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Porters on Baltoro Glacier with K2 in back 17th March 2013

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Porters on Baltoro Glacier with K2 in back

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Taken at the Baltoro glacier crossroads, a group of porters are taking a break while K2 is standing proud at the horizon…

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K2 (also known as Chhogori/Qogir, Ketu/Kechu, Savage Mountain, Mount Godwin-Austen) is the second-highest mountain on Earth, after Mount Everest. With a peak elevation of 8,611 m (28,251 feet), K2 is part of the Karakoram Range, and is located on the border between Baltistan, in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan, and the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China.

The name comes from *K*arakoram, it was simply the 2nd peak identified during a survey of the range. Though K1 has been renamed to Masherbrum, the local name, experts are still not out if K2 actually has a local name as it cannot be seen from any inhabited place, you have to hike for days up the ginormous Baltoro Glacier to even see it, but when you do, you might want to sit down for a moment…

Shot on slide in 2004, scanned in 2012.

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