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The highest rock-con ever, 2008.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Russian band Tequilla-Jazz decided to play the concert on the top of Elbrus. As the season was already far not the best, very windy and cold (very end of September), and the time was very limited, they were forced to play on the top of Pastukhova rocks (4700m) in about -15C!!! The concert lasted for about an hour. Another attempt to make second concert on the top was blocked by bad weather and illness of the leader of the group.

Climb Elbrus with our guides

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K-2 climb

 

Mountain System, country – Karakorum, Pakistan

Season – June-August

Dates, duration – 60-75 days

Difficulty of the route – Very Challenging

Itinerary

60 days detail Itinerary

K2 climb

D-01: Arrive Islamabad. On arrival guide will transfer you to hotel. After lunch the group will attend meeting with L.O a briefing session at the Ministry of Tourism to obtain the expedition permit. Afternoon a sight-seeing trip will take you to the twin cities of modern capital Islamabad and the old city Rawalpindi . Overnight will be in hotel.

D-02: Islamabad-Chilas. Drive to Chilas (11-12 hrs) meals & O/n at hotel. Karakorum high way is 8th wonder of the world. The Karakorum Highway was constructed jointly by the Chinese and Pakistanis, begun in 1960s and finally constructed in 1976 as a link road between Pakistan and China . It is an engineering wonder, but at the cost of many lives

D-03: Chilas-Skardu. Drive to Skardu (8-9 hrs) on Karakorum highway along-with Indus River, meals & O/n at hotel

D-04: Skardu rest day and Packing. Reserve day

D-05: Drive to Askoli (3000m). Having an early breakfast we start our jeep journey (7-8 hrs) along the Shigar and Braldu valleys to Askoli village (3050m), the last permanent settlement of Shigar Valley . This seven hours hard drive is an extremely spectacular and fascinating journey through little changed traditional villages and orchards. Overnight in tents.

D-06: Trek to Jhola(3200m). After an early breakfast and distribution of luggage among porters, we start the trek (6 hrs) and walk along the turbulent waters of the Braldu River towards Jhola(3200m). Most of the trek is an easy walk on established trails except the rocky snout of the Biafo Glacier which we cross and continue to up to Jhola camp site situated just after the confluence of the Braldu and Dumordo Rivers . Meals and overnight in tents.

D-07: To Paiju (3450m). We leave Jhola early for Paiju (3450m). Most of the way is easy mainly at riverside of Braldu River . 7 – 8 hours  walking in a hot and dry conditions and crossing many side streams we will reach Paiju afternoon. The Masherbrum group on our right side and whilst ahead of us we gradually begin to see the spires and towers of Trango and Cathedral groups. Today we will also see the snout of the Baltoro Glacier. Picnic lunch will be provided. Dinner and overnight in tents.

D-08: Paiju. A relaxation, acclimatization and preparations day at Paiju.  Meals and overnight in tents.

D-09: Trek to Urdukas (4,200m). Today we will cross the Baltoro Glacier which is hard but rewarding with the fascinating views of   Paiju Peak , Trango Towers , Lobsang Spires, Grand Cathedral, Uli Biafo and many other needle like rock peaks.. We cross the glacier to the southern side and continue along an ablation valley to our campsite at Urdukas. Meals and overnight in tents

D-10: Trek to Goro (4,300m). Trek to Goro from Urdukas is easy due to the bare glacier. There are breathtaking views all around us. Heading ahead there are Broad Peak (8047m) and Gasherbrum IV (7930m) on the right side the Mashabrum Group and the left the Trango group of peaks situated. 4-5 hours trekking and overnight in tents.

D-11: Trek to Concordia (4,650m). After three to four trek, today, we will reach Concordia, the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods. All around us guarding by the world’s highest peaks including the K2 (8611m) the second highest mountain in the world, Gasherbrum I (8068m), Broad Peak(8047m), Hidden Peak (8035m) and Chogolisa (7653m). We will camp at the confluence of the Baltoro and Godwin Austin Glaciers.

D-12: K-2 Base camp. Trek to K-2 Base camp

D-13 to 52 – climbing activities

D-53: Ali Camp (5030m). We leave K-2 base camp and traverse towards Gondogoro La. The portion is difficult with crevasses. Once on the Vigne Glacier it is a comparatively easy and gradual walk over snow and ice up to the camp. We will sleep early to wake up very early tomorrow.

