Hidden Peak, K5
May, June & July
Pete Schoening and Andy Kauffman
‘Shining Wall’ is what Gasherbrum means in local language. Gasherbrum peaks are situated in the northern area of Pakistan. There are six Gasherbrum peaks in Pakistan, which are known as Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II…to Gasherbrum VI.
Gasherbrum I, also known as ‘Hidden Peak’ is the 11th highest peak in the world with the height of 8,068 metres. Though many expeditions have climbed the Gasherbrum I, but the first attempt to scale the peak was done in 1936 by a French Expedition led by H. De Segogne but they could not scale the mountain beyond 6,797 metres. It was in 1958 that an American Expedition reached the summit of the Gasherbrum I. The route to the base camp is from Skardu through Shigar Valley then you have to trek from Askole through Baltoro glacier.
Gasherbrum I is 3rd highest in Pakistan and ranking 11th in World. This peak remained hidden because it lies in one of the most difficult terrains which is surrounded by the some of the highest peaks around. The first ascent made by an American Expedition let by Nich clinch in 1958.