Book details

272 Pages
Publication date: July 2024
Imprint: Benevento
Hans Kammerlander Walther Lücker

K2—The Toughest Mountain in the World

Triumphs, Tragedies and Controversies

Historic moments and tragic chapters on K2

70 years ago, on July 31, 1954, the first ascent of K2 was achieved. The South Tyrolean extreme mountaineer Hans Kammerlander needed three attempts before he reached the summit of K2 in 2001. In this book, he traces the history of the second highest mountain in the world and examines the ethics of high-altitude mountaineering.

The most difficult of all eight-thousanders is located in Pakistan and magically attracts alpinists. Whereas they used to climb with rudimentary equipment, today they use high-tech equipment to climb the perfect pyramid. However, technological advancement does little to change the dangerous nature of K2: tragic deaths continue to overshadow spectacular achievements, and expedition tourism is currently changing the »mountain of all mountains«. This comprehensive chronicle of K2 presented by Hans Kammerlander and Walther Lücker is indispensable for all mountain enthusiasts.

»The comprehensive chronicle of K2 presented here by Hans Kammerlander and Walther Lücker is a must-read for all mountain enthusiasts.«


Hans Kammerlander

Hans Kammerlander, born in 1956, is an extreme mountaineer and lives in the South Tyrolean village of Ahornach. He has climbed twelve eight-thousanders and achieved fifty first ascents. His previous works have been translated in several languages.

Walther Lücker

Walther Lücker, born in 1957, is a freelance journalist and photographer and lives in South Tyrol. He accompanied Hans Kammerlander on several expeditions.