From the last village, we continue in autonomy towards the Garmush Zom, two beautiful pyramids reaching a little over 6000m. On Google Earth, two very beautiful lines jump out immediately. But even when a line seems obvious from your couch, the real world may leave some surprises.
Discovering new mountains is always a source of excitement and uncertainty. The entire face of Garmush Zom 1 and its 6220m stands before us, after a day and a half of approach. What a curtain raiser. And to our surprise, Google was right this time, IT’S DOABLE!!!
The next day, we reach the summit of our first Garmush Zom, with a breathtaking view of the huge Chiantar glacier and Afghanistan in the distance. The ski descent follows the edge of the ridge first, and then plunges abruptly into a continuous, steep slope for almost 1000m. The quality of snow is dreadful, but it’s made up by the aesthetically pleasing line! You have to like ice and hard snow. Nonetheless, it's good practice to ski in these steep and technical conditions. And I love it!
A night of rest and we continue with the 1400 meters of the Garmush Zom 2 face (6180m). From the bottom, it’s impossible to envision a skiable passage. It’s only once we reach the top 100 meters we find the line.
Surprise, it’s doable, again!
After a 30 meter climb and the final challenges, we are at the summit. The line is even more beautiful, but the snow is definitely worse than the day before!
The objectives we set for the Garmush Zom are quickly completed in two days with two summits and two firsts on skis on 6000m mountains. It's been a good way to continue the acclimatization in a wild and uncrowded place. Thus, it’s with a little pride that we return and head in the direction of the Baltoro.