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TREKKING PEAK GONDOGORO (5650m)

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TREKKING PEAK GONDOGORO (5650m)

20 days, 12 days strenuous hiking at high elevation (maximum 5,650m) – 11 nights camping & 8 nights hotels.

Experience your first summit in Karakorum’s. Gondogoro Peak is an easy nontechnical peak and it took about seven to eight hours from base camp to base camp.

In Skardu, we will leave our Air Conditioned transport and board on 4×4 soft top jeeps to the trek head, Hushe. Hushe Valley East of Skardu will be our real kick-off point towards our goal. Hushe is a place from where many big treks for big mountains start. After three days trek, we will arrive at the base camp of our peak. At the base, we`ll stay for two days climbing. We will have some outstanding views of K2, Broad Peak, G1 & 2, and some other big mountains from the top. Drive or fly back to Islamabad to finish the expedition.

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Day 01-02
ITINERARY Day 1 _ Departure For Pakistan. Day 2 _ Arrive Islamabad Day in Islamabad to finalize the formalities with the Ministry of Tourism for procurement of trekking and climbing permit. Also briefing of the trek. Evening free.
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Day 3 _ Travel To Skardu In the morning you will be picked up from the hotel to transfer to Islamabad airport for flight to Skardu. Flight depends on weather conditions. This flight of PIA (using Boeing aircraft) is subject to clear weather at Skardu. Alternately, we may take two-day drive to Skardu, traveling on Karakoram Highway, sometimes refereed as the eight wonder of the world. We shall stay for overnight at Chilas on the bank of Indus river. ( One hour flight OR 12 hours drive to Chilas on KKH).
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Day 04
Day 4 _ Explore Skardu Free day at Skardu, the capital of Baltistan, sometimes called as little Tibet due to its geographic location and historic links with Tibet and Laddakh. Stroll down the narrow bazaar, climb up the cliff to visit the historic "Kharpocho" fort, visit the turquoise blue Satpara Lake just 4 miles from the town. Meals and overnight at Motel/Resort. If driving from Chilas then its 6/7 hours drive, again along the Lion river Indus. Today the gorge will be much narrower than of the main Karakoram Highway. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Evening free.
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Day 05
Day 5 _ Towards Khaplu We leave Skardu driving on metal road to Khaplu. Khaplu the largest kingdom in old Baltistan valley, Stretches in a wide fan from the base of a semicircular wall of mountains, dropping some 300 meters to the river level. The scattered houses set amid terraced, fields are connected by paths and irrigation channels and the friendly villagers welcome visitors. We shall visit the historic wood-carved mosque, dominating the valley from the top end of alluvial fan and the historic Khaplu Fort. Overnight at Motel.
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Day 06
Day 6 _ Khaplu - Hushe Hushe at the descend to the Gondogoro River. Drive on a typical jeep track. Arrive Hushe, a green irrigated village at 3,200m the land of spectacular views of K-6 (7280m), K-7 (6,950m), and Link Sar (7,050m) and enjoy a different atmosphere here, because this is an embarkation and disembarkation point of all the big expeditions. 4/5 hours drive.
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Day 7 _ Trek to Saitcho: Start the trek, as the staff makes loads of 25 Kg. each to distribute among the porters, we start our trek in the soft morning light. As we continue, we gradually leave the icy landscapes and ascend to the meadows and pasture at Saitcho (3,750m). Although we’ve left the icy wilds, we still have tremendous views, including Namika Peak (6,325m), and Defokhar (6,550m). Arrive Saitcho and transfer to camps for overnight stay. 4/5 hours hiking.
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Day 8_ Saitcho to Dalsangpa As we leave Saitcho, we make a long traverse of the Gondogoro Glacier, first encountering small crevasses, then hiking over the soft ice of the glacier. The last half hour is a pleasant stroll through wild flowers, with commanding views of the Gondogoro Glacier, Yermandu Kangri (7,165m), Mashabrum South (7,806m), and the Mashabrum La (5,500m). Arrive Dalsangpa and camp at 4,265m by a small Lake. 4/5 hours hiking.
