K2 is the second highest mountain in the world. It is in the Karakoram section of the Himalayas between Pakistan and China and it is the National mountain of Pakistan. The name K2 is derieved from the name of mountain range Karakoram. This is how the mountain is popluarly known as K2. K2 means Karakoram 2. The mountain is 8,623 metres (28,661 feet) high. It is believed that the mountain is harder to climb than Mount Everest because of its very bad weather. It is said by the climbers that the weather around K2 is 10 times worse than Mount Everest. K2 is also much higher than the area around it when compared to Everest. K2 is nicknamed "The Savage Mountain" because of this. As of 2004, only 246 people have climbed to the top of the mountain. At least 56 people have died trying to climb it. An unofficial name for K2 is Mount Godwin Austen, named for the man who first climbed it.
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