Hong Kong and Islamabad (CNN) — The world’s second highest mountain, K2 in Pakistan, has welcomed a record-breaking variety of climbers this yr amid a post-pandemic surge of summit fever.
Some 207 permits have been issued for ascending K2, says Sajjid Hussain, a tourism official in Gilgit Baltistan, the area bordering China which is residence to the Karakoram Mountains, a variety containing all 5 if Pakistan’s peaks over 8,000 meters (26,000 ft).
But temperate climate throughout July, usually the very best time of yr to summit the height, plus the relative ease of journey in comparison with earlier years and a secure political state of affairs within the nation, is believed to have contributed to the document variety of ascents.
Another issue was the pent-up demand that grew throughout the pandemic. With a few of the world’s highest peaks off-limits or troublesome to entry attributable to Covid-related border closures, many climbers have spent the previous two years saving cash and prepping for a return to the mountains.
While K2 is extra bodily troublesome to ascend, it’s considerably cheaper than Everest.
Permits to climb the world’s highest mountain price $11,000 per particular person, and would-be climbers additionally must calculate the prices of journey to and from Nepal, clothes, tools, meals and employed guides and Sherpas.
Meanwhile, a K2 climbing allow — which regularly covers the opposite 4 “eight thousander” peaks close by — could be had for $7,200 for a gaggle of seven folks.
The variety of permits wasn’t the one document set this yr.
K2 was the ultimate mountain that Drummond wanted to climb with a view to set her historic document.