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Day 09
Day 9_ Dalsangpa - Kuispan Today we will again cross the Gondogoro glacier to reach the plateau of Khuispan (5,030m), base camp for Gondogoro Peak. A rest day after few days trekking and also for acclimatization. We can take time to explore the area or just relax and admire view of Laila Peak (6,100m), Drangra (6,325), and Tasa Peak (6,615m). Overnight camping at Kuispan.
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Day 10
Day 10_ Rest day At the base of Gondogoro Peak, Khuispan.
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Day 11
Day 11_ Attempt Gondogoro peak (5650 meters) We shall take an early start from Kuispan for the summit. The peak is not that technical it involves some steep walks on the snow, and the use of fixed ropes, as well as crampons and ice axe, is a must. It will take about 6 to 7 hours to reach the summit and 3 to 4 hours to come back to the base camp at Khuispan. From the top of Gondogoro Peak the views are unparalleled, with K2, Broad Peak, Gashabrum 1 to 4, Mashabrum, and many mountains appearing at our level. 9/10 hours hiking.
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Day 12
Day 12_ An extra day At the base camp in case if we miss the summit on day one we can have another try to the summit.
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Day 13
Day 13_ Trek to Dalsangpa After finishing our expedition we will trek back to Dalsangpa and say goodbye to our peak and base camp. As descending on normal paths is always easier than ascending, so we will cover the distance quickly. After crossing some part of Gondogoro glacier and then walking on the latrel moraine of Gondogoro glacier we will arrive at Dalsangpa camping site for overnight camping.
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Day 14
Day 14_ Trek back to Saitcho. Walking back on the Gondogoro glacier, first, we will cross the plateau of Gondogoro settlement and then arrive Saitcho. Most of the expeditions rest and celebrate here in Saitcho so we will have a good company here. We also have a chance of getting hot shower here. Overnight camping in Saitcho.
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Day 15_ Trek back to Hushe. This will be our last trekking day, as today we will arrive at Hushe the kickoff point of our trek. Today's trek is also quite normal and in 4 to 5 hours' time, we will arrive in Hushe, for overnight camping.
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Day 16_ Drive back from Huse to Skardu We will drive back by the same route crossing Khaplu & Machlu villages to reach back to civilization * Skardu. Enjoy your last breakfast at the camp for this trek, and say Khuda Hafiz to your camping staff who had been pitching tents for you and preparing meals for you during the trek. Board soft-top 4x4 jeeps for a bumpy ride through the Karakoram. Arrive at Skardu - shall we call it civilization? Well, we suppose you are a better judge. Transfer to resort/motel - and enjoy the hot shower. Meals and overnight at resort/motel. 5/6 hours jeep ride.
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Day 17
Day 17_ Skardu to Chilas Towards Pindi * (Pindi/Chilas) We book the flight to Islamabad, with good luck the flight might operate, enabling us to arrive at Pindi in just one hour (miracle of science!). In case of cancellation of flight, we shall drive by road to Islamabad - spending overnight at Chilas KKH.
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Day 18
Day 18_ Finally Back! Once at Rawalpindi, we shall proceed to the office of the Ministry of Tourism for the de-briefing of the trek. Day free to explore the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
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Day 19
Day 19 _ In Islamabad Full day city tour of the twin cities Rawalpindi and Islamabad the capital of Pakistan.
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Day 20
Day 20 _ Fly Home Transfer to airport for international departure flight.

