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Godwin-Austen & Upper Baltoro

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The Godwin-Austen Glacier has its source below the southern and eastern aspects of K2 and joins the massive Baltoro Glacier at Concordia, in Pakistan. This high pass is a favored vantage point for trekkers, who can enjoy pristine views of the Karakoram range.

Photography 1909: Vittorio Sella, Fondazione Sella O.n.l.u.s.
Photography 2009: David Breashears, GlacierWorks

Godwin-Austen & Upper Baltoro Glaciers, 1909

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Godwin-Austen & Upper Baltoro Glaciers, 2009

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Suddenly, and without warning, as if a veil had been lifted from our eyes, the wide Godwin Austen valley lay before us in its whole length. Down the end, alone, detached from all the other mountains, soared up K2, the indisputable sovereign of the region, gigantic and solitary, hidden from human sight by innumerable ranges, jealously defended by a vast throng of vassal peaks, protected from invasion by miles and miles of glaciers.