The second highest mountain on earth, K2 MOUNTAIN is notoriously difficult – and sometimes deadly – to climb.
So where is it and how did it get its name? Here’s everything you need to know.
Where is the mountain K2?
K2 is part of the Karakoram mountain range that straddles the border between Pakistan and China.
The mountain lies between Baltistan in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of northern Pakistan and Dafdar Municipality in Tajik Taxkorgan, Xinjiang, China.
It is the highest point of the Karakorum Mountains and the highest point in Pakistan and Xinjiang.
The Karakorum Mountains stretch 300 miles across the borders of China, India and Pakistan, with the northwestern end of the range extending into Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
Is K2 higher than Mount Everest?
K2 is the second highest mountain in the world and only 200 meters shorter than Mount Everest.
Often referred to as the “wild mountain,” K2 sits at 8,611 meters, while Everest is 8,849 meters high.
The name stuck after US mountaineer George Bell commented on his own attempt to climb the mountain in 1953: “It’s a wild mountain trying to kill you.”
Treacherous sections include the infamous “gorge” which is prone to ice falls.
Eleven mountaineers died in an avalanche at the “bottleneck” in 2008.
As of August 2022, 95 people are believed to have died attempting to climb it.
One of only 14 mountains in the world taller than 8,000m, K2 is widely considered the most challenging mountain to climb in winter conditions.
A 1986 expedition led by George Wallerstein made an incorrect measurement showing that K2 was taller than Mount Everest, making it the tallest mountain in the world.
A corrected measurement was made in 1987, but by then the claim that K2 was the world’s tallest mountain had made its way into many news reports and reference works.
In December 2020, Nepal and China jointly announced that Everest is 0.86 m higher than previously officially calculated.
How far is K2 from Mount Everest?
K2 is 900 miles northwest of Everest in the Karakorum section of the Himalayas along the Pakistan-China border.
It is possible to follow a trail from K2 to Mount Everest, which is no less than 4,594 meters at Kora La on the Nepal-China border.
How did K2 get its name?
K2 was named by Thomas Montgomerie, who made the first survey of the Karakoram Mountains from Mount Haramukh, some 200 km to the south, in the 1850s.
Montgomerie outlined the two highest peaks and named them K1 and K2 – where K stands for Karakoram.
K1 was found to be known locally as Masherbrum – but K2 had no local name.
K2 continues to be the name by which the mountain is commonly known.
Italian climber Fosco Maraini argued that K2’s impersonal name was appropriate for such a challenging mountain.
He named the mountain: “Only the bare bones of a name, all rock and ice and storm and abyss. It makes no attempt to sound human.
“They are atoms and stars. It has the nudity of the world before the first man—or the ash planet after the last.”
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