Gasherbrum I - west-southwest face of Gasherbrum South - 2012

Gerfreid Goschl, Cedric Hahlen and Nisar Hussain Sadpara disappeared on 9 March 2012, high on Gasherbrum I, while attempting a new route.

Attempt on Gasherbrum I ( 8068m ) via west-southwest face of Gasherbrum South

Karakoram, Pakistan

9 March 2012

Climbed by Gerfreid Goschl, Cedric Hahlen, Nisar Hussain Sadpara

Gerfreid Goschl (Austria), Cedric Hahlen (Switzerland) and Nisar Hussain Sadpara (Pakistan) disappeared on 9 March, high on Gasherbrum I, while attempting a new route. On the same day two members of a separate Polish expedition - Adam Bielecki and Janusz Golab - reached the summit of Gasherbrum I via the normal route.

Several days of bad weather followed, preventing helicopter flights to search for the climbers. Search teams operating from the ground also had to turn back. A search by two military helicopters on 15 March found no trace of the climbers. The group in base camp, along with Goschl's brother, decided to call off the search. "Unfortunately, there is no hope left now as they cannot stay there for such a long time so the search has been called off," said Colonel Manzoor Ahmed, the president of the Pakistani Alpine Club.

A further search on 31 March found no trace, tent or sign of the climbers.

The route the climbers were attempting followed the couloir and ridge near the right edge of the triangular west-southwest face of a subsidiary peak ("Hidden Sud", 7,069m). The west ridge of the triangle was climbed in 1983 by a Spanish team, and a prominent spur further right on the south-southwest face, leading directly to the top of Hidden Sud, was climbed by French in 1980. Goschl, Hahlen and Sadpara had completed the new climbing on their route and appear to have been on the upper part of the 1958 American Route when last seen.

Gasherbrum I in the Ascent Book

Other climbs on Gasherbrum I in the Himalayan Climbs mountaineering database

Mountain Facts

Gasherbrum I, Gilgit-Baltistan , Pakistan

N 35° 43′ 29.19″ W 76° 41′ 48.948″

Elevation: 8068m

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