Dramatic scenery of the Baltoro region

Gasherbrum 2

Gasherbrum 2, the world's 13th highest peak and one of the fourteen 8,000m peaks, is situated at the head of Pakistan's Baltoro Glacier amongst giants such as K2, Gasherbrum 1 and Broad Peak.

Whether this is your first 8,000m peak or your third, the nature of climbing in this region will have its own unique flavour. Motivated ascensionists also have the opportunity to climb two 8,000m peaks in a week by adding on an ascent of neighbouring Gasherbrum 1 (8,080m/26,509ft), also known as Hidden Peak.

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Difficulty Level Very High ?
Fitness Level Very High ?
Duration 50 days
Elevation 8,035M / 26,361FT
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Gasherbrum I seen from the summit of Gasherbrum II - Guy Cotter

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Camp 4 - Guy Cotter

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Crossing the glacier - Mike Roberts

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Colourful transport on the Karakorum Highway - Mike Roberts

From Jun 13 to Aug 01, 2024
Departs from Islamabad, Pakistan
$45,000 USD $
With Gasherbrum 1 Add On: $63,500 USD $
  • Overview

    • Dramatic scenery of the Baltoro region
    • Classic high altitude climbing
    • Add on an ascent of Gasherbrum 1 (Hidden Peak) for two 8,000m peaks in a week

    The climbing on Gasherbrum 2 is not especially steep but the remoteness of the setting makes this an especially rewarding experience. The expedition will attempt the normal route on the peak and establish three camps before mounting the summit attempt. This is a big mountain expedition and, although it is regarded as slightly harder than Cho Oyu, it is an ideal training peak for Everest.

    Take advantage of your time in the remote Baltoro region with an ascent of Gasherbrum 1, or Hidden Peak as it has been dubbed, immediately after Gasherbrum 2. Using the existing Base Camp and Camp 1, the timeframe for this additional 8,000m peak is only 10 days or less.

  • Gasherbrum 1 Add On

    Gasherbrum I 2006 by Mike Roberts 233 CroppedMotivated ascensionists can take advantage of the opportunity to climb Gasherbrum 1 immediately after Gasherbrum 2. Also known as Hidden Peak in reference to its extreme remoteness, 8,080m/26,509ft Gasherbrum 1 is a must-do whilst in the Karakoram.

    At the completion of the Gasherbrum 2 ascent, the entire team will return to Base Camp and the Gasherbrum 2 climbers will depart to return home. After enjoying a couple of days’ rest-and-recovery at Base Camp, Gasherbrum 1 climbers will return to the same Camp 1 as used for Gasherbrum 2. Most of the mountain gear will have been left in place there after descending from Gasherbrum 2. We will establish a second camp on Gasherbrum La, about 5 hours from Camp 1. From here we will make a carry to Camp 3, with a day of rest at Gasherbrum La immediately afterwards. Following that rest day, we will ascend to Camp 3 for one night, with summit day the following day. One day later we’ll be back in Base Camp, with two 8,000m peaks under ours belt within the week. The overall additional timeframe of the Gasherbrum 1 add-on will be 10 days or less.

    Dates & Prices 2024

    June 13 to August 11

    The cost of the Gasherbrum 1 Expedition ex Gasherbrum Base Camp is US$18,500, bringing the total cost of the full G2 & G1 expedition to US$63,500.

    *Prices may increase

  • Why AC?

    Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to high altitude expedition climbing. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our climbers the best possible chance of success.

    We employ strong and specialised Expedition leaders and local staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable base camp facilities, reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up.

    Many of our expedition members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make expeditions safe and successful.

