Broad Peak 8047 Expedition Pakistan
Broad Peak Broad Peak 8047 Expedition Pakistan stands at a towering 8047 meters and is part of the Karakoram Range, nestled near the Baltoro Glacier, adjacent to the renowned K2. What distinguishes this peak is its unique triple-summit structure, adding to its distinctive allure in mountaineering. Though it might not claim the same fame as K2, it commands its majestic presence, offering a compelling challenge to seasoned climbers and adventurers, primarily due to its peculiar summit layout.
Access and Base Camp:
The expedition to Broad Peak commences from Islamabad, Pakistan's capital, and Rawalpindi, a city adjacent to Islamabad. The journey includes completing essential governmental formalities crucial for any mountaineering venture. The path then leads to Skardu in the Baltistan district, with two primary travel options—by air, a swift one-hour flight presenting stunning aerial views of Nanga Parbat, or by road, following the mesmerizing Karakoram Highway, providing a more immersive experience despite its extended duration. Skardu acts as the crucial stepping stone before the actual trekking phase.
The journey from Skardu unfolds through a scenic trail leading to Askoli, marking the final village before embarking upon the trek. The route continues to Paiju, strategically pausing for a day's rest as porters prepare provisions for the glacier leg of the journey. Further, it progresses to Urdukas, an idyllic spot showcasing the Trango Towers and Uli Biaho. The voyage culminates at Concordia, revealing breathtaking views of the grandeur of K2, Broad Peak, and Gasherbrum IV.
Base Camp and Climbing Strategy:
The expedition at Base Camp, positioned at 5,000 meters, involves meticulous planning for a successful ascent. The climb is characterized by multiple sub-camps at strategic elevations of approximately 5800, 6250, and 6900 meters. Climbing Broad Peak demands caution due to challenging avalanche-prone terrain. Climbers typically strategize their ascent, choosing between different camps, like Camp 3 or a supplementary camp established at 7400 meters.
Expedition Duration and Weather Challenges:
The completion of the expedition generally spans between six to nine weeks, influenced by unpredictable weather conditions. The unpredictable nature of weather significantly impacts the climbing schedule, contributing to varied durations for summit attempts. Due to the vagaries of weather, the ascent may be accomplished within a shorter or longer timeframe, demanding adaptability and resilience from expedition teams.
Return Journey and Alternative Routes:
The return journey often includes traversing the Gondogoro La pass and descending into the vibrant, verdant Hushe Valley, presenting a scenic and alternate route to return to Skardu. This alternative path serves as a complement to the return from the summit, offering a distinctive perspective and concluding the expedition on a contrasting yet captivating note.
DAY 01 & 02:ARRIVAL RAWALPINDI / ISLAMABAD
Upon arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel in Rawalpindi. After a short rest drive to Islamabad, the Ministry of Tourism to complete the necessary formalities and obtain a climbing permit.
DAY 03: RAWALPINDI/SKARDU
Fly to Skardu. If unable to fly, we will drive to Skardu at 2300m on the same day, spending a night in Chilas.
DAY 04 :SKARDU
Emergency day in case the flight does not operate on day 03. This day will transfer the members by road from Chilas to Skardu. The total drive time from Islamabad to Skardu is 22-24 hours.
DAY 05 :SKARDU
Day at leisure. At the same time, staff will make final arrangements for the expedition.
DAY 06 :SKARDU -TO- ASKOLE
Embark jeeps for a whole day ride on a winding jeep trail to Askole 3050m - The last inhabitance on our way to the Great Glaciers. Highest in the region, the stone & timber abodes contain dark & narrow stairwells riven by gloomy, unlit alleys clustered within the embrace of the fertile terraces. Overnight in tents. All meals are served by camp staff. Distance 96 Km, Drive 07-08 Hrs. Altitude 3050 M.
Note:-The road to Askole is undergoing rapid erosion and gets closed quite often. If unable to jeep, the group will disembark & walk to Askole on the same day or camp overnight (subject to distance).
DAY 07: ASKOLE -TO- KOROPHONE
Today, we leave the last inhabited village. We rely on our porters for the remaining portion of our journey, who carry our food and equipment and sustain our expedition. After scrambling over a ridge, we come across what legend says is an old polo field. Passing through a rock gap, we cross the Biafo glacier and camp beside its snout at Korophone. The Biafo Glacier is a massive river of ice 63 Km long, which descends from the central peaks of the Karakoram & flows East into the Braldu Valley at a point about 10 km east of Askole. Overnight in tents. All meals are served by camp staff. Walk: 03 - 04 hrs, Grade: Easy, Altitude: 3100 M,
DAY 08: KOROPHONE -TO- JHULA
Trek to the Dumurdo river cross at Jhula (Jhula means wire rope bridge sported by a wooden basket), now a wooden bridge is made across it & camp beside a torrent facing the Bakhordas. Walk: 03-04 hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 3150 M
DAY 09 :JHULA -TO- PAIJU
Resume trek along the Braldu River to a green Oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak 6611 M. Paiju - a Balti word that means "SALT." Since there are some rock salt deposits at the base of this peak, the locals believe that the snow on the summit of Paiju Peak is not snow but a massive deposit of salt that drips down to the base. We have the first views of the impressive Baltoro Glacier from this camp. Overnight in tents. Walk: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3480 M.
