergency medicine, pulsoxymeter
  • Kitchen crew
  • A comfortable, heated common tent, shower tent, power generator 2 hours per day etc. at the base camp
  • Satellite communication (WIFI, laptop, solar battery charger)
  • Radio transmitter for each member
  • All fees & permits
  • Government deposit for helicopter rescue (actual costs must be paid by members or their insurance / Global Rescue membership)
  • Environmental fee
  • weather reports
  • Security and warranty of an Austrian tour operator

 

help_outline Optional:

  • Extension week and individual journey back to Islamabad: € 1.400
  • High Altitude Porter (costs can be splitted by 2 members), only
  • Broad Peak: € 5.000, K2 & Broad Peak: € 6.500
  • Oxygen Pack for Broad Peak (2 bottles and rent mask & regulator): € 4.000

 

 

highlight_off  What the price does not include:

  • International flight to Islamabad (we’ll gladly make you an offer – at the moment a flight from Europe is approx. € 750)
  • Excess baggage on the flight to/from Skardu in case a flight is possible
  • Personal insurance
  • Visa for Pakistan (must be obtained by members at the Pakistani Embassy in their home country in time)
  • Personal medication
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Summit bonus for personal summit sherpas
  • Tips
  • Personal mountain and climbing equipment
  • Sleeping bags for the base camp and high camp
  • Fees for satellite phones, emails

 

info  General

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures.

An expedition to high altitudes still presents an enormous challenge despite modern equipment and tactics. Besides technical and fitness requirements, the high altitude still poses the largest hurdle. That is why we place great emphasis on prudent, slow acclimatization, and recommend our eight thousander expedition participants the possibility of pre-acclimatization in a high altitude tent at home (see also FAQ).

Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to program or route changes. Participation in the expedition lies in your own individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.

If you are not sure whether taking part in an expedition is the right thing for you, feel free to contact Lukas Furtenbach at Tel +43 512 204134 or per email lukas@furtenbachadventures.com for an answer to this question during a personal interview!

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

 

language   Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Regulations

Pakistan
Swiss or EU citizens: When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 more months and a visa that has to be obtained in time  by members in their home country at the Pakistani embassy

Information on recommended vaccines and health regulations:
http://www.who.int/ith/en/

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

 

https   Insurance possibilities

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) For this journey, the Global Rescue Signature Travel Insurance is suitable. The price of the insurance depends on the trip and the personal data of the traveller. We happily make you an offer after booking or upon request.

To cover search and rescue costs in the mountains, we ask our expedition participants to take out a “medical only”-membership at Global Rescue. This membership can be concluded here before departure: https://ss.globalrescue.com/partner/furtenbach/. Further information are provided after your booking.

 

work  Equipment

Unless specified otherwise in the detailed program, all high camp equipment will be provided by us. You need to bring your own personal equipment such as down clothing, expedition shoes, an isolated sleeping mat and a sleeping bag with a comfort range of – 20 to -25 degrees Celsius for the high camp. Following your booking we will send you a detailed equipment list. We will be happy to advise you personally during the selection and purchase of required equipment. With years of expedition experience, we know what has proved its worth and what not.

insert_chart_outlined   Difficulty / Technique

The ascent always lies in the participants personal responsibility, while led by the mountain guide and expedition leader. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in mixed terrain (rock, snow, ice) and – if required – independently build rope teams under the guidance of the mountain guide. Cooperation, camaraderie and support on the mountain increases the chances of success for all. The guide is there to provide guidance for the whole group, the possibilities for him to respond to individual needs is limited. It is imperative that participants adhere to the instructions and decisions made by the mountain guide. Regardless, each participant must know their own physical limits, and be able to make a timely decision to turn back.

For expeditions offered by us, unless otherwise specified in the detailed program, the following is required of participants: independent getting on and off the fixed ropes on cliffs, snow, ice and firn snow slopes, as well as the independent use of crampons and ice axes in mixed terrain. On climbing passages, as well as very dangerous and exposed places, fixed ropes are attached by mountain guides and by the Sherpa team.

 

perm_identity   Physical fitness

A key success factor in expeditions is being in good shape. Train in the months before the expedition! Several hour climbs with a backpack and around 1000 meters per day should not be a problem for you. You have to carry your own personal equipment on the mountain, unless an optional personal Sherpa is booked. The porters are available for the group and set up the high camp and insure the route. We will gladly provide individual advice on how to best prepare yourself mentally and physically for an expedition!

 

local_hospital  Health

We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expedition. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.

 

landscape  Experience

We are very familiar with the charm and attraction of an eight-thousander! However, we want to make certain that you can ascend safely, come back alive, and be able to enjoy the expedition while on it and not afterwards. Therefore, in order to participate in our eight-thousander expeditions, you must already have collected some experience at high altitudes and mountaineering. When booking, please let us know which heights you have already reached and which high mountains you have climbed. If you are a newcomer, no problem, we offer a bespoke program aimed to train you for reaching your desired destination.

In order to participate in our seven-and six-thousander expeditions, you should have at least some experience on the four-thousander peaks of the Alps or other mountain ranges. Our offer for newcomers applies here as well, we can train you to become prudent and safe high altitude climbers!

We offer a special introductory weekend for all those who want to learn about – or refresh their knowledge of – all the skills and techniques needed on an expedition. More info here.

 

payment  Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

 

directions_run  Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH (https://www.furtenbachadventures.com/en/service/gtc/, item II. 7.).

For expeditions to 7000 and 8000 meter peaks the following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel: until 3 months prior to departure 50%, within 3 months prior departure 100%.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.