Pakistan is the home to numerous top mountains, from the very well known K2 to the obscure but beautiful Musa ka Musallah. Every peak is unique and has something to offer, to both the locals and tourists. With over a hundred peaks above 7,000 meters and four of the highest peaks in the world, the various mountains are inundated with mountaineers and geologists alike. Here is a list offering a peek into some of the best mountains in Pakistan that offer to both beginners and serious mountaineers. Highest Mountains in Pakistan That are Famous Worldwide
K2 the Savage
K2, also known as Mount Godwin-Austen or Chhogori, is the second highest peak in the world at 28,251 ft above sea level. Located right on the Pak-China border, K2 is not only the highest point of the Karakoram range but also the highest point in both Pakistan and China. K2 is nicknamed ‘The Savage Mountain’ owing to the notoriously difficult climb it proves to be for even the most skilled mountaineers. The Chinese side of K2 has proven to be more difficult to scale than its Pakistani counterpart, thus, it is more commonly climbed from Pakistan. Around 300 successful attempts have been made to climb K2 while fatalities, regarding the ascension of this hazardous peak, range around 80. Even yet the K2 remains unconquered during the winter, with no successful attempts to climb recorded.
Nanga Parbat, which literally translates to ‘naked mountain’, is the 9th highest mountain in the world at a staggering 26,660 ft. Located in Gilgit-Baltistan, it is locally known as Deo Mir, meaning huge mountain. Numerous mountaineering deaths in the early to the mid 20th century have earned Nanga Parbat the title of the ‘Killer Mountain’ and is famous for being an exceedingly hard climb. The first successful ascent of this notorious peak occurred in 1953 by an Austrian climber, Hermann Buhl, member of a German-Austrian climbing expedition.
Rakaposhi, situated in the middle of Nagar Valley in the Nagar district, is about 100 kilometers north of Gilgit, the capital of the province of Gilgit-Baltistan. Rakaposhi meaning ‘snow covered’ is also sometimes referred to as ‘Dumani’ which translates to ‘Mother of the Mist’. At a mighty 25,551 ft, Rakaposhi Peak is ranked 27th highest in the world & 12th highest peak in Pakistan but is more popular among tourists for its beauty than other higher peaks. Rakaposhi rises vertically for 19,685 feet, without interruption, making it the tallest mountain on land when measured from base to peak.
Tirich Mir, at 25,289 ft, is the highest peak of the Hindu Kush mountain range making it the highest mountain in the world outside the Himalayas-Karakoram range. Tirich Mir is located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and overlooks the town of Chitral. The name Tirich Mir is rumored to have been derived from the Wakhi language with ‘Tirich’ meaning darkness and ‘Mir’ meaning king because of the long shadows it casts on the Wakhan side of its face.
Ladyfinger peak, also known as Bublimotin, is a 20,000 ft rock spire in Batura Muztagh, the westernmost subrange of the Karakoram range. Its appearance is very eye-catching, owing to its being an astoundingly sharp snowless rock in contrast to the several snow-capped peaks that surround it. Its distinct appearance coupled with how it towers over Hunza valley earned the peak its unique name.
At 25,869 ft, Distaghil Sar is the 19th highest mountain peak in the world and the 7th highest peak in Pakistan. It is located in Gilgit Baltistan and is the highest mountain in the Hispar Muztagh, a subrange of the Karakoram mountain range. It has three distinct summits, northwest (7885m), central (7760 m) and southeast (7696m), which remain ice capped most of the year.
The Breathtaking Makra Peak
The Makra, towering at around 13,123 ft, is a peak located in Mansehra in the Hazara region of the Himalayas. Although the Makra is rumored to be a difficult climb, the view of Hazara and Azad Kashmir from the summit makes the effort seem worthwhile.
Khunyang Chhish the Glacial Giant
Khunyang Chhish, alternately knowns as Kunyang Kish and Xiangyang Kish, towers high at 25,761 ft. It is the second-highest mountain in the Hispar Muztagh, a subrange of the Karakoram mountains and is ranked 21st in the world and 8th in Pakistan. It lies in the north of the Hispar glacier, which is one of the major glaciers of Pakistan. Several unsuccessful attempts, ending in death or injury, were made by different teams and individuals to scale the mountain before the peak finally relented and was successfully ascended by a Polish team led by Andrzej Zawada in 1971.
At 9,816 ft, Miranjani is the highest peak of the Abbottabad District in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. On account of its nearness to Islamabad and a relatively easy trek of around three hours, the Miranjani peak is one of the most popular mountains among tourists. The peak offers spectacular views of places around which include, Azad Kashmir, Jhelum River, Abbottabad city and Thandiani. On a particularly clear day, the very intimidating Nanga Parbat can be seen around 200 kilometers away.
Located in the sub range of the Karakorum Range, Trivor is at the height of 7720m making it the 36th highest peak in the world. Trivor peak has had only two successful climbs.
Chogolisa Peak Also known as the Bride Peak, stands at the height of the 77654m, ranking itself as the 46th tallest mountain in the world. Shispare One of the highest peak of the western sub range often Karakorum range, Shispare is the 49th highest peak of the world at 7619m. These peaks provide mountaineers with an array of choices, which ultimately increases the tourism industry to flourish. Given that the government takes all the necessary measures, these peaks can play a major role in the generation of revenue through the tourism industry. Pakistan mountaineers challenging peaks to all over the World Mountains and a scenic beauty which makes them want to conquer the magnificent peak.