The remote Gasherbrum range peak was one of the last unclimbed challenges in the region. On July 25, two Korean climbers stood on top of the 7,147-metre peak.
Nak-jong Seong and Chi-young Ahn arrived at basecamp in early summer. After attempting the north face they changed plans to the south side. After a three-kilometre glacier approach they started climbing the southeast face at 4,770 metres.
After one bivy at 6,550 metres and a 24-hour descent, they arrived back at basecamp. There ascent was made in pure alpine style.
Chi-young Ahn reported on Planet Mountain, “We experienced much falling rock and avalanche conditions during our climb on the south face. The wall was angled about 70 degrees and was comprised of ice covered by snow, creating a nasty crust on which we had to try and protect ourselves, and this significantly affected us, in particular our physical strength. We left Pakistan for home after having spent roughly two months at Gasherbrum V.”