In 1924, a reporter from The New York Times asked British mountaineer George Mallory: Why do you want to climb Mount Everest? Mallory gave a simple and world-famous answer: Because it is there. This sentence has since become the belief of countless climbers.
In the same year, Mallory and his teammate Andrew Owen tried to challenge Mount Everest again, but in the end, they never returned. The controversy over whether the two successfully reached the summit during their lifetimes became the famous "Mystery" in mountaineering history. It wasn't until 1999, after 75 years, that Mallory's body was found.
As described in Homer's epic, the goddess could not bear the hero's body to be abused and corrupted, and his beloved Everest made him still alive. Generally beautiful and strong, like a bright marble statue, it receives the awe and worship of every climber. This article will tell you the five most difficult snow-capped mountains in the world.
K2 is 8611 meters above sea level, "K" refers to the Karakoram, and "2" is the second peak in the mountain to be examined at the time. K2 is not the highest peak in the world, but it is recognized by the world as the most difficult mountain to climb in the world, and its climbing mortality rate has reached a terrifying 27%!
This means that every time 100 people climb it, 27 people will die. This is a savage peak, and its name is remembered for such a high mortality rate. Its precipitous degree can only be described as "shock", which is why it was only in 1954 that two Italians first reached the summit.
2. Meili Snow Mountain
Due to the influence of the warm current of the Indian Ocean, the glaciers in Meili Snow Mountain are extremely unstable and prone to avalanches. Kawagebo, 6740 meters above sea level, is still the "Virgin Peak" that humans have not conquered.
Since 1902, human beings have climbed Kawagebo more than ten times, but they all ended in failure. Many professional climbers came with their heads held high in full armor, and they all left silently with their heads lowered when going down the mountain, but the last climbers never came down.
3. Nanga Bawa Peak
Nanga Bawa Peak is located at the intersection of the Himalayas, the Nyainqentanglha Mountains, and the Hengduan Mountains, with an altitude of 7782 meters. Due to the complex tectonic plate tectonic movement in the Yarlung Zangbo River area where Nanfeng is located, the mountain walls in the Nanfeng area stand up, and earthquakes and avalanches continue, making it extremely difficult to climb.
It is 7,000 meters high, and its steepness can be imagined. This has also made Nanga Bawa the highest "virgin peak" that has not been climbed by humans for a long time, until October 30, 1992, the Sino-Japanese joint mountaineering team successfully reached the top.
4. Baita Bulak Peak
Baitabulak Peak, located in northern Pakistan, with an altitude of 7285 meters, is known by the name "The Ogre" and is one of the most difficult mountains to climb in the world. The first attempt was made as early as 1971, and the first ascent was in 1977, but it was not until 2001 that the second attempt was made.
It is said that there are only a handful of people in the world who have successfully climbed to the top of Baitabulak. Its difficulty is similar to Torre Peak, the nearly vertical mountain is terrifying, and its altitude is more than twice that of Torre Peak.
5. Torre Peak
Torre Peak is located in the South Patagonia Icefield in South America, a disputed area between Argentina and Chile. It is 3128 meters above sea level and has a relative height of 1227 meters. It is one of the world's famous granite giant tower peaks.
The difficulty of Torre Peak is not its altitude, but its unique shape. No matter from any angle, Torrey Peak is like a dagger piercing the sky. From any angle, its slope is more than 80°. So far, only less than 10 people in the world have successfully reached the summit.