K2 The Killer Mountain


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For the mountain in Alberta, see Mount K2 (Alberta). For other uses, see K2 (disambiguation).
K2, summer 2006
Highest point
Elevation 8,611 metres (28,251 ft)
Ranked 2nd
Prominence 4,017 m (13,179 ft)
Ranked 22nd
Isolation 1,316 kilometres (818 mi)
Listing Eight-thousander
Country high point
Seven Second Summits
Coordinates 35°52′57″N 76°30′48″ECoordinates: 35°52′57″N 76°30′48″E [1]
K2 is located in Tibetan Plateau K2K2
Baltistan, Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan
Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China
Parent range Karakoram
First ascent 31 July 1954
Achille Compagnoni
Lino Lacedelli
Easiest route Abruzzi Spur
K2, also known as Mount Godwin-Austen or Chhogori Balti is the second highest mountain in the world, after Mount Everest, at 8,611 metres (28,251 ft) above sea level. It is located on the China-Pakistan border[3] between Baltistan, in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of northern Pakistan, and the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China.K2 is the highest point of the Karakoram range and the highest point in both Pakistan and Xinjiang.

K2 is known as the Savage Mountain due to the extreme difficulty of ascent. It has the second-highest fatality rate among the eight thousanders. With around 300 successful summits and 80 fatalities, about one person dies on the mountain for every four who summit. It is more difficult and hazardous to reach the peak of K2 from the Chinese side; thus, it is usually climbed from the Pakistani side. Unlike Annapurna, the mountain with the highest fatality-to-summit rate (191 summits and 61 fatalities),or the other eight thousanders, K2 has never been climbed during winter.