  • Payment Conditions


    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Pakistani government royalty fees
    • All expedition organisational requirements
    • All climbing and trekking permits
    • Land transport in Pakistan
    • Return flight from Islamabad to Skardu
    • All accommodation ex Islamabad based on twin share
    • All team equipment
    • Oxygen x 3 bottles
    • Medical kit
    • Base Camp e-mail and satellite phone facilities
    • Regular written and photo internet dispatches for families and friends to follow your progress
    • All expedition staff, including Western guide, Sherpa support and High Altitude Porter support
    • All food after departing Islamabad and before arriving back in Islamabad
    • All supplies necessary to make a safe and strong bid for the summit


    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Air travel to and from Pakistan
    • Meals and accommodation while in Islamabad
    • Entry visa for Pakistan
    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Personal/trip cancellation/medical evacuation insurance
    • Any rescue costs
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Early departure costs from the expedition
    • Additional meals, snacks, drinks, laundry, internet, single supplement rooms and other expenses outside the inclusions as listed above
    • Airport taxes, satellite phone calls and internet costs
    • Gratuities

    Account Information

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    42 Willis Street
    Spark Central
    New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Account # 1000-594771-0000
    Account Type: US Dollars
    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22

    Note: All bank transfer charges are for the remitter's account.

    We can also accept your deposit and balance payment by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex) plus a 3% credit card fee.


    A non-refundable deposit of US$5,000 will be payable to secure a place on this expedition.


    The balance of funds is payable 120 days prior to trip start date.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 120 days prior to your trip commencement date. An expedition member may then cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 120 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    • For cancellations made within 120 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the balance payment fee.
    • For cancellations within 90 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.

    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. This is called trip cancellation insurance and can be obtained through your normal travel agent.

  • Trip Notes

    Gasherbrum 2 Trip Notes CoverThe Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for the Adventure Consultants Gasherbrum 2 Expedition.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Gasherbrum 2 Expedition Trip Notes 2024

    Team Membership

    The team will have a maximum size of 12 members and 2 guides. The Base Camp will be staffed by a Pakistani cook and helper. A team of high altitude porters will carry loads and help support the summit climb.

    Our Guides

    The expedition leader will be scheduled approximately six months out from the trip start. All of our trip leaders to the 8,000m peaks have extensive experience at high altitude and a proven record of safety, success and compatibility. 

    Climbing Sherpas

    The Gasherbrum 2 expedition will be supported by a small team of Climbing Sherpa from Nepal who have dozens of 8,000m summits between them. Our group of Climbing Sherpas is enthusiastic, motivated and regarded as the strongest and most cohesive group of Sherpas in the Himalayas. It is indicative of the reputation that our Sherpa team has earned—that Sherpas from other expeditions enthusiastically pursue a future position with the Adventure Consultants team. We have been developing the personnel within our Sherpa team for 25 years and they are an integral part of the Adventure Consultants team.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Kelly MclarenKelly McLaren, Expedition Liaison

    Having worked for Adventure Consultants since 2004, Kelly has gained a vast knowledge of AC expeditions and treks. In her role as Expedition Liaison, Kelly will assist with the planning and logistics for your trip, providing useful information, reminders and answering any questions to ensure you arrive well prepared


    Staff Photo

    Your Health

    Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the expedition leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.

    Level of Experience Required

    Gasherbrum 2 is a relatively straightforward climb in good conditions. Conditions are the crux of climbing in Pakistan, as the weather is less settled than further east in Nepal and storm cycles can persist for extended periods. Consequently, we have a large window for ascending the mountain with our summit bid being timed to coincide with the best weather statistically.

    Climbers contemplating this climb should have a strong background in mountaineering skills and have experienced altitude above 5,500m prior to this expedition. Commonly climbers will have previously climbed Denali, Aconcagua or the various Mexican volcanoes or even other 8,000m peaks as training for this climb.

    A fierce determination and burning desire to climb the mountain are essential ingredients for this expedition. The guides and other expedition staff will provide the leadership, tactics and overall decision making during the climb allowing you to concentrate all your energies to completing the climb. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for the expedition.

    Difficulty Rating

    Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.

    What You Carry 

    Climbers will be expected to carry only their own equipment and a small amount of group gear. We will use the services of the strong local High Altitude Porters (HAPs) to help with establishing high camps.


    Food will be of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the situation. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements.

