Gasherbrum IV

Gasherbrum IV

Gasherbrum IV from Baltoro Glacier
Highest point
Elevation 7,925 m (26,001 ft)[1]
Ranked 17th
Prominence 718 m (2,356 ft)[2]
Coordinates 35°45′30″N 76°37′0″E / 35.75833°N 76.61667°E / 35.75833; 76.61667Coordinates: 35°45′30″N 76°37′0″E / 35.75833°N 76.61667°E / 35.75833; 76.61667[2]
Gasherbrum IV

Xinjiang, China; Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan

Parent range Baltoro Muztagh, Karakoram
First ascent August 6, 1958 by Walter Bonatti and Carlo Mauri
Easiest route snow/ice climb

Gasherbrum IV (Urdu: گاشر برم -4; simplified Chinese: 加舒尔布鲁木IV峰; traditional Chinese: 加舒爾布魯木IV峰; pinyin: Jiāshūěrbùlǔmù IV Fēng) is the 17th highest mountain on Earth and the 6th highest in Pakistan. It is one of the peaks in the Gasherbrum massif.

The Gasherbrums are a remote group of peaks located at the northeastern end of the Baltoro Glacier in the Karakoram range of the Himalaya. The massif contains three of the world's 8,000 metre peaks (if one includes Broad Peak). Gasherbrum is often claimed to mean "Shining Wall", presumably a reference to the highly visible west face of Gasherbrum IV; but in fact, it comes from "rgasha" (beautiful) and "brum" (mountain) in Balti, hence it actually means "beautiful mountain."[3]

Notable ascents and attempts

Walter Bonatti on the Gasherbrum IV summit during first ever ascent in 1958
Left to right: Gasherbrum IV, VII, V, VI[8]

See also


  1. "Gasherbrum IV". Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  2. 1 2 "Gasherbrum IV". Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  3. H. Adams Carter, "Balti Place Names in the Karakoram", American Alpine Journal 49 (1975), p. 53.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 Griffin, Lindsay (August 30, 2008). "Gasherbrums Update". Alpinist Newswire. Alpinist Magazine. Retrieved Nov 16, 2009.
  5. Child, Greg (1987). "Gasherbrum IV's Northwest Ridge". American Alpine Journal. New York, NY, USA: American Alpine Club. 29 (61): 17–25. ISBN 0-930410-29-7.
  6. Carbonell, Rafael (August 8, 2008). "Oro en el Himalaya". El País.
  7. - Interview with Juan Vallejo, member of the Spanish team
  8. Jerzy Wala, The Eight-Thousand Metre Peaks of the Karakoram (orographical sketch map, revised), Kraków, Poland, 1994
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