4 August 1954: An expedition led and organised by Professor Ardio Desio of Milan University is the first to reach the summit of the world’s second highest mountain

Skardu (Kashmir), August 3
Italian mountaineers have climbed the second-highest mountain in the world – K2, or Mount Godwin Austen, in the Karakoram range. Its height is 28,250 feet. A brief message announcing the successful attempt has to-day reached this small town on the Upper Indus, some sixty miles from the mountain.

It is believed that the summit was reached on July 23 or 24. The party consists of ten members of the Italian Alpine Club, with Sherpa porters. It is led by Professor Ardito Desio, of Milan University.

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