K2 is Beginning to Look a Lot Like Everest

When 145 climbers summited K2 in a single record-breaking day last week, it made the second-highest mountain in the world look more like Everest at its crowded worst. Mingma G has just published a video on Facebook showing what the mountain looked like early on July 22, as clients and their guides moved up near the Bottleneck.

It recalls the notorious photos from Everest in recent years, showing a “conga line” near the summit.

This photo of crowds on Everest made world headlines when Nirmal Purja shot it a few years ago.

Until recently, K2 was considered a “climber’s mountain” that was too technical and too dangerous to commercialize. But as fixed ropes and abundant oxygen and Sherpa support have made 8,000m peaks easier, it turns out that that assessment was wishful thinking.

Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko is the editor of ExplorersWeb. One of Canada’s premier arctic travelers, he is the author of The Horizontal Everest and Arctic Eden, and has just finished a book about adventures in Labrador. In 2018, he was awarded the Polar Medal by the Governor General of Canada and in 2022, he received the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal for services to exploration.