Nanga Parbat 1970


For those of you wondering what I do for a living…  well I am a translator, among other things… (check out Christophe Dumarest’s page on this blog)

Nanga Parbat 1970 is a book I translated from German and is published by Versante Sud.

The original version written by Jochen Hemmleb   was very well received in German-speaking countries.

It’s the compelling tale of two brothers, Reinhold and Günther Messner, and their controversial 1970 ascent of Nanga Parbat (8125 m) via the mighty Rupal face, the highest in the world.

This book is a thorough, detailed and independent account of what happened after the entire team came back from the expedition without Günther.

A gripping read.


The Rupal face

rupal face







The Diamir face

Scan Seite 17

The 1970 expedition followed the route outlined below








Deadly Nanga Parbat…



The Mazeno Ridge on Nanga Parbat was climbed in its entirety by UK mountaineers Sandy Allan and Rick Allen in July 2012 for the first time. An exceptional deed, which won the Piolets d’Or 2013 together with the other five nominees.

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