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#K2WinterExpedition2020: 49 international climbers in Pakistan to conquer 'Killer Mountain'

11:59 PM | 24 Dec, 2020
#K2WinterExpedition2020: 49 international climbers in Pakistan to conquer 'Killer Mountain'

ISLAMABAD – A 49-member adventure team began its winter expedition on Thursday in a bid to achieve something that no human has ever done before, surmount world's second highest peak, K2 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Group members belonging to eighteen countries including USA, Nepal, Poland and Italy are participating in the expedition. Today, the international expedition team took off from Skardu and officially started the trek to K2 base Camp. They reached camp Jhola 3,184m. 

K2 is the only eight-thousand metre peak that has never been climbed during winter or from its eastern face.

Of the five highest mountains in the world, K2 is the deadliest; approximately one person dies on the mountain for every four who reach the summit. Although the summit of Everest is at a higher altitude, K2 is a more difficult and dangerous climb, due in part to its more inclement weather.

It is more lethal mountain than Everest, and 84 people have died on the mountain since record keeping began.

The mountain is 8,611m (28,251ft) high - about 200m less than Everest - but is widely considered the most demanding of all in winter. 

The Karakoram mountain range to which it belongs is colder than the Himalayan mountain range. Temperatures can fall to below minus 50C.

Concerns have been raised for this many climbers going together as there are so many lives at risk but the dare-devils  couldn't stop themselves from trying to make history.

So unforgiving are the conditions on K2, part of the Karakoram Range that straddles the Pakistan-China border, that it has long been referred to as The Savage Mountain or the Killer Mountain. It was a name that stuck after US mountaineer George Bell said of his own attempt in 1953: "It is a savage mountain that tries to kill you." 

As of July 2018, there had been a reported 367 successful climbs of K2 and 86 deaths, which equates to roughly one death in every four. But this harrowing statistic includes all seasons, with or without oxygen. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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