The Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for the Adventure Consultants Gasherbrum 2 Expedition.
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Gasherbrum 2 Expedition Trip Notes 2024
The team will have a maximum size of 12 members and 2 guides. The Base Camp will be staffed by a Pakistani cook and helper. A team of high altitude porters will carry loads and help support the summit climb.
The expedition leader will be scheduled approximately six months out from the trip start. All of our trip leaders to the 8,000m peaks have extensive experience at high altitude and a proven record of safety, success and compatibility.
The Gasherbrum 2 expedition will be supported by a small team of Climbing Sherpa from Nepal who have dozens of 8,000m summits between them. Our group of Climbing Sherpas is enthusiastic, motivated and regarded as the strongest and most cohesive group of Sherpas in the Himalayas. It is indicative of the reputation that our Sherpa team has earned—that Sherpas from other expeditions enthusiastically pursue a future position with the Adventure Consultants team. We have been developing the personnel within our Sherpa team for 25 years and they are an integral part of the Adventure Consultants team.
Head Office Support Team
Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.
Kelly McLaren, Expedition Liaison
Having worked for Adventure Consultants since 2004, Kelly has gained a vast knowledge of AC expeditions and treks. In her role as Expedition Liaison, Kelly will assist with the planning and logistics for your trip, providing useful information, reminders and answering any questions to ensure you arrive well prepared.
Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the expedition leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.
Level of Experience Required
Gasherbrum 2 is a relatively straightforward climb in good conditions. Conditions are the crux of climbing in Pakistan, as the weather is less settled than further east in Nepal and storm cycles can persist for extended periods. Consequently, we have a large window for ascending the mountain with our summit bid being timed to coincide with the best weather statistically.
Climbers contemplating this climb should have a strong background in mountaineering skills and have experienced altitude above 5,500m prior to this expedition. Commonly climbers will have previously climbed Denali, Aconcagua or the various Mexican volcanoes or even other 8,000m peaks as training for this climb.
A fierce determination and burning desire to climb the mountain are essential ingredients for this expedition. The guides and other expedition staff will provide the leadership, tactics and overall decision making during the climb allowing you to concentrate all your energies to completing the climb. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for the expedition.
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What You Carry
Climbers will be expected to carry only their own equipment and a small amount of group gear. We will use the services of the strong local High Altitude Porters (HAPs) to help with establishing high camps.
Food will be of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the situation. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements.
Clothing & Equipment
Expedition members will be sent a list detailing all necessary clothing and equipment to be individually provided.