All About Gasherbrum I

Gasherbrum I also goes by K5 or Hidden Peak.

This is the 11th highest mountain and has a prominence of 2,155 meters. Gasherbrum I sits within the Gasherbrum Massif. Some claim that Gasherbrum translates to “Shining Wall,” although it is actually from the Balti for “beautiful mountain.”

Why Is It Famous?

This mountain is famous for its elevation of 8,080 meters, which makes it the 11th highest mountain anywhere in the world.

What’s Nearby?

Gasherbrum I sits along the border between China and Pakistan, within China’s Xinjiang region. The massif that it is part of is within the Himalaya’s Karakoram region.

Geological Description

The Gasherbrum Massif that Gasherbrum I is part of includes remote high peaks by the Baltoro glacier’s northeast end. The group in the massif creates a semi-circle surrounding the South Gasherbrum Glacier.

Most of the geological knowledge about the Gasherbrum Massif comes from a combination of direct observation and deductions based on the morainic blocks that the flowing glaciers transport. There is a large limestone mass connecting Gasherbrum I with Gasherbrum IV.

Events in Time

When T.G. Montgomerie saw the Karakoram peaks in 1856, he assigned Gasherbrum I the name K5. The name, Hidden Peak, came from William Martin Conway in 1892 due to its remote location.

The first successful climb of Gasherbrum I was in July 1958 by an eight-man American expedition. Before this, an international expedition had explored it, along with Gasherbrum II, in 1934 and a French expedition had reached 6,900 meters in 1936. Other successful ascents continued throughout the years, with the first winter ascent in 2012.

In 1975, Gasherbrum I was also the first 8,000-meter climb completed with the pure Alpine style, meaning climbing from the bottom with all gear, with no supplemental oxygen and no planned route.

In Conclusion

Gasherbrum I is the 11th highest mountain in the world and part of the Gasherbrum Massif on the Chinese-Pakistani border.