K2: Siren of the Himalayas stars elite alpinists Fabrizio Zangrilli and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, National Geographic’s 2012 Explorer of the Year and the first woman to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-metre peaks without supplemental oxygen or high altitude porters. Their breathtaking journey also features veteran climbers Jake Meyer and Chris Szymiec, as this seasoned group attempts to conquer the elusive peak of K2, roping in the viewer with them for this rare and thrilling experience.
Shot in Pakistan in the summer of 2009, the film’s director Dave Ohlson joins this group’s epic K2 journey on the 100-year anniversary of the Duke of the Abruzzi’s landmark 1909 K2 expedition. While their summit attempt hangs in the balance, the film also examines the history and geography of the Karakoram mountains while contemplating the risks, rewards and deeply personal nature of exploration in an age when there are few blank spots left on the map. Rare video footage and still images from the 1909 Duke of Abruzzi expedition make this a definitive historical piece on K2, tracing the parallels of high altitude exploration over the last century.