Concordia (Karakoram)

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View of Concordia, looking west

Concordia (Urdu: کونکورڈیا‎) is the name for the confluence of the mighty Baltoro Glacier and the Godwin-Austen Glacier in the heart of the Karakoram mountain range of Pakistan. It is located in the Baltistan region of Pakistan, at 4,691 metres (15,390 ft) above sea level. The area is often used as a base camp for mountaineering expeditions on K2 and other nearby peaks, and is also a popular destination for trekkers and backpackers.

The name was first applied by the English mountaineer Aleister Crowley during the 1902 Eckenstein/Crowley attempt on K2[1] and comes from this location's similarity to another glacial confluence, also named Concordia, in the Bernese Oberland of the Central Alps.

History[edit]

In 1890, Robert Lerco was the first reported person to reach Concordia, followed by William Martin Conway in 1892.[2]

Coordinates: 35°44′N 76°31′E / 35.733°N 76.517°E / 35.733; 76.517

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Confessions of Aleister Crowley, page 311, Arkana Books, 1989
  2. ^ "'The Ghosts of K2' Adds Twists to the Early K2 Saga". 2015-11-10.