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  Gasherbrum 2006: SERBIA - KARAKORUM 2006 Update


Copyright© Billy Pierson: Murph goes to K2:

Update:   ASKOLI - After 10 hours jolting in prehistoric jeeps which squawk on 40% ascent we arrived on "the end of the world". We have 5 tones of equipment and 130 carriers from Chunze-tribe. Oxygen will arrive via Islamabad. Or will not, who knows. We are 8 days on the way and we are on the beginning yet. It is our first night in tents.  There are many days of  plod  footing in advance of us. There are many sharp crests over this gloomy dale. All of them are some 7000 m but our goals (G-1 & G-2) we could not see in perspective yet. Our stomachs are well now and we are in good mood.

ISLAMABAD 07.06.2006. 3.oo AM (LT)  It is midnight in Serbia now.   People from assistance-agency meet us. They are very nice and kindly.   Transport to the hotel across empty streets of Islamabad without any   problems. After some hours for sleeping (+40 C) we received   approvals of competent Pakistan's administration.  They said to us:   what is our ecology-obligation, how we should behave in mountain,   what to do in emergency-cases...   Tomorrow we will go to Rawalpindi to buy alpine-gear.  Sky over Islamabad is black. Wind is so gorgeous that the send is   all over the town.   In this moment we check contacts with Serbia, families, friends and   all the people who are with us in their minds. It is OK for now.  

ISLAMABAD 08.06.2006. 17.39 (local time).     Tomorrow at 6.oo AM (local time) we will proceed to Karakorum.   Now  we have to market in town where offer is so poor and very   expensive. Packing is one problem more - all the packages somebody   must carry to BC (Base Camp) on his shoulder. It costs $110 for one   carrier. Perhaps more. But we have "equipage" - for two months and   two peaks (we hope, God help us). There are gear for six men and   for mountain-pilots. After that, there are kitchen-kit, accessories   for organizer, for Pakistan's State-officer... To much!   Luckily Pakistan people are kindly and helpfully.   This morning  we refunded  assurance (helicopter) and we are ready   to start.   Serbia-Karakorum Team 

Background: 2. Country: Serbia (Province: Vojvodina, Cities: Novi Sad&Subotica)

3. Name of the Leader: Milivoj Erdeljan

4. Name of the Peak: Gasherbrum-1 and Gasherbrum-2

5. Arrival Date: 13/06/2006.

6. No of participants: 05

No one from expedition from Serbia was not trying to climb two peaks over 8.000 m just in one year. Project "Serbia-KaraKorum" made of five (5) climbers which goal is two (2) peacks over 8.000 m. They planed to climb Gasherbrum 1 (8.068) and Gasherbrum 2 (8.035). Project "Serbia-Karakorum" start at June 5th and will be ended at August 19th 2006.

This team of climbers in past time summit:

2003 - KIlimanjaro (5.896) and Barunze (7.129),

2004 - Shisha Pangma (8.012) and

2005 - Mount Everest  (8.848). 

(All climbers are from Serbian province Vojvodina, northern part of Serbia where the highest mountain is Fruska Gora - 539 m).

ITINERARY: Gasherbrum 1 (8.068m) and Gasherbrum 2 (8.035m) 

5.6.2006.

Day 01

Fly Belgrade-Dubai

6.6.2006.

Day 02

Fly Dubai- Islamabad

7.6.2006.

Day 03

Islamabad

8.6.2006.

Day 04

Islamabad

9.6.2006.

Day 05

Islamabad; Briefing at Ministry of Tourism.

10.6.2006.

Day 06

Drive to  Chilas (480 km)

11.6.2006.

Day 07

Drive to Skardu (275 km)

12.6.2006.

Day 08

Rest at Skardu .

13.6.2006.

Day 09

Drive to Askole (3.000 m) (96 km)

14.6.2006.

Day 10

Trek to Jhola (3.200 m) (8 hrs)

15.6.2006.

Day 11

Trek to Paiyu (3.600 m) (6 hrs)

16.6.2006.

Day 12

Rest at Paiyu (3.600 m)

17.6.2006.

Day 13

Trek to Khuburtze (4.000 m)  (3 hrs)

18.6.2006.

Day 14

Trek to Urdukas (4.200 m) (3 hrs)

19.6.2006.

Day 15

Trek to Goro II (4.500 m) (7 hrs)

20.6.2006.

 Day 16

Trek to Concordia (4.700 m) (6 hrs)

21.6.2006.

 Day 17

Trek to G-I/G-II Base Camp (5.045m) (8 hrs)

22.6./10.8.2006.

Day18/67

Climbing G -1
C-1 (5.900 m);

C-2 (6.500 m);

C-3 (7.300 m).

climbing G - 2

C-1 (5.900 m);
C-2 (6.400 m);
C-3 (7.200 m).

11.8.2006.

Day 68

Trek to Vigne Glacier (4.800 m) (6 hrs)

12.8.2006.

Day 69

Trek to Gondogoro-La (5.680m) / Khuspan (4.680m) (9 hrs)

13.8.2006.

Day 70

Trek to Shaieshcho (3.600 m) / Hushe (3.300 m) (9 hrs)

14.8.2006.

Day 71

Drive to Skardu (2.340 m)

15.8.2006.

Day 72

Drive to Islamabad / Chilas

16.8.2006.

Day 73

Islamabad

17.8.2006.

Day 74

Islamabad; De-briefing at Ministry of Tourism.

18.8.2006.

Day 75

Fly Out; Transfer to airport for your return flight home.

19.8.2006.

Day 76

Belgrade

 

 

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