    Clothing & Equipment

    Expedition members will be sent a list detailing all necessary clothing and equipment to be individually provided.

  • Itinerary

    1 Arrival in Islamabad
    2 Briefing with Ministry of Tourism
    3-4 Fly Islamabad to Skardu (or drive if the weather is not suitable to fly), hire porters
    5 Day in Skardu, packing and sorting gear
    6 Travel to Askole
    7 Trek to Jula
    8 Trek to Paiju
    9 Rest day
    10 Trek to Urdukas
    11 Trek to Goro
    12 Trek to Concordia
    13 Trek to Shagharing
    14 Trek to Gasherbrum Base Camp
    15 Rest day and camp set up
    16 Rest and gear prep
    17-40 Climb Gasherbrum 2
    41-46 Depart Base Camp for Skardu
    47-48 Skardu to Islamabad
    49 Contingency Day
    50 Trip Ends
    1 Arrival in Islamabad
    2 Briefing with Ministry of Tourism
    3-4 Fly Islamabad to Skardu (or drive if the weather is not suitable to fly), hire porters
    5 Day in Skardu, packing and sorting gear
    6 Travel to Askole
    7 Trek to Jula
    8 Trek to Paiju
    9 Rest day
    10 Trek to Urdukas
    11 Trek to Goro
    12 Trek to Concordia
    13 Trek to Shagharing
    14 Trek to Gasherbrum Base Camp
    15 Rest day and camp set up
    16 Rest and gear prep
    17-40 Climb Gasherbrum 2
    Rest and recovery at Base Camp
    Climb Gasherbrum 1
    Depart Base Camp for Skardu
    57-58 Skardu to Islamabad
    59 Contingency Day
    60 Trip Ends
  • Add Ons


    Experience tells us that a high degree of Sherpa support, coupled with maximum oxygen flow rates, greatly increases the rate of success for our team members. With this option, you receive oxygen at a higher flow rate on climbing days allowing you to completely focus on summitting. The results speak for themselves. With the ‘Max Ox’ option, climbers have reported having better energy levels, a better appetite, more warmth, a higher degree of strength and greater enjoyment on summit day than those without. They also enjoy a higher rate of success!

    Additional Sherpa Support

    We offer a service giving members the option to have their gear carried on ‘camp moving’ days, so all you have to carry is your jacket and water bottle and items required for the day. This option is popular with those who have difficulty recovering after a carrying a heavy load at altitude.

    Personal Sherpa Guy CotterPersonal Sherpa

    This option provides you with the assistance of a very experienced and dedicated Sherpa who will support you for the duration of the expedition above Base Camp. Your Personal Sherpa will climb with you each day while you are climbing on the mountain as your climbing partner and generally assist you throughout the expedition all the way to the summit. When on the mountain, you would share a tent with your Personal Sherpa and he would supervise cooking duties. Our Sherpa guides are very experienced with multiple ascents of Everest and other high peaks under their belts, and are friendly and supportive companions along the way!

    Finally you can combine these options to give Max OX and Additional Sherpa support in one package at a favourable price. We feel that the results speak for themselves. Climbers who once may have had issues recovering from heavy load carrying, in time for a summit attempt, are now able to experience an enjoyable and rewarding summit day.

    Personal Sherpa Caro OgleYou may also like to talk to us about other options such as personal communication systems, or the provision of a personal tent on the mountain.


  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Finding the right travel and rescue insurance for your mountaineering adventure can be tricky! Rest assured when you book with the expedition specialists here at Adventure Consultants we'll help by sending through advice on what you'll need, including:

    • Travel insurance including trip interruption and cancellation cover
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance

    For further information check out our Travel and Rescue Insurance page or contact us.

  • FAQ

    • Expedition Documentation

      The following is to serve as a helpful guideline on our Gasherbrum 2. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

      [email protected]
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

      Please note you will be emailed a set of Team Reference Notes upon registration. This extensive booklet includes detailed information to assist in the planning of your trip, from travel and medical advice to equipment lists and photography tips.

