Spantik, also known as Golden Peak and/or Ghenish Chhish, is becoming known as one of the classic mountaineering objectives in the stunning Karakoram Mountains of northern Pakistan.
A fantastic 7,000m peak with great views of Karakoram Mountains and a classic Himalayan expedition, Spantik is a superb introduction to the Karakoram. The peak, with its famous Golden pillars, is striking to behold, and despite its fierce aspect it is relatively straight-forward and safe to climb.
As the crow flies is barely 30km from the infamous Karakoram Highway, yet it is approached by trekking for four days along the dramatic Chogolungma Glacier, passing through sensational mountain country.
The mountain is located in a remote corner of the Karakoram and receives many less expeditions than the peaks of the Baltoro region. Our climbing route takes us along the south-east ridge, a long snow ridge with only a few sections of technical difficulty and little objective danger.
The views from the summit are some of the most spectacular in this unique mountain range: The Nagar and Hunza peaks can be seen close by to the west, while Nanga Parbat lays to the south and K2 and the Baltoro peaks can be seen on the eastern horizon.
To join us you will need to be very fit and have a good understanding of the fundamental mountaineering skills. The climbing phase of the expedition is unsupported, although high altitude porters are available for a fee. The route lends itself to a good acclimatisation regime and enjoys a solid success rate. This expedition is a superb climbing opportunity to a remote corner of a fabulous range of mountains and a great introduction to the Karakoram and bigger expeditions.
Predicted costs for Spantik are indicative only and dependent on group size and local conditions. Clients need to be flexible with their time and the expedition duration is also subject to change.