K3, Falchan Kangri
June, July & August
Hermann Buhl, Kurt Diemberger
Pakistan is home to some highest and beautiful mountains in the world. If the K-2 leads in height, there are other peaks, which are not far behind in height and beauty. Broad Peak is one such beautiful peak in Pakistan with the height of 8,047 metres.
The local name of the peak is Faichan Kangri. Broad Peak is named ‘broad’ due its breadth at the summit. Perhaps, it was in 1954 that the first attempt to climb the Broad Peak was made by Dr. Karl M. Herligkoffer of West Germany, which was not successful.
The successful attempt to conqueror the peak was done in 1957, when an Austrian expedition led by Marcus Schmuck scaled the mountain. But it was not an easy ascent, as, when the members of the expedition were ready to embrace the summit in the last leg of their expedition, they were forced to return due to storm. However on June 9, 1957 Marcus Schmuck, Fritz Wintersteller, Kurt Diemberger and Hermann Buhl reached the summit.
Is the 4th highest in Pakistan and ranking 12th in World. This giant mountain was scaled in 9th June 1957. Broad Peak is located approximately five miles from K 2 along the Baltoro glacier. En route to base camp for Broad Peak, climbers and trekkers alike can visit the Trango group, Gasherbrums, K2, and Chogolisa. On a good day, both Chogolisa and K2 can be seen from the upper reaches as well as from base camp of this extraordinary mountain. It’s name was originally set as K3, as in the third mountain measured in the Karakoram range, right after the famed K2. But when on-lookers later viewed the peak in closer detail, they discovered that its summit was over a mile long, and hence the name “Broad Peak.”