Thursday, April 18, 2013

Highest Mountains of Pakistan

This article is a part of Peaceful Pakistan Project in which we look at the top mountains of Pakistan. Thanks to EinfoPedia.

K2 Picture
K2 Mountain is located in the Karakorum Range and it is the highest mountain of Pakistan. This is Pakistan’s first and the world’s second highest peak. It reaches 28250 ft (8,611 meters), and lies partly in china and partly in the Pakistani-administered region of Kashmir. In 1954 the Italians Achille Comagnoni and Line Lacedell become the first climbers to reach its summit. The glacier and snow-covered mountain rises from its base at about 15000 ft on the Godwin Austen Glacier, a tributary of the Baltoro Glacier. The first woman who reached the summit was Wanda Rutkiewicz of Poland, in 1986.

Nanga Parbat Picture
Nanga Parbat is 8,126 meters high and is one of the most challenging mountains in the world to climb. Commonly known as the killer mountain, Nanga Parbat is second tallest in Pakistan and 9th highest peak in the world. Situated in the Himalayan Range, Nanga Parbat means naked mountain. Though associated with tragedies, it is not true that the mountain has not been scaled. Many mountaineers lost their life on their way to the summit at Nanga Parbat. It was in 1953 that the Nanga Parbat was conquered by Herman Buhl.

Gasherbrum I Photo
Gasherbrum is a remote group of high peaks in the karakoram, located at the northeast end of the 36-mile Baltoro. There are six Gasherbrum peaks. Gasherbrum is the 11th highest peak in the world and is the 3rd highest peak in Pakistan with a height of 8080 meters. It is also known as K5 and “Hidden Peak”. It is also one of those peaks with least deaths, but this peak is only tried by experienced mountainers.

Broad Peak Picture
Broad Peak, the 12th highest mountain in the world at 8051 meters, is located in the Karakoram Range in Northeastern Pakistan. From the first ascent in 1957 to August 2003, Broad Peak was climbed 225 times and had 18 deaths. If the snow continue to melt due to global warming, Broad Peak central would certainly qualify as the 15th 8000 meters peak. Another issue connected to global warming is the fact that the snow on the true summit is the melting and four summits may overtake it in height.

Gasherbrum II Picture
Gasherbrum II is the 5th highest peak of Pakistan, and the thirteenth highest peak in the world. It is generally considered one of the easiest 8000 meters peaks in the world, but the ascent of this peak should not be taken too easy. It was first climbed on July 8, 1956 by Fritz Moravec, Josef Larch and Hans Willen part of an Austrian expedition. Its total estimated hight is 8035 meters.

Gasherbrum III Photos
Gasherbrum III is located far away into the wilderness and for this reason, it only has been climbed twice. Even if the peak is one of the highest in the world at 7952 meters usually ranked as number 15th, very few climbers have it as a goal. It was for a long time the highest unclimbed peak in the world. The slightly higher Gasherbrums 1 and-2 are 8000ers, and Gasherbrum-3 is much more impressive than its closest neighbours. It is situated between Gasherbrum II and IV in a sub-range of the Karakoram.

Gasherbrum IV Picture
Gasherbrum: It is the 17th highest mountain on the Earth and the 7th highest in Pakistan. The peak is 7925 meters high and it is an extremely technical climb. Its sheer rock faces are relentless and the regional weather of Gasherbrum 4 is very unstable. The first ascent was made in 1958 by strong Italian team led by legendary climber Riccardo Cassin.

Distaghil Sar Photos
Distaghil Sar is the 8th highest mountain in pakistan with the height of 7885 meters. It is located in a remote icy wilderness in the northern reaches of Pakistan (Karakoram ranges). Its first successful climber was G. starker (1960). Its high glacier-clad summit ridge is topped with three sharp peaks. The eastern summit was first climbed in 1980 by a polish expedition over the east face, and was reascended in 1983.

Kunyang Chhish Picture
Kunyang Chhish: At 7852 meters high, Kunyang Chhish is the 21st highest mountain in the world, and is the 9th highest mountain in Pakistan. The first ascent of Kunuang Chhish occurred in 1971 by Zawada’s Polish Expedition (Main Peak). Kunyang Chhish Main is also the second highest peak in the Hispar Muztagh. Kunuang Chhish east is difficult to climb from all directions.

Masherbrum Pictures
Masherbrum: It is located in the Gilgit Baltistan of Pakistan and it is also known as K1. Masherbrum is the 22nd highest mountain in the world and 10th highest in Pakistan with a prominence of 7821 meters. It was first reconnoitred in 1856 by Thomas Montgomerie who denoted the mountain as K1 however this name is rarely used in modern days. It is also one of the hardest mountains to climb.

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