Nanga Parbat Expedition
Nanga Parbat, lying on the borderline between Pakistan and India, is known as the King of Mountains. It is the world’s 9th highest mountain standing at 8125m. Nanga means naked, and Parbat means mountain. The mountain is locally known by its Tibetan name, Diamer or Deo Mir, meaning “huge mountain. It forms the western anchor of the Himalayan Range and is the westernmost eight-thousander. It is separated from Karakoram by the mighty Indus River.
The first expedition to Nanga Parbat was a British expedition led by in 1895, but it was first climbed in 1953 by a joint Austrian – German Expedition. Hermann Buhl made the final ascent in a tortuous 41 hours solo ordeal without oxygen. Before the first summit in 1953, Nanga Parbat claimed 31 lives. The regular route is less technical, but it’s long and exposed. Mountaineers have tried to ascend their summit through different climbing routes, but only a few lucky ones have succeeded.