14 eight-thousanders

Broad Peak

8.047 m

“After a year of soul searching and pondering my future, I decide to start again. This marks a turning point in my life. New team, reinforced enthusiasm and the beginning of the great challenge 14x8000.”

A 24-hour ascent

Ranking: 12 Elevation: 8.047 m
First conquered: On the 9th of June 1957 by an Austrian expedition led by Marcus Schmuckand made up of Fritz Wintersteller, Marcus Schmuck, Kurt Diemberger and Hermann Buhl.
The third peak of the Karakoram (8,047 metres) was originally part of the expedition to Nanga Parbat, but bad weather meant cancelling this adventure, which was eventually postponed for almost two years.

These were difficult years for Edurne, who fell into a depression and was on the verge of giving up climbing. After a year and a half, Edurne returned to the sport in 2007 to pick up where she had left off.

On the 12th of July she conquered her ninth ‘eight-thousander’ after a 20-hour ascent with the team from ‘Al filo de lo imposible’, which coincided with the 50th anniversary celebration of the first ascent of Broad Peak, celebrated by a large number of expeditions.

She subsequently attempted Shisha Pangma for the first time but was unsuccessful. This was the peak which proved to be the most challenging for the climber from Tolosa.

Broad Peak (originally called K3) is the twelfth highest mountain on the earth, and the fourth highest in Pakistan. It is located in the Karakoram mountain range, on the border between China and Pakistan, approximately 8 km from K2.

Summit climbed by Edurne Pasaban on the 12th of July 2007.