Gashabrum (also known as Hidden Peak or K5) is the 11th highest peak
on Earth and the 3rd highest in Pakistan.Gashabrum I is part
of the Gashabrum massif, located in the Karakoram region.
Gashabrum is often claimed to mean "Shining Wall",
presumably a reference to the highly visible face of the
neighboring peak Gashabrum IV; but in fact it comes from "rgasha"
(beautiful) and "brum" (mountain) in Balti, hence it
actually means "beautiful mountain."
Gashabrum I was designated K5 (meaning the 5th peak of the
Karakoram) by T.G. Montgomery in 1856 when he first spotted
the peaks of the Karakoram from more than 200 km away during
the Great Trigonometric Survey of India. In 1892, William
Martin Conway provided the alternate name, Hidden Peak, in
reference to its extreme remoteness.
Gashabrum I was first climbed on July 5, 1958 by Pete
Schoening and Andy Kauffman of an eight-man American
expedition led by Nicholas B. Clinch. Richard K. Irvin, Tom
Nevison, Tom McCormack, Bob Swift and Gil Roberts were also
members of the team. In the same year, the very first
Moreover, the first ski descent from the top of an 8000
meter peak was Clinch and Schoening, climbs the use short
ski and snow shoes.
In 1958 a strong Italian expedition led by Riccardo Cassin
climbed Gasherbrum IV peak through north ridge after
over-coming great climbing difficulties. It were
mountaineers like Walter Bonatti and Carlo Mauri who
successfully ached its top. They spent the whole night at
camp-6 because of a severe snow storm. At day-time they came
down to camp-5 (7,193m / 23,600ft) through a very dangerous
route. It was one of the members of this party, Giuseppi de
Francesch, who stopped himself from falling to his death
from this mountain.