Gasherbrum I (also known as Hidden Peak or K5) is the 11th highest peak on Earth, located on the border of Pakistan-china. Gasherbrum I is part of the Gasherbrum massif, located in the Karakoram region of the Himalaya. 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.
Montgomery 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.
Gasherbrum I was first climbed on July 5 1958 by Pete Schoening
and Andy Kauffman of an eight-man American
expedition led by Nicholas B. Clinch. Richard K. Irvin, Tom
Nevison, Tom McCormack, Bob Swift and Gil Roberts were also members
of the team.
- 1934 - A large international expedition, organized by the Swiss
G.O. Dyhrenfurth, explores Gasherbrum I and II. Two climbers get to
6,300 m/20,650 ft.
- 1936 - A French expedition
gets to 6,900 m/22,630 ft.
- 1958 - An American team makes the first ascent.
- 1975 - Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler reach the summit on a
new route (northwest route) in pure alpine style (first time on an
8000 metre peak). One day later, three Austrians from a different
expedition led by Hanns Schell reach the summit on the American
- 1977 - The fourth successful ascent by two Slovenians (Nejc
Zaplotnik and Andrej Stremfelj), again on a new route.
- 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 - G. Sturm, M. Dacher and S. Hupfauer of a German
expedition summit via a new route on the north face. In the same
year, French Marie-José Valençot is the first woman who reaches the
summit. Her husband, Sylvain Saudan from Switzerland performs the
first ski descent from the top of an 8000 metre peak to base
- 1983 Jerzy Kukuczka with Wojciech Kurtyka, new route. Alpine
style ascent without the aid of oxygen.
- 1983 - Teams from Switzerland and
- 1984 - Reinhold Messner and Hans Kammerlander traverse
Gasherbrum II and
Gasherbrum I without returning to base camp in between
- 1985 - Solo ascent by Benoît Chamoux.
- 2003 - 19 people reach the summit, 4 deaths, including Mohammad
- H. Adams Carter, "Balti Place Names in the Karakoram",
American Alpine Journal 49 (1975), p. 53.