Other Peaks (Below 8000 Meters)
Pakistan is blessed with a long range of mountains that are an attraction for geologists and mountain climbers from all over the world. Pakistan has more than a hundred peaks that are above 7,000 metres and probably as many peaks above 6,000 metres whereas there is no count of the peaks above 5,000 and 4,000 metres. Most of the highest peaks in Pakistan lie in the Karakoram mountain 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.
Rakaposhi is a mountain in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan. It is situated in the middle of Nagar Valley Nagar District and Danyore and Bagrote valley approximately 100 km north of the capital city Gilgit of the Gilgit–Baltistan province of Pakistan. Rakaposhi means “Snow Covered” in the local language. Rakaposhi is also known as Dumani (“Mother of Mist”). It is ranked 27th highest in the world and 12th highest in Pakistan, but it is more popular for its beauty than its rank might suggest. Rakaposhi has an uninterrupted vertical rise of approximately 6000 m (19,685 feet), making it the tallest mountain on land when measured from the base to peak.
Masherbrum is the 22nd highest peak on earth and the 11th tallest in our country with a eminence of around 2450m. It is situated in the Hushe district Ganche Baltistan which is home to most of the tallest peaks in the Karakorum range of Pakistan. Masherbrum 7821m is the highest of the Masherbrum range Mountains, that is a sub-range of Karakorum including Chogolisa which is 7665m and K6 that stands tall at 7281m situated in the southern crest of the region.
Masherbrum was first observed by Thomas Montgomerie in 1856 who indicated it as the tallest in the range as K-1 though Masherbrum is rarely addressed as K-1 today. The massif of the peak comprises of 2 main summits. The North summit or the main summit stands at 7821m where as the South West peak lies is 7806m. These two summits have been climbed whereas the main peak was initially scaled by Willi Unsoeld and George Bell who were a part of American expedition in 1960. The expedition preferred the south west route at that time.
Spantik or Golden Peak is a mountain located in Spantik-Sosbun Mountains which is subrange of Karakoram in Nagar Valley, Gilgit Baltistan. Its northwest face features an exceptionally hard climbing route known as the “Golden Pillar”.
Due to its relative ease of ascent and scarcity of objective dangers, this mountain is very popular for organising commercial expeditions. The short 3 days approach trek across straightforward terrain also provides for easy access and gradual acclimatization. Spantik was first climbed in 1955 by Karl Kramer’s German expedition. The most commonly climbed line follows the south east ridge. The ridge rises 2700 metres over a lateral distance of 7.6 km, at angles which are mostly less than 30 degrees, with a few sections up to 40 degrees. It contains varied terrain, from rocky outcrops to snow and ice and scree.
Tirich Mir is the highest mountain of the Hindu Kush Range, and the highest mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas-Karakoram range, located in Chitral District of Pakistan. It stands tall and proud with elevation of 7,708 m in the Hindukush Range. Its truly majestic and a dream to be scaled & its adjoining area requires lot of exploration. The mountain was first climbed on 21 July 1950 by a Norwegian expedition consisting of Arne Næss, P. Kvernberg, H. Berg, and Tony Streather. Tirich Mir overlooks Chitral town, and can be easily seen from the main bazaar. It is believed the origin of the name Tirich Mir is “King of Tirich” as Tirich is the name of a side valley of the Mulkhow valley of Chitral which leads up to Tirich Mir.
The last village in Chitral before reaching Tirich Mir is the village of Tirich. It is located in Mulkow. The people there speak the Khowar language. The residents are available for hire as porters and tourist guides and will lead trekkers part way up the mountain.
Other than above mentions peaks, there are hundreds of peaks still lying un-climbed in Pakistan. These challenge everyday to new and old climbers. It is always more attractive and more advantageous with ascending an un-climbed peak. Especially, the area to the north and west, between the eastern reaches of the Hindu Kush and Karakoram although this region doesn’t have the more famous peaks, it is remote, wild and beautiful and there are many mountains in the 7,500m- 6,500m range still to have an ascent.