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K2 Pakistan, The second highest mountain in the world

K2 Pakistan, also known as Mount Godwin Austin, is the second highest peak in the world. It is the highest point of the Karakoram Range and Pakistan. Situated on the Pak-China border amidst Baltistan, a 1986 expedition led by George Wallerstein named K2 Pakistan as the highest peak in the world, owing to mistaken measurements. A corrected measurement was made in 1987, but by that point K2 Pakistan had already been accepted as the tallest mountain on Earth, as news reports and reference work had already been widely done.K2-pakistan-risks

  • Risks and dangers of climbing K2 Pakistan

It is quite a difficult peak to climb, even when compared to Mount Everest, with the second highest fatality rate: one person dying in every four who ascend this savage mountain. In 2008, a huge chunk of ice fell during an avalanche causing fixed ropes to detach on part of the route: 4 of the climbers were rescued, however, 11 were confirmed dead. No one has ever climbed or survived climbing K2 Pakistan in winter because of a much higher fatality rate and risk of avalanches. June, July and August are the best months for climbing this peak.K2 Pakistan Camps and Routes

  • Camps and Routes

The Abruzzi Spur, on the Pakistan side, is the most popular and in general the most dangerous route to climb. The Chinese side routes are the North Ridge and the Northwest Face which are seldom used in comparison to the Pakistani side routes. There are four camps; the first is the most secure one with little avalanche history. Camps 2 and 3 are more dangerous and prone to avalanches. Camp 4 is at the distance of about a day’s worth of climbing and trekking to K2 Pakistan.Recent Attempts

  • Recent Attempts: Successes and Failures

In 2009 and 2010, despite many attempts, no one could reach the summit. In 2010, Fredrik Ericsson fell from some 1000 meters and was killed. Consequently, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, his fellow mountaineer abandoned her attempt to summit this savage mountain. However she tried again the following year and became the first female to complete all 14 eight thousanders (peaks above 8000 meters) without using any extra oxygen. Two of her companions also finished their eight thousanders’ pursuit. In 2013, two New Zealanders, a father and a son perished after an avalanche hit their camp.

At any rate, the majestic views and sense of achievement is as heady as K2 Pakistan is dangerous, which is why people just won’t stop attempting to tame it despite is notorious predisposition.

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Mount Everest Facts

It has been more than six decades since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first ever mountaineers to reach the peak of Mount Everest, but the desire for conquest it inspires in climbers hasn’t diminished in the slightest. The news is filled with dozens of stories of triumphs and also of tragedy, as summiteers from around the world flock to Mount Everest to put their names in the annals of history. Here are some extraordinary facts about the mountain you won’t come across all that often:

Mount Everest (4)An argument about the height

There has been some dispute about the exact height of Mount Everest, too, among the Chinese and the Nepalese, with the former claiming it to be 8844 meters, and the latter claiming it to be 8848 meters. The dispute arose from the fact that the Nepalese factored the snow which covered the peak into their quoted altitude and the Chinese did not. This seemingly trivial dispute was settled in 2010, with the height formally being declared as 8848 meters.

It hasn’t stopped growing

As per recent measurements, it may be possible for both the Chinese and the Nepalese to be wrong about the mountain’s height: In 1994, it was found by a team of researches that Mount Everest is growing by 4 millimeters on an annual basis! The Himalayas were formed when the Indian subcontinent collided and merged with Asia, in the distant past – apparently, the aftermath of this merger hasn’t concluded, with the movement of the continental plates still causing the mountain range to grow further.

According to the latest findings by a GPS device, Mount Everest is now 8850 meters tall.

Mount Everest (6)Mount Everest isn’t the tallest mountain!

Its awe-inspiring altitude notwithstanding, Mount Everest isn’t the tallest mountain – that is a record which goes to a dormant volcano in Hawaii known as Mauna Kea. Everest, on the other hand, is the highest point on the planet with respect to sea level.

Mount Everest (10)Mount Everest some other names

Even though it is popularized as ‘Mount Everest’, its name among the Tibetan natives is ‘Chomolungma’ or ‘Qomolangma’, which roughly translates into ‘Goddess Mother of Mountains. It is referred to as ‘Sagarmatha’ or ‘Forehead in the Sky’ by the Nepalese. Mount Everest was a name it received from British surveyor Andrew Waugh, when he was unable to find its local names. The name honors General George Everest, the man in charge of the British team who were the first to survey the Himalayas.

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