D-54: Over Gondogoro La (5650m). We leave Ali Camp at midnight to climb the Gondogoro La with crisp snow. In the first hours we will walk on the lateral moraines to avoid the crevasses and with near to the pass walk on snow up to the pass using fixed ropes as well as crampons and ice axes. With sun rising we will be at the top of the pass. 5650m high Gondogoro La offers breathtaking mountain panorama including K-2, Broad Peak , Gasherbrums, Mashabrum and many more. After 8 to 9 hours we will reach at Khuispang,  a grassy spot embellished with the views of Laila Peak (6063m)

D-55: Trek to Saischo (3727m). Easy four hours walking on the fixed trails through the summer pastures we will reach  Saischo, the meeting point of Saraksa and Gondogoro valleys. The night here always be celebrated by multicultural peoples gathered here for the night.

D-56: Trek to Hushe (3153m). Three to four hours trek through summer pastures and shepherd huts and along the Gondogoro River , enjoying spectacular views of K6 (7171m), K7 (6839m), and Linksar (6935m) we reach Hushe village. Overnight and meal in camp.

D-57: Drive to Skardu. 5-6 hours jeep ride will take us to Skardu along the Shyok and Indus Rivers . Meals and overnight at hotel.

D-58: Chilas. Fly to Islamabad Or Drive (9 hours) to Chilas along the Karakorum Highway . Meals and overnight at hotel.

D-59: Islamabad. Rest day or Drive to Islamabad from Chilas for 12 hours.

D-60: Onward

Included:

  • Airport to hotel on arrival & hotel to airport on departure.
  • Hotel accommodation with bed & breakfast in Islamabad three night’s   standard.   Hotel air-condition room.
  • Transportation from Islamabad/ Skardu/ Islamabad with all expedition Luggage’s.
  • Three nights in Skardu on full board (Breakfast, lunch, and   Dinner)
  • Jeeps Skardu/Askoli/Skardu.
  • Wages, insurance, food equipment of cook,
  • Wages, insurance, food equipment of Assistant cook,
  • Wages, insurance, food of Porter Sirdar.
  • Porter Payment, Low altitude porters.
  • Personal Baggage, 60 kg (going time) and 50 kgs (on return) is included in this cost.
  • Full board camp food during trek & at base camp.
  • Mess tent, Kitchen tent, table, and chairs & kitchen equipment.
  • Reconfirmation of international flight tickets.
  • Camping fees, road taxes & bridge crossing of expedition members & Porters.
  • Porters Equipment’s.
  • Assistance in obtaining permit and other documentation’s
  • Briefing and debriefing in the Ministry of tourism
  • US $ 200 for environment protection fund. (by 2011)
  • 1000 US$ guarantee pollution fee. (by 2011)
  • Fuel, Tarpaulin, and Stove for porters.
  • Kerosene Oil for porter and Members.
  • Toilet tent.
  • L.O insurance, transport, hotel,
  • L.O, equipment and TA DA in the city US$30 per day and in the Mountain US$15 per day (by 2011)

Not Included:

  • Our service is up to the base camp, climbing food, equipment, high altitude Porters are not included in our price.
  • Sleeping bags, rucksacks and personal clothing and climbing Equipment.
  • Medication, ground evacuation and helicopter rescue Deposit US$6000/ charges of any kind. (by 2011)
  • Room services, laundry charges, beverages and items of personal nature.
  • Phone /communication bills.
  • Insurance or liability of any members.
  • Custom clearing and forwarding agent’s charge.
  • Other expenses and service not mentioned in this condition sheet.
  • Islamabad Hotel Lunch and Dinner.
  • Royalty fee for k-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Climb Carstensz

Carstensz Pyramid or Mt. Newang Kawi (local name of the mountain) is the highest mountain in Australia and Oceania and it’s an amazing mountain magnificent of the famous Seven summits project. Carstensz Pyramid is situated in West Papua. It lies in New Guinea – the world’s second largest island.

