Location: Baltistan province, Pakistan at
apprximately 36N 75E.
Height: 7027m (23055 feet)
Access: From Skardu Arundu is a day's jeep ride. Base
camp is a three day walk along the Cholo Lungma Glacier. There
are flights from Islamabad to Skardu but near-perfect weather
conditions are required before the flights depart. The bus trip
from Islamabad to Skardu takes two days with an overnight stop
Route name: South East Ridge
Grade: technically easy but is physically demanding.
Be aware that the ridge is long so evacuation of an ill member
may be problematic.
Time required: our time at base camp was a little
over two weeks. For the weather during our trip this was not
long enough. Had we another week we may have stood a better
chance at reaching the summit.
- Base camp: 4187m, 35 59.433'N 75 01.155'E
- Camp 1: 5086m, 36 00.089'N 75 00.662'E
- Camp 2: 5481m, 36 01.422'N 74 59.011'E
Camp 3: ~6100m
Note: heights and locations for base camp, camp 1 and camp 2
taken from GPS measurements. Camp 3 height taken from Field
Touring's trip dossier.
Important note: there is also a camp on the ridge
which looks a lot more inviting than the one we used on the
glacier. However while we were there we observed a rather large
rock hurl down the ridge and straight through the area being
used. Luckily it didn't hit anything!