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long has Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since. You can read more on the history of Adventure Consultants here.

      A few outfitters claim to have the same level of experience and prestige as Adventure Consultants. In this league, what makes you the first choice for your climbers?
      We are renowned for the quality of service and strategy applied to our expeditions. Our reputation is attributed to the meticulous planning and logistics coordination done by our head office. Nowhere else will you find a team of people more dedicated to your success! From the moment you contact the AC office to the time you step on the mountain, our customer service is second to none. The AC team of guides and Sherpas will ensure that this is run to our high standards and hence, this will be an enjoyable expedition with a great group of people.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      Will I be sharing? Is there a single option available on this trip?
      A single supplement is available - please contact our office for further details.

      What showers and laundry facilities will be available on the expedition? 
      We do offer shower facilities on all our 8,000m expeditions and these will be made available as often as possible. We advise people to bring wet-wipes for impromptu washes in between available showers. It is also possible to hand wash clothes at Base Camp between climbing cycles.

      What food will be available? 
      If you have any special treats that you like, we encourage you to bring some along. You’ll get breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, as well as ample hot and cold drinks. Please indicate any specific dietary requirements that you may have on your application form and we are happy to accommodate those with specific diets. All of our expeditions provide excellent local and Western food! On the mountain, we usually have a wide variety of MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) and these are significantly tastier than freeze-dried meals, as they are real food vacuum-sealed and ready to heat and eat.

      We work really hard to make sure our food is second to none and our food is rated so highly that our guides are frequently seen chasing guides and clients from other expeditions out of our mess tents!

    • Travel

      Where do we meet? Will I be picked up? 
      Please plan to fly into Islamabad, Pakistan. An Adventure Consultants guide or representative will be there to pick you up off your flight. If you are arriving before the scheduled trip start date, we can often make arrangements for a pickup although taking a taxi is generally the easiest form of transport before your trip starts.

      Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts? And when should I book my flight to leave? 
      No, our trip programmes all have an arrival day and a departure day built into them. Before your expedition you will receive a “final details” letter. This will let you know the time and place to meet your guides. An AC representative will meet you at the airport and the first of many team briefings will take place on the evening of Day One. Please do not book to depart before the scheduled final trip itinerary day.

      What is the best way to get to Pakistan? 
      For European climbers, there are direct flights to Islamabad originating from the UK, Istanbul, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Milan, Oslo and Paris. From North America, Pakistan International Airlines has a direct flight from Toronto and there are also connections available via UAE, Doha, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, amongst others.

      My travel agent says I can just get an ‘e’ ticket (electronic ticket) and will not need to be actually issued a physical ticket. 
      'E' tickets are the standard practice these days and are now acceptable in most locations. Do ensure that you print your itinerary and have your booking number with you.

      When should I book my ticket? 
      Generally, we ask you to wait until 90 days prior to your trip start date to ensure that your trip has met the minimum numbers and will operate. If you see a good deal and want to book your flights, then ensure that you can make changes to your tickets or you run the risk of losing your ticket if we do have to cancel the trip.

      Can I get a cheap ticket online? 
      The problem with these tickets is that you usually end up having to pay quite a lot more if you have to make any changes to the itinerary. Some of the places we go to aren't straightforward and we highly recommend using a travel agent for such travel, as there are many intricacies that they can help you with. In the long run, they save you money! We use professional travel agents for all our staff and guides' travel bookings.

      Can I arrive early or depart late?
      Of course. We request that you arrive in Islamabad by the assigned date to assure your baggage makes it on time and you have time to recover from jet lag before going to altitude. It is impossible on this expedition to catch the group if you arrive late and are still waiting for lost baggage! We are happy to arrange extra nights in your hotel. Some people depart from our expeditions later to enjoy the local sights and sounds, but do keep in mind that this is a long expedition and we find that people often want to head home as quickly as possible after the climb finishes.

