Gasherbrum II - Southwest Ridge - 2011

Simone Moro, Cory Richards and Denis Urubko have made the first winter ascent of Gasherbrum II in the Karakoram, Pakistan

First winter ascent of Gasherbrum II ( 8035m )

Southwest Ridge

Karakoram, Pakistan

2 February 2011

Climbed by Simone Moro, Cory Richards, Denis Urubko

Simone Moro, Cory Richards and Denis Urubko have made the first winter ascent of Gasherbrum II in the Karakoram, Pakistan. They reached the summit via the normal route up the southwest ridge in a three-day push from base camp.

This is the first winter ascent of an 8000m peak in Pakistan. The previous best effort on a Pakistan 8000er in winter was the legendary near-ascent of Broad Peak in 1988 by the Polish climber Maciej Berbeka. Climbing fast and alone, he believed he had reached the summit. But visibility was poor, and he subsequently realised that he had in fact reached the foresummit, 20m lower than the main summit (American Alpine Journal 1989, p243).

More about this ascent

External references for this climb.

Gasherbrum II in the Ascent Book

Other climbs on Gasherbrum II in the Himalayan Climbs mountaineering database

Mountain Facts

Gasherbrum II, Gilgit-Baltistan , Pakistan

N 35° 45′ 28.3176″ W 76° 39′ 10.5912″

Elevation: 8035m

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