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Mount K2 or Godwin Austen the 2nd highest peak of the world

Mount K2 is the second highest peak in the world After Mount Everest. Mount Godwin Austen is at an altitude of 8612m and this snow covered mountain originates from the Godwin Austen Glacier, a tributary of Baltoro located on the border of Pakistan and Tibet, China. Second hoghest Mountain of thw world located in the Karakoram Range Himalaya.

This mountain range is situated partly in Xinjiang of China and partly in Gilgit – Baltistan of Pakistan. This is the highest mountain in Pakistan and among the most prominent mountains of the world; Mount Ketu/Kechu is at the 22nd place.

The Italian mountaineers Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli made the first ascend to Mount K2 in the year 1954. K2 was also named Mount Godwin Austen after the British surveyor Haversham Godwin Austen who ascended 1000m and determined the approximate height and position of this peak.

Mount Qogir has other names also such as Chogori, Oogir and Kechu. Due to the extreme difficulty of ascent and severe weather conditions, Godwin Austen is also known as “The Savage Mountain.” June to August is the ideal time for climbing this peak.

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Among the several 8000m peaks, Mount Chhogori/Qogir is one of the most difficult mountains to climb. Apart from technical climbing and severe weather, there is the danger of high avalanche also. About 335 climbers have so far successfully reached the summit.

Mount K2 is situated hundreds of miles north of Mount Everest. Though up to 6000m it is rocky, the remaining part is completely covered with snow. From Islamabad the climbers go to Skardu by road and from there they take the route to the Godwin Austen base camp.

From Skardu, the route goes over the Baltoro glacier. Those who climb this peak have to pass through two technical sections House’s Chimney and Black Pyramid.  Mount K2 climbing expedition arranges from Pakistan side permits and other process goes under the administration of Pakistan. 2nd high mountain on Earth Godwin-Austen Mountain is known as the finest and most dangerous mountain in the world because of limited routes, steeper accent, limited camps, and harder technical climb.

Classic route to Mount Qogir base camp goes via Skardu, which is linked with Islamabad by good road. From Skardu the route goes via Shigar, Dassu, Askole up to Concordia over the Baltoro glacier. Concordia base camp trek is one popular trekking trail of Pakistan. Concordia trekking offers superb Himalayan scenery including Godwin Austen 8611m, Broad Peak 8047m, Gasherbrum I 8068m, and Gasherbrum II 8035m, beautiful landscape, lush valleys etc. if you interested to discover and scale this mountain, email us we are here to organize guided trekking and climbing expedition to Karakorum mount Qogir base camp to summit attempt the 2nd high mountain on Earth.