Tag: Mountain peaks in Pakistan

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    Babusar Pass

    Babusar Pass or Babusar Top is a mountain pass at the north of the 150 km. (93 miles) long Kaghan Valley connecting it via the Thak Nala with Chilas on the Karakoram Highway (KKH). It is the highest point in the babusar valley that can be easily accessed by cars. Babusar Pass connects Gilgit Baltistan with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The Kaghan Valley is at its best during summer (months ranging from May to September). In May the maximum temperature is 11 C (52 F) and the minimum temperature is 3 C (37 F). From the middle of July up to the end of September the road beyond Naran is open right up to Babusar Pass. However, movement is restricted during the monsoon and winter seasons. The Kaghan area can be reached by road via the cities of Islamabad or Peshawar. The mountain ranges which enter Mansehra district from Kashmir are the offshoots of the great Himalayan system. In Kaghan valley the mountain system is the highest of the area including the Babusar top. This range flanks the right bank of the Kunhar, contains a peak Malika Parbat of over 17,000 feet (19), the highest in the district. On the mountains the grasslands are also found where Gujars and other nomads migrate during summer for grazing their sheep, goats and other animals. On the northern side there are mountains which are the extension of the same mountain system as that of Kaghan mountains. This range diverges from the eastern side at Musa-ka-Musalla a peak (13,378 feet) (20), which skirt the northern end of the Bhogarmang and Konsh valleys, and sends down a spur to divide the two. Here also, like Kaghan, thick forests are found especially on the higher slopes. Due to extensive exploitation only in unapproachable areas the thick forests are found.

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    Baintha Brakk

    Baintha Brakk is famous for being one of the hardest peaks in the world to climb. It is steep and craggy and 7,285 metres (23,901 ft) high. Officially it lies in the Panmah Muztagh, a subrange of the Karakoram mountain range, North Pakistan, but it is a disputed border with India claiming it to be an integral part of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a complex granite tower, steeper and rockier than most other Karakoram peaks and is on the northeastern side of Biafo Glacier (west of K2). It is sinister and foreboding and its sheer east wall looks and acts like a medieval fortress. It is exceptional in its combination of altitude, height above local terrain, steepness. For example, its South Face rises over 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) above the Uzun Brakk Glacier in only 2 kilometres (1 mile) of horizontal distance! It is because of this steepness and rockiness that the mountain was nicknamed ‘The Ogre’ and became so attactive for extremely highly qualified mountaineers. There were two unsuccessful attempts on the peak in 1971 and 1976, but it was finally sucessfully summitted in 1977 by two Britons, Doug Scott and Chris Bonington. On 13th July, 1977, Scott and Bonington set off from a snowhole at 7,000m in a lightweight bid to make the summit. They climbed via the Southwest Spur to the West Ridge, and over the West Summit to the Main Summit. Tricky climbing led up to the final tower with a nearly vertical 100m granite face.  The long second pitch involved very demanding free- and aid-climbing (VI and A2) and included a giant pendulum movement at half-height to gain a second crack system. Above that, several more hard, challenging  pitches led to the summit, which the pair reached just before dusk. This was probably the hardest technical climb ever achieved above 7,000m at that time.

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    Diran

    Diran is located in the Rakaposhi-Haramosh Range in the western karkarm. Viewed from the Hunza Valley, Diran is a gentle pyramid and is considered to be the second easiest 7000m peak in the Karakoram after Spantik, although it has a reputation for avalanches. The Karakoram Highway runs up the Hunza Valley and gives easy access to the mountain. The first attempt on Diran was from Hunza, up the north face and west ridge. Two climbers disappeared high on the mountain. Two more expeditions failed before the mountain was first climbed by Austrians Rainer Goschl, Rudolf Pischinger and Hanns Schell in 1968 by the north face route. This route has since been climbed by a number of expeditions, more expeditions have failed and a fair number of climbers have died. Doug Scott’s team made the first alpine-style ascent of Diran in 1985. Another alpine-style ascent was made in 1989, without using porters to base camp. Diran got a second route in 1993 when the northeast ridge was climbed and in 1996 the mountain was climbed from the south.

