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K2 Mountain

K2

 

 

 

Location: Karakoram Range  Map

Height: 28,251 ft (8,611 m)

 

 

 

Description of K2 Mountain

 

K2 Mountain is situated in Karakoram Range in Pakistan.  Although K2 Mountain is slightly shorter than Mount Everest in Nepal standing at an elevation of 28,251 ft (8,611 m), it is considered much more difficult to climb. High death rate for climbers earned it a nickname of a Savage Mountain. You would think that this popular destination would get a better original title, but its lack of originality is due to geologists who first explored this area. Its present name was given by Thomas Montgomerie in 1856 during Great Trigonometric Survey. He simply named the peaks by order as he saw it: K1, K2, K3 and so on.

 

As the mountain became famous it became a magnet for climbers. The first attempt to reach the summit was undertaken by Aleister Crowley and Oscar Eckenstein in 1902. First expedition that made it to the top was an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio on 31st July, 1954. They made it to the peak via a Abruzzi Spur that still remains a standard path for the climbers who dare to repeat the feat. Other paths include North Ridge, Northeast Ridge and West Ridge. However two most dangerous and demanding routes are Southwest Pillar (Magic Line) and South Face (Polish Line). Needless to say you need serious physical fitness and stamina to climb the mountain.

 

A. West Ridge

B. West Face

C. Southwest Pillar (Magic Line)

D. South Face (Polish Line)

E. South- southeast Spur

F. Abruzzi Spur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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