Winter Gasherbrum I: Urubko To Reach Base Camp Today

The main stage of Denis Urubko’s winter expedition to Gasherbrum I will begin soon. Urubko’s small convoy is expected to reach Base Camp today. The camp, located at 5,000m, is common to both Gasherbrum I and II, but it is quite far from the peaks. To reach them, climbers need to find a route across the hazardous Gasherbrum glacier.  For Gasherbrum I, the base of the peak is at 6,500m.

The glacier

As Urubko mentioned before his departure, “he is not crazy” and knows that venturing into the heavily crevassed glacier alone would be close to suicide. The glacier is particularly dangerous in winter when it is drier and crevasses are wide open.

Therefore, Urubko will rope up with local climber Hassan Shigri. While not confirmed by either climber, hopefully, Shigri will then wait for Urubko while he climbs the peak. Urubko will ascend alone, via the normal route.

Expect little news

Urubko spent a last night in Shama military camp yesterday, on the edge of the Gasherbrum Glacier. “There will be no more internet,” he warned. Any further news will likely be via his partner Pipi Cardell who might post to social media.

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides graduated university in journalism and specializes in high-altitude mountaineering and expedition news. She has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of local and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporations, press manager and communication executive, and a published author.