K12

K12

Himalaya range, Jammu & Kashmir, India

The K12 mountain is located in the Saltoro Muztagh subrange of the Karakoram mountains. The peak straddles the military “Line of Control” between the Indian and Pakistani controlled parts of the former Indian state Jammu and Kashmir, in the Siachen region, and the line is not a legally recognized international boundary. Because of its location in a disputed territory, it does not receive many climbers.

The Saltoro Muztagh, as well as the surrounding mountains, are some of the tallest peaks in the world, and K12 is no exception, towering to over 24,000 feet. It’s no wonder that the closest nearby mountains also climb to impressive heights, including Chumik Kangri at 22,159 feet, Gyong Kangri at 22,070 feet, and Gharkun with an elevation of 21,394 feet, all to the south of K12. Dansam (21,549 feet) is located to the southwest of K12. The 31st highest peak in the world, Saltoro Kangri, or K10, stands to the northwest of K12 with an elevation of 25,400 feet. And Mahashrung (22,769 feet), Padmanabh (23,064 feet), and the Siachen Glacier are located to the northeast of K12.

The K12 Glacier flows into Siachen to the north-northeast, and into the Bilafond Glacier system to the west, which continues flowing to the Dansam River, and onto the Indus River.

Countries: India, Pakistan

Mountain Range: Saltoro Muztagh, Saltoro Karakoram

Elevation: 24,370 feet / 7,428 meters

First Ascent: 1974, by the Japanese team of Shinichi Takagi, Tsutomu Ito.

Fun Fact: K12 is the 61st highest peak in the world.

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