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SERVICES INCLUDED & EXCLUDED

Liaison with ministry of tourism in Islamabad for permit process and measurement of Liaison officer. Process of import/export permit from ministry of tourism. Clearance of cargo before arrival of the team and its storage. Assistance upon arrival/departure. Welcome reception (briefing)/farewell meeting (debriefing) at Alpine Club of Pakistan. Hotel accommodation at tourist class hotels at Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Chilas and Skardu with all meals. All meals during trek and 45 days at B.C Porterage of 75 kg per person of expedition equipment and high altitude food etc. to the B.C and 50 kg per person on return from BC. Road transfers between airport/hotel and within city as per itinerary. Sleeping tents, mattresses, mess, kitchen and toilet tent with tables/field stools and camping ground fees. Kitchen equipment, crockery, cutlery, fuel and related community gear. Wages and basic kit of guide, Srdar, cook and assistant(s). Insurance of our field staff and low altitude porters (except helicopter rescue). Porterage at airports, hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc. Letter of guarantee on behalf of team/client for environmental bond for USD 1200. Mail handling/forwarding to BC/overseas except postage charges. Reconfirmation of air tickets. Above quotation is based on present porter rates and valid for 2019. All expenses of Gov. Liaison officer Invitation letter for apply Visa   Cost Excludes International airfare, airport tax, excess baggage charges. Surface transfers in case of flight cancellations to the kick off point. High altitude porters/any crew above BC. Tents, sleeping bags, personal and climbing equipment of any kind beyond base camp including high altitude food and oxygen. Hiring of HAPs, mail runner(s) and any other crew as per requirement. (Wages and kit to be arranged by the team). Medications ground evacuations and helicopter rescue charges of any kind. Room services, laundry, beverages, phone/communication bills and items of personal nature. Traveling Insurance liability of member(s) and other under force majeure conditions. Clearing agent charges. Any other service not mentioned in this condition sheet. Porters and staff tips   Re- Fund If the cancellation is made 30Days + prior to departure full payment will be refunded and a nominal communication service charge will be deducted. RVT reserves the right to deduct: 25% cancellation charge from paid package price if the cancellation is made in less than 22 day of arrival date. 40% in case of cancellation in less than 14 days. In case of cancellation prior to arrival, all charges in respect of confirmed bookings that entail no-show charges by hotels/transport/airline will have to be paid by the clients. Anyone deciding to abandon the trip after arrival or leave during the trip for whatever reason(s) whether the clients own or external (of the nature of force majeure) will not be eligible for a refund. This also applies in case the entire group completes/abandons the trip and decides to return earlier than the agreed time schedule. Nominal communication service charge will also be deducted from the refund.   OFFICIAL FORMALITIES: Submission of application for climbing permit and coordination with the ministry of Tourism in order to update climbers with the progress. Arrangements of the first meeting with Guide and Ministry Briefing/de-briefing in the Ministry of tourism. Processing application for satellite permit (if required) Documentation for import and export of mountaineering cargo Luggage and Cargo: Before your arrival and departure, RVT takes care of your luggage. Clearance of Cargo before arrival, Clearance of your Cargo after your departure to your home. Storage of your unwanted belongings in Islamabad or Skardu, which you do not need during your adventure, Miscellaneous: Satellite Thuraya phone, Walkie talkie Radios, Reconfirmation of international flight tickets The arrangement of high-altitude porters (if required). Rock Valley Tours has the best high-altitude porters in Pakistan. The arrangement of high-altitude tents (VE 25 North Face Tents) on payment. A farewell dinner will be hosted from RVT in one of the best restaurants or hotels in Rawalpindi/Islamabad with your staff who will be coming back with you from the base camp or your adventure. Taxes Fees & Tipping: The following fees and taxes are included in our quotation, for members, RVT crew and Camping fees, Bridge crossing Fees (Porter, porter Sardar, and RVT staff Tip is not included in the cost) Note: If any member splits from the expedition for his/her own reason, that member will bear all transportation costs on the way back to Rawalpindi. In case of damage to the base camp tent or any Equipment, the trek member will be charged the original value of the Equipment. Payment Procedure: * 50 % Advance on date block & confirmation of services, minimum 02 months before the commencement of trek nonrefundable. * 50 % balance payable before one month of trek Start (IMPORTANT) Foreigner clients must share their passport copy, 02 passport size Photograph full detail for trek permission requirement. If any member leaves the trek at any stage, the organization will not be liable to refund the payment. Using drugs or intoxication of any kind is strictly prohibited. If anyone is caught using any kind of substance on buses or during the trip will be expelled from the trip on the spot. That person will not be eligible for any kind of refund. We reserve the right to cancel the trip without prior notice for any reasons deemed appropriate by them. In such a case the registered participants will receive a full refund. On an adventure trip of this type, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond the control of organizers can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the Leader of the group and Guide will decide what the best alternative is, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group Smoking in transport is strictly prohibited. Participants must hold a valid Computerized CNIC/Passport Card. Time management/punctuality is strictly recommended. Participants are advised to use Non-Slippery Shoes/Boot/Joggers/DMS. Participants must NOT wear Heel/Dress Shoes. On steep ascends in mountainous areas, air-conditioned buses will be operational on an on-off basis to keep the vehicles from overheating. The RVT will not be responsible for any injury/damage/loss. GEAR AND CLOTHING LIST for Trekking Personal gear & Clothing. While on an organized trek, it