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 Jagged Globe Gasherbrum II: Itinerary 

EverestNews.com will feature full dispatches from Jagged Globe. Jagged Globe was founded by Steve Bell. Steve has more than 20 years of mountaineering experience including winter ascents of the north faces of the Eiger and Matterhorn. He claims "Britain's first guided expedition to an 8000m peak and was the first Briton to lead clients to the summit of Everest." He has climbed all of the continental summits and is a fully qualified UIAGM mountain guide. Steve and Jagged Globe are known as one of the best guiding companies in the world. Some think the Best.

The itinerary and duration of the expedition is governed by logistical factors and by the need to acclimatize. Gasherbrum II is more interesting than many expeditions in that getting to it involves a stunning trek. By the time you reach base camp you will already have a good degree of acclimatisation, meaning a long period at base camp prior to the climb is not necessary. The itinerary also allows for hold-ups due to poor weather, which are inevitable. The duration of the expedition achieves a balance between time efficiency and giving a good chance of summit success.

Day 1: Fly to Islamabad.
Members joining in the UK can join the expedition flight from London if they wish.
Day 2: Arrive Islamabad.
Overnight in the Shalimar, Rawalpindi.
Day 3: At leisure in Islamabad.
Team briefing by the Ministry of Tourism.
Day 4: Fly to Skardu.
Spectacular views of Nanga Parbat. Overnight K2 hotel on the edge of the Karakoram mountain range.
Day 5: At leisure in Skardu.
Acclimatizing to the temperature and local culture!
Day 6: Drive to Askole.
A long drive by jeep (8 hrs) up the Shigar Valley to the roadhead at Askole. Camp just outside the village.
Day 7-14: Trek to Concordia and Gasherbrum Base Camp.
We commence the magnificent trek to Concordia and the Gasherbrums. The Baltoro Valley contains many of the world's most celebrated peaks: Trango Towers, Cathedral Spires, Masherbrum, Broad Peak, Mitre Peak, K2 etc. Take plenty of camera film! After eight days walking through the "Throne Room of the Mountain Gods" we reach Gasherbrum Base Camp.
Day 15-43: Ascent of Gasherbrum II.
We have four weeks to climb the mountain. Members will need to provide some logistic support, which will give them familiarity with the mountain and improve their acclimatisation. Prior to the summit assault, all members will have a good rest at base camp to fuel up for the big climb. (See Page 4. for details of The Climb).
Day 44: Start of the trek out, via the Vigne Glacier.
A whole day of trekking (8 hrs) through Concordia and up the Vigne Glacier, past some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth.
Day 45: The Gondogoro La and descent to the Hushe Valley.
The Gondogoro La (5,585m) is a climb in its own right, axes and crampons are a must. Very soon after the descent we find grass, flowers and birds - perfume and music after 6 weeks in a mountain desert. A day of contrasts.
Day 46: Walk to Hushe village.
A long, glorious day strolling down the verdant Hushe valley. Sharp spires of perfect granite rake the sky, the fang of Layla Peak being particularly impressive. Our last night under canvas.
Day 47: Drive to Skardu.
After a 7 hour drive, a hotel room with shower and soft bed awaits.
Day 48: Fly Skardu to Islamabad.
Stay at the Shalimar hotel.
Day 49: At leisure in Rawalpindi.
Day 50: Depart Islamabad.

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