On July 3, 1953, the Austrian alpinist Hermann Buhl was the first person to stand on the summit of Nanga Parbat - the 8125-meter-high "mountain of destiny" in the western Himalayas, the climb of which claimed more lives than almost any other. And yet the mountain still attracts alpinists to this day - even in winter. In the Bergwelten documentation, Reinhold Messner presents the eight-thousander from his perspective and shows its uniqueness in the western Himalayas in Pakistan.

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the first ascent Reinhold Messner for mountain worlds through the turbulent and tragic history of the Nanga Parbat, which is also his very personal mountain of fate: in 1970 an avalanche tore his brother Günther to his death. And in 1978 he managed the first solo ascent of an eight-thousander on Nanga Parbat without additional oxygen.

Tonight on Servus TV: Mount Doom Nanga Parbat

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ServusTV shows the Bergwelten documentary on Monday, March 13, 2023, at 20:15 p.m. in Austria and at 21:15 p.m. in Germany.

Despite all the dangers, the Nanga Parbat still attracts mountaineers from all over the world. The ascent of the eight-thousander is already considered an enormous challenge in summer - its winter ascent, on the other hand, is one of the greatest challenges in alpinism: temperatures of down to -45 degrees, meter-high snow and avalanches make every attempt a gamble.

Simone Moro, Alex Txikon, Tamara Lunger and Ali Sadpara faced this extraordinary mountaineering test in 2016. The film recordings of this spectacular ascent can be seen on television for the first time in this documentary.

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Credits: Cover picture ServusTV / Andre Zacher