is best to pack all items for your trip in one large piece and one carry-on. The large piece must be a duffel bag (weighing not more than 12.5 Kg.) because duffels are easier for porters to carry. A small day pack is suggested as a carry-on to keep items that you will use while on the trek, bus, or jeep. Luggage Large duffel bag with a lock. It is not recommended to put your stuff in a backpack as the straps might get damaged while being transferred from bus to jeeps, jeeps to campsites, and during loading and unloading by porters each day. A small padlock that fits through the zipper of your duffel bag is recommended. Day Pack: Large enough for camera gear, cap, sunglasses, water bottle, jacket, and other items you may like to use while on the trek. Extra carry-on: For storing city clothes in Skardu, Hunza, Chitral, Money Belt: A small fanny pack, money belt, or around-the-neck passport bag is suggested for keeping safe your passport, travel documents, and money. Packing list for your Duffel: Sleeping Bag: As we shall be sleeping for four nights at Concordia at 4,700meters or at Snow Lake and Hispar Pass, Shimshal Pass, at 5151meters above sea level, so the bag should be rated for 0 degrees F or -18 degrees C. Ratings are all relative since the amount of insulation needed for a particular person to stay comfortable depends on their rate metabolism. A down bag will be warmer for its weight and pack smaller but does not retain its insulative properties when wet. A waterproof breathable shell or a bivy bag will keep the bag dry. A synthetic bag keeps you warm even when wet and is a less expensive alternative, but will weigh more for a given amount of warmth. Trekking Boots: The single most important item on this list. Never take brand new boots on a trek, make sure they are well broken-in before departure. Good trekking boots are hard to get in Pakistan. If you are buying a new pair from abroad, look for medium-weight boots of fabric or a fabric/leather combination. They should provide adequate ankle support. A Vibrum or other deep-lug will protect you from rocks and add support. Always use thick socks when trying shoes so that you get the correct size. Short shoes can jam your toes painfully during steep descents. You could also try to get new “Grouted” shoes that provide protection against water and are good while walking in rain or through the snow. Make sure you can fit crampons on your shoes, as it is vital for crossing different passes. Camp Shoes: Jogging shoes or sneakers to slip in at the end of the day. Tiva sandals are ideal for this trek, as you can use them while crossing streams and also at the campsite for strolls. Crampons: You may need crampons on certain treks, sometimes only for one day. It helps in having a better grip on hard snow to have crampons fitted to your boots. Look for easy to fix ones. (Check with us for your specific trek if you need the crampons or not). From our regular trek list, you would need to bring crampons for Gondogoro La, Biafo Hispar, and Wartum Peak Thermal socks: The socks you wear are a critical element. A cotton/wool combination is useful while on the glacier, and for warmer conditions, cotton socks are best. For those who are sensitive to wool synthetic/cotton socks are recommended. Liner Socks: A thin, wickable material. Polypropylene, Capilene, Thermax, and Drylete all work very well. Silk does not work nearly as effectively as any one of the above. Polyester Fleece/Pile Jacket or Pullover. Stays warm even when wet. Polyester Fleece Pants. Good for afternoon strolls, same as above. Rain Gear: A rain suit available from the local market is best for rain, doubles as a windbreaker, and fits over pile jacket and pants. Wicking Long Underwear (tops & bottoms). Wick moisture to keep you warm and comfortable and dry quickly. Two suits are a good idea. Ski Hat: Covers your ears properly, use one with a cotton liner. The woolen cap is also good. Mittens or Gloves: Woolen gloves are useful when at higher elevations and during windy conditions when the temperature drops quickly. Brimmed Sun Hat: Very important for this trek, as when we start the trek and till we arrive at Concordia, we are generally walking towards east. This can be annoying in the morning as the sun is low and hits your eyes. Bathing Suit: Men can take baths by the rivers or occasional lakes in ablation valleys. Toiletries: Keep everything you normally use. Just remember to bring effective sunscreen, chapstick /lip balm, skin lotion, and laundry soap. CLOTHING With your knowledge of Pakistani culture, you are well aware of precautions to be taken while traveling through remote areas. Cloths for the trek should be durable, comfortable, and easy to wash and dry. In good weather, you will spend much of your time in a T-shirt or medium shirt and outdoor trousers. You will need warmer clothes for the evening in the camps. Temperature falls rapidly as soon as the sun goes down. Men could wear shorts once they are through populated areas, which means from the third day of the trek. Women are advised to use cotton shalwar kameez (loose long shirts and baggy trousers) the traditional Pakistani dress, as these are comfortable during warm conditions, and also appreciated & respected by the locals. Check List Headgear Parka Wool shirt & trousers Sweater Cotton shirt & pants Gloves & Mittens Rain/wind suit Cotton & Wool undergarments Socks (Cotton & Wool/synthetic) Boots (Trek & Camp) Belt! Down Jacket Shalwar Kameez (Cotton) Spare laces for boots Miscellaneous Items Sunglasses Towel Washcloth Bandanna/Scarf, for covering your mouth while riding in a jeep. Water bottle, with a durable screw top. Sunscreen Headlamp with flashlight + extra batteries and bulb Insect repellent Swiss Army knife, or a similar one Nylon cord for a clothesline Personal Medical Kit Pocket size sewing kit Lighter or matches for general use Wrist Watch Optional Items We provide closed-cell matrices but you may want to supplement for additional comfort. Stuff sacks of various sizes for storing your used clothes. Toilet paper or travel pack of tissues. An interesting Notebook and pen for a journal. Snacks: personal choice of dried fruit, candy, energy bars. Camera, film, extra batteries, cleaning supplies, and extra lenses. Sports gear (playing cards/Frisbee) Water purification tablets Buy Outdoor Gears Online: You can get all the gears from Shimshal Adventure Shop Shop 180-E Street # 11, Rifle Range Rd, New Iqbal Park, Lahore, Punjab 54750 0307 0043805 https://g.page/ShimshalAdventureShop?share  
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