Broad Peak

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Broad Peak
Falchan Kangri
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Broad Peak from Concordia
Highest point
Elevation 8,051 m (26,414 ft) [1]
Ranked 12th
Prominence 1,701 m (5,581 ft) [1]
Isolation 9.12 km (5.67 mi)  OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Listing Eight-thousander
Coordinates 35°48′42″N76°33′54″E / 35.81167°N 76.56500°E / 35.81167; 76.56500 Coordinates: 35°48′42″N76°33′54″E / 35.81167°N 76.56500°E / 35.81167; 76.56500
Native nameبروڈ پیک  (Urdu)
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Broad Peak
Location of Broad Peak
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Broad Peak
Broad Peak (Gilgit Baltistan)
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Broad Peak
Broad Peak (Xinjiang)
Location Baltistan, Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan
Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China, China–Pakistan border
Parent range Karakoram
First ascent June 9, 1957 by an Austrian team
(First winter ascent 5 March 2013 Maciej Berbeka, Adam Bielecki, Tomasz Kowalski and Artur Małek)
Easiest route snow/ice climb

Broad Peak (Urdu : بروڈ پیک) [2] is a mountain in the Karakoram on the border of Pakistan and China, the 12th highest mountain in the world at 8,047 metres (26,401 ft) above sea level. It was first ascended in June 1957 by Fritz Wintersteller, Marcus Schmuck, Kurt Diemberger, and Hermann Buhl of an Austrian expedition.



Broad Peak is part of the Gasherbrum massif in Baltistan on the border of Pakistan and China. [1] It is located in the Karakoram mountain range about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from K2. It has a summit over 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) long, thus "Broad Peak". [3]

The mountain has five summits: Broad Peak (8051 m), Rocky Summit (8028 m), Broad Peak Central (8011 m), Broad Peak North (7490 m), and Kharut Kangri (6942 m).[ citation needed ]


The literal translation of "Broad Peak" to Falchan Kangri is not used among the Balti people. [4] The English name was introduced in 1892 by the British explorer Martin Conway, in reference to the similarly named Breithorn in the Alps. [5]

Climbing history

The first ascent of Broad Peak was made between June 8 and 9, 1957 by Fritz Wintersteller, Marcus Schmuck, Kurt Diemberger, and Hermann Buhl of an Austrian expedition led by Marcus Schmuck. A first attempt by the team was made on May 29 where Fritz Wintersteller and Kurt Diemberger reached the forepeak (8,030 m). This was also accomplished without the aid of supplemental oxygen, high altitude porters or base camp support. [4]

In July 2007 an Austrian mountaineering team climbed Broad Peak and retrieved the corpse of Markus Kronthaler, who had died on the mountain one year before, from over 8,000 metres. [6] [7]

In 2008 Frenchwoman Élisabeth Revol made a solo ascent of Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II within 16 days and without the aid of oxygen as her climbing partner Antoine Girard had fallen ill. [8]

In the winter and summer of 2009 there were no summits. There was one winter expedition by a Polish-Canadian team. In the summer there was one fatality, Cristina Castagna. [9]

In summer 2012, five members of "Koroška 8000" - Slovenian team (led by Gregor Lačen) summitted the mountain (without supplementary oxygen and without high altitude porters). They tracked the way in deep snow from Camp 4 to the summit and opened the summit to seven more climbers from other expeditions. They all summitted on July 31, 2012. [10]

On March 5, 2013 Maciej Berbeka, Adam Bielecki, Tomasz Kowalski and Artur Małek made the first winter ascent. Broad Peak was the twelfth Eight-thousander summited in wintertime and the tenth Eight-thousander first summitted in winter by Polish climbers. [11] During the descent, Maciej Berbeka and Tomasz Kowalski did not reach Camp 4 (at 7400 m) and were pronounced missing. On March 7, the head of the expedition Krzysztof Wielicki, said there are "no chances at all" of finding alive 58-year-old Maciej Berbeka and 27-year-old Tomasz Kowalski. [12] On March 8 both climbers were declared dead and the expedition was ended. [13]

In July 2013, a group of five Iranian climbers attempted to ascend through a new route from the southwestern face. Three of them — Aidin Bozorgi, Pouya Keivan, and Mojtaba Jarahi — ascended successfully but during descent all three of them were lost and declared dead. [14] [15]

On July 23, 2016, Frenchman Antoine Girard's paraglider flight over Broad Peak was the first time a paraglider had flown above an 8,000-metre summit. [16] [17] [18]

On July 14, 2019 a 17 year old Shehroze Kashif from Pakistan became the youngest ever to summit this peak at along with his two HAPs Akbar Hassan Sadpara and Abbas. [19]



Windy Gap is a 6,111-metre (20,049 ft)-high mountain pass 35°52′23″N76°34′37″E / 35.87318°N 76.57692°E / 35.87318; 76.57692 at east of K2, north of Broad Peak, and south of Skyang Kangri.

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