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Mountain above 8,000 meters: Qogri

(China Tibet Online)

08:39, April 15, 2013

Qogri or K2 (also known as Mount Godwin-Austen, Lambha Pahar, Chogori, Kechu or Dapsang) is a mountain in the Karakoram, part of the Himalayas range, on the border between China and the Northern Areas of 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 Haversham 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 31, 1954. The expedition was led by Ardito Desio and the two climbers who actually reached the top were Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni.

The first woman to reach the summit was Wanda Rutkiewicz in 1986. The first five women to reach the summit are all dead (3 of them on the way back). This lead to a belief that K2 carries a curse for women.

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