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Gasherbrum group as seen from the ISS
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Broad Peak, 12th highest in the world
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Gasherbrum II, 13th highest in the world
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Gasherbrum Group with Gasherbrum IV, Gasherbrum V, and Gasherbrum VI
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Satellite image of the Gasherbrum massif

Gasherbrum (Urdu : گاشر برم) is a remote group of peaks situated at the northeastern end of the Baltoro Glacier in the Karakoram mountain range. The peaks are located within the border region of Xinjiang, China and Gilgit−Baltistan, Pakistan. The massif contains three of the world's 8,000 metre peaks (if Broad Peak is included). Although the word "Gasherbrum" is often claimed to mean "Shining Wall",[ citation needed ] presumably a reference to the highly visible face of Gasherbrum IV,[ original research? ] it comes from "rgasha" (beautiful) + "brum" (mountain) in Balti, hence it actually means "beautiful mountain".[ citation needed ]



PeakmetresfeetLatitude (N)Longitude (E) Prominence (m)
Gasherbrum I 8,08026,50935°43′27″76°41′48″2,155
Broad Peak 8,04726,40035°48′35″76°34′06″1,701
Gasherbrum II 8,03526,36235°45′27″76°39′15″1,523
Gasherbrum III 7,95226,08935°45′34″76°38′31″355
Gasherbrum IV 7,92526,00135°45′39″76°37′00″725
Gasherbrum V 7,14723,44835°43′45″76°36′48″654
Gasherbrum VI 6,97922,89735°42′30″76°37′54″520
Gasherbrum VII6,95522,81839°44'19"76°36'0"165
Gasherbrum Twins6,912 and 6,87722,677 and 22,56235°34'13"76°35'36"162

In 1856, Thomas George Montgomerie, a British Royal Engineers lieutenant and a member of the Great Trigonometric Survey of India, sighted a group of high peaks in the Karakoram from more than 200 km away. He named five of these peaks K1, K2, K3, K4 and K5, where the "K" denotes Karakoram. Today, K1 is known as Masherbrum, K3 as Gasherbrum IV, K4 as Gasherbrum II and K5 as Gasherbrum I. Only K2, the second highest mountain in the world, has retained Montgomerie's name. Broad Peak was thought to miss out on a K-number as it was hidden from Montgomerie's view by the Gasherbrum group.

Climbing history

Mountainaltitudefirst ascentfirst winter ascent
Gasherbrum I8068 m1958 by Pete Schoening and A. J. Kauffman (USA)2012 by Adam Bielecki, Janusz Gołąb (Poland) [1]
Broad Peak (if included in group)8047 m1957 by Marcus Schmuck, Fritz Wintersteller, Kurt Diemberger and Hermann Buhl (Austria)2013 by Adam Bielecki, Artur Małek, Maciej Berbeka, Tomasz Kowalski (Poland)
Gasherbrum II8035 m1956 by Fritz Moravec, S. Larch, H. Willenpart (Austria)2011 by Simone Moro (Italy), Denis Urubko (Kazakhstan), Cory Richards (United States)
Gasherbrum III7952 m1975 by Wanda Rutkiewicz, A. Chadwick-Onyszkiewicz, Janusz Onyszkiewicz and K. Zdzitowiecki (Poland)Unclimbed in winter
Gasherbrum IV7925 m1958 by Walter Bonatti and Carlo Mauri (Italy)Unclimbed in winter
Gasherbrum V7147 m2014 by S. Nakjong and A. Chi Young (Korea)Unclimbed in winter
Gasherbrum VI7001 mUnclimbed, attempted 1998 by a French group (two dead) and a Danish group (Bo Belvedere Christensen, Mads Granlien and Jan Mathorne reaching 6200 m)Unclimbed in winter
Gasherbrum VII6755 m2019 by Cala Cimenti (Italy) [2] Unclimbed in winter
Gasherbrum TwinsUnclimbedUnclimbed in winter

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