What are the most deadly mountains in the world?



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    People have always had a fascination with mountains. For centuries, man has seen these gleaming peaks as challenges to be conquered and obstacles to be overcome. None-the-less, these giants are still part of the wilds of nature and thousands upon thousands of lives have been claimed by the world’s most deadly peaks

    Honorable Mention: Mount Everest

    Perhaps the world’s most famous mountain, Mount Everest, located on the border between Nepal, and Tibet, has seen its share of challengers. Standing at 29,029 feet, it is the highest mountain in the world. More than 2700 people have climbed to its summit in more than 4000 successful trips. It costs on average $25,000 American to climb the mountain in its entirety. At most recent count, Everest had claimed as many as 210 lives, far smaller than expected for such a fierce mountain. This is because only the most experienced climbers usually undertake this task, coming equipped and experienced for the challenge. Many deaths have resulted in less treacherous mountains being climbed by less experienced individuals who are not fully aware of the inherent dangers of climbing. There is a one-in sixteen chance that a climber will not survive his ordeal.

    Fourth: K-2

    Standing at 28,251 tall, the mountain named K2 is the second tallest mountain in the world. Sitting on the northern-most border of Pakistan, K2, like its cousin Everest, is located in the sky-scrapping Himalayan Mountains. Nicknamed the Savage Mountain, K2 is extremely dangerous because of its erratic weather patterns and sudden storms that can last for days on end. In total, less than 200 have reached the summit. A recent collapse of ice and snow in 2008 took the lives of eleven experienced climbers, bringing the death toll to more than 60. Climbers have about a 16 percent chance of loosing their life if they seriously undertake the climb. Oddly enough, all five female climbers who summated K2 died on mountains; three on their descents and two on nearby mountains not long after their ascents. It also remains of the few peaks that has yet to be climbed during the harsh winter months.

    Third: Siula Grande

    Siula Grande

    Located high in the Peruvian Andes, Siula Grande is the only mountain on the list not located in the Himalayas. Standing at only 20,183 feet tall, it is the smallest mountain on the list, but certainly one of the fiercest. This epic mountain has claimed more lives than any other American peak, mostly because of attempts made to climb its western face, a vertical rise of ice to the peak. In 1985, the challenge was met by Joe Simpson, and Simon Yates, but not before Simpson feel hundreds of feet when his rope broke. He broke his leg during the fall and hobbled back to base camp five miles away. Their incredible journey was made into a book entitled Touching the Void  and later into a major motion picture.

    Second: Nanga Parbat

    Nanga Parbat

    The world’s second deadliest mountain, Nanga Parbat, is also the world’s ninth tallest mountain at 22,966 feet tall. Like K2, it is also located in Pakistan, although much further inland towards the heart of the country. Many climbers undertook this behemoth thinking it would be much easier than the surrounding mountains of K2 and Everest; however this was not the case. The mountain claimed 31 lives before it was finally summated in 1953 by Austrian climber Hermann Buhl. Subsequent climbs have been far more successful, however the mountain continues to claim lives, including 2 more deaths in the past few years.

    First: Annapurna


    The world deadliest mountain, Annapurna, is actually three separate peaks grouped together. The three Annapurna peaks are as follows; Annapurna 1, Annapurna 2 and Annapurna 3. The tallest of these individual peaks, Annapurna 1, rises 26,545 feet off the Earth’s crust. Although all three peaks have been climbed successfully, each has taken its share of lives in the process. Violent and unpredictable weather make the slopes prone to massive avalanches, making it perilous for all who attempt the challenge. Only 130 people have ever reached the summit, the first coming in the late 50s on Annapurna 1. Despite this, another 53 have died trying to climb the sister-peaks of Annapurna; 41 percent of all those who try to ascend the mountain will not survive, by the far the worst mortality rate for any mountain in the world.














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