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K2 \K2\ n. A mountain in Northern Kashmir; it is one of the highest in the world, 28,250 feet high.

Syn: Godwin Austen, Dapsang.


n. The world’s second highest mountain, located in the Ladakh Himalayas.


K2, also known as Mount Godwin-Austen or Chhogori ( Balti: چھوغوری), is the second highest mountain in the world, after Mount Everest, at above sea level. It is located on the China-Pakistan border between Baltistan, in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of northern Pakistan, and the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China. K2 is the highest point of the Karakoram range and the highest point in both Pakistan and Xinjiang.

K2 is known as the Savage Mountain due to the extreme difficulty of ascent. It has the second-highest fatality rate among the eight thousanders. With around 300 successful summits and 80 fatalities, about one person dies on the mountain for every four who summit. It is more difficult and hazardous to reach the peak of K2 from the Chinese side; thus, it is usually climbed from the Pakistani side. Unlike Annapurna, the mountain with the highest fatality-to-summit rate (191 summits and 61 fatalities), or the other eight thousanders, K2 has never been climbed during winter.

K2 (disambiguation)

K2 is a mountain on the the Chinese/Pakistani border.

K2 or K-2 may also refer to:

K2 (film)

K2 is a 1991 motion picture loosely based on the story of two friends' ascent of the second-highest mountain on Earth, K2. The story is based on a play written by Patrick Meyers and presented as a senior thesis at Stanford University. The film was directed by Franc Roddam, and written by Meyers and Scott Roberts, adapting Meyers' original stage play. The two main characters of the film, Taylor Brooks (played by Michael Biehn) and Harold Jameson (played by Matt Craven), are loosely based on Jim Wickwire and Louis Reichardt, respectively, the first two Americans to summit K2 in 1978. Wickwire and Reichardt are acknowledged in the ending credits.

K2 (K2 album)

K2 is a 1995 debut album by Serbian pop duo K2. It was released in the beginning of 1995.

The album contains 11 songs. The producers of all the songs off album were sisters Kovač themselves, with Aleksandra being the main and Kristina, a co-producer. The first single "Ajmo u život" became very popular in Serbia at the time it's been released (January 1995), and rapidly became their signature song and tune. In total, three songs were released off the album, and for all of the singles were shot videos.

K2 (Kovač sisters duo)

K2 was a Serbian pop, R&B, funk and dance duo, formed by sisters Aleksandra and Kristina Kovač in 1990. They worked with many producers worldwide and released five albums. After eight years, the band finished its work in 1998. Aleksandra and Kristina started their solo careers.

K2 (building)

K2 is a residential tower block in Leeds, UK. The building is situated in the city centre, on Albion Street and Great George Street, opposite St John's Centre. The lower two floors contain commercial premises, including a Jongleurs Comedy Club, Bar Risa (a bar with a capacity of 1500) and formerly a Hard Rock Cafe. The building is the joint 9th tallest building in Leeds. The building has 20 stories and is tall. The commercial parts of the building are known as 'The Cube'. Ventura Outsourcing have of office space in the upper floors of 'The Cube'.

K2 (TV channel)

K2 is an Italian children's television channel owned by Discovery Networks Europe. The head office is located in Rome.

K2 (South African band)

K2 is a South African commercial Rock Band from Bloemfontein.

K2 (Kerfuffle album)

Links is the second album by folk band Kerfuffle.

K2 (tax scheme)

K2 is an offshore wealth management scheme run in Jersey, Channel Islands. It has been called a tax avoidance scheme following revalations in 2012 of British comedian Jimmy Carr utilising the scheme to lower the amount of tax he paid to HM Revenue and Customs.

K2 (board game)

K2 is a board game by Adam Kałuża in which players are challenged to climb the mountain of the same name. In 2012 K2 became the first Polish game to be nominated for a Spiel des Jahres award. It was also nominated for an International Gamers Award.

The game features a double-sided board with one side representing an easy ascent and the other a more difficult climbing route. There are also two types of weather conditions that you can use for the climb. This means that there are four combinations of weather and board to set the game's difficulty level.

Each player has two climbers and gains points for the highest position that each one reaches as long as they survive. Players must maintain a minimum level of acclimatisation for each climber to ensure that they do not die on the mountain. This, along with movement up or down the mountain, is controlled by the playing of cards from each player's personal deck.

K2 can be played solo or with up to five players. When there are a number of climbers there is some level of interaction between players due to the limited space on the board. Each position has a stated number of climbers that can stop there meaning that it is possible to block the path upwards or downwards of opposing players.

The game has been praised for the emotional response it gains from players, including "moments of extreme tension". Reviews note that the theme of mountaineering is unique and interesting, while the game mechanics simulate climbing, with realistic scenarios. The variable difficulty level has received positive comments but the replayability of the game has been questioned. have released K2: Broad Peak as an expansion for K2. This gives players two challenges based on historical climbs of Broad Peak (formerly known as K3) by Polish mountaineers. They also produced a small expansion called The Avalanche. Kałuża's follow-up game, The Cave, debuted in 2013.