Nanga Parbat (8125 m.) is the western most bastion of the Himalayas. One has to travel completely around the globe to come back to the Himalayas to see such high peaks on our planet.. Nanga Parbat is the second highest mountain of Pakistan and ninth highest in the world. The series of ridges that culminate in the ice crest of Nanga Parbat (8,125) is the ninth highest in the world, second in Pakistan after K2. It is separated from the Karakoram by the mighty Indus River. The base is wrapped with thick pine forest and surrounded by meadows of colorful alpine flora and fauna. The name Nanga Parbat means ‘naked mountain’, so called because some of its slopes are so steep that they are bare of snow or vegetation. Early disasters on Nanga Parbat gave it the nick-name Killer Mountain. Many climbers died on it before it was summited by the great Hermann Buhl without supplemental oxygen in 1953. His epic climb is still unsurpassed. We are honored to say that it was at our uncle’s clinic in Lahore where Hermann Buhl came to recuperate and was treated for his death-like state. Nanga Parbat reaches 8100 meters and overshadows the Deosai Plain, a grassy plateau dotted with rolling hills at an impressive 4300 meters. The landscape in this area is nearly all alpine, with small lakes dotting the valleys and huge glaciers working their way down into the woods. The high pastures in this region are colonized by shepherds and their flocks which graze around the giant mass of Nanga Parbat. The northeast face of Nanga Parbat is a dramatic vertical wall soaring 4500m high.
For the adventurous trekker seeking impressive views, this optional route climbs though the Mazeno Pass and into the Diamer Valley to the south. The mighty 8th Wonder of the world THE KHUNJERAB PASS which took the lives of many people including Chinese, reaching the Pak China Border via beautiful Attabad lake and Khunjerab Pass, sighting the Ibex, mermaid, yakhs and many more. The Rupal Valley, on the south side of Nanga Parbat, is accessed via the Astor Valley, which leaves the KKH at Jaglot 60 Km south of Gilgit. Short, easy treks in the Rupal Valley offer incredible views. Nanga Parbat is also located where the continents have collided. Here the Indian plate is going under the Asian plate at a rate of about few inches a year. Consequently, Nanga Parbat is still rising. In fact it is the fastest rising mountain in the world.
The view of Nanga Parbat from the Indus River is one of the most awesome sights in the world. This largest land escarpment in the world consists of a rise of about 7000 m. from the base of the mountain to its summit. On the other side of Nanga we have the famous Rupal Face; the tallest wall in the world with a sheer 4500 m. cliff!
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