Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Eight Thousanders of Pakistan

Pakistan is one of those countries which are on the most favourite list of the mountaineers from all over the world. It has 108 peaks over 7,000 metres and as many over 6,000 metres, while there is no count for peaks over 5,000 and 4,000 meters. 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.

Five of the fourteen 'Eight Thousanders' are located in Pakistan
But what makes Pakistan exclusive is that it has five out of the fourteen eight thousanders (peaks over 8,000 meters) in the world. Of these five, four lie in the surroundings of Concordia; the confluence of Baltoro Glacier and Godwin Austen Glacier. 

The Five Eight Thousanders of Pakistan include:
  1. K2 or the Godwin Austen (second highest after the Everest)
  2. Nanga Parbat - the Naked Mountain
  3. Gasherbrum I or the Hidden Peak
  4. Broad Peak
  5. Gasherbrum II

Read more about the Five Eight Thousanders of Pakistan: Jaho Jalal
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