2/2/11 – Simone Moro, Cory Richards, and Denis Urubko summited Gasherbrum II (8,035m/26,362′) in Pakistan, the thirteenth-highest mountain in the world, reaching the top around 11:30 a.m. local time today.

Hunza Guides is the local partner in Pakistan to arrange all the logistics and permits for this Winter Gasherbrum II Expedition.

Gasherbrum II  is the first of the five 8,000-meter peaks in Pakistan to have a successful winter ascent, despite many attempts, especially in recent years. (The Karakoram in Pakistan is much farther north than Nepal, home of the remaining 8,000ers.) The Gasherbrum II ascent also marks the first time an American climber, Richards, has done the first winter ascent of an 8,000’er. Richards climbed his first 8,000-meter peak just last spring, summiting Lhotse.