K-2 is a rocky mountain up to 6,000m, beyond which it becomes an ocean of snow. The traditional route to K-2 baseK2 Mountain camp goes from Skardu, which is linked with Islamabad by a good road. From Skardu the route goes via Shigar-Dassu-Askole up to Concordia over the Baltoro glacier.
K-2 was firstly discovered and measured by the Survey of India in 1856, and first named for English topographer Henry Godwin - Austen, who explored and surveyed the region.
K-2 is taken from the first letter of Karakoram, and the number indicates that it was the second peak in the range to be measured. K-2 was firstly climbed on July,31 1954 by Italian climbers team lead by Ardito Desio and accompanying him were Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni. A March 1987 measurement of K-2 indicated that it might be higher than Everest, but later that year, Everest was re-measured by a similar method and found to be 778 ft (237m) taller.