K-2 second hinghest mountain in the world

K2 , likewise known as Mount Godwin-Austen or Chhogori , at 8,611 meters (28,251 ft) above ocean level, is the second most astounding mountain on the planet, after Mount Everest at  (29,029 ft). It is situated on the China– Pakistan fringe between Baltistan in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of northern Pakistan, and the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China. K2 is the most noteworthy purpose of the Karakoramrange and the most noteworthy point in both Pakistan and Xinjiang.

K2 is known as the Savage Mountain due to the outrageous trouble of climb. It has the second-most elevated casualty rate among the eight thousanders, with around 300 effective summits and 77 fatalities; around one individual kicks the bucket on the mountain for each four who achieve the summit.

It is more troublesome and perilous to achieve the pinnacle of K2 from the Chinese side, so it is generally moved from the Pakistani side. K2 has never been moved amid winter, unlike Annapurna, the mountain with the most noteworthy casualty to-summit rate (191 summits and 61 fatalities) or the other eight-thousanders. Climbs have quite often been made in July and August, the hottest occasions of year; K2’s more northern area makes it more powerless to nasty and colder climate.

K-2 second hinghest mountain in the world
K-2 second hinghest mountain in the world

The name K2 is gotten from the documentation utilized by the Great Trigonometric Survey of British India. Thomas Montgomerie made the primary study of the Karakoram from Mount Haramukh, somewhere in the range of 210 km (130 miles) toward the south, and outlined the two most unmistakable pinnacles, marking them K1 and K2.

The arrangement of the Great Trigonometric Survey was to utilize neighborhood names for mountains wherever possible and K1 was observed to be known locally as Masherbrum. K2, be that as it may, showed up not to have procured a nearby name, conceivably because of its remoteness. The mountain isn’t obvious from Askole, the last town toward the south, or from the closest home toward the north, and is just temporarily seen from the finish of the Baltoro Glacier, past which couple of neighborhood individuals would have wandered.

The name Chogori, got from two Baltiwords, chhogo (“big”) and ri (“mountain”)  has been recommended as a nearby name,but prove for its broad utilize is inadequate. It might have been a compound name imagined by Western explorers or basically a confounded answer to the inquiry “What’s that called?” It does, in any case, frame the reason for the name Qogir by which Chinese experts authoritatively allude to the pinnacle. Other nearby names have been proposed including Lamba Pahar (“Tall Mountain” in Urdu) and Dapsang, yet are not generally utilized.

With the mountain without a nearby name, the name Mount Godwin-Austen was recommended, in respect of Henry Godwin-Austen, an early wayfarer of the region. While the name was dismissed by the Royal Geographical Society,it was utilized on a few maps, and keeps on being utilized at times.

The surveyor’s stamp, K2, subsequently keeps on being the name by which the mountain is generally known. It is currently likewise utilized in the Balti dialect, rendered as Kechuor Ketu . The Italian climber Fosco Maraini argued in his record of the rising of Gasherbrum IV that while the name of K2 owes its cause to risk, its cut, generic nature is exceedingly fitting for so remote and testing a mountain. He inferred that it was:

Just the stripped down of a name, all stone and ice and tempest and void. It makes no endeavor to sound human. It is particles and stars. It has the bareness of the world before the principal man – or of the cindered planet after the last.

Andre Weil named K3 surfaces in science halfway after the magnificence of the mountain K2.

Geological setting

K2 lies in the northwestern Karakoram Range. It is situated in the Baltistan region of Gilgit– Baltistan, Pakistan, and the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China. The Tarim sedimentary basin borders the range on the north and the Lesser Himalayas on the south. Soften waters from tremendous ice sheets, for example, those south and east of K2, feed horticulture in the valleys and contribute essentially to the territorial new water supply.

K2 is ranked 22nd by topographic noticeable quality, a proportion of a mountain’s autonomous stature, since it is a piece of the same expanded zone of inspire (counting the Karakoram, the Tibetan Plateau, and the Himalaya) as Mount Everest, in that it is conceivable to take after a way from K2 to Everest that goes no lower than 4,594 meters (15,072 ft), at the Kora La on the Nepal/China outskirt in the Mustang Lo. Numerous different pinnacles that are far lower than K2 are more autonomous in this sense. It is, be that as it may, the most conspicuous top inside the Karakoram extend.

K-2 second hinghest mountain in the world
K-2 second hinghest mountain in the world

K2 is striking for its nearby alleviation and also its aggregate tallness. It remains more than 3,000 meters (9,840 ft) above a great part of the cold valley bottoms at its base. It is a reliably soak pyramid, dropping rapidly in all headings. The north side is the steepest: there it ascends more than 3,200 meters (10,500 ft) over the K2 (Qogir) Glacier in just 3,000 meters (9,800 ft) of even separation. In many ways, it accomplishes more than 2,800 meters (9,200 ft) of vertical help in under 4,000 meters (13,000 ft).

A 1986 campaign drove by George Wallerstein made a wrong estimation inaccurately demonstrating that K2 was taller than Mount Everest, and in this manner the tallest mountain on the planet. An adjusted estimation was made in 1987, yet by that point the case that K2 was the tallest mountain on the planet had officially made it into numerous news reports and reference works.


The mountains of K2 and Broad Peak, and the territory westbound to the lower compasses of Sarpo Laggo ice sheet comprise of metamorphic rocks, known as the K2 Gneiss and part of the Karakoram Metamorphic Complex. The K2 Gneiss comprises of a blend of orthogneiss and biotite-rich paragneiss. On the south and southeast face of K2, the orthogneiss comprises of a blend of a strongly foliated plagioclase-hornblende gneiss and a biotite-hornblende-K-feldspar orthogneiss, which has been barged in by garnet-mica leucogranitic dikes. In places, the paragneisses include clinopyroxene-hornblende-bearing psammites, garnet (grossular)- diopside marbles, and biotite-graphite phyllites.

Close to the dedication to the climbers, who have kicked the bucket on K2, above Base Camp on the south goad, thin debased marbles with quartzites and mica schists, called the Gilkey-Puchoz arrangement, are interbanded inside the orthogneisses. On the west face of Broad Peak and south goad of K2, lamprophyre dikes, which comprise of clinopyroxene and biotite-porphyritic vogesites and minettes, have interrupted the K2 gneiss. The K2 Gneiss is isolated from the surrounding sedimentary and metasedimentary rocks of the encompassing Karakoram Metamorphic Complex by normal flaws. For instance, a blame isolates the K2 gneiss of the east face of K2 from limestones and slates comprising nearby Skyang Kangri.

40Ar/39Ar ages of 115 to 120 million years prior acquired from and geochemical investigations of the K2 Gneiss exhibit that it is a transformed, older, Cretaceous, pre-collisional granite. The granitic forerunner (protolith) to the K2 Gneiss started as the aftereffect of the creation of huge bodies of magma by a northward-dipping subduction zone along what was the continental margin of Asia around then and their interruption as batholiths into its lower continental outside layer.

Amid the underlying crash of the Asia and Indian plates, this granitic batholith was covered to profundities of around 20 kilometers at least 12 mi, exceedingly transformed, exceptionally disfigured, and halfway remelted amid the Eocene Period to shape gneiss. Afterward, the K2 Gneiss was then interrupted by leucogranite embankments lastly uncovered and elevated along major breakback push deficiencies amid post-Miocene time. The K2 Gneiss was uncovered as the whole K2-Broad Peak-Gasherbrum run experienced fast inspire with which disintegration rates have been not able keep pace.