Gasherbrum III

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Gasherbrum III
Gasherbrum III.jpg
Highest point
Elevation 7,952 m (26,089 ft) [1][2]
Prominence 461 m (1,512 ft) [1]
Coordinates 35°44′N 76°38′E / 35.733°N 76.633°E / 35.733; 76.633Coordinates: 35°44′N 76°38′E / 35.733°N 76.633°E / 35.733; 76.633
Parent range Karakoram
First ascent 1975 by a Polish team
Easiest route snow/ice climb

Gasherbrum III (Urdu: گاشر برم -3‎; simplified Chinese: 加舒尔布鲁木III峰; traditional Chinese: 加舒爾布魯木III峰; pinyin: Jiāshūěrbùlǔmù III Fēng) is a summit in the Gasherbrum massif of the Baltoro Muztagh, a subrange of the Karakoram on the border between Xinjiang, China and Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.[3] It is situated between Gasherbrum II and IV.

Gasherbrum III fails to meet a 500-metre topographic prominence cutoff to be an independent mountain; hence it can be considered a subpeak of Gasherbrum II.[4]

Gasherbrum III was one of the highest unclimbed summits in the world[5] up to its first ascent in 1975, by Wanda Rutkiewicz, Alison Chadwick-Onyszkiewicz, Janusz Onyszkiewicz and Krzysztof Zdzitowiecki, members of a Polish expedition.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gasherbrum III". Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  2. ^ "Trekking Routes - Highest peaks". Central Karakoram National Park. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  3. ^ a b This region is also claimed by India. This massif is under the control of Pakistan; it lies just north of the Line of Control.
  4. ^ Some sources use a lower cutoff value, and consider Gasherbrum III to be independent.
  5. ^ In fact no summit in 1975 was both higher and more topographically prominent.