Karakoram Range of Pakistan

by on December 26, 2010
in Travel Pakistan

Karakoram range with Rakaposhi mountain

Pakistan is blessed with five out of the world’s fourteen highest independent peaks. Most of them are in the Karakoram Range which spans borders between three countries namely- China, India and Pakistan. In Pakistan this range is located in the region of Gilgit-Baltistan. This area has more than one hundered mountain peaks with the heights exceeding 6,100 metres (20,000 ft) from the sea level.

The Karakoram  range is spread about 500 kilometres length wise and over 192 kilometers width wise. It is surrounded by other great mountain ranges like Himalayas on its Southwest, Kun-Lu Chain of China on the north,  Pamirs on its West and Tibetan Plateau on its East. The Great River Indus which is one of the 15 longest rivers of the world,  flows through the Karakoram and the Himalayas.

K2 the 2nd highest peak of the world and the Trango Tower are parts of this great range. The Karakoram range has the highest and the youngest mountains of the world growing 4 centimeters every 10 years. The great Karakorams along with their mighty heights and vast lush green valleys were discovered in 1860’s by Captain Austen. The range has the world’s  largest glaciers outside the polar regions.

The popular Karakoram Highway between Pakistan and China is surely a marvel of the joint efforts of the two countries. It stretches a distance of 616 km from Thakot to the top of Khunjrab Pass about 15,072 feet high. It is considered to be the eighth wonder of the world.

No. Names of Imp. Peaks of Karakoram HeightsOf Peaks of Karakoram Pakistan Rank of Karakoram Peaks World Rank of Karakoram Peaks Passes of Karakoram Glaciers of Karakoram Location of Peaks of Karakoram
1 K2 8,611 1 2 Kilik Biafo Baltoro Muztagh
2 Gasherbrum I(K5) 8,608 3 11 Mintaka Panmah Baltoro Muztagh
3 Broad Peak(K3) 8,047 4 12 Khunjerab Hispar Baltoro Muztagh
4 Gasherbrum II(K4) 8,035 5 13 Shimshal Trango Baltoro Muztagh
5 Gasherbrum IV 7,952 6 17 Karakorum Insukati Valley Baltoro Muztagh
6 Distaghil Sar 7,885 7 19 Hispar Muztagh
7 Kunyang Chhish 7,852 8 21 Sasser Concordia Hispar Muztagh
8 Masterbrum I(K1) 7,821 9 22 Baltoro MasherbrumMountains
9 Batura I 7,795 10 25 Sarpo Laggo Baltoro Muztagh
10 Kanjut Sar 7,790 11 26 Hispar Muztagh
11 Rakaposhi 7,788 12 27 Batura Rakaposhi-HaramoshMountains
12 Chogolisa I 7,665 14 36 MasherbrumMountains
13 Shispare 7,611 15 38 Batura Muztagh
14 Trivo Skyang 7,577 16 39 Hispar Muztagh
15 Skyang Kangri 7,545 17 44 Baltoro Muztagh
16 Pumari Chhish (W) 7,492 19 53 Hispar Muztagh
17 Passu Sar 7,476 20 54 Batura Muztagh
18 Yukshin Gardan Sar 7,530 21 55 Hispar
19 Malubiting (W) 7,458 23 58 Rakaposhi-HaramoshMountains
20 K12 7,428 24 61 Saltoro Mountains
21 Sia Kangri 7,422 25 63 Baltoro Muztagh
22 Momhil Sar 7,421 26 64 Hispar Muztagh
23 Skil Brum 7,420 27 66 Baltoro Muztagh
24 Haramosh 7,409 28 67 Rakaposhi-HaramoshMountains
25 Istor-o-nal 7,403 29 68 Hindu Kush
26 Ghent Kangri 7,400 30 69 Saltoro Mountains
27 Ultar Sar 7,388 31 70 Batura Muztagh
28 Sherpi Kangri 7,380 33 74 Saltoro Mountains
29 Saraghrar 7,349 34 78 Hindu Kush
30 Chongtar 7,315 35 81 Batura Muztagh
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