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Elevation: 8,611 metres (28,251 feet)
Latitude: 35° 53' N
Longitude: 76° 31' E
Location: Pakistan Occupied Kashmir China-Pakistan
Range: Karakoram
First ascent: July 29 1954 by Lacedelli & Compagnoni
Easiest route: rock/snow/ice climb

K2 (also known as Mount Godwin-Austen, Chogori or Dapsang) is a mountain in the Karakoram, part of the Himalayas range, on the border between China and the part of Kashmir under effective control by Pakistan. At 8,611 metres, it ranks as the second highest in the world after Mount Everest (8,850m).

The mountain was first surveyed by a European in 1856. T.G. Montgomery, in the survey team headed by Henry Godwin-Austen, designated it "K2" (for "Karakoram 2").

K2 is considered a much tougher climb than Mount Everest. As of June 2000, 189 people have made it, compared to almost 1500 who have ascended Everest. 49 people have died attempting the climb, 13 of these in 1986. The first professional attempt to climb it was in 1902 but despite five serious and costly attempts, the summit was not attained until an Italian expedition reached the summit on July 29, 1954 . The expedition was led by Ardito Desio and Mario Puchoz, and the two climbers who actually reached the top were Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni.

Per Jerberyd provides a climbing history of K2 from the first attempt in 1902 until the Italian success in 1954.

See also: List of mountains, eight-thousanders

Table of contents
1 Books about K2
2 Movies about K2
3 External link

Books about K2

Movies about K2

External link

Eight-thousander series
Annapurna | Broad Peak | Cho Oyu | Dhaulagiri | Everest | Gasherbrum I | Gasherbrum II
K2 | Kanchenjunga | Lhotse | Makalu | Manaslu | Nanga Parbat | Shishapangma