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Mike Horn Attempts
Ascent of K2

Geneva, 12th of June 2013

Mike Horn, Fred Roux and Köbi ReichenAfter months of preparation, Mike Horn (Pully, Vaud) Fred Roux (Vollèges, Valais) and Köbi Reichen (Lauenen, Bern) board the Emirates flight for Islamabad, Pakistan. Image: (Mike Horn, Fred Roux and Köbi Reichen)

The three Swiss alpinists leave extremely well prepared and ready to attempt the ascension of one of the toughest Himalayan climbs, the K2.

With a peak elevation of 8'611m, K2 is the second-highest mountain on Earth, after Mount Everest. It borders on Pakistan and China, is the highest point of the Karaoram Valley and the highest point in Pakistan

As the team is doing a fast climb they have opted to ascend via the direct route of the South-southeast spur, otherwise known Cesen Route. This route joins and reaches the summit via the Abruzzi Route.

K2, the second-highest mountain on Earth"After the end Pangaea Expedition in December 2012, I am extremely excited to head off on this massive challenge and to share it together with Fred Roux, with whom I have climbed two peaks over 8'000m (Gasherbrum I and II, 8'080m and 8'035m), and Köbi Reichen, with whom I have climbed one peak over 8'000m (Broad Peak, 8'051m). Together we make a dynamic trio of experienced climbers that get on extremely well and love life." Image: (K2: the second-highest mountain on Earth)

As of all the other climbs they have done together, this climb will be done alpine style without high altitude porters or additional oxygen. Both Mike and Fred have taken paragliders and will try and fly down.

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