When people think of Pakistan, they conjure images of exotic mosques and ancient structures that date as far back as the Indus Valley civilization. A disregarded facet of Pakistan is its rugged terrain and the fact that it includes mountains that are part of the majestic Himalayan mountain range. Thus, if you are a fan of the outdoors and are in the mood for some adventure and rugged activities, Pakistan will definitely not fail you. To take things to the extreme, why not try the splendor of the K2 range?
The K2 Mountains have a dangerous reputation in the mountain-climbing world. Known as the “Savage Mountain,” it is one of the world’s most difficult mountains to ascend. The savagery of this mountain is due to the fact that it has the 2nd highest fatality rate among the ‘eight thousanders’ mountain ranges, only to be surpassed by the Annapurna Mountains, which has been climbed during winter. K2 is so dangerous to climb, no one has attempted to climb it in the winter.
If you think you are up to the rush K2 offers, don’t worry. There are a lot of climbing groups, tours, and guides that do a number of routes on K2. These routes differ in difficulty of ascent and character, so you have to consider your mountain-climbing skills. Nobody climbs the K2 by just “winging it.” The difficulties remain the same though, starting with the lack of oxygen and extremely high altitudes. The weather is pretty much unpredictable, which adds to the difficulty. As for the routes, you can choose from the most popular – the Abruzzi Spur, the most commonly used and standard ascent route; the Northeast Ridge, among others. There are other ascent routes that start from the Chinese side of the mountain. Experience a different adrenaline rush and an ultimate adventure by heeding the call of K2, one of the most majestic mountains in the world.