Top 5 challenging, deadliest and adventurous mountain climbs in the world – K2, Kangchenjunga, Nanga Parbat, Pomiu and Lhotse.
K2 - 8,611 m
K2, also known as Godwin Austin, is considered the world’s toughest and challenging mountain to climb. It is located on the border between Pakistan and Xinjiang, China. It is the second highest peak in the world. It is known as the Savage Mountain due to the difficulty of ascent. The first ascent was in 1954, by Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni – 2 Italians.
It’s routes are steeper and more difficult than those to the top of Everest, and the surrounding weather is significantly colder and less predictable than on Everest. 49 climbers have died on K2, for every four people who have reached the summit, one has died trying. K2 has never been climbed in winter. Since 1954, there have been 189 summits.
Kanchenjunga - 8,586 m
Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world. It is located along the India-Nepal border in the Himalayas. Kangchenjunga is also know as The Five Treasures of Snows as it contains five peaks, four of them over 8,450 m. These peaks are main, central, and south – are on the border of North Sikkim inIndia and Taplejung District of Nepal, while the other two are completely in Taplejung District.
It is an almost vertical pyramid, over 3000 meters high. At attitude of 5000 meters it’s not an easy challenge.Though not successfully climbed until 1955, it was first attempted in 1905, but the four members of that international party were killed in an avalanche. The threat of avalanches and mudslides is omnipresent in the area, which receives very heavy precipitation throughout much of the year. Over the years, Kanchenjunga has claimed its fair share of lives and was only finally conquered by a woman, Ginette Harrison, in 1998. Until then Kangchenjunga had been the only eight-thousander that had not seen a female ascent.
Nanga Parbat - 8,125m
Nanga Parbat is the world’s ninth highest peak. It is considered as one of the daring and deadliest climbing mountains. Nanga Parbat is an enormous ridge of rock and ice and is located in Kashmir, an area between India and Pakistan, and is also known as Killing Mountain or as a Man Eater due to its great mortality rate. Reinhold Messner, a living legend in moutaineering from Italy, says that “everyone who has ever stood at the foot of this face up above the ‘Tap Alpe’, studied it or flown over it, could not help be have been amazed by its sheer size; it has become known as the highest rock and ice wall in the world.”
Since 1895, lot of mountaineers have perished on this mountain. Nanga Parbat claimed 31 lives before it was conquered by Austrian Herman Buhl in 1953. It has always been associated with tragedies and tribulations. Even in recent years it has claimed a heavy toll of mountaineers who were in search of adventure and thrill.
Pomiu - 5,413 m
Pomiu is a peak on the Four Girls Mountain (Siguniang), located in Sichian Province in China. It is a knife edged rock peak and a beautiful Nature Reserve with many sharp rock peaks, lakes and marshes which had been shaped by ancient glaciers. The highest peak in the region is Four Girls Mountain itself, reaching up to 6250m.
In 1984, Allen Steck and another mountaineer of the AAC member made the first ascent of Pomiu, and in 1985, Keith Brown, an AAC member, made the second ascent with a new route. Mr. Qiu Xiang and Liu Xinan made the ascent of the south west ridge in August 30, 2005. South west ridge of Pomiu is considered to be the toughest one. Although at 5,413 meters high, there are not too much attempt’s for ascending on Pomiu.
Lhotse - 8,516 m
Lhotse is located on the border between Nepal and Tibet and is 8516 meters high. It’s the fourth highest peak on Earth. It is best known for its proximity to Everest and for the fact that climbers ascending the standard route on that peak spend some time on its northwest face. It is often seen as a minor eight-thousander. However, Lhotse is a dramatic and adventurous peak in its own right, due to its tremendous south face. Lhotse Shar was first person to climbed on this daring mountain peak on 5, December, 1979 by Sepp Mayerl and Rolf Walter by taking the SE-ridge.
Although it’s often seen as relatively easy reachable eight-thousandth, numbers say something different. Lhotse’s peak rises 3.2 km in only 2.25 km of horizontal distance, making it the steepest face of this size in the world. Lhotse has three summits: Lhotse Main 8516m, Lhotse Shar 8383m and Lhotse Middle or East 8413m. Lhotse Main was first climbed in 1956 by Ernst Reiss and Fritz Luchsinger who were part of a Swiss expedition.
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