Mountains of Pakistan
Mountains of Pakistan Reviews
Mountain and Ranges of Pakistan Jun 21, 2010
Pakistan is home to 108 peaks above 7,000 metres and probably as many peaks above 6,000 m. There is no count of the peaks above 5,000 and 4,000 m. Five of the 14 highest independent peaks in the world (the eight-thousanders) are in Pakistan (four of which lie in the surroundings of Concordia; the confluence of Baltoro Glacier and Godwin Austen Glacier). Most of the highest peaks in Pakistan lie in Karakoram range (which lies almost entirely in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, and is considered to be a part of the greater Himalayan range) but some peaks above 7,000 m are included in the Himalayan and Hindu Kush ranges.
Most of the high peaks in Pakistan are in Karakoram range, the highest of which is K2 (8,611 m), the second highest peak on earth. The highest peak of Himalayan range in Pakistan is Nanga Parbat (8,126 m), which is the ninth highest peak of the world.
Most of the highest mountains in Pakistan are located in the Karakoram range, but some high mountains are in Himalaya (the highest of which is Nanga Parbat, globally ranked 9th, 8126 m) and Hindu Kush (the highest of which is Tirich Mir, globally ranked 33rd, 7708 m).
Most of the high peaks in Pakistan lie specifically in Gilgit-Baltistan with the exception fo a few 7,000+ m peaks in the high Hindu Kush (the peaks marked in the northwest most region of Pakistan).
The peak marked as number 9 is Nanga Parbat (8,125 m), which is the highest Himalayan peak in Pakistan. All other peaks above 8,000m are in the Baltoro Muztagh subrange of Karakoram.
Following are highest mountain that are fully located in Pakistan:
K2 8611 Karakoram Baltoro Muztagh (2nd in World)
Nanga Parbat 8126 Himalaya (9th in World)
Gasherbrum I (K5) 8080 Karakoram Baltoro Muztagh (11th in world)
Broad Peak (K3) 8051 (12th in World)
13 5 Gasherbrum II (K4) 8035 (13 th in World)
There are more than 50 Peaks from 7000 to 8000 meters which are located in Pakistan. Amazingly all these peaks are located on the outskirts of the Karakoram Highway, which also known as the Friendship Highway in China, was built by the governments of Pakistan and China
The Pakistani section of the highway is 806 km long. It starts from Abbottabad. The highway meets the Indus River at Thakot, and continues along the river until Bunji, where the Gilgit River joins the Indus River. This is the place where three great mountain ranges meet, the Hindukush, the Himalaya and the Karakoram. The western end of the Himalayas, marked by the 9th highest peak in the world, Nanga Parbat can be seen from the highway. The highway passes through the capital of the Gilgit-Baltistan, Gilgit, and continues to the beautiful valleys of Nagar and Hunza, along the Hunza River. Many of the highest mountains, lakes and glaciers in the Karakoram can be directly seen from the highway in this section. Finally, the highway meets the Pakistan-China border at Khunjerab Pass.
No doubt to the fact that all the three mountains ranges and mountainous areas are worth while to watch, the culture and peoples of the area very friendly and hospitable. The catchiest thing to notice is the galaxy of stars, if the weather is clear you may witness the most beautiful star night of your life :-)
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