The savage mountain, K2 stands as the world’s second-tallest summit, after Mount Everest, and some climbers consider it even more perilous. Only last month did one group become the first to successfully scale it during winter, braving dangerously thin air and temperatures that can plunge past minus 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
After missing of three climbers Muhammad Ali Sadpara, a 45-year-old from Pakistan; John Snorri, 47, from Iceland; and Juan Pablo Mohr, a 33-year-old Chilean, rescuers, and mountaineers underscored the dangers of climbing K2 in winter after the authorities in Pakistan said that three climbers had been missing since Friday and that hopes of finding them alive were evaporating.
K2, at 8,611 meters (28,251 ft) above sea level, is the second-highest mountain in the world, after Mount Everest at 8,848 meters (29,029 ft). It is located on the border of Pakistan and China and has been summited ten times less than Mount Everest.
K2 is known as the Savage Mountain after George Bell, a climber on the 1953 American Expedition, told reporters "It's a savage mountain that tries to kill you." K2 is the deadliest, approximately one person dies on the mountain for every four who reach the summit.
The summit was reached for the first time by the Italian climbers Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni, on the 1954 Italian Karakoram expedition led by Ardito Desio. In January 2021, K2 became the final eight-thousander to be summited in the winter, by a team of Nepalese climbers led by Nirmal Puja and Mingma Gyalje Sherpa.
There are not that many happy stories around K2. There are many more unhappy stories because it’s so difficult and dangerous.