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 range of Pakistan. It is located in Baltistan region of Pakistan. The name was applied by the English mountaineer Aleister Crowley during the 1902 Eckenstein/Crowley attempt on K2 (see Confessions of Aleister Crowley, page 311 -Arkana Books 1989), and comes from this location's similarity to a glacial confluence, also named Concordia, in the Bernese Oberland, part of the Central Alps.

Around Concordia are clustered some of the highest peaks in the world. Four of the world's fourteen "eight-thousanders" are in this region, as well as a number of important lower peaks.

Concordia offers the region's best place to camp for mountain enthusiasts not involved in climbing. With scenic views, it also offers short treks to several important base camps: K2 (5–6 hours), Broad Peak (2–3 hours) and the Gasherbrum I&II (7–8 hours). An alternative exit to returning down the Baltoro Glacier is available by climbing the Gondogoro Pass (5615 meters). Visitors to the region are advised to carefully monitor their water intake with concern. To avoid often painful and sometimes debilitating stomach upsets at high altitude, water should be obtained from clear water sources and brought to a rolling boil, or purified before consumption.


In 1890, Robert Lerco was the first reported person to reach Concordia, followed by William Martin Conway in 1892.[1]

Notable features[edit]

Camp at Concordia with Mitre Peak in the background

Notable peaks in this area include:

Peak Height Known for
K2 8,611 metres (28,251 ft) Second highest peak
Gasherbrum I (K5) 8,080 metres (26,510 ft) 11th highest peak
Broad Peak (K3) 8,047 metres (26,401 ft) 12th highest in the world
Gasherbrum II (K4) 8,035 metres (26,362 ft) 13th highest in the world
Gasherbrum III 7,952 metres (26,089 ft)
Gasherbrum IV 7,925 metres (26,001 ft)
Masherbrum (K1) 7,821 metres (25,659 ft)
Chogolisa 7,665 metres (25,148 ft)
Muztagh Tower 7,273 metres (23,862 ft)
Snow Dome 7,160 metres (23,490 ft)
Biarchedi 6,781 metres (22,247 ft)
Mitre Peak 6,010 metres (19,720 ft)
Panoramic view from Concordia.

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "'The Ghosts of K2' Adds Twists to the Early K2 Saga". 2015-11-10.

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