8000m Peaks

Nanga Parbat

Arguably the biggest
challenge of them all.

Nanga Parbat
Expedition

Nanga Parbat presents a foreboding challenge facing anyone attempting to climb all 14 of the 8,000ers. Its Urdu name translates as “the naked mountain,” so-called because snow doesn’t cling to its steep sides, and locals in Pakistan’s Diamer district call it Deo Mir, meaning “huge mountain”. But the nickname it’s earned in Western mountaineering circles, “the killer mountain,” is the most ominous of all. Nowhere is expert guidance, or proper preparation more key. Which is where we come in.

Country

Pakistan

Duration

48 days

grade

Technical 5E

Max Altitude

8125 m
26657 ft

Daily activity

Approx
5 - 6 hrs

Season

Summer

Dates Available

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Starting from

GBP £18,000

Aimed at climbers who’ve made multiple ascents of 8000m peaks and are highly proficient in mountaineering - including moving safely in rock, glacier and snowy terrain.

Climb the Naked Moutain

Elite Exped’s leaders have unparalleled experience in the world’s most extreme mountain environments. Nims and Mingma David have climbed all of the world’s 8,000m peaks in record time. Nims has a 100 percent success rate on 8,000ers, and perhaps more importantly, the pair have a 100 percent safety record - when working together, not a single member of any of their teams has lost so much as a fingertip to frostbite.

This record offers the kind of reassurance you need when tackling a peak as tricky and technical as Nanga Parbat. If you want the best of the best leading you, you could not be in safer hands. 

Our Nanga Parbat expedition plan is based on the cast-iron plan that Nims and Mingma David designed and implemented as part of the record-breaking Project Possible push in 2019. We leave 48 days for the expedition, which is time enough to enjoy the spectacular drive in from Islamabad and celebrate with at the Alpine Club of Pakistan on your return to the city. It also gives more than enough time to acclimatise, and a long climbing window.

As in Nepal, we oversee every aspect of the expedition when operating in Pakistan - from carrying in food, to fixing ropes, we control the controllable, making sure that nothing is left to chance. Nanga Parbat’s fearsome reputation only makes it all the more important to prepare for all eventualities, and make sure that the highest standards of safety are maintained.

Elite Exped’s highly experienced guiding team are not just record-breaking mountaineers - they also have extensive training in high altitude rescues. We have evacuation plans and helicopters in place for emergencies. Our guaranteed 1:1 guide to client ratio, with four Sherpas constantly on standby if needed, ensures that we can respond rapidly in rescue situations.

Most importantly, our preparation is second to none, which ensures that you have the best possible chance of achieving your goal, and summiting this difficult peak safely. From the moment you sign up to our Nanga Parbat expedition, to the summit, and back, we’ll be with you, step by step. 

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

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!!!

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!

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 and Transfer to Hotel

  • Day 02

    Expedition Preparation day and trip briefing

  • Day 03

    Drive from Islamabad to Chilas on Karakoram Highway

  • Day 04

    Rest day in Chilas; Final preparation for expedition

  • Day 05

    Drive from Chilas to Halale and Trek to Kachal

  • Day 06

    Trek from Kachal to Nanga Parbat Basecamp

  • Day 07-42

    Climbing Period (Basecamp- Nanga Parbat Summit- Basecamp)

  • Day 43

    Cleaning up basecamp and prepare for descending

  • Day 44

    Trek from Basecamp to Diamoroi

  • Day 45

    Trek from Diamoroi to Halala and Drive back to Chilas

  • Day 46

    Drive from Chilas to Islamabad & Transfer to Hotel

  • Day 47

    Leisure day in Islamabad and farewell dinner with team

  • Day 48

    Final departure

Fast-Track

Plenty of passion, not much time?

We understand the challenges of balancing a busy professional career with a love of mountaineering. Building on Nims record-breaking techniques, our unique Fast-Track expeditions allow you to climb more in less time. View fast-track expeditions

Training

Developing your skills to achieve a new possible

Our tailored approach to training will help you improve as a climber, developing the mental and physical skills you need to achieve your dreams. Learn more

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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 the expedition cost include travel?

Why choose
Elite Exped?

Unparalleled
leadership

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
self-sufficiency

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
perspective

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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