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    Gasherbrum I

    Gasherbrum is a remote group of peaks located at the northeastern end of the Baltoro Glacier in the Karakoram range of the Himalaya on the border of the Chinese-administered Shaksgam Valley and the Gilgit-Baltistan territory of Pakistan. The massif contains three of the world's 8,000 metre peaks. Although the word "Gasherbrum" is often claimed to mean "Shining Wall", presumably a reference to the highly visible face of Gasherbrum IV, it comes from "rgasha" + "brum" in Balti, hence it actually means "beautiful mountain".  Contrary to general belief Gasherbrum doesn't mean "shining wall". The name comes from the Balti words rgasha, which means beautiful and brum which means mountain. There are six Gasherbrum Peaks. Gasherbrum I, also known as K5 and Hidden Peak, a name given by William Martin Conway in 1892 in reference to its extreme remoteness. It is the highest peak among them. It is also the 11th highest peak in the world and is the second highest in the Karakoram Range. It is one of the four 8,000m peaks located in a tight cluster on the upper reaches of the Baltoro glacier, the main access route to the mountains which cuts through the center of the Karakoram Range. The Karakoram is the second tallest mountain range on earth. It lies about a thousand miles west of Nepal's Himalaya mountain range. The range is bordered by Tajikistan, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India. It is a condensed cluster of high peaks with 60 mountains over 6900 meters. Of the world's fourteen highest mountains, four are located within the Karakoram Range: K2, Gasherbrum I and II, and Broad Peak. Gasherbrum is a remote group of high peaks in the Karakoram, located at the northeast end of the 36-mile Baltoro glacier. The group forms a semi-circle around its own South Gasherbrum Glacier. A French Expedition led by H. De Segogne made first attempt in 1936, but they could not climb beyond Camp V at a height of 6797 meters. However, in 1958 an American Expedition led by Nich Clinch made the first ascent of Gasherbrum I. Pete Schoening and Andy Kaufman were first to reach the summit. The peak was also the venue of the world’s first 8,000 meter climb in pure Alpine Style. This means that the start of the climb is done from the bottom of the mountain and all gears are carried on the way, if any bivouacs, they will be found on the way. No route preparation is done. Supplemental oxygen is not used. Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler achieved this unprecedented feat in August, 1975. On 8 August 1975, they began their climb. They had no rope with them, no supplemental oxygen, just personal climbing gears. On August 10th they summitted the peak and thus introduced pure Alpine style climbing to the Karokaram.

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    Koh-i-Chiltan

    Our motherland has been bestowed with my beautiful locations. The Almighty has blessed us with a country that has mesmerizing geographic and topographic features. Not only are the Northern Areas gifted with splendid mountainous scenery, the south western province of Balochistan also boasts of such landscape with remarkable beauty of its own. Among the many striking mountains in the Balochistan province, there is Koh-e-Chiltan. The stunning mountain is 3,194 metres (10,479 ft) high. It is located in the provincial capital, Quetta. It is the third highest peak in Quetta and the fifth highest in Balochistan. Koh-e-Chiltan or Chiltan Mount not only an appealing it is also, to the surprise of many, considered haunted. The mountain is a much talked about affair in the nearby region. Many locals have quite a few tales to tell about the mountain. Although the accounts of a few differ from others, it is widely and generally believed that the mountain is indeed haunted and is not considered a safe place to visit alone. The name of the mountain Chiltan or Chehel-Tan actually means ‘forty bodies’, it has been derived Persian/Balochi. The story related to the mountain is about a couple that lived many years ago in the vicinity of the mountain. It is said that the couple had married, and were not blessed with an offspring for many years after their marriage. As time passed the couple grew desperate for a child and started resorting to methods other than natural. After they were left totally helpless, they decided to take help from a holy man. They went to the holy man asking for advice and wanted him to pray in their favor. The holy man, however, told them that there was nothing he could do since he could not change what Allah had decided for them. On the other hand the holy man’s son, who was also learned in these ways, felt sympathy towards the couple. He was confident that he could help them and decided to perform a ritual. He told the man’s wife to sit in front of him and then he cast forty pebbles in her lap. Subsequently she had forty children, but the couple was still unhappy as they could not provide for all forty children. The husband cold-heartedly decided to leave 39 of their children on the Chehel Tan summit, and keep one offspring with them.

