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Fitness Level & Technical Ability

Climbers wishing to join this expedition must already be experienced with rock and ice climbing and have successfully completed previous climbs at high altitude, over 6,000m.

This expedition requires excellent levels of fitness to endure the extreme conditions of summiting Broad Peak. To prepare for this, climbers should undergo a regular and strenuous exercise regime for at least 6 months to build their strength, stamina and endurance.



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A single supplement is not always possible on this trip. In many instances campsite size is limited and it will be necessary to share with another team member. This also applies to mountaineering expeditions. Single supplement in hotels is available. Please contact Shams Alpine Mountaineering & Trekking Pvt Ltd for specific detail, relevant to your trip.


Entry points 

K2 Base Camp can be reached from Islamabad by plan to Skardu city or else by road through Karakorum Highway to Skardu. The second way can be reached from China via Khungerab National Park, by road through KKH (The Old silk route) to Hunza, Gilgit   then to Skardu City



Discover the spectacular hidden Karakoram with English speaking, world renowned Shimshali mountain guides


Adventure travel

By its very nature adventure travel involves an element of the unexpected. In remote and developing countries do not expect standards you are used to at home. Remote areas are sometimes unpredictable and itineraries may be altered. To get the most out of your adventure it is important that you are flexible, positive and eager to take on all the challenges that arise. If you are uncertain about your

suitability for this trip we recommend that you contact us with any concerns. We are happy to answer any questions

Responsible travel

The environments we travel through are fragile. It is our responsibility as visitors to minimize the impact of our presence.


Broad Peak(8047m) Expedition


Trip Duration: 52 days

Season: June – August 

Grade:  Extreme

Activities: Trekking, Climbing & exploring the traditional valleys

Accommodation:  52 days trip, 09 nights hotel, 42 nights trekking, climbing and camping


About this Expedition and Mountain Climbing

Broad Peak (8047m) also known as K3, is the 12th highest mountain on Earth, with an elevation of 8,047 meters (26,414 ft).  It is called Broad Peak because of its breadth at the top. Broad Peak is one of the 8,000 meter peaks which towers above the Concordia at the heart of the Karakorum range. It lies on the Pakistan/China frontier between K2 and the Gasherbrum peaks and was first climbed by four Austrians in 1957, including Kurt Diemberger and Herman Buhl.

Expeditions to K2 start with a breath taking flight past Nanga Parbat and down into Skardu, followed by a Jeep ride through the beautiful, fertile Shigar river valley, through many Baltistan villages and picturesque farming countryside to Askole, 3,000m.

The next morning we begin the spectacular trek to K2 Base Camp, up the Biaho Lungma river trail and the Baltoro Glacier to Concordia and beyond. As we climb over moraines, pick our way through glaciers and trek through gorges up the Baltoro Glacier we will be struck by the endless beauty of the granite towers, multitudes of cathedral peaks, needle spires, the snow capped domes and icy glaciated mountains that line your trek.

To Concordia is the most popular trek in Pakistan for good reason. It is stunning scenery. You will be amongst some of the most breath taking scenery in the world where eight of the world’s 30 highest mountains are clustered in the heart of the Karakoram mountain range. 

The Broad Peak climb is more challenging than nearby Gasherbrum II. We climb the peak by the ‘classic’ West Ridge route that rises directly above base camp on the Godwin Austen glacier. The route follows a 30-45 degree snow slope with short rock sections. Three or four camps will be placed and ropes will be fixed on the steeper sections of the climb. It is an excellent and exciting challenge for a mid-level as well as a senior level mountaineer.

Our Experience of Broad Peak

Your Shams Alpine team has vast experience of work with different foreign expeditions on in this region. Our Company Director Mr. Qudrat Ali successfully scaled Broad Peak without using supplemental oxygen in 1999 and Mr. Shaheen Baig was the first Pakistani to attempt Broad Peak (8,047m) twice in the winter season with Italian climber Simone Moro. The summit push was interrupted only two hundred meters from the top in 2007-2008.

 Along with Shaheen Baig and Qudrat Ali we have a large number of mountaineers and HAPs (High Altitude Porters) from Shimshal who have summitted Broad Peak and helped their respective foreign clients to the top of the peak. The High Altitude Porters and Mountaineers from Shimshal are renowned as Pakistan’s best mountaineers and guides. Many of them have climbed more than one 8,000m peaks, and many more 7,000m peaks. We offer a well organized team with experience and we speak excellent English, and some Japanese, French, and Italian


Short itinerary

Day 01    Arrive Islamabad – Hotel

Day 02    Briefing at Ministry of Tourism – Hotel

Day 03    Fly to Skardu or drive to Chilas -Hotel

Day 04    Day free in Skardu, sightseeing or second day of the drive to Skardu) – Hotel

Day 05    Jeep transfer to Askole Village (6-7hrs) – Camp

Day 06    Trek to Jula – (6-7hrs) – Camp

Day 07    Trek to Paiju – (7hrs) – Camp

Day 08    Rest and acclimatize Paiju- Camp

Day 09    Trek to Urdukas – (5 hours) – Camp

Day 10    Trek to Goro 2 – (6 hours) – Camp

Day 11    Trek to Broad Peak B.C – Camp

Day 12- 43 Climbing period –Camp

Day 44 – 47 Trek back to Skardu – Hotel

Day 48    Free day in Skardu – Hotel  

Day 49    Fly to Islamabad or Drive to Chilas –Hotel

Day 50     Free day for Shopping in Islamabad or drive from Chilas to Islamabad – Hotel

Day 51    Debriefing at Ministry of Tourism – Hotel

Day 52    Departure from Islamabad


Our Service does not include

International & domestic airfares, airport taxes, excess baggage charges, and travel Insurance.

Surface transfers in case of flight cancellations to Skardu.

Liaison Officer’s kit and equipment, allowances, travel, hotels, meals, insurance and his personal expenses of any kind.

High altitude porters and any crew above BC.

Tents, sleeping bags, personal and climbing equipment of any kind beyond Base Camp including high altitude food and oxygen.

Medications, ground evacuations and helicopter rescue charges of any kind.

Room services, laundry, beverages, phone/communication bills and any items of personal nature.

Insurance liability of member(s) and others under force majeure conditions.

Climbing Permit, Pollution and Environmental fee or any other fee required to be paid to the Government of Pakistan.

Clearing agent charges.

Any other service not mentioned in this condition sheet.

Optional High Altitude  services

High altitude tents (The North Face V25/Mountain 25), Ropes (Static and Dimanic 8mm) and Sling rope 5-6mm

Emergency oxygen cylinder (Posik) and Mask regulator, rock pitons, Snow bars, Ice screws, Snow shovels, leaders. EPI Gas (Calman), Jetbowl, and high altitude cooking set and High altitude food

High Altitude sleeping bags, Mattress, Ice Axe and Crampons.


Guides and porters

Our local guides and porters are all experienced, handpicked and trained by Shaheen Baig and Qudrat Ali (Directors of Shams Alpine) to ensure that our clients have the best opportunity for success with comfort. A porter will carry your kit bag and you will be expected to carry your own day pack which should be large enough to carry all you will need throughout the day e.g. sunscreen, raincoat, water bottle, camera, spare long sleeved clothing, snow protection glasses, sun protection gloves, hat and scarves, snack food, etc.