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poet who had found ideas for a new Paradiso in the Vale of Kashmir might here get suggestions for a new Inferno. The Karakoram range culminates in the north-west near the Muztagh pass in a group of majestic peaks including K2 or Mount Godwin Austen (28,265 feet),

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Fig. 9. Muztagh-Karakoram and Himalayan Ranges in Kashmír

Gasherbrum, and Masherbrum, which tower over and feed the vast Boltoro glacier. The first of these giants is the second largest mountain in the world. The Duke of the Abruzzi ascended it to the height of 24,600 feet, and so established a climbing record. The Muztagh chain carries on the northern bastion to the valley of