Polish photographer takes a drone to K2, returns with breathtaking pictures

Published: July 31, 2015

The icy tundra of Baltoro glacier and K2 can be one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. But in rare moments, it can also be one of the most beautiful.

This landscape beauty was captured by Polish adventure-photographer David Kaszlikowski as part of his expedition to the Karakoram region to shoot for a documentary.

In additions to employing some of the best imaging tools commercially available, a Canon 5D Mark III in Kaszlikowski’s case, he also deployed a drone to fully capture the beauty and magnanimy of the Baltoro, one of the largest glaciers in the world.

He manages to capture the glacier and the mountain in a manner never seen before.

At the heart of Karakoram, a glacier formation found at Concordia at the very beginning of one of the longest glaciers on the planet, Baltoro. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI

K2 mountain captured on a clear night just before sunrise. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI

K2 is the second highest mountain in the world at 8,611 metres above sea level. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI

Training climb on the ice features of the Baltoro glacier. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI

LED light to ‘paint’ the snow at Karakoram. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI

The porters’ tent at K2’s base camp is just a tarpaulin stretched over the stones, left, while the other tents belong to expedition members. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI

Expedition members meander between crevasses with the Gasherbrum IV massif visible in the background. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI

A view of the Gasherbrum IV massif. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI

Balti porters carrying loads which range from 25kg to 50kg, a task they undertake often wearing only basic rubber sneakers filled with fresh grass to stop their feet slipping. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI

The porters photographed outside at base camp. They sometimes light fires using rubbish from the expeditions. PHOTO: DAVID KASZLIKOWSKI

The article originally appeared in The Guardian

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Naseer
    Aug 1, 2015 - 1:08AM

    Beautiful pictures!Recommend

  • pakis92
    Aug 1, 2015 - 1:23AM

    simply amazing may

    **> Allah protect the glaciers of pakistan



  • Aviator
    Aug 1, 2015 - 4:40AM


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 1, 2015 - 4:56AM

    Government must intervene and set safety, wages and equipment standards for porters. They must be considered as valuable as foreign hikers and climbers. Recommend

  • khizer
    Aug 1, 2015 - 1:21PM

    Beautiful pictures. Hope to see more tourists coming to pakistan Recommend

  • Ammar Ahmed
    Aug 1, 2015 - 1:54PM

    Sad, we have places better than Switzerland yet there is nobody to promote them.Recommend

  • Aug 1, 2015 - 2:24PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Actually Government has no anxiety for doing such things Recommend

  • Aug 1, 2015 - 3:38PM

    He really did a wonderful job at K2 by having its pictures captured beautifully.
    MUCH APPRECIATED!!!!Recommend

  • Muhammad Bilal Khan
    Aug 1, 2015 - 4:14PM

    Simply amazing, Incredible to see the beauty of motherland Pakistan. Promote Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Aug 1, 2015 - 5:04PM

    Simply WOW!Recommend

  • Lion King
    Aug 1, 2015 - 5:38PM

    And I wonder why our media never ever takes such an endeavor by itself rather than

    always presenting foreigners’ work even on Pakistan ?

    Perhaps it’s too busy cajoling the corruption terrorists

    and projecting their workers like the “supermodels”Recommend

  • Usman
    Aug 1, 2015 - 7:34PM

    Simply Amazing
    Hats off to you guys.


  • Ahmad Iftikhar
    Aug 1, 2015 - 11:25PM

    It is very rightly known as “the throne room of the mountain heads”. It’s paradise for hikers. Beauty of the world at its peak which leaves you spell bound. Everyone should visit the concordia to have once in a life time glimpse and later sweet memory for your whole life. They say “make tours when you are young, tell tales when you are old.”Recommend

  • Bewildered
    Aug 2, 2015 - 12:13AM

    Shocked to see the conditions of the porters. The kind of wear and gear these poor porters shown to have may be suitable for some Saharan expedition, but certainly not for expeditions heading for the highest points on Earth posing polar climatic conditions. The hikers should consider these poor porters as humans like themselves and must provide them with the suitable clothing and footwear before the start of the expedition. For this purpose, the GoP must make it a condition of the hiking license.Recommend

  • Salaar khan
    Aug 2, 2015 - 12:28AM

    I have been to this place…. worth watching and realy amazing experience. I would like to invite all those people who want to see something different and uniqueRecommend

  • Bilal
    Aug 2, 2015 - 3:26AM

    Beautiful. As for comments like “we have places more beautiful than Switzerland” please remember that the landscape of Switzerland was also designed by the same Allah who designed this landscape. Just because it is in a different country doesn’t mean “ours” is better. Each place has its own beauty and charm.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 2, 2015 - 8:19AM

    @Bewildered: Each climber spends between $60,000 to $100,000 to scale K2 or other mountain over 8000 meters. Major portion of this amount goes to government permits and expedition expenses. At the end of expedition they usually give tips, jackets, shoes and other equipment to these porters who sell them in local markets. I don’t blame porters because they are very poor and illiterate. Some times they are exploited too but its government who should set standard for safety and well being of its citizens. Recommend

  • kashmiri
    Aug 7, 2015 - 1:10PM

    @Bewildered: Are you serious in suggesting that every mountaneering expedition should be forced to bring along a truckload of clothes and equipment of all sizes for all the porters they will employ along the route? It is up to the government of Pakistan to establish mandatory training courses for porters, a list of compulsory equipment, a license regime for hiking agencies, a compliance control regime, etc. Sure foreigners will then have to pay more for the services, but please get away with this colonial mentality that foreigners should distribute alms!Recommend

  • zzz
    Aug 7, 2015 - 1:14PM

    @Bewidlered: you ask that foreigners take care of the working conditions in your own country? are you a slave looking for a master?Recommend

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