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Gasherbrum I, surveyed as K5 and also known as Hidden Peak, is the 11th highest mountain in the world at 8,080 metres above sea level. It is located in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan. Gasherbrum I is part of the Gasherbrum massif, located in the Karakoram region of the Himalayas.
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Key Facts & Information
- Gasherbrum is often claimed to mean “Shining Wall”, presumably a reference to the highly visible face of the neighboring peak Gasherbrum IV; but in fact it comes from “rgasha” (beautiful) + “brum” (mountain) in Balti, hence it actually means “beautiful mountain.”
- Gasherbrum I was designated K5 (meaning the 5th peak of the Karakoram) by T.G. Montgomerie in 1856 when he first spotted the peaks of the Karakoram from more than 200 km away during the Great Trigonometric Survey of India.
- In 1892, William Martin Conway provided the alternate name, Hidden Peak, in reference to its extreme remoteness.
- Contrary to general belief, Gasherbrum doesn’t mean “shining wall”.
- The name comes from the Balti words rgasha, which means beautiful and brum which means mountain. There are six Gasherbrum Peaks.
- Gasherbrum I, also known as K5 and Hidden Peak, a name given by William Martin Conway in 1892 in reference to its extreme remoteness.
- It is the highest peak among them. It is also the 11th highest peak in the world and is the second highest in the Karakoram Range.
- It is one of the four 8,000m peaks located in a tight cluster on the upper reaches of the Baltoro glacier, the main access route to the mountains which cuts through the center of the Karakoram Range.
- Gasherbrum is a remote group of high peaks in the Karakoram, located at the northeast end of the 36-mile Baltoro glacier. The group forms a semi-circle around its own South Gasherbrum Glacier. A French Expedition led by H. De Sigogne made first attempt in 1936, but they could not climb beyond Camp V at a height of 6797 meters.
- However, in 1958 an American Expedition led by Nick Clinch made the first ascent of Gasherbrum I. Pete Schoening and Andy Kaufman were first to reach the summit.
THE HIDDEN PEAK
- 1889 – 1929: The Gasherbrum-group is surveyed and photographed by Britains and Italians.
- The British explorer M. Conway introduced the names ‘Hidden Peak’ and Gasherbrum I.
- 1934: A big international expedition, organized by the Swiss G.O. Dyhrenfurth, explores both peaks. Two climbers get to a height of 6300 meters.
- 1936: A French expedition gets to 6900 meters.
- 1958: An American expedition, headed by Clinch and Schoening, climbs the summit for the very first time. On the way crossing the south spur, they use short ski and snow shoes. Pete Schoening and Andrew Kauffman get the summit on July 4th 1958.
- As a 2-man-expedition with only twelve sherpas to the base camp, R. Messner and P. Habeler get to the summit on a new route (northwest route)(2nd. ascent). One day later, they are followed by three Austrians on the same route (3rd. ascent).
- 1977: The fourth successful ascent to the Hidden Peak by two Yugoslavians, again on a new route. D. Bregar remains missing.
- 1980: A French expedition is successful with the 5th ascent and pass the south ridge for the first time.
- 1981: Japanese have the 6th successful ascent.
- 1982: A German expedition headed by G. Sturm climbs the Hidden Peak. G. Sturm, M. Dacher and S. Hupfauer get via a new route in the north face to the highest point.
- The most cherished days on the mountain in Gasherbrum I are Bluebird Powder days when it is mostly sunny with light winds following very recent snowfall.
- Weather conditions may prevail on Powder days when the visibility can be limited but the snow is significantly deep and fresh for keen powder-hounds.
- Bluebird days can suit many skiers that aren’t necessarily hunting powder but want to enjoy the snowy mountains in sunnier conditions and light winds.
- The snowiest weeks of the year in Gasherbrum I are shown but also bear in mind the number of days that it typically snows each week if you want regular fresh tracks.
- The risk of a rainy day is shown but be sure to switch between elevations to see if lower lifts are rain affected or higher lifts remain snowy despite any rain further down the mountain.
Gasherbrum I Worksheets
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Gasherbrum I Facts
- The Facts
- Flash Back
- Famous Brum
- For Me…
- Mountains of the World
- The Explorers
- What’s News?
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