The Karakoram is a great mountain system. K-2 in Northeast Pakistan is the highest mountain in the Karakoram range. It is the 2nd highest mountain in thw world. It is known as "The Killer Mountain". Reportedly it is much more difficult to climb than Mount Everest.
Awakening to a complete whiteout and vicious winds, Parmentier radioed base camp by walkie-talkie that he was descending; but with the fixed ropes and all traces of his companions' footprints buried by fresh snow, he soon became lost on the broad, featureless south shoulder of K2.