Broad Peak, across the Baltoro Glaciers of north-eastern Pakistan to K2, is named for both its most prominent feature - a 2km wide summit ridge - and its similarity to Switzerland’s Breithorn (which means ‘broad horn’ in German). This defining characteristic is one of the features that makes this a relatively easy climb when compared to the other 8,000ers. For this reason, it’s often used as a wide stepping stone to further adventures, including its near neighbour, K2.
The 12th highest and one of the 'easiest' 8000m peaks
Very few people can hold a torch to our leaders, Nimsdai and Mingma David, when it comes to climbing in Pakistan’s Karakoram range. The pair lead the first team ever to climb K2 in winter, in January 2021 including Mingma Tenzi, and Nimsdai’s record-setting Project Possible saw him climbing Broad Peak, as well as Gasherbrum I and II, and K2 in record time.
Broad Peak may be the easiest of these summits, but at 8,047m above sea-level, the world’s 12th highest mountain still demands respect. Our expedition plan is based on the one Nimsdai and Mingma David have used in the past, and our approach is the same as the one they used to set their records. We control every aspect of the climb, from fixing our own ropes and pitching our own tents to carrying our own food, so we’re never left reliant on third parties. This helps us ensure the best chance of success.