Everest is for wimps! The world’s tallest mountain gets all the hype, but if you are looking to climb the world’s most dangerous mountain you need to go elsewhere. Explorers Web is running a fascinating and eye-opening series called “Killer Mountains” which–using numbers compiled by AdventureStats–compares the fatality rates on the world’s fourteen 8,000 meter peaks. The series has yet to feature Kangchenjunga, Lhotse and Shisha Pangma, but the big picture is already pretty clear. Overall, Everest is far from the world’s deadliest mountain. More than 1900 climbers have made it to the top, while 179 have died in the attempt, yielding an overall fatality rate of 9.3 percent. Of the 11 peaks examined so far, only Cho Oyu, Gasherbrum II, and Broad Peak have lower overall fatality rates. The deadliest? Annapurna, which has killed 53 climbers while allowing only 130 to summit, for a brutal 40 percent overall fatality rate. K2 is the second most deadly mountain overall, with close to a 27 percent fatality rate.

Annapurna: A real bitch

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What about in recent years? Explorers Web gives those stats as well. Since 1990, Annapurna and K2 have been the hardest on climbers, killing almost one in five, while Everest has just a 4.4 percent fatality rate. In fact, since 1990, Makalu, Dhaulagirl, Manaslu, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum I, and Broad Peak, as well as K2 and Annapurna, have been deadlier climbs than Everest. Want to be able to brag about bagging an 8,000 meter peak, but don’t want to take undue risks? Well, the easiest of the peaks analyzed so far has been….Gasherbrum II, at 8,034 meters, in the Karakoram range. GII’s overall fatality rate has been 2.62 percent, but since 1990 there have been only 2 deaths and 457 successful summits, for a fatality rate that is less than half of one percent. Those are odds a lot of people can live with…..

G2: C’mon baby, climb me

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