Outdoors Magazine

Pakistan 2018: The Peaks of the Karakoram

Posted on the 13 June 2018 by Kungfujedi @Kungfujedi
Pakistan 2018: The Peaks of the Karakoram With the spring Himalayan climbing season over our attention now turns towards the Karakoram in Pakistan. Whereas the the big peaks in Nepal and Tibet dominate the high alpine mountaineering scene in the spring and fall, the Karakoram is where it is at during the summer months. Right now, the teams are still just arriving in Base Camp and the season is still ramping up. But before things start to get really busy, I though it might be worth it to take a look at the mountains they'll be concentrating on in the days ahead.
K2
This is the crown jewel of the Karakoram. Standing 8611 meters (28,251 ft) in height, it is the second highest mountain in the world behind only Everest. That said, K2 is far more of a technical climb than its Himalayan counterpart. It requires much more skill and experience to get to the top, and several years can go by without anyone reaching its summit. Additionally, it is prone to avalanches, making it extremely dangerous too. In fact, for every four summits, one person perishes on the mountain, giving it a 25% death rate. Those aren't the best of odds, although to be fair those numbers have started to come down in recent years with more successful summits due to an increased number of commercial climbers. There are multiple routes to the top, all of them very difficult, but the Abruzzi Spur is the most popular and well traveled. To put things in perspective, consider this; K2 is the only 8000-meter peak that remains unclimbed in winter. That is how difficult and demanding this mountain truly is.
Broad Peak
Situated not far from K2, Broad Peak has become a popular peak to acclimatize on in recent years before heading over to the taller mountain. Several commercial tams actually offer the two peaks as a double header for those coming to the Karakoram, as BP is a challenging climb, but not nearly as difficult as its neighbor. Stretching 8051 meters (26,414 ft) in height, Broad Peak is the 12th highest mountain in the world and it has several sub-summits that add to its appeal. The mountain is truly "broad" making a traverse of the peak a real challenge.
Nanga Parbat
Dubbed the "Killer Mountain," Nanga Parbat has a fearsome reputation that can rival even that of K2. Standing 8126 meters (26,660 ft) in height,  the peak dominates the skyline, creating an impressive prominence over the surrounding area. It trails only Everest amongst Himalayan peaks in terms of prominence. A very steep and technical climb, Nanga is another mountain that often will go several years without any successful summits. Back in 2013, a group of terrorists attacked Base Camp, killing 11 people. This attack prompted the Pakistani government to step up security in the area, but teams have been slow to return to the mountain. Last year marked some of the first true efforts to climb NP since the attack, and there are already several climbers in BC this year.
Gasherbrum I and II
The Gasherbrum Massif is made up of a group of peaks that are all closely strung together, each of which lures high altitude mountaineers on a regular basis. But GI and GII are the two summits that rise above 8000-meters, so they get the bulk of the attention. GI stands 8080 meters (26,509 ft) in height and is the more difficult of the summits to obtain, while GII is 8035 meters (26,362 ft) in altitude, and is usually viewed as the easier, less technical mountain. Of course, nothing is especially "easy" above 8000 meters, so both remain substantial challenges, although the risks are far less than other mountains on this list.
Of course, there are plenty of smaller peaks in the vincilty as well, but most are seldom climbed. Just getting to the Karakoram can be a real challenge and the trek to BC is long and difficult in its own right. Most people who do come, concentrate on one or two of the 8000-meter mountains. This leaves a number of the other peaks unclimbed and ready for someone to claim a first ascent.
That's a quick and dirty round-up of the major climbing peaks we'll be watching closely this summer. Usually the Base Camps on these mountains start to see climbers arriving now with summit pushes coming in late July and early August. We'll have to wait to see if that schedule holds again this year, but there is little reason to believe it won't.
More to come soon.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Big Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy in China

    Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy China

    Coca-Cola is at it again. As soda sales decline in the United States and Europe, beverage companies look to emerging economies like China for growth. And, it... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
  • Jewellery for a Precious You

    Jewellery Precious

    Jewellery is always close to a woman’s heart. It completes her look and boost confidence. Considering the changing trends in jewellery fashion, it becomes... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dr.jenifer Sayyed
    LIFESTYLE
  • Rajshri Productions’ Next Is A Film On Friendship | Hum Chaar | Trailer

    Abhishek Dixit’s debut feature film Hum Chaar is a Bollywood film made under the banner of Rajshri’s film. Hum Chaar is written and directed by Abhishek Dixit. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
    ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Saint Paul the First Hermit

    Saint Paul First Hermit

    Today is the feast day of Saint Paul the hermit. This is a sweet and delicate Oatmeal Bread topped with rolled oats and naturally sweetened with agave. Saint... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Veronica46
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES
  • Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu | Teaser | Pranav Mohanlal | Arun Gopy

    Arun Gopy’s Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu is an upcoming Malayalam action-drama feature film starring Pranav Mohanlal and Zaya David in the lead roles. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
    ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • A Year Of Body Positivity

    Year Body Positivity

    Last January, as I sat there on New Years eve all set to make the same old resolutions I've made year after year for as long as I can remember, I realised how... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Sparklesandstretchmarks
    DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – Jan 2019

    Garden Bloggers Bloom 2019

    Euphorbia rigidaWhen I went out to take the photos for this blog post I was surprised at how much was in flower dotted around the garden. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Patientgardener
    GARDENING, HOME

Magazine