Pakistan is blessed with a long range of mountains. These mountains not only fascinate tourists but are also attracted to geologists and mountain climbers from all over the world. In fact among the 13 highest mountains in the world above 8,000 meters Pakistan has five within its borders. Here are 10 highest mountain peaks of Pakistan you should know about
K2 is known as the Savage Mountain due to the extreme difficulty of ascent. It is the second highest mountain in the world, at 8,611 metres (28,251 ft) above sea level. K2 is also the second highest in the Karakoram range. It is located on the China-Pakistan border between Baltistan, in the Gilgiy-Baltistan region of northen Pakistan and the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous Country of Xinjiang, China.
2. Nanga Parbat
Nanga Parbat is the 9th highest mountain in the world at 8,126 metres (26,660 ft) above sea level. It is is located at the western side of the Himalayas. Nanga Parbat is very difficult yo climb. In the mid and early 20th century numerous mountaineering deaths lent it the nickname “killer mountain”.
Gasherbrum is the 11th highest mountain in the world at 8,080 metres (26,510 ft) above sea level. It is located on the Pakistan-China border in Gilgiy-Baltistan region of Pakistan and Xinjiang region of China. Gasherbrum is also known as Hidden Peak or K5.
Gasherbrum II and IV is also consider as the 13th and 17th highest mountain in the world.
4. Broad Peak
Broad Peak is the 12th highest mountain in the world at 8,051 metres (26,414 ft) above sea level. It is the part of Gasherbum massif, located in the Karakoram Range in Northeastern Pakistan. It is called Broad Peak because of its breadth at the top. The local name of Broad peak is Falchan Kangri.
5. Distaghil Sar
Distaghil Sar or Disteghil Sar is the 19th highest mountain in the world and the 7th highest peak in Pakistan, at 7,885 meters above sea level. It is located in the Hispar Muztagh, a subrange of the Karakoram, in Gilgit-Baltistan. Its high glacier-clad summit ridge is topped with three sharp peaks.
Rakaposhi means “Snow Covered” in the local language and also known as Dumani (“Mother of Mist”) is ranked 27th highest mountain the the world and 12th highest in Pakistan. It is situated in the Nagar District approximately 100 km north of the capital city Gilgit. It is easily accessible because of the Karakoram Highway. Rakaposhi has an uninterrupted vertical rise of approximately 6000 m (19,685 feet), making it the tallest mountain on earth when measured from the base to peak.
7. Khunyang Chhish
Khunyang Chhish or Kunyang Chhish is the 21st highest mountain in the world and 8th in Pakistan. At the height of 7,852 meters, it is located Hispar Muztagh, a sub range of the Karakoram mountains.
Masherbrum is also known as K1, it is located in the Ghanche District, Gilgit Baltistan. At 7,821 meters it is the 22nd highest mountain in the world and the 9th highest in Pakistan. Masherbrum is one of the hardest mountains in climb above 7500m and has only had four successful ascents to date.
9. Batura Sar
Batura Sar is also referred to as Batura I. At the height of 7,795 meters it is the 25th highest mountain on the earth and 10th highest in Pakistan. Batura Sar is the highest peak of the Batura Muztagh which is the westernmost sub range of the Karakoram range.
Batura II (also known as Hunza Kunji or Peak 31) and Batura III (also known as Batura Muztagh III) is also consider as highest peak at 7,762-metre (25,466 ft) and 7,729-metre (25,358 ft).
10. Kanjut Sar
Kanjut Sar is is the 26th highest mountain in the world and the 11th highest in Pakistan. At the height of 7,760 meters, It is located in the Hispar Muztagh, a subrange of the Karakoram mountain range. Kanjut Sar consists of two peaks. Kanjut Sar I at 7,760 metres (25,459 ft) and Kanjut Sar II, to the south east of I, at 6,831 m (22,411 ft).