K12 (mountain)
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K12 is the second highest
peak
peak
in the
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Saltoro Mountains
, a subrange of the
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Karakoram
range in the Siachen region, in
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Ladakh
,
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. Its name comes from its designation given during the original survey of the Karakoram range. In 1984, an
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Indian army
expedition under Colonel Prem Chand took hold of this peak, from the side of Siachen glacier by traversing from the west. K12 lies to the southwest of the
Siachen Glacier The Siachen Glacier is a glacier located in the eastern Karakoram range in the Himalayas at about , just northeast of the point NJ9842 where the Line of Control between India and Pakistan ends. At long, it is the longest glacier in the Karak ...
; the K12 glacier heads on its northeast slopes and feeds the Siachen. The western slopes of K12 drain to the Bilafond Glacier system, and thence to the Dansam River, and eventually the
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Indus River
. K12 had been used as the objective for training
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Indian Army
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expedition in 1985. Apart from this, K12 has seen little climbing activity, partly because of the unsettled political situation and the continued military presence in the area. It was first attempted in 1960, after a reconnaissance visit by famed explorer
Eric Shipton Eric Earle Shipton, Order of the British Empire, CBE (1 August 1907 – 28 March 1977), was an English Himalayan mountaineer. Early years Shipton was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1907 where his father, a tea planter, died before he was three ...
in 1957. After a further unsuccessful attempt by a Japanese party in 1971, another Japanese expedition put two climbers, Shinichi Takagi and Tsutomu Ito, on the summit. They fell and died on the descent, and their bodies were not recovered. Another Japanese expedition returned in 1975 and made the second ascent.


See also

* List of Ultras of the Western Himalayas * Siachen conflict * Actual Ground Position Line * Indira Col * Sia La * Ghent Kangri * Saltoro Kangri * Bilafond La * Chumik Glacier * Gyong La * NJ9842


References

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Sources

* Jerzy Wala, ''Orographical Sketch Map of the Karakoram'', Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research, 1990. * Jill Neate, ''High Asia: an illustrated history of the 7,000 metre peaks'', The Mountaineers, 1989. Mountains of Ladakh Seven-thousanders of the Karakoram