Don’t bother asking climbers why they climb mountains – chances are their answers won’t make any sense to you. According to George Mallory, the mountain climber who had conquered Everest multiple times, the most important thing is the feeling one gets when reaching the peak. This feeling is not something that can be accurately described.
Even though there have been countless cases when people died trying to reach peaks of mountains, the temptation is too much to turn down.
National Geographic has compiled a list of the world’s six most dangerous mountains for climbers:
Annapurna summit is located in the central parts of Nepal’s Himalayas. Annapurna’s tallest peak is located 8,091 m above the sea level, making it the tenth tallest spot on Earth. Annapurna is also one of the most dangerous peaks for mountain climbers. Approximately 32% of mountain climbers who had attempted to conquer it had died in snow storms, avalanches or due to other reasons.
K2 is the tallest peak of the Karakoram range, which is a mountain system located on the China-Pakistan border. K2 stands 8,611 m above the sea level. It is the second tallest mountain in the world after Everest. Technically K2 is one of the most complicated mountains in the world – over the years it has been conquered by 249 people. 60 people who had attempted to conquer it had died.
Nanga Parbat is the ninth tallest mountain in the world. It is located in the mountain ridge of the Himalayas in Pakistan. The height of the mountain is 8,126 m above sea level. Over the course of its rich history, total of 64 people have died trying to conquer it.
Kanchenjunga is the third tallest mountain in the world after Everest and K2. Its height reaches 8,586 m above sea level. In total, Kanchenjunga consists of five peaks, four of which are taller than 8,450 m. Taking into account statistical data from previous years, Kanchenjunga stands as the world’s most dangerous mountain. 22% of mountain climbers die trying to conquer it.
Mount Everest or Chomolungma is the highest mountain on Earth – it is located on the Nepal-China border in the Himalayas. Its height reaches 8,848 m above sea level. Ever since 1953, when Everest was conquered for the first time, approximately 1,500 people have been to its peak. Unfortunately, this mountain remains very treacherous, as 200 other people who had tried to conquer it over the years had died.
Everest has become safer for climbing lately. Nevertheless, it is still very hard to reach its peak.
Myanmar’s highest peak is Khakaborazi. It is also often called Anti-Everest. This is because there is no infrastructure and clear roads leading to the mountain. Khakaborazi is believed to be the highest peak in South-East Asia. However, it has never been measured with modern global positioning systems.
According to a survey carried out by British scientists, Khakaborazi is 5,881 m tall. In addition to the fact that the mountain is located in an isolated area, chances of rescuers reaching people in case of an emergency are close to zero.