Mountain climbing in Tibet
One of the greatest attractions Tibet has to offer is some of the best mountain climbing available to man today. Tibet houses the two highest and most exhilarating mountains for climbing, Mount Everest and K2 also known as the “Savage Mountain”. Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the World Standing 8,848m at the highest peak. The Mountain known as Mount Everest derived its name from a English surveyor, although the mountain was mapped and named by the native Tibetans already as “Mount Qomolangma”. Everest was named in English due to the difficulty that survey teams had trying to travel in Tibet to acquire data and speak with the Tibetans. Climbing trips have been successful and have increased in succession over the years, but the climb continues to be extremely difficult and daunting one. Mount Everest is one of the most exciting reasons to travel to Tibet.
Even with Mount Everest’s height in Tibet, one mountain is even more dangerous, K2 is a far more difficult climb. From base to peak K2 is not as high as Everest at a peak of 8,611m, but has a much steeper incline, which makes the ascension that much more difficult. K2 has also derived its name from English surveying, being the second peak of the Karakoram Range, due to the same difficulty of trying to travel in Tibet. K2 also has the second highest fatality rate of mountain climbed above 8,000m, although it has never been climbed in the winter. Only approximately 300 climbers have summited K2 while approx. 2700 climbers have summited Mount Everest. Both of these mountains prove to be daunting tasks to climb, but will prove to be an exhilarating experience for Tibetan travelers to come.