Günter Dyhrenfurth

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Günter Oskar Dyhrenfurth (November 12, 1886 – April 14, 1975) was a German-born, German and Swiss mountaineer, geologist and Himalayan explorer.


He led the International Himalaya Expedition (IHE) 1930 to Kangchenjunga, and another one, IHE 1934, to the Baltoro-region in the Karakorams, especially to explore the Gasherbrum-Group. This expedition made the first ascent of Sia Kangri and some of its sub-peaks and provided detailed information about the accessibility of the 8000ers Gasherbrum I and II. The first ascent of Gasherbrum I in 1958 was accomplished via the route proposed by Dyhrenfurth following the so-called IHE-spur and the SE-ridge.

Dyrenfurth was a very influential alpinist, expedition leader and chronicler of mountaineering.[1][2] His son Norman G. Dyhrenfurth was also a mountaineer and became an important expedition leader and film maker.[3]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Dyhrenfurth, Günter (1931). Himalaya. Unsere Expedition 1930. Berlin: Scherl. 
  • Dyhrenfurth, Günter (1939). Baltoro, ein Himalaya-Buch. Basel: B. Schwabe & Co. 
  • Dyhrenfurth, Günter (1953). To the third Pole. London: W. Laurie. 
  • Dyhrenfurth, Günter (1953). L' Himalaya, troisième pôle: les "8.000" de la terre. Paris: Payot. 
  • Dyhrenfurth, Günter (1954). Das Buch vom Nanga Parbat, die Geschichte seiner Besteigung, 1895-1953. Munich: Nymphenburger Verlagshandlung. 


  1. ^ Jon Krakauer (1997). Into Thin Air. Villard Books. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-385-49478-6.
  2. ^ Eberhard Jurgalski (2008). History of chronicles, 8000ers.com, retrieved 9 May 2015.
  3. ^ "John F. Kennedy XXXV President of the United States: 1961-1963; 296 - Remarks Upon Presenting the Hubbard Medal to the Leader of the American Everest Expedition". The American Presidency Project. University of California, Santa Barbara. July 8, 1963. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 

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