      Do I need to get a visa? 
      Yes. Most travelers wishing to visit Pakistan must obtain a visa from one of the Pakistani diplomatic missions. Some nationalities are eligible for visa on arrival if traveling as part of a group tour, but Pakistan does not offer visa on arrival for individuals. Do also make sure that your passport has at least six months validity.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring? 
      Once we have received your application we will email out your Team Reference Notes which include an assortment of information including detailed equipment lists. Any questions you have after reading through this can be directed to our Equipment Coordinator, who can assist you in preparing for the trip as well as recommending and sourcing a range of clothing and equipment suitable for the climb via our gear retail service.

      Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list? 
      Yes, these lists have been carefully prepared so please bring everything on the list! AC has a dedicated equipment coordinator who will assist with your equipment enquiries/purchases during the lead up to the expedition start date.

      Can I bring food and other gear not on the list?
      Absolutely! Most members of our expeditions end up bringing "the kitchen sink!". We encourage you to bring some of your favourite goodies and tech toys, as Base Camp will become our home away from home. The more comfortable you are, the more energy you have for the climb, so every little thing helps!

      How heavy will my pack be?
      We will have the luxury of strong local high altitude porters (HAPs) to help with establishing high camps. As such, climbers only need to only carry their own equipment and a small amount of group gear, which will be taken in small amounts each time we go to the higher camps. There will, however, be times when you must carry all your personal gear at one time making for a fairly heavy load (usually between 18-25kg/40-55lbs). This is not insignificant and you must come prepared for the high level of physical output. This reinforces the need to take just the right amount of equipment with you on the mountain and to ensure you are 'pack fit’ before you arrive on the expedition.

      Given the large amount of equipment that I need to bring, can I send freight ahead? 
      Sending your equipment ahead by freight is not as easy as it sounds. The costs can be considerable with expensive clearance and duty fees, and time delays getting your gear out of customs. We advise against it, but if considering it, please contact us to discuss the process and associated costs.

      How warm do we need our sleeping bags to be? Will there be extra blankets available if required? 
      This will be clearly stated in your recommended gear list. Blankets are generally not available so pay careful attention to what bag we recommend. We suggest buying a sleeping bag big enough to allow you to wear some clothes in if it is especially cold. Sleeping in a warm hat can greatly improve a bag's warmth.

    • Acclimatisation & Oxygen

      What altitude medication will be available on the expedition? Do we need to take tablets before/during the expedition? 
      All our guides carry extensive medical kits including Diamox, dexamethasone, nifedipine and sildenafil for altitude illness, and some of our bigger expeditions even have their own doctor. You need to bring any medications you regularly use (don’t forget to tell us about them), plus extras. Also, bring a small first aid kit including a blister kit and mild headache medication for the normal altitude headaches.

      What sort of O2 masks do you use? 
      We use Summit and Topout masks plus regulators.

      What is the oxygen bottle size? 
      We use 4 litre Poisk bottles, which are the lightest available at 3.5kg each.

      What is Max OX? How does it work? 
      The Max OX option is simple and in this era of better O2 systems, we wanted to offer our team members every possible advantage to summit. The Max OX O2 option allows you to climb on a higher flow rate, thus increasing your chance of success.

    • Guides, Porters & Team Members

      Who goes on your trips? 
      Our climbers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, countries and skill levels. From those seeking skill development to those seeking assistance with the world's highest mountains or purely adventure, we provide courses, expeditions, treks and guided ascents for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts.

      Can I contact other climbers or guides for this expedition?
      Yes, we encourage that. Perhaps there is someone in your area that can become a training partner, perhaps they can help you source some hard-to-find gear. The bottom line is that it’s a good idea to have some contact with folks that you will share this experience with. We respect the privacy of each team member and check with each person before releasing any contact details.

      How many guides/porters will be assigned to our group?
      A ratio of climbers to Western guides is stated on each trip’s web page in the downloadable ‘Trip Notes’. High altitude porters are assigned depending on the size of the group.

