Concordia

Concordia

Concordia  is the name for the confluence of the 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.

At Concordia, the Godwin Austen glacier from K-2 flows into the Baltoro glacier from the north. The name Concordia is of Latin origin, meaning ‘harmony with the heart’ and was first used by a British mountaineer, John Frederic Hardy for a place where two or more glaciers meet, thus the name was then adopted for this camp site in the Karakoram Range.

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

Concordia is called Thee Mountaineer’s Paradise’ in the extreme north of Pakistan along the borders of China. Amongst the tallest 14 mountain peaks of the world that are above 8000 meters, Pakistan proudly bears five. And, of those, four peaks can easily be seen from the Concordia, a camp site at the elevation of 4600 meters. The tallest and most magical of the four is K-2 (8611m), the second highest mountain of the world, also known as ‘Choghori’ by the locals. The other three peaks are Gasherbrum I (8080m), Broad Peak (8051m) and Gasherbrum II (8035m). This is the very reason why Concordia has been labeled as “The Mountaineer’s Paradise.” Other than the 14 above-8000-meter peaks, the landscape of Concordia is also distinguished by the recognizable silhouette of Mitre Peak’s remarkable elegance, despite the fact that it is “only” 6017 meters.

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