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Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain on Earth among the eight thousanders with a summit elevation of 8,126 meters.Known as the Killer Mountain, Nanga Parbat is one of the deadliest of the eight thousanders.With the splendid ascent of NangaMoreNanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain on Earth among the eight thousanders with a summit elevation of 8,126 meters.Known as the Killer Mountain, Nanga Parbat is one of the deadliest of the eight thousanders.With the splendid ascent of Nanga Parbat the Austria -German expedition has brought to a triumphant conclusion an epic story of endeavor and sacrifice which is as close to the hearts of all Austrian and German mountaineers as that of Everest to us British. Nanga Parbat is among the first eight or nine highest summits in the world and, because of its heavy glaciation and the climatic conditions prevailing in that region, one of the most formidablemountaineering problems in the Himalaya. Although it was first attempted by a famous English climber Mummery, with two British companions and a few Gurkhas towards the end of the last century, it has becomes peculiarly German preserve owing to the gallant attempts of three expeditions composed of Austria -German mountaineers during the 1930s. These efforts failedwith heavy loss of life. No small part of the tribute due to that fine climber, their leader Aschenbrenner, is that he has succeeded this year without accidents or injuries in his party.We of the British Everest team salute our Austro-German comrades- in doing so, we honor thedeeds of Willy Merkl, Paul Bauer and other fine climbers who went before them.June, 1953 JOHN HUNT.