      Should I tip my guide staff?
      This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from US$20 to US$10,000 for an 8,000m expedition tip. Tipping is not required, but a small way to show your guides thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of personal involvement with your guide. You will have a high degree of contact with some of the staff, while others will be working away in the background providing necessary services to keep the expedition running and therefore we feel it is appropriate to include them in the tipping pool.

      Can my friends and family join me on the trek into Base Camp? 
      Yes, this is possible on some of our expeditions so if interested in exploring this option, please do enquire directly with the Adventure Consultants office.

      I would like to arrange a private trip, is this possible? 
      We are happy to arrange a private group trip and we have run many successful private trips and expeditions including summits of 8,000m peaks such as Gasherbrum 2 and Kanchenjunga, all of the Seven Summits and remote destinations such as Antarctica. Some clients enjoy the added privacy and schedule flexibility that a private expedition allows, so you can hike and climb at your own pace and enjoy the mountains on your own terms. There is no specific group size, but obviously larger groups are more cost-effective.  Please contact the office for more information or visit our Private Customised Expeditions page.

    • Health & Fitness

      What kind of physical condition should I be in for a climb at high altitude?
      You should be in the best shape of your life! We invite you to check out our Fitness Training Programmes page and recommend checking with your physician before embarking on strenuous physical activity. You should be comfortable walking for 5-9 hours with a weighted pack, although summit days on some peaks can be over 20 hours long! Pack weight can be 18-25kg/40-55lbs on carry-days, but only 5-7kg/10-15lbs on summit day and during the trek in. Working out every day plus long hikes with a weighted pack on the weekends is generally a good realistic training programme. Day by day the challenges are different, but the more prepared you are, both mentally and physically, the smoother your trip will go. 

      How long is a typical day on the mountain?
      It depends on the day and your level of acclimatisation. At the beginning of the trip, everything seems slower and longer, but as you get more adjusted to the mountain, the days go quicker. Average days can be 5-10 hours long. Summit day can be up to 20 hours long.

      How do you train for a trip like this?
      Our standard response to this question is that you become a climber first, and everything else during this portion of your life comes second. This is the level of dedication to your training, both mental and physical, that you need to have. We have specific ideas around training and great book suggestions to help you along. Please look over our Fitness Training Programmes page for details. If you require more information please contact our office and we will be happy to put you in touch with one of our senior guides for a consultation and we can also link you with our training coach to design a training programme for you.

      How do I know this is the right trip for me?
      We offer trips to suit all levels of ability and ambition, from your first mountain experience to extreme ascents and everything in between. To help you navigate the choices available, our trips are graded by both the level of physical exertion and the level of skill required, allowing you to find your perfect expedition match. These ratings are displayed in the icons at the top of each expedition page, with a further explanation available by clicking on the accompanying question mark. A full run-down of the categories can be found on our Difficulty Ratings page and our team is more than happy to discuss your experience to find the right trip for you.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      Will there be a power source for charging batteries and electronic equipment during the expedition? What are the voltage requirements?
      We take solar panels and battery power packs on our expeditions. Our first priority is to charge our computers, satellite phones and expedition electrical equipment. There is usually enough power to then charge your personal electrical equipment. If your equipment has a cigarette lighter car charger, bring that and you can plug it in to charge. We do NOT recommend bringing rechargeable digital cameras as they tend to run out when power is not available. Use cameras with replaceable batteries and we recommend lithium batteries. We can cater for special power requirements at an extra cost - please enquire with our office

      Will there be any access to a satellite phone? If yes then what would be the charges for usage? 
      Yes, most of our expedition guides take satellite phones and you are welcome to use these at US$3 to $4 per minute depending on the region.

      I want to contact my friend or relative, who is on one of your trips, how can I reach them? 
      Most of our expeditions send daily internet dispatches, and we receive updates from our guides while they are in the field. The best place to reach a loved one is through our office.