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    Koh-i-Takatu

    Koh-i-Takatu is a mountain located in the north of Quetta District of Balochistan Province, Pakistan. It is part of the Sulaiman Mountains range. It has two peaks. It is also called Takatu mount or simply Takatu Mountain. Koh-i-Takatu has an elevation of 3,472 meters (11,391 ft) It is the second highest peak of Quetta District and the third highest peak of Balochistan province. Koh-i-Takatu is stretched on a huge plain.  It covers an area of approximately 60 squares per km. It starts from inside Quetta city and ends at the border of Ziarat district. Koh -e- Takatu has terrain which is scattered across the rugged rocky, somewhere steep, sparsely wooded mountainous area.  It has also fertile lands.It provides good browsing for sheep, goats, and camels and is the source of feed for livestock.

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    Laila Peak

    Laila Peak 6,096 meters, Hushe Valley is one of the most beautiful and worth seeing sights of the snow covered mountain of the world. The outstanding Laila Peak is located near Gondogoro glacier. The Laila Peak its distinctive spear-like shape sticking out in the sky has attracted trekkers passing by. Laila Peak got attention in 2005, when Fredrik Ericcson and jorgen aamot from Scandinavian countries, ski down this beautiful mountain, during their ski Gasherbrum II in 2005 they done ski on Gasherbrum-II 8035m. But they could not make ski on Liala from the top but they ski down from 200 meter below the summit on this beautiful mountain. After unsuccessful ski trip Fredrik and Jorgen went up to G-2. They described its height as 6614m, and said that Laila Peak is one of the most amazing mountains they have ever seen, like a needle it points straight up in the sky. Its North West flank has a steepness of 45-50 degrees in more than 1500 vertical meters. Early in the morning they starting from base camp at 5000m they continued climbing up the slopes of Laila and at sunrise they saw the magnificent view of K2, Broad Peak and Gasherbrums, they continue for eight hours and now the terrain got steeper and steeper, only a thin layer of snow is covering the slopes. 150 meters from the summit, they felt that there is no way they could ski in these icy conditions and decided to turn around. It was more than 1500 meters vertical meters down to the bottom. The lower part of Laila Peak is cover with soft snow; the upper part is cover with thin layer of ice, it is mixed ice climbing and rock climbing peak. From the summit one can see all the majors peaks of Karakorum including K-2,Broad Peak, Gasherbrums peaks and many others. Laila Peak is the most desirable tourism point of skiers, and lovers of natural beauty. Its a perfect place to enjoy the sightseeing in relaxing atmosphere with cool breeze of air. you need trekking permit from the Ministry of Tourism to visit the Laila Peak.The charges of permits are $50 per person and a licensed guide is also required for the duration. Once you will visit Laila peak you will definitely understand that all your money is well paid off.

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    Makra Peak

    Makra Peak is a 3586 meters (11765.feet) high Himalayan mountain located in Tehsil Balakot of Mansehra District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Makra is a word of Urdu which means spider. According to local people, they named it Makra Peak because snow formation over the peak resembles the shape of a spider. The iconic Makra Peak of Shogran Valley is located in south-east of Kiwai and south of Paye Meadow. A moderate 4-6 hours trek (depending on trekker fitness) from Paye leads to Makra Top. From Makra Top the visitors can enjoy the picturesque views of the Kaghan Valley on one side and mesmerizing Kashmir on another. Many other famous mountains like Malika Parbat, Chambra, Musa Ka Musalla and Shingri are also visible from top. Makra is a simple peak to climb with a moderate level of trekking difficulty and doesn’t require any technical climbing skills or knowledge to climb it. Still deaths are reported by the local people, which I think must be due to the carelessness of trekkers or severe weather. How to reach: About 62 km (38 miles) from the city of Mansehra on Kaghan Road comes Kiwai. From Kiwai, a single road (about 7 km) leads upward to Shogran. It is a famous tourist resort and has some motels for tourists to stay. Now comes trekking part of the trip. From Shogran you can hire jeeps, horses or ponies for the trek if you don’t prefer backpacking. A jeep can take you up to Siri. Onward from Siri foot trek starts. You can also hire ponies or horses for the rest of trek up to Makra Peak base camp if you wish. It is about 4 hours trek depending on the fitness of a trekker.

