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  • Picture captured by Tahir Khan Kayani (Hydaspes' Lightbox) a handsome man who frequently flied in the high altitudes and fond of capturing amazing angles of naturally beautiful things.

The name K2 is derived from the notation used by the Great Trigonometric Survey of British India. Thomas Montgomerie made the first survey of the Karakoram from Mount Haramukh, some 210 km (130 miles) to the south, and sketched the two most prominent peaks, labeling them K1 and K2.

Lacking a local name, the name Mount Godwin-Austen was suggested, in honor of Henry Godwin-Austen, an early explorer of the area, but was rejected by the Royal Geographical Society, it was used on several maps, and continues to be used occasionally.

K2 lies in the northwestern Karakoram Range. It is located in the Baltistan region of Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan and the Xinjiang, China. The sandy basin borders the range on the north and the Lesser Himalayas on the south. Melted waters from vast glaciers, in the south and east of K2, feed agriculture in the valleys and major source of fresh-water supply.

K2 is notable for its local alleviation as well as its total height. It stands over 3,000 meters (9,840 ft) above much of the glacial valley bottoms at its base. It is a consistently steep pyramid, dropping quickly in almost all directions. The north side is the steepest: there it rises over 3,200 meters (10,500 ft) above the K2 (Qogir) Glacier in only 3,000 meters (9,800 ft) of horizontal distance. In most directions, it achieves over 2,800 meters (9,200 ft) of vertical alleviation in less than 4,000 meters (13,000 ft).

Angel Sar aka Angelus (6802 m) is a summit at the end of the south-east ridge of K2 in the Baltoro Muztagh mountain range of the Karakorams. It is considered a subsidiary peak of K2 with a prominence of 464 m and known as the son of K2.

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