World Reviewer rating

Worth a detour
Rating 2.0 (129 votes)


Listed under Mountains in Pakistan.

Photo of K2.
Photo by flickr user reurinkjan
Pin It

Always number two, K2 is the world's second highest mountain with a peak reaching 8,611metres. The name, or lack of name is like a mark of disrespect – it comes from a Trigonometric Survey made in 1856. Then it was common to use the local names for mountains, and while K1 became Masherbrum, K2's local name Chogori, meaning 'The King of Mountains' was less known and contested, so it's stuck with its abbreviation, which some climbers find appropriate. K2's bare rock and ice makes it one of the planet's most lethal peaks and one out of every four climbers who attempt it die there, so the harsh impersonal name seems to stick.

The mountain is reached from the end of the Baltoro Glacier, and despite numerous attempts and lives lost, it wasn't conquered until 1954. Although Everest is technically higher, K2 is more difficult to summit, partly because of the notoriously poor weather, and partly because it's pack is so much higher than the surrounding topography. Only about ten percent of the climbers who attempt the mountain make it to the top – which is only about 300 people so far.

Written by  JP Condella.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?

Who's been here

No travelers have told us they have been here. Have you?

Similar Experiences

  • Torres del Paine

    This is one of the great beauty spots of the world. The granite pinnacles of Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine) and Cuernos del…

  • Mount Everest

    A list of mountains cannot be complete without the highest one… With 8848m/29,029ft Mount Everest lies on the border of Nepal a…

  • Grand Tetons

    One of the most photographed mountain ranges in the world, the iconic image of the Tetons towering above the Snake River Valley…

Nearby Experiences

  • K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro La

    Ambitious but fantastic. This trip is equal to Everest’s Base Camp in it’s scenic views of some of the worlds tallest mountain…

  • Baltoro Glacier

    Though not a mountain itself, the Baltoro Glacier in Northern Pakistan is surrounded by an incredible collection of famous peak…

  • Chadar Trek

    It has been almost six months since I went on Chadar expedition in Ladakh, but I still can’t get it out of my head. The experie…

Related links

Contribute to this page