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    Malika Parbat

    Malika Parbat peaks are situated in Kaghan Valley. The ridge-line that contains peaks of name Malika Parbat has 04 prominent summits. Malika Parbat (South) also the main peak and the highest in whole of Kaghan. This peak was climbed by Pakistani Rashid Butt and Omer Bin Abdul Aziz in 1998, however, Rashid Butt fell to his death while climbing down the mountain. This mountain was earlier climbed by the Europeans and also attempted by Pakistanis including myself. Malika Parbat (Cresta), Malika Parbat Fore Summit and Malika Parbat (North) climbed by two expeditions in 2012 summer season, but there is a controversy going on between the two claimanants. Malika Parbat's all summits are technical in nature, therefore, should not be attempted by those who are merely trekkers.

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    Margala Hills

    Margalla Hills National Park, is located in the foothills of the Himalayan range. The topography is rugged, with numerous valleys and many steep and even precipitous slopes. The area is drained by the River Kurang and its tributaries, which flow into the River Soan. This park is the most accessible park in Pakistan due to its close proximity to the national capital, Islamabad. A visitor centre is planned for Daman-E-Koh, providing lounge accommodation and an information service. Lodges, camping grounds and picnic sites are also planned and the provision of a chair lift may be considered.   Wildlife: Margalla Hills are unique in Pakistan, being rich in Sinohimalayan fauna, some species (especially birds) of which are at the western extremity of their distribution. It is an extention of the Islamabad wildlife sanctuary, which includes the Shakar Parian Hills and the Rawal Lake. The park was setup to provide refugee to the Gray Goral, Barking deer and the Leopard. Protection to these animals have benefitted other unusual and interesting smaller animal as well. Margalla Hills Park provides an excellent opportunity for bird watching. A Cheer Pheasant hatchery has been established at Chak Jabri and Dhok Jewan to raise captive Cheer pheasants that have become extinct in the hills. These are then released in the wild.   Mammals: Mammals in the park include--Asiatic leopard (T), Wild boar (C), Golden Jackal (C), Rhesus Macaque (V), Leopard cat (R), Gray Goral sheep (V), Barking deer (V), Chinkara gazelle (R), Red fox (C), Pangolin (R), Porcupine (C), Yellow throated marten (R) and Fruit bats (C).

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    Miranjani

    Miranjani is the highest peak, at 2,992 metres in elevation, of Abbottabad District in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. Miranjani is an elevated peak situated in Abbottabad area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region, Pakistan. Miranjani track is very well known among the explorers. It takes very nearly four hours to achieve the peak through a lofty track of around 8 km from Nathia Gali. Another route to achieve the mountain starts from the Governor House. There are awesome scenes at the highest point of the top. You can without much of a stretch see Jhelum River, Tarbela Lake, Abbottabad city and Thandiani. Nanga Parbat is visible on a sunny morning i.e. found 400 kilometers far from Miranjani.

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    Mitre Peak

    Mitre Peak‎ is a mountain in the Karakoram mountain range near Concordia in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Mitre Peak marks the confluence of the branches of the Baltoro Glacier with the Gasherbrum branch arriving from the SE and the Godwin Austin branch arriving from the NE. It sits across from Broad Peak, the 12th highest mountain on Earth. Mitre Peak Cruises lead the way in small, scenic cruises of spectacular Milford Sound – considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. Offering regular two-hour trips through the fiord and out into the Tasman Sea, our guests can truly appreciate the grandeur of the towering peaks and tumbling waterfalls found in this natural wonderland.

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    Moola Chotok Waterfalls

    Moola Chutok Waterfalls Khuzdar Balochistan. Contrary to popular belief, Balochistan is not a deserted area. It is so much more. From lofty mountain ranges and salt mines to lakes and waterfalls – the province is blessed with unique landscapes. Moola Chotok Khuzdar is a hidden sanctuary located somewhere in the middle of the Khuzdar District. It is isolated, quiet and utterly sublime. Have a look!

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