Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain on Earth. Nanga Parbat means "Naked Mountain" in English, parbat deriving from the Sanskrit word parvata meaning "mountain, rock", and nanga from the Sanskrit word nagna meaning "naked, bare" Known as the "Killer Mountain," Nanga Parbat was one of the deadliest of the eight-thousanders for climbers in the first half of the twentieth century; since that time it has been less so, though still an extremely serious climb. It is also an immense, dramatic peak that rises far above its surrounding terrain[WikiPedia].
K2 is the second-highest mountain on Earth (after Mount Everest). With a peak elevation of 8,611 metres (28,251 ft), K2 is part of the Karakoram range, and is located on the border between the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China and the Northern Areas of Pakistan. K2 is known as the Savage Mountain due to the difficulty of ascent and the 2nd highest fatality rate among the 'eight thousanders' for those who climb it. For every four people who have reached the summit, one has died trying. Unlike Annapurna, the mountain with highest fatality rate, K2 has never been climbed in winter[Wikipedia].
Gasherbrum I (also known as Hidden Peak or K5) is the 11th highest peak on Earth, located on the Pakistan-China border. Gasherbrum I is part of the Gasherbrum massif, located in the Karakoram region of the Himalaya. Gasherbrum is often claimed to mean "Shining Wall", presumably a reference to the highly visible face of the neighboring peak Gasherbrum IV; but in fact it comes from "rgasha" (beautiful) + "brum" (mountain) in Balti, hence it actually means "beautiful mountain" [Wikipedia].
Gasherbrum II (also known as K4) is the 13th highest mountain on Earth, located on the border of Pakistan-China. Gasherbrum II is the third highest peak of the Gasherbrum massif, located in the Karakoram range of the Himalaya [Wikipedia].
Broad Peak (originally named K3), known locally as Faichan Kangri, is the 12th highest mountain on Earth. The literal translation of "Broad Peak" to Phalchan Kangri is not accepted among the Baltis[Wikipedia].
Upper Kachura, Skardu
Kachura one of the most beautiful valley in Skardu district has two beautiful Lakes name Upper Kachura Lake and Lower Kachura Lake situated at the height of 2,500 m.
The lake is at an elevation of 4,142 m (13,589 feet). Its approximate length is reported to be 2.3 km (1.4 miles), width 1.8 km (1.2 miles) and average depth 40 m (131 feet).
Shangrila Lake or Lower Kachura Lake is a part of the Shangrila resort located at a drive of about 20 minutes from Skardu (nearly 2,500 m or 8,200 feet) town.
Lake Saif-ul-Maluk is situated at 3000+m, about 40 minutes jeep ride from Naran. Best time to visit is early in the morning when the air is cool, resulting in a picture perfect reflection on the lake. Camping facilities are also avaialbe, but you will have to check with the hotel that you will stay at. Nice view of Malaka Parbat.
About 40kms from Kalam, in the upper Ushu Valley, is one of the best place for fishing. It is a day trip from Kalam, I would suggest you should stay one night. Do visit Lake Saifullah and Naseerullah just 2 km from Mahodand Lake.
The Karomber (not karambar)lake is the only lake in the whole world that is situtated at an altitude of more than 14,000 ft abvove sea level, and still having biologically active bodies in it. The reason being that the water does not come only by melting of snow on the surrounding mountains, but there are many springs in and around the lake which feed this. The spell bounding lake of Karomber in the border's region of Chitral with Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan. Ishkoman is also very near from here.The lake itself is at 4300 m above sea level and is among one of the highest lakes of the world and about beauty what can i say here.The reddish wild flowers are awesome in the end of Summer's season.The Lake itself is 3 km long approx.
Dudiptsar lake or Dudipat Lake is a beautiful lake encircled by snow clad peaks. The lake lies in the extreme north of Kaghan Valley at N35.0185 E74.0895 and is about a four hours drive from the chief town Naran. The road is not entirely accessible for cars, even Jeeps. From Besal onwards the visitors have to trek about 6-8 hours in vast alpine meadows to reach the lake.First four hour trek is really hard.And best season for visit is after 25th july till end of september.
Chitta Katha Lake is only accessable in the months of July and August. Common route followed by the tourists is through kel. there is a road from Kel to Shounter Valley. it is better to reach the village UTLI DOMEL at night and stay there. you should proceed forward early in the morining. there is climbing of 5 to 6 hours to reach the lake. you can also make arrangements of horses for travelling from UTLI DOMEL.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
The Makran Coastal Highway is located primarily in Balochistan, Pakistan. It follows the Arabian Sea coast from Karachi to Gwadar. It is also referred to as National Highway 10 or N10[Wikipedia]
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Thursday, August 27, 2009
Naran Valley is located in North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan. Naran is the main tourist center in Kaghan Valley. It is the best base for treks and walking in the valley.
Palas Valley, Kohistan
Palas valley in Kohistan District, NWFP, Pakistan. The Palas Valley is located on the left bank of the river Indus. Palas Valley in Kohistan Truly one of the most beautiful valley in Pakistan.
Swat is an administrative district in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan located 160 km/100 miles from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. It is the upper valley of the Swat River, which rises in the Hindu Kush range.With high mountains, green meadows, and clear lakes, it is a place of great natural beauty that used to be popular with tourists as "the Switzerland of Pakistan"
Soon Valley is situated in the north west of Khushab. Soon Valley starts from Padhrar village and end to Sakesar that is the highest peak of Salt Range. The length of Soon Valley is 35 miles and average width is 9 miles. Although not as cold as the valleys up north, Soon valley consists of beautiful lakes, waterfalls, jungles, natural pools and ponds.
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Rama Valley is thickly forested with huge pine, cedar, fir and juniper trees. The valley is about 3300 meters (10800 feet) above sea level and thus is snow covered for 7-8 months of the year. In summer, it becomes lush green; conditions favored by local shepherds.
From here one can trek to east side of the Nanga Parbat (also known as the Killer Mountain), the world's 8th highest mountain.
Hunza, a remote mountain kingdom, may have been the inspiration behind James Hilton's "Shangri-La." The area opened up in the 1970s following the completion of the Karakoram Highway (KKH); an engineering marvel tracing the old silk route from Pakistan into China.
The beauty of this mountain paradise is matchless; from the soft blossoms of the apricot trees to the dark snowcapped rock monuments of Rakaposhi (7788 m.) and recently climbed Ultar (7388 m.) jabbing a vivid blue backdrop high above.
Chitral is undoubtedly the most romantic, captivating and enchanting place in the majestic Hindukush range. It is a mountainous area in the extreme north of Pakistan. The landscape of Chitral is extremely mysterious, with its steep harsh mountains, lush green valleys, beautiful meadows and big glaciers, which have made it one of the most difficult and inaccessible area of the world.