Broad Peak is with 8047 meters the 12-th heighest mountain in the world. It towers above the Concordia at the heart of the Karakorum range. It is part of the Gasherbrum massif on the border of Pakistan-China. The first westerner who saw the peak was probably Lieutenant T.G. Montgomerie. He was surveying the mountains in the area and in 1856 he spotted some extraordinary peaks, which he gave temporary names. K for Karakoram + a number for the peak. K1, K2, K3 etc. Montgomerie later found out K1had a local name; Masherbrum. K2, still goes under that name. The third peak, K3, was later discovered to have a summit that is over 1.5 km long, thus the name "Broad Peak" was proposed by British explorer W.M. Conway. He wrote: "a fine breadth of mountain splendour...a huge Breithorn, as it were, filing the space between K2 and the hidden Gasherbrum." Broad Peak has three seperate summits: main summit 8,047 meters, central summit 8,016 meters, and north summit 7,550 meters.
In 1954, an attempt to climb Broad Peak by Dr. Karl Herligkoffer of Germany on the southwest side failed due to a storm and extreme cold. The first ascent of Broad Peak was made on June 9, 1957 by Fritz Wintersteller, Marcus Schmuck, Kurt Diemberger, and Hermann Buhl of an Austrian expedition led by Marcus Schmuck. Using many of the fixed lines set up by the failed German expedition of 1954, all four summited without using oxygen. During this expedition, Hermann Buhl fell to his death when he and Diemberger attempted to climb nearby Chogolisa peak on June 27, 1957. In 1983, Krystyna Palmowska from Poland became the first woman to scale Broad Peak.
Many teams today use the moderate climbing on Broad Peak to acclimitize for a rapid alpine style ascent of K2. The main route to the summit is via the west ridge.
Broad Peak Basecamp