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14 EIGHT-THOUSANDERS

Nanga Parbat 8,125 m

"After K2, where I suffered frostbite and the amputations, Nanga was a test. I wanted to see if I could keep climbing and we chose a hard mountain. Those were difficult times in my life. I will always remember the great friends I made on the expedition, who were by my side and helped me, and the great spur Kinsofer."

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The same is true for Rutkievicz

  • Ranking: 9
  • Height: 8,125 m

First ascent: in 1953 the Austrian climber Hermann Buhl became the only climber to complete his first ascent of an eight-thousander solo and without oxygen.

The ascent of Nanga Parbat (2005) was an important moment in Edurne's career. By reaching the summit of Nanga Parbat (Pakistan, 8,125 m), she equalled the legendary record of the Polish climber Wanda Rutkievicz, the first woman to conquer eight eight-thousanders (she died at 49 while attempting to reach the summit of Kangchenjunga), becoming the living woman who had climbed the most eight-thousanders.

It is a demanding mountain and the cold hampered the assault on its summit. The ascent took place up the western slope of the mountain using the route known as the Kinshofer route. On conquering the summit, Edurne proved that she had fully recovered from her frostbite on K2.

Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain in the world and the second highest in Pakistan. Nanga Parbat means "Naked Mountain" in Urdu and Hindi. This name reflects the fact that it is an isolated mountain, separated from the rest, so its snow-capped part stands out in the landscape. However, this makes it a dangerous mountain for climbers. In fact, the ascent of Nanga Parbat has claimed many victims throughout the history of mountaineering.

Peak reached by Edurne Pasaban on 20 July 2005.

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  • Everest
  • Makalu
  • Cho Oyu
  • Lhotse
  • Gasherbrum II
  • Gasherbrum I
  • K2
  • Nanga Parbat
  • Broad Peak
  • Dhaulagiri
  • Manaslu
  • Kanchenjunga
  • Annapurna
  • Shishapangma

© 2017 Edurne Pasaban

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