G1 / G2

Scale two hidden peaks
in a single expedition.

Gasherbrum I & II

Originally named K5 by the Colonial Great Trigonometric Survey of India, Gasherbrum I, the 11th highest mountain in the world, was dubbed ‘the Hidden Peak’ by Victorian mountaineers because of its extreme remoteness. To this day, it remains one of the least-frequently climbed of the 8,000ers, and therefore one of the most exciting for true climbing connoisseurs. Its near neighbour, Gasherbrum II, is the world’s 13th highest mountain. Scaling the two back to back is an especially rewarding experience for those with the skills and stamina. 




60 days


Strenuous 4E

Max Altitude

8080 m
26210 ft

Daily activity

5 - 6hrs



Dates Available

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Starting from

USD $43,800

Aimed at experienced climbers who’ve made ascents of multiple 6,000m or 7,000m peaks, and at least one 8,000m mountain previously. You must have mastered mountaineering skills and have a high level of fitness.

Climb the 11th and the 13th highest peak

A jagged, uncompromising pinnacle of rock on the border of Pakistan and China’s Xinjiang province, Gasherbrum I tends to attract serious mountaineers on a serious mission - climbing all 14 of the world’s 8,000m peaks. Its near neighbour, Gasherbrum II, is generally regarded as a slightly easier climb, and tackling them together makes sense if your objective is to stand on the summit of all 14. Similarly, if you’re an experienced climber looking to summit two peaks that are uncrowded and unspoiled, this unique combo expedition will tick a lot of boxes.

In 2019, our Founder Nimsdai climbed Gasherbrum I and II back to back as part of his record-breaking Project Possible push. Elite Exped’s combo expedition plan is based on the one he successfully implemented then - although we reverse the order, taking on Gasherbrum I, the harder of the two peaks, first. In total, we plan to leave 60 days for the entire expedition, including a rest day back at base camp between the summits, and plenty of time to acclimatize before heading up to high altitudes.

Between them, our highly-trained guiding team have spent multiple seasons navigating the Gasherbrum massif. But it’s not just our knowledge that makes us the best-placed team to help you achieve your ambitions, it’s our approach.

We leave nothing to chance, controlling every aspect of the expedition logistics ourselves, so we’re never reliant on third parties who could potentially let us down. We set out our own routes, fix our own ropes, pitch our own tents, and ensure that every client we take on an 8,000m peak is accompanied by their own, personal guide. Our 1:1 client to guide ratio, with four guides always kept in reserve in case of emergencies, is one of the best in the business.

Not only are Elite Exped’s guides incredible mountaineers, they’re also hugely experienced when it comes to high alpine rescue techniques, with an impressive record when it comes to plucking stricken climbers out from perilous situations safely. We have evacuation plans and accessible helicopter rescue in place for emergencies. No-one can cater for every eventuality on the Gasherbrum massif, one of the world’s most remote mountains. But we can guarantee that you will be in the safest possible hands should something unexpected happen. 

From our clients
Jeff Evans
Mera 2017

You can trust them with the safety and satisfaction of clients. Elite was nothing less than a 10/10 in every aspect of how they executed the expedition.

Amy McCulloch
Aconcagua 2018

I often felt they went above and beyond to ensure we had a successful expedition. Excellent judgments throughout the expedition led us to reach the summit safely in extreme conditions. Highly recommend!

Steve Davis
Manaslu 2019

Manaslu was my first 8,000er and first time with Elite. They exceeded my expectations at every level and stage.  I would have no hesitation in booking with them again! Highly recommended!!!

This tried and tested itinerary is informed by decades of mountaineering experience. As with all adventurous activities of this type however, circumstances may arise where Elite Exped is forced to make alterations, possibly at short notice. While making every effort to adhere to this published schedule, we kindly ask for your patience if the weather, or other naturally occurring circumstances, intervene.

Your daily schedule

  • Day 01

    Arrival in Islamabad & transfer to the Hotel

  • Day 02

    Preparation day in Islamabad

  • Day 03

    Fly from Islamabad to Skardu

  • Day 04

    Rest day in Skardu: Expedition briefing and final preparation

  • Day 05

    Drive from Skardu to Jhula

  • Day 06

    Trek from Jhula to Paiyu

  • Day 07

    Rest day in Paiyu

  • Day 08

    Trek from Paiyu to Urdukas

  • Day 09

    Trek from Urdukas to Goro II

  • Day 10

    Trek from Goro II to Concordia

  • Day 11

    Trek to Gasherbum I Base Camp

  • Day 12

    Acclimatize day in Base Camp

  • Day 13-37

    Climbing Period of Gasherbum II

  • Day 37-38

    Preparation for G I

  • Day 39-53

    Climbing Period of Gasherbum I

  • Day 54

    Cleaning up Basecamp: Preparation for descending back

  • Day 55

    Trek from basecamp to Goro II

  • Day 56

    Trek from Goro II to Kurburtze

  • Day 57

    Trek from Kurburtze to Mundung

  • Day 58

    Trek from Mundung to Jhula and drive back to Skardu

  • Day 59

    Farewell and debriefing in Skardu

  • Day 60

    Fly from Skardu to Islamabad & transfer to Hotel

  • Day 61

    Transfer to the International Airport for final departures


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Frequently asked questions

The following frequently asked questions may help answer any queries you have about Elite Exped, what this expedition involves, and what is required. If your question isn’t answered here please check our dedicated FAQ support page, otherwise don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What skillset and fitness level are required?

All Elite Exped expeditions are within extreme high altitude environments, with differing requirements for ability. Due to the nature of these operational landscapes it is essential you provide concise, honest descriptions of relevant experience and current fitness levels. Upon receipt we will review your experience and respond accordingly. At this point if we consider there to be any shortfalls, we can collectively discuss the opportunities and/or provide a training support plan to achieve your goals.

What equipment is provided?
Will I get my own guide?
Will Nims or Mingma David be my guide?

Why choose
Elite Exped?


Nimsdai Purja and Mingma David Sherpa’s mountaineering world records speak for themselves, but our founders are more than just supremely-talented climbers. While some choose to direct operations from a back office, Nimsdai and Mingma David lead from the front. Their experience of every aspect of guiding and climbing - from fixing ropes, to organising logistics - is unparalleled. It’s no surprise that when they’ve worked together they have a perfect, 100 percent success rate when it comes to summiting 8,000m peaks.

Safety through

If it’s controllable we control it, this is key to attain and maintain our industry leading strategy for success and safety. We maximise our options, agility and responsiveness by running totally self-sufficient expeditions, not relying on any other teams on the mountain to achieve our objectives. We are capable of setting up our own fixed lines (with a proven track record on all 8,000m peaks) and have backups to cover all scenarios, from secondary oxygen supplies through to the ability and experience to operate our own rescue missions if the situation arises.

A unique

With his Nepalese roots, and UK residency, our co-founder Nimsdai Purja brings a unique perspective of the world of mountaineering, and an unparalleled ability to bridge the gap between Western and Himalayan climbing cultures. We can assemble trusted teams and networks anywhere in the world, but our founders’ roots are a particular advantage when it comes to summiting the world’s very highest peaks. An intimate knowledge of how things work on the ground ensures that everything runs smoothly when you’re 8,000m above sea-level.

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