You have heard about K2 the second highest peak on Earth. Yet numerous Pakistanis don’t know where K2 exactly located. It is located in Baltistan in Northern Pakistan. In local Balti language it is known as Choghori means Highest Peak. With a height of 8,611 m (28,251 feet), K2 is the highest peak in the Karakoram Range and Pakistan. K2 is known as the Savage Mountain because of the difficulty of climbing and the second-most fatality rate among the eight thousanders. With 302 summits and 80 fatalities, around one individual lose life for each four who summit. It is more difficult and dangerous to reach the top of K2 from the Chinese side therefore mostly it is climbed from the Pakistani side. Dissimilar to Annapura, the mountain with the highest casualty to-summit rate (246 summits, 55 fatalities), K2 has never been climbed in winter.
2. Snow Lake
Do you think it’s a lake? No it’s not a lake. In 1899, William Hunter Workman and Fanny Bullock Workman came and estimated that Snow Lake may be an ice-top like those in the polar regions from which glacier streamed out in all directions, and evaluated its size at 300 square miles (116 square kilometers). Snow Lake is a high altitude glacial basin in the Karakoram Range in Baltistan. Snow Lake is located at an altitude of 16,000 feet (4,877 m), and is roughly 10 miles (16 km) wide. The basin lies at the head of the Biafo and Hispar glaciers. Hispar and Biafo glacier makes the longest glacial system outside polar region. Martin Conway the first foreign visitor gave Snow Lake the name in 1892. Conway depicted Snow Lake as “beyond all comparison the finest view of mountains it has ever been my lot to behold, nor do I believe the world can hold a finer.” Snow Lake is extremely hard to reach, and just around 200 people reach it in every year.
3. Gondogoro Pass and Hushe Valley
Hushe valley is the heaven for mountain climbers and trekkers. Gondogoro Pass is the mountain pass close to Vigne Glacier. From the Southern side, pass descends into the Hushe town which is the last human settlement of the Ghangche District of northern Pakistan. To climb the pass, generally climbers and trekkers like to begin from the Northern side which is simple and linked with the Vigne Glacier.
In 1986, a track was established that join Concordia and the upper Baltoro Glacier to the Hushe Valley over the Gondogoro Pass (5940m). Since then, this tough specialized pass has attracted a lot of trekkers and climbers from all around the globe. The Gondogoro La, although popular among trekkers, includes Class 4 climbing. The North side is a 50-degree snow slope.
4. Trango Towers
The Trango Towers is group of world tallest rock towers located in Baltistan. Every year, a lot of climbers from around the world visit Karakoram to climb the most difficult granite cliffs. They are located in the north of Baltoro Glacier Karkoram, Baltistan. They are a part of the Baltoro Muztagh a sub-range of the Karakoram Range. The Towers offer a some of the challenging and most difficult rock climbing on the planet. The most noteworthy point in the group is the summit of Great Trango Tower at 6,286 m (20,608 ft). The east face of the Great Trango Tower emphasizes the world’s longest almost vertical. There are some great and amazingly difficult rock towers around the globe, contending in being the hardest to climb. One of the more well known and potentially the group of peaks that would get the most votes in favor of being the hardest is the Trango Tower Peaks. There are two principle summits in the central part of the tango group: Great Tango Tower (6286m) and Nameless Tower (6230m) a.k.a. simply Trango Tower. It was not until 1975 the region opened for climbing and the race for the difficult to-achieve summits started.
Great Trango Tower has three routes straight up the East/Northeast face and several routes on the North West and West sides of the peak.
List of peaks in the Trango Group
1- Kruksum (S)6650-M
2- Kruksum (N)6600-M
3- Trango Ri (II)6515-M
4- Trango Ri (1) 6452-M
5- Kruksum (E) 6300-M
6- Trano Ri (III) 6300-M
7- Trano Ri (IV) 6300-M
8- Great Trango (I) 6286-M
9- Nameless Tower 6239-M
10-Great Trango (II) 6237-M
11-Great Trango (III) 6231-M
5. Deosai National Park
Now you thought that Baltistan is mountainous place home to world’s highest peaks and longest glaciers. But interesting fact is that there are also deserts and plateaus in baltistan. Above the tree line at an altitude of 13,500 feet, the Deosai Plains are among the highest plateaus on the planet. The Deosai Plains cover an area of nearly 3,000 square kilometers. In the mid year months when the snow clears up, Deosai is open from Skardu in the north and the Astore Valley in the west. Deosai Plains make up one of the last settlement for the endangered Himalayan brown bear. According to wildlife department Gilgit Baltistan presently there are 30-40 bears in Desoai. This park was established to protect these endangered bears. As of late an exploration undertaking has begun by Himalayan Wildlife Foundation (HWF) and the Northern Areas Forests, Parks, and Wildlife Department to secure the survival of the cocoa bear in the Deosai Plains and to screen their populace. The Deosai Plains are additionally home to the ibex, red fox, brilliant marmot, wolf, the Ladakh urial, the snow panther, and various inhabitant and transitory winged animals.
Warm blooded animals in Deosai incorporate -Brown bear , Snow leopard , Himalayan Musk deer Golden marmot , Pika , Migratory hamster and Ermine .
Animals in Desoai are- -Golden hawk, Lammagier vulture, Griffon vulture, Laggar bird of prey, Peregrine bird of prey, Kestrel, Indian sparrow peddle and Snow chicken.