Está quase...quase quase...já não contamos os dias mas as horas.
Às 18:35 de Domingo (7 de Junho), entramos no avião para Londres, iniciando assim o percurso que nos levará ao sopé do Gasherbrum II.
We’re almost going...we’re already not counting the days, but the hours.
At , next Sunday (7th of June), we get in the plain heading to
Após 1 ano o nosso sonho volta a transformar-se em realidade. Não foi fácil percorrer os dias que nos separaram desta aventura. Não foi fácil, mas passamos por eles cheios de entusiasmo e a acreditar sempre que era possível voltar (apesar de vermos as nossas carteiras cada dia mais vazias, já que desta, a expedição saiu-nos financeiramente do bolso...todinha!).
After one whole year our dream came true. It was not easy to go by the days separating us of this adventure. It was not easy, but we lived them with enthusiasm, and believing at all times that it would be possible to go back (even when our wallets where getting more and more empty everyday, since we paid ourselves for this expedition…all of it!).
Relembro uma frase de um livro do Luís Sepúlveda, que desde que a li permanece na minha cabeça “Só consegue voar quem se atreve a faze-lo”.
Esta simples frase resume o percurso percorrido até aqui. Foi a acreditar e a trabalhar para este projecto, que o vamos conseguir realizar.
I now remember a sentence I once read in a Luís Sepulveda book, “It can only fly, the ones who dare to try it”.
This simple sentence explains all the way we’ve been to get here. It was believe and working hard for this expedition that we can now go for it.
Quebrando o romantismo e passando ao prático, deixamos aqui o programa de festas, para que saibam mais ou menos por onde andamos. Claro está que a coisa não é linear, nestas aventuras impera o planeamento à vista...mas cá vai (desculpem ir só em inglês, é que este é o plano escrito pela agencia que nos acompanha até ao campo base...já não tenho cabeça para traduzir tudo para português):
We now paste the approximate party program, so that you know more or less where we are. Of course this can change, in this kind of adventures one cannot plan it all, but here it goes…
PRÓXIMAS NOVIDADES...JÁ DO PAQUISTÃO!
Next post already from Pakistan...see you...
Next post already from Pakistan...see you...
(O dia 1 será 9 de Junho, dia em que chegamos a Islamabad. Dia 11 de Agosto, voamos de volta a Portugal)
(Day 1 will be 9th of June, when we will arrive in
DAY 01 & 02 ARRIVAL
Upon arrival met and transfer to hotel in
DAY 03 RAWALPINDI/SKARDU
Fly to Skardu, If unable to fly, same day we will drive to Skardu 2300m, spending a night in Chilas.
DAKY 04 SKARDU
Emergency day in case, flight does not operate on day 03 this day will be use to transfer the members by road from Chilas to Skardu. Total drive time from
DAY 05 SKARDU
Final arrangement for the expedition.
DAY 06 SKARDU -TO- ASKOLE
Embark jeeps for a full day ride on a winding jeep trail to Askole 3050m - The last village on our way to the Great Glaciers. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff. Distance 96 Km, Drive 07-08 Hrs. Altitude 3050 M.
Note :-The road to Askole comes undergoing rapid erosion and gets closed quite often. If unable to jeep, the group will disembark & walk to Askole on the same day or camp for overnight (subject to distance).
DAY 07 ASKOLE -TO- KOROPHONE
Today we leave the last inhabited village. For the remaining portion of our journey we rely on our porters who carry our food and equipment for the expedition. After scrambling over a ridge we come across what legend says an old polo field. Passing through a rock gap we cross the Biafo glacier and camp beside its snout at korophone. The Biafo Glacier is a huge river of ice 63 Km long which descends from the central peaks of the Karakoram & flows East into the
DAY 08 KOROPHONE -TO- JHULA
Trek to the Dumurdo river cross at Jhula, (Jhula means wire rope bridge sported by a wooden basket), now a wooden bridge is made cross it & camp beside a torrent facing the Bakhordas. Walk : 03-04 hrs, Grade : Strenuous, Altitude : 3150 M
DAY 09 JHULA -TO- PAIJU
Resume trek along the
DAY 10 PAIJU - Rest Day
Rest & acclimatization day at Piaju. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff.
DAY 11 PAIJU -TO- URDUKAS
Begin trek after an early breakfast. Traverse the junction of Paiju - Baltoro Glaciers through crevasses & lunch below Liligo, the traditional camp under the muddy cliffs with fine views of rock spires. Cross the Khuburse torrent early morning and ramble over two glacier moraines to reach the grassy slopes of Urdukas offering splendid views of the Trango, Uli Biaho & Bial Groups. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff. Walk : 06-07 hrs, Grade : Moderate, Altitude : 4130 M
DAY 12 URDUKAS -TO- GORO
A long walk on the icy Baltoro Glacier. Traverse the Yermanandu Glacier which flows down from
DAY 13 GORO TO CONCORDIA
After an early breakfast, resume a long walk on the Baltoro Glacier to a point called Concordia - a huge junction of
DAY 14 CONCORDIA REST DAY
Final day of trek to
DAY 15 CLIMBING
DAY 56 CLIMBING
41 days of non guided climb will start from today. During the climbing period our staff will be at base camp to help and assist you.
DAY 57 TREKKING BACK TO ALI CAMP
After an early breakfast leave the
DAY 58 ALI CAMP -CROSS GONDOGORO PASS- KHUSPANG
A very early start as early as 2 or does in the morning to cross the Gondogoro la to reach Khuspang. The basic theme behind the early walk to reach the top of the Gondogoro Pass 5700 meters is that in the morning snow will be soft and you will not get tired quickly as the sun is not strong, but as sun get strong snow get soft, snow going to be melt and bring water and stones, also the chance of ice falls or avalanches. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff. Walk : 10 - 11 hrs, Grade : Strenuous, Altitude : 5700 M
DAY 59 KHUSPANG -TO- SHAICHO
After a couple of minutes of easy walk we will comes onto the glacier. You pick your way across moving boulders and ice, finally crossing the glacier up to the camping site to reach Dalsangpa, meaning 'field of flowers', lives up to its name. It is a beautiful campsite at about 4,150 meters, set between two lakes, with
Continue your trek along the path goes down hill to the summer settlement called Shaicho, a large shepherds settlement with its won mosque, now here you can find a hotel and mountaineering equipment shop. This is the traditional camp among the forest of juniper, cedar and willow trees with giant bushes of wild roses and a good water supply. Walk : 07-08 hrs, Grade : Moderate, Altitude :.
DAY 60 SHAICHO -TO- HUSHEY
After breakfast continue your walk along the Hushey river on a easy path. Upon arrival camp near the fields in Hushey village. An easy day will bring you to Hushey village. Evening free. Overnight in tents.
DAY 61 HUSHEY -TO- SKARDU
AM : Embark jeeps for a full day ride on a winding jeep trail to Skardu. Upon arrival transfer to your chosen hotel. All meals included.
DAY 62 SKARDU - RAWALPINIDI
Early in the morning fly to
Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in
If unable to fly on day 62. this day will be use to transfer from Gilgit to
De-briefing at Ministry of Tourism
DAY 65 FLY BACK HOME
Transfer to airport for your onward flight to abroad.
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