The Death Zone of K-2

K-2 located at an altitude of 8,611 meters above sea level. K2’s popular place known as ‘Bottle Neck’ begins at about 8,300 meters, and in mountaineering terms, it is called the ‘Death Zone’. There is a significant increase in survival challenges in the Death Zone of K-2. Here climbers have to contend with deadly natural weather as well as a battle within their own bodies.

The Death zone of K-2. Travel to north, Traveltonorth, TTN, Base Camp
K-2 Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Danger Zone

According to the maintaining experts on K-K-2 after camp 4 at about 7400m, the mountaineers enter the danger zone. In this zone lack of oxygen and negative effects begin to appear.

Health Problems In Death Zone

The Climbers become victims of High Altitude Pulmonary Anemia (HAPE) or High Altitude Cerebral Anemia (HACE) which mostly causes death. With (lack of oxygen), the pulse speeds up, the blood thickens, and the risk of stroke increases. In the worst-case scenario, climbers’ lungs fill with water and they may become at high risk of HACE. They start coughing with or without blood and have severe cerebral anemia (HACE) which severely affects their respiratory system. In such a situation, most of the climbers’ brains stop working, they lose their ability to think and understand, and they have strange delusional thoughts.

In the death zone, where one wrong step can mean falling straight into a ditch or a glacier thousands of feet deep and embracing death, further deprivation of oxygen at that altitude can have serious effects and the human brain loses control of the body. And the body becomes paralyzed. While the lack of oxygen needed by humans to breathe in the death zone increases the chances of ‘altitude scans’ (altitude sickness), high winds at such altitudes can be fatal for climbers. Even very low temperatures here can cause frostbite in any part of the body. There is no room for error in the death zone and here you cannot spend more than a certain amount of time and sleeping here or staying longer means death.