Nanga Parbat - Naked Mountain in Gilgit-Baltistan

Nanga Parbat - Naked Mountain in Gilgit-Baltistan


Majestic Nanga Parbat - "The Naked Mountain" in Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan

Majestic Nanga Parbat - The "Naked Mountain" in Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan

Nanga Parbat, also known as the "Naked Mountain," is a towering peak that stands at an impressive 8,126 meters (26,660 feet) tall, making it the ninth highest mountain in the world. It is located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, and forms the western anchor of the Himalayas. Despite its impressive height, Nanga Parbat is a difficult mountain to climb, and has a long history of tragedies associated with its climbing expeditions. The mountain is situated in the Astore District of Gilgit–Baltistan in Pakistan and is not far from the western end of the Karakoram range, north of the Indus River.

Base Camp Altitude:4300m
Ideal Duration:50 Days
Best Time:May - July
No of Camps Required:04

The Himalayas are a great mountain range formed by the collision of Indo- Pakistan tectonic plate with the Asian Continent. The central Himalayan mountains are situated in Nepal, while the eastern mountains extend to the borders of Bhutan and Sikkim.

Nanga Parbat massif is the western corner pillar of the Himalayas. It is an isolated range of peaks just springing up from nothing, and is surrounded by the rivers Indus and Astore. Nanga Parbat or "Nanga Parvata" means the naked mountain. Its original and appropriate name, however, is Diamir the king of the mountains.

Nanga Parbat (main peak) has a height of 8,126m/26,660 ft. It has three vast faces. The Rakhiot (Ra Kot) face is dominated by the north and south silver crags and silver plateau; the Diamir face is rocky in the beginning. It converts itself into ice fields around Nanga Parbat peak. The Rupal face is the highest precipice in the world. Reinhold Messner, a living legend in mountaineering from Italy, says that "every one who has ever stood at the foot of this face (4,500m/14,764ft) up above the 'Tap Alpe', studied it or flown over it, could not help but have been amazed by its sheer size; it has become known as the highest rock and ice wall in the world!".

Nanga Parbat has always been associated with tragedies and tribulations until it was climbed in 1953. A lot of mountaineers have perished on Nanga Parbat since 1895. Even today it is claiming a heavy toll of human lives for, the mountaineers, in search of adventure and thrill, are becoming its victims in pursuit of their eagerness to find new and absolutely un-climbed routes leading to its summit.

It was in 1841 that a huge rock-slide from the Nanga Parbat dammed the Indus river. This created a huge lake, 55 km long, like the present Tarbela lake down-stream. The flood of water that was released when the dam broke caused a rise of 80 ft in the river's 3 level at Attock and swept away an entire Sikh army. It was also in the middle of the nineteenth century that similar catastrophes were later caused by the damming of Hunza and Shyok rivers.

The Nanga Parbat peak was discovered in the nineteenth century by Europeans. The Schlagintweit brothers, who hailed from Munich (Germany) came in 1854 to Himalayas and drew a panoramic view which is the first known picture of Nanga Parbat. In 1857 one of them was murdered in Kashgar. The curse of Nanga Parbat had begun.

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