Gasherbrum II is 8035m high and also known as K4 or G2. It is the 13th highest mountain on Earth and the third highest peak of the Gasherbrum massif, located in the Karakoram range of the Himalaya. Gasherbrum is Balti for “Beautiful Mountain;” rgasha beautiful brum mountain.
Gasherbrum II was first climbed on July 8, 1956 by Fritz Moravec, Josef Larch and Hans Willenpart of an Austrian expedition. Most teams summit G2 via the SW ridge. The picture to the right shows Camp 3 high on the SW ridge of G2 (copyroght Sue Fear/Field Touring).
In 1975, a second successful ascent was made by a French group, 19 years after the first ascent. This expedition also saw the first death on the Gasherbrum. The same year, Wanda Rutkiewicz led the Polish Women's Gasherbrum Expedition. They reached virgin summit of Gasherbrum III (7946m) and after that 2 women (Halina Krüger-Syrokomska and Anna Okopinska) from this team reached Gasherbrum II.
In 1984, Reinhold Messner and Hans Kammerlander traversed Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II without returning to base camp between the two 8000m mountains.
Wanda Rutkiewicz climbed Gasherbrum II on July 12, 1989 with Rhony Lampard from Great Britain.
Gasherbrum II 2006
Gasherbrum II News:
7/13/2011 Gasherbrum II Summer Summit
OOn July 13, 2001, a 10-member multinational expedition team successfully reached the peak of Gasherbrum II. The team members were Gerfried Göschl, Hans Wenzl, Stephen Uchman and Günter Unterberger from Austria, Carlos Tomayo, Juanra Madariaga and Alex Txikon from Spain, and Louis Rousseau, Mario Vielmo and Silvio Forigoni from Italy.
2/2/2011 Gasherbrum II Winter Summit
On Wednesday, February 2, at 11:30 in the morning, American-Canadian climber Cory Richards, Italian climber Simone Moro, and Kazakhstan climber Denis Urubko reached the summit of 8035 m Gasherbrum II. The three-man team climbed the peak in three days from base camp. They left their second camp at 6,900 meters at 3 in the morning, pushing to the summit eight hours later. During their descent they encountered deteriorating weather conditions and ran into severe trouble. Richards reported: "We were walking underneath Gasherbrum V and a massive avalanche hit us. All three of us, and knocked us about 150 meters...and launched over one crevasse. And we all ended up on top, mostly on top. I was mostly buried, but my face was out. Denis was mostly buried, but his face was out, and Simone was able to get out of the snow and come dig us out...Everything just went sideways today. We are all very happy and lucky and I think very grateful to be alive. Period."