World’s Most Difficult & Dangerous Peak Will NOT Be Climbed This Year After Massive Avalanche Destroys Camp III

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23,760' Camp III on K2.
23,760′ Camp III on K2.

28,250′ K2 in Pakistan is the world’s most difficult, deadly, and dangerous mountain.

  • K2 is called “Savage Mountain” due to the difficultly of the climb.
  • 1 person dies on K2 for every 4 summits.
  • 80+ people have died on this mountain.
  • 355 people have successfully summited K2.
  • K2 has never been climbed in winter.
  • K2 is Earth’s 2nd most deadly mountain (26,550′ Annapurana is the deadliest)

K2, will not be climbed this year after a massive avalanche destroyed CampIII on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016.

According to Mingma Sherpa, Managing Director at Seven Summits Trek, every climber on the mountain has given up their attempts at the k2 summit after that destructive avalanche swept away all their climbing equipment that was being stored at Camp III.

K2 climbing route is freakin' burly.... Who does this?
K2 climbing route is freakin’ burly…. Who does this?
  • Base Camp: 17,500ft/5334m
  • Advanced Base Camp: 18,650ft/5650m
  • Camp 1: 19,965’/6050m
  • Camp 2: 22,110’/6700m
  • Camp 3: 23,760’/7200m
  • Camp 4: 25,080’/7600m
  • Summit: 28,251”/8611m


“All climbers and climbing Sherpas are safe as they had already returned to lower camps due to the bad weather” – Mingma Sherpa

Over 100 climbers and around 25 Nepali Sherpas were on K2 vying for the summit this month.


“K2 United can confirm an avalanche wiped out all the tents at camp II but all teams are ok.” – K2 United Expedition

28,250-foot K2.
28,250-foot K2.

Most climbing teams had left base camp on July 10th en route to higher camps and the summit.  Bad weather forced them all back down the mountain.  Two summit pushes had already been given up on due to bad weather.

“The avalanche struck the Camp III as climbers were waiting for next summit window (expectedly July 24).” Mingma Sherpa said

Jamling Bhote (39) and Mingma Dorchi Sherpa (29), who already have 2 summits of K2 to their names.  They were both hoping for a record 3 K2 summits this year.

Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli became pulled off the first ascent of K2 in July 31, 1954.

“The K2 is the most challenging of all the Karakoram 8000ers and it is significantly more difficult and dangerous than the Mt Everest.” – Alan Arnette from Colorado, the oldest American to successfully climb the Mt K2 at the age of 58 in 2014

28,250-foot K2 towers above everything.
28,250-foot K2 towers above everything.


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