- Full service:
- 5.950,00 €
Shimshal - Karakoram
Alpinism & Exploration:
✪ New routes at moderate level
✪ Peaks around 6000 m / unto 20’000 ft
✪ Mountaineering background required
✪ SummitClimb & Felix Berg
1 - easy / simple
2 - quite difficult
3 - difficult
4 - very demanding
5 - extreme
Stamina - Endurance
A mountain athlete needs endurance above any other specific fitness skill. Cardiovascular fitness is of course always subject to the movement (as climbing rocks or steep ice, you will not be able to transfer your triathlete or running fitness to mountains without being solid in the required mountaineering skills).
Easy treks to EBC or on top of Kilimanjaro. You should be an active person.
More demanding treks, simple climbs, like the climb of Elbrus. You should be a sportive person regularly exercising (at least 2-3x per week).
Very demanding treks like to the top of Aconcagua, or expeditions at the physical lower level like Ama Dablam. You should be an endurance athlete wit mountaineering experience. You should train endurance at least 3x/week.
Some of our special self-supported 8000m+ peak climbs as on Makalu, or to climb Everest (without oxygen-support) fit into this category. Your endurance should be near the level of a professional mountain athlete.
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Shimshal Explorer - Alpine Climbing
- Full service:
- 5.950,00 €
Airport of departure:
DE/AT - EU (Economy, non-flex)
Services of your expedition
- Leadership and Organization
- International flights to/from Islamabad (ISB):
- Economy (non-flex), most European hubs
- inclusive 30kg check-in-luggage, and 7kg carry-on
- USA, Asia on request, personal flight arrangement
- All group transfers by the program
- 2x accommodation in Islamabad, full-board
- 4x accommodation in Hunza, full-board
- 2x accommodation in Shimshal village, full-board
- trekking to base camp and back
- carriage of personal gear to/from base camp: 25 kg / 20kg
- basecamp setup:
- group tent/dining tent
- kitchen stand, full board
- sleeping tent (shared)
- High camp equipment:
- Light-weight single wall tents
- Stoves, Gas
- Climbing gear:
- Single / double ropes
- Alpine rack per team of 3 members
- pitons, slings, accessory
- Insurances (we can book these if necessary)
- Personal equipment
- Costs of personal nature (drinks, etc.)
- Tips for guides, porters, and staff
Itinerary - Shimhsal Explorer
Due to the character of the true exploration, we will describe the itinerary in three parts:
- Journey to Shimshal
- The Exploration
- Journey Home
1. Travel into the Shimshal Karakoram
- Day 1: Travel to Pakistan
- Day 2: Latest arrival in Islamabad, airport transfer to hotel, rock climbing in Margalla hills.
- Day 3: Travel via Gilgit to Hunza, drive approx. 15h, or flight to Gilgit and 2h drive.
- Day 4: Hunza - acclimatization trek to Horn pass, with beautiful views of the Karakoram, Rakaposhi, Daran Peak, Golden Peak (Spantik).
- Day 5: Drive from Hunza zu Shimshal, approx. 5h.
2. The Exploration
We have 2 weeks that will consist of trekking to a remote basecamp (3-4 days), climbing as many alpine routes and peaks as possible (8-10 days), trekking back to Shimshal (2-3 days). With peaks around an altitude of 6000 meters, we do not need too much time for acclimatization and can start with climbing as soon as we arrive at base camp (of course, weather and conditions permitting).
We will finalize the goals with the team depending on skills and abilities. We can still alternate the area while in Hunza/Shimshal depending on the information available then, as conditions and weather. Here are the planned objectives of our future explorations:
Shuijerab region - 2022 summer
Shuijerab Base Camp is a 4 days trek from Shimshal. Located at the start of two glaciers the base camp is surrounded by unnamed and unclimbed peaks of 6000m height. Beyond that, explorations to Yak Sar (6152m), Umeed Sar (6134m), Guustan Peak (6224m) are possible.
Ganj-e-Dur region - 2023 spring
Base Camp is a 4 days trek from Shimshal. Yard Sar W (6090m) and M (6150m) were climbed in 2017, while Yard Sar E (6180m) remains unclimbed. Many unnamed peaks above 6000m unclimbed.
Koh-e-Dhaid region - 2023 summer
Base Camp is a 3 days trek from Shimshal. Koh-e-Dhaid (6105m) first summited in 2020, Charskin I summited and renamed Samina peak, Charskin II remains unclimbed, lots of potential for interesting new routes and other subsidiary peaks
How many climbs, how many peaks?
Many of the peaks in the region have no ascents and are unnamed, some have been climbed a few times but still have potential for new routes at moderate difficulty. We can climb to the summit in a 1-day push from base camp or with lightweight high camp equipment or bivouacs for several days. This is an exploration, hence we can not give you details on an amount of peaks planed, and of course any alpine climb is highly dependent on weather and route conditions as well as your personal level of climbing. In one day we might traverse 3 peaks of 6000m height, or in 3 days fail to climb one at all - no success is guaranteed but we aim at climbing as much as possible!
3. Journey Home
- Day 20: Shimshal - Hunza
- Day 21: Hunza, reserve day
- Day 22: Drive to Gilgit, Flight to Islamabad
- Day 23: Islamabad departure, travel home
The level of climb possible for you will be determined by your skills. Ideally, you join with a climbing partner, climbing partners, or plan to engage a local or international guide to climb with you.
Routes may vary in difficulties from AD- to TD+ (by French alpine scale). Participant’s skills will determine the choice of route and peaks. Independent alpine climbing is a requirement to join unless you book an extra personal guide for yourself.