Spantik or Golden Peak is a mountain in Spantik-Sosbun Mountains subrange of Karakoram in Nagar Valley, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. Its northwest face features an exceptionally hard climbing route known as the “Golden Pillar”. It lies east of Diran and northeast of Malubiting. The success of this type of adventure, apart from weather conditions, depends upon the physical structure of each participant on one hand, and the other hand, on their indispensable experience of high mountains, the roped parties should be self-sufficient, even if we provide the equipment of or the main glacier difficulties (45/50 degree) of fixed cords.
The roped parties will have to participate as much as possible in the installation of equipment. The expedition is for mountaineers who have the experience of climbing as independent roped parties, on snow and glaciers of AD Level. High altitude experience is required, for example, climbing of any 6000. An excellent physical condition, as well as regular practice, is required to enjoy this exceptional itinerary. The high altitude difficulties are expected such as isolation, lack of oxygen, cold, blizzards, etc.
During the following 18 days, we will have one objective, to climb the Spantik, for that matter, we would need three high altitude camps:
Camp-I at about 4450m, less uneven path but away from the base camp (we climb up to the birthplace of Chogolungma glacier, about 8 km.
Camp-II at 5300m
Camp-III at 6050m
Certain parts of the path between different camps will be equipped with fixed cords for safety and going and coming without problem
Climbing to C2 and C3 are real magnificent paths, as each camp is installed at a mini-summit of southeastern ridge giving a view of 360 degrees.
The distribution of collective tasks for high altitude camps is based on rotation among mountaineers, team and the guide (or guides)
From Camp 3, there will still be 950m of the uneven path that will have to be covered within one day in order to reach the summit.
Going and coming between camps will help you for acclimatization, the key to success in the majority of cases. The dismantling of camps will also be a collective task done under the guidance of the guide.
east it joins the Pir Panjal Range.
Welcome at Islamabad airport, and transfer to hotel. After refreshment proceed for city tour of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, which includes famous Faisal Mosque, Shakar Parian, Pakistan monument, Damen Koh, Lok Versa, Museum, Rawalpindi old bazaar, Raja Bazaar.
Drive to Naran 6-7 hours, 239 km, after lunch continue drive to Chilas 3-4 hours 113.3 km via Babusar Pass 4,173 m.
Drive from Chilas to Skardu along with Indus River for 8-9 hours. En-route stop at junction point of three great mountain ranges meet, the Karakorum, Himalaya and Hindukush, at Thalichi for photography from Nanga Parbat 8,126 m.
Today we take the spectacular drive by jeeps to Aarandu. Arandu is last village and starting point of our trek.
Trek from Arandu to Chogo Brangsa 6-7 hours.
Trek to from Chogo Brangsa to Bolocho camp 5-6 hours.
Trek to Spantik base camp 5-6 hours.
17 days for climbing Spantik 7027 m.
Trek down to Bolocho 4-5 hours.
Trek down to Arandu 4-5 hrs.
Drive back to Skardu 6-7 hours.
We fly back to Islamabad. Afternoon is free for exploring.
Note: If our flight is cancelled due to bad weather, we will start the drive to Islamabad travelling for 9 hours along with Indus River to reach Chilas.
Enjoy a free day in Islamabad for exploring, sightseeing and shopping.
Note: If our flight on day 28 cancelled we will spend 11-12 hours driving from Chilas to Islamabad via Babusar Pass 4173 m.
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