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Naga Parbat, the second highest mountain in Pakistan

Date Published: Aug 28 , 2011

Nanga Parbat is the 2nd highest mountain in Pakistan with a latitude of 35.25 (35° 15' 0 N) and a longitude of 74.6 (74° 35' 60 E), is a hypsographic (peak) located in the area / state of Northern Areas in Pakistan.  Nanga Parbat is situated 725 kilometres north east (35°) of the approximate centre of Pakistan and 217 kilometres north east (37°) of the capital Islamabad. It’s a 10 square kilometre area around Nanga Parbat has an average elevation of 6531 meters above sea levels.

Nanga Parbat forms the western anchor of the Himalayan Range and is the westernmost eight-thousander. It lies just south of the Indus River in the Astore District of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan administered Kashmir.[1] Not far to the north is the western end of the Karakoram range. Nanga Parbat has tremendous vertical relief over local terrain in all directions. To the south, Nanga Parbat boasts what is often referred to as the highest mountain face in the world: the Rupal Face rises 4,600 m (15,000 ft) above its base. To the north, the complex, somewhat more gently sloped Rakhiot Flank rises 7,000 m (23,000 ft) from the Indus River valley to the summit in just 27 km (16.8 miles), one of the 10 greatest elevation gains in so short a distance on Earth.

Climbing attempts started very early on Nanga Parbat. In 1895 Albert F. Mummery led an expedition to the peak, and reached almost 7,000 m (23,000 ft) on the Diamir (West) Face, but Mummery and two Gurkha companions later died reconnoitering the Rakhiot Face. In the 1930s, Nanga Parbat became the focus of German interest in the Himalaya. The German mountaineers were unable to attempt Mount Everest, as only the British had access to Tibet. Initially German efforts focussed on Kanchenjunga, to which Paul Bauer led two expeditions in 1930 and 1931, but with its long ridges and steep faces Kanchenjunga was more difficult than Everest and neither expedition made much progress. K2 was known to be harder still, and its remoteness meant that even reaching its base would be a major undertaking. Nanga Parbat was therefore the highest mountain accessible to Germans which they seemed to have a chance of climbing.

The photo shown on the top is courtesy of Mr. Jawas Zakariya

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