    • Weather Forecasts

      What weather report service do you use? 
      We receive comprehensive weather forecasts from our Swiss meteorologists which enable us to plan our ascent around favourable weather. Additional meteorological interpretation provided by veteran high altitude guides through our head office in New Zealand helps manage the decision-making process.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do we need to get? 
      On all of our international expeditions, each member must have evacuation and medical insurance. This should cover any costs incurred in the event of illness, medical emergency or evacuation during the expedition. In addition to this, we recommend that you buy a comprehensive travel insurance policy to provide cover for trip cancellation or interruption, baggage loss, damage or theft, delayed flights or other such incidents. Contact us for expedition insurance advice or visit our insurance webpage here

      Do I need evacuation insurance? 
      Yes, it is very important. Many of our expeditions are in remote places with no roads and developing medical services. In the unlikely event that you get sick, you want to get to good medical care ASAP.

      Who do you recommend for insurance? 
      Coverage varies based on your nationality and the trip that you are taking with us. Once you have booked on for a trip with us, we will send you comprehensive information on various insurance options which will serve as a good starting point for obtaining the best coverage available.

      What is trip cancellation insurance? 
      Trip cancellation insurance is an option that may allow you to cancel your trip without losing the total cost of the trip. Adventure Consultants highly recommends trip cancellation insurance for all of our trips. If circumstances cause us to cancel a trip (e.g. minimum numbers are not reached or travel to a country becomes too dangerous) then we refund your fees paid but trip cancellation insurance covers your airfare and any other costs you may have incurred.

    • Fees & Payments

      Can I pay by credit card? 
      We can accept both the trip deposit and balance payment on credit card. Please note that there is a 3% fee for all card transactions. Please contact our office or visit our online payment system.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare? 
      Please see the 'Payment Conditions' section above for the inclusions and exclusions for this particular trip. There is also a downloadable pdf document in the 'Trip Notes' section above. International airfares are not included in the trip price. We can, however, recommend excellent travel agents with whom we have worked should you require help with arranging your international airfare.

      How much should I budget for this expedition? How much cash should I plan to bring? 
      In addition to staff gratuities, you will also need to take funds for the likes of laundry, bottled water, alcohol, showers and any other sundry purchases that you may make. Approximately US$300-500 will suffice.

      Why are you sometimes more expensive than other operators? 
      Many of our trips are very similar in price to our competitors. Some companies even wait for us to set our prices and use ours as a guideline! Some of our main selling points, which sometimes do cost more,  are internationally qualified Western guides, proven dependable local operators, small group sizes and safe client-to-guide ratios, quality equipment and high summit success rates, among other things. You do get what you pay for which is why we stand out from the rest. Many clients come to us after failing on one of our competitors ‘cheaper’ trips.

      How do I sign up for a trip?
      The best way to reserve your space on the expedition is to contact our office or complete our online booking form (click 'Book Now' below). Your deposit can be submitted by bank transfer (please see 'Payment Details' in the 'Payment Conditions' section above) or via our secure online payment system.

      [email protected]
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

    • Photography

      I love the photographs in your brochure and on your website, are they for sale?
      Yes, our images are available for licensing or purchase. Please contact our office for more information.

      What is the best equipment for photography in Alpine environments?
      There is an extensive section in our Trip Reference Notes, which are sent out upon receipt of your trip registration and deposit, explaining about photography in the mountains.

      Remember photos are wonderful records of your expedition but keep camera gear simple and light to best enjoy the trip you are on. Disposable and digital cameras are the lightest weight, but all cameras have maintenance issues that need to be carefully considered before bringing them to high elevations.

    • Employment

      I want to become a mountain guide, where do I start?
      Those with limited experience generally start by taking an alpine climbing course and then go out and climb for a few years. You generally should have at least 5 years of climbing and/or teaching/guiding experience. You need avalanche and medical training and then you can apply to do an NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA.

      Please see Adventure Consultants Mountain Guide Scholarships on our Career Opportunities page and check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association for more information.

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I have traveled with three other providers on big expeditions over the last couple of years, ...you guys have the best pre-trip customer service of them all! Can't wait to hit the mountain.
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Selina Dicker

Adventure Consultants provide a no fuss no worry service from the first enquiry to the expedition follow up.
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