DAY 10 :PAIJU - Rest Day
Rest & acclimatization day at Piaju. Overnight in tents. All meals are served by camp staff.
DAY 11: PAIJU -TO- URDUKAS
Begin trek after an early breakfast. Traverse the junction of Paiju - Baltoro Glaciers through crevasses & lunch below Liligo, the traditional camp under the muddy cliffs with fine views of rock spires. Cross the Khuburse torrent early in the morning and ramble over two glacier moraines to reach the grassy slopes of Urdukas, offering splendid views of the Trango, Uli Biaho & Bial Groups. Overnight in tents. All meals are served by camp staff. Walk: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4130 M
DAY 12 :URDUKAS -TO- GORO
A long walk on the icy Baltoro Glacier. Traverse the Yermanandu Glacier, which flows down from Masherbrum & joins the Baltoro. Magnificent views of Muztagh, Mitre & Gasherbrum IV. Overnight in tents. All meals are served by camp staff. Walk: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 4500 M.
DAY 13 :GORO TO CONCORDIA
After an early breakfast, resume a long walk on the Baltoro Glacier to a point called Concordia - a huge junction of Baltoro, Abruzzi & Godwin Austin Glaciers at 4000 meters. Within a short radius of 15 Kilometers stand 41 peaks over 6500 meters, including 04 peaks above 8000 M. The 360 view offers a panorama of mountains nowhere to be found on this Earth. Overnight in tents. All meals are served by camp staff. Walk: 05 - 06 hrs, Grade: strenuous, Altitude: 4720 M.
DAY 14:CONCORDIA REST DAY
Final day of trek to Broad Peak base. A 2-hour trek will bring you to the bottom of Broad Peak; here, you will say goodbye to your porters for about five weeks. Overnight in tents. All meals are served by camp staff. Walk: 04-06 hrs, Grade: strenuous, Altitude: 4650 M.
DAY 15: CLIMBING
Twenty-three days of the guided climb will start today. During the climbing period, our staff will be at base camp to help and assist you.
DAY 16 :TREKKING BACK TO ALI CAMP
After an early breakfast, leave the K2 base camp, and we will cross Concordia and several side glaciers to reach our right path. After 4-5 hours, we will reach Vigne Glacier. It is also possible to walk on the Vigne Glacier, which is more accessible than walking on the Stony Bath on the right side of the glacier, but it depends on the snow condition. Overnight in tents.
DAY 17 :ALI CAMP -CROSS GONDOGORO PASS- KHUSPANG
A very early start, as early as 2 or 3 a.m., to cross the Gondogoro la to reach Khuspang. The basic theme behind the early walk to reach the top of the Gondogoro Pass at 5700 meters is that the snow will be soft in the morning. You will not get tired quickly as the sun is not intense, but as the sun gets low, snow gets soft, the snow will melt and bring water and stones, and the chance of ice falls or avalanches. Overnight in tents. All meals are served by camp staff. Walk: 10 - 11 hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 5700 M
DAY 18 :KHUSPANG -TO- SHAICHO
We will come onto the glacier after a few minutes of easy walking. You pick your way across moving boulders and ice, finally crossing the glacier to the campsite to reach Dalsangpa, meaning 'field of flowers,' lives up to its name. It is a beautiful campsite at about 4,150 meters, set between two lakes, with Masherbrum Mountain and the white glacier cascading down from Masherbrum Pass reflected in the still water. Resume trek along the path; keep yourself on the left side of the lateral moraine, crossing several side streams. The next hour is an unpleasant scramble along the stony, sliding glacier edge, with huge boulders poised above, ready to fall.
Continue your trek along the path downhill to the summer settlement called Shaicho, a large shepherd's settlement with its mosque; now, you can find a hotel and mountaineering equipment shop here. This is the traditional camp among the forest of juniper, cedar, and willow trees with giant bushes of wild roses and a good water supply. Walk: 07-08 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude.
DAY 19 :SHAICHO -TO- HUSHEY
After breakfast, walk along the Hushey River on an easy path; upon arrival, camp near the fields in Hushey village. An easy day will bring you to Hushey village. Evening free. Overnight in tents.
DAY 20 :HUSHEY -TO- SKARDU
AM: Embark jeeps for an entire day ride to Skardu on a winding jeep trail. Upon arrival, transfer to your chosen hotel. All meals included.
DAY 21 :SKARDU - RAWALPINDI
Early in the morning, fly to Islamabad; if unable to pass the same day, drive to Gilgit—an overnight hotel.
DAY 22 :RAWALPINDI
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Rawalpindi. Evening sightseeing.If unable to fly on day 62. this day will be used to move from Gilgit to Islamabad by road.
DAY 23: RAWALPINDI
De-briefing at Ministry of Tourism Islamabad. Evening free
DAY 24 :FLY BACK HOME
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight abroad. End of our services