Gansingay Peak is easily seen from the West of Skardu and the whole mountainous range is called the Gangsingay Range. In Balti language, Gang means “Ice” and Singay means the “Top”.
Shagarthang Lungma heads to the southwest of Skardu via a jeep road to Kachura and Zhok village. The Shigarthang villagers are Brokpa Shina speakers, who came from Astore.
To start trekking up to Gansingay base camp, stay one night camped near the village. It takes about two days from there to get to the base camp. Three routes lead over the high passes: the Banak La (4963 m), Alampi La (4955 m) to the Astore valley and another one, Dari La (4724 m) leads east up to the Deosai Plains. One can see the beautiful view of Shatong Peak and Deosai Plains, Nanga Parbat, K2, Masherbrum and others famous peaks and also a bird’s eye view of Skardu city from the summit.
GKE organized a successful expedition and we hold the accomplishment of this peak’s first summit with a 5 man climbing team, starting the expedition on World Tourism Day in 2016. An attempt on this peak was made a Japanese team in 1980, but they were unsuccessful in reaching the summit due to weather conditions. Locals in the region made another attempt many year later but weather conditions prevented their success also.