Climb Carstensz with our guides

Height: 4,884 m (16023 ft)

Locality: West Papua, Indonesia

Coordinates: S 04°04.733 – E 137°09.572

The Carstensz glacier has retreated 1,446 feet in the last twenty-five years. The Meren glacier retreated even further (2,384 feet). Yet the melting of these giant ice tongues have “ birth” to those beautiful turquoise colored lakes Morrow admired so much. Furthermore, it is the spring of life for many species in the jungle below.

The name Carstensz Mountain is actually not quite appropriate. In fact The Carstensz Pyramid is a part of Sudirman Range same with Nggapulu Peak (4,862 meter), the Sunday or Sudirman Peak (4,870 meter) and the East Carstensz Top (4,775 meter). There are other peaks in the region, all above 4,600 meter, which form the Jayawijaya range. Jan Cartensz, The Dutch sailor, has seen both ranges and he had discovered the middle peaks of third largest island in the world.

 

ABOUT CARSTENSZ JOURNEY

We are guiding visitors to climbing to the top of Mt. Carstensz from north face (normal route). The normal route of ascent is following the line pioneered by Heinrich Harrer in 1962. Recently there are many other routes to go up to Carstensz, but the Harrer route is the most popular and the most straightforward way. It contains of sections 5.3 – 5.4 rock climbing with one pitch 5.7 – 5.9 which is led by the leader and fixed with a “Tyrolean” rope traverse.

 

Trekking

Day 1     Joining at Bali or Jakarta

Day 2     Going to Timika City and stay over night

Day 3 – 4 Going to Sugapa / Ilaga

Day 5     Porter arrangement

Day 6     Start trekking to base camp (5 – 7 days)

Day 10   Arriving at base camp

Day 11   Rest

Day 12  Climbing Snow Mountain in Equator Line,Mt. Nggapulu

Day 13   Climbing Mt Carstensz Pyramid

Day 14 -15 Spare day

Day 16   Trekking  to Ilaga/Sugapa Village (6 days of trekking)

Day 21   Arriving at Ilaga  or Sugapa village

Day 22   Going to Timika City and stay overnight

Day 23  Flying  to Jakarta or Bali

 

We provide one skillfull and experience guide for every 5 team members. For 6-10 members, we provide  2 (two) experience guides.

 

Equipment:

To climb Carstensz Pyramid,  you need the following equipment:

• Harness,

• Helmet,

• 4 x tape slings,

• 6 x screw gate carabiners,

• Descender / abseil devices

• 4 x Prussik loops

To climb Nggapulu, you need more equipments as follow :

• Ice axe, Crampons

 

Included :

1.     All local transportation in Papua and all access to base camp by helicopter.

2.     Hotel at all city in Papuaas stated in the above (included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

3.     Free baggage for local flight (max 20 kgs/pax).

4.     Porter to carry all climbers equipments.

5.     Royalty fees and all permits from Indonesian Goverment.

6.     Climbing gears (rope, sling, carabiner, chock Friend).

7.     All camping facilities and meal during the expedition

8.     All transport to and from Mt. Carstensz Pyramid

9.     Climbing guide and cook team.

10.  Tent

 

Not Included :

1. Return Domestic flight from Bali or Jakarta to Papua

2. Excess baggage International flight to Bali or Jakarta

3. Hotel at Bali or Jakarta

4. All meals during your stay in Bali or Jakarta

5. Medical Insurance or any kind of insurances

6. Personal climbing equipment, clothing and sleeping equipment

7. Airport tax in Bali or Jakarta

8. Bar bills, laundry, extra meals and phone calls

9. Visa’s fee for entering Indonesia

  1. Optional trips other than stated in this trip
  2. Rescue and Evacuation
  3. Excess baggage at all local flight

 

Payment Method :

1. Deposit of 10 % from total cost (3 months before expedition date), completed with curriculum vitae, copy of passport , 8 photograph (3X4 cm)

2. Deposit of 40 % from total cost (1 month before expedition date)

3. Settlement of 50 % total cost when meet at Indonesia

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Abkhazia by bicycle

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Ice climbing last weekend

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Climb Elbrus with our guides

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Recent trip

Fisht Mountain (2867), a place near future Olympic games – 2014. Just 30 km directly from the black sea. Much(!) snow, long way in snowstorm. But absolutely wild and virgin. The best place I know to talk to yourself. Excellent for ski-tours but we mostly walk on foot to get some training.