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Monday, February 10, 2014

Saltoro Mountains ( Gilgit-Baltistan - Pakistan)


 SALTORO MOUNTAIN RANGE

Saltoro Mountain Range is located in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.

The name given to this range is shared with the Saltoro Valley which is located west of this range on the Pakistan side of the Line of Actual Control. Saltoro valley is a beautiful valley located  110 kms from Skardu and 5 hours by jeep.


The Saltoro Mountains are a subrange of the Karakoram Range. They are located in the heart of the Karakoram, on the southwest side of the Siachen Glacier, one of the two longest glaciers outside of the polar regions.

The Saltoro Mountains are part of the Lesser Karakorams on the southern and western side of the large Karakoram-glaciers (Siachen, Baltoro, Biafo and Hispar Glacier from east to west) while the main ridge of the Karakorams lies north resp. east of these glaciers. The subranges of the main ridges are called Muztagh whereas the mountain groups of the Lesser Karakorams are denominated as Mountains, Ranges or Groups.

On the southwest side, the Saltoro Mountains drop steeply to the valleys of the Kondus and Dansam Rivers, which join to form the Saltoro River, a tributary of the Shyok River. This in turn flows into the Indus River. To the northwest, the Kondus Glacier separates the range from the neighboring Masherbrum Mountains, while on the southeast, the Gyong River, Glacier, and Pass (Gyong La) separate the northern Saltoro Mountains from the southern Saltoro Mountains
 The following  peaks are located on Saltoro Mountains which are over 7,200 metres (23,622 ft) in elevation and have over 500 metres (1,640 ft) of topographic prominence



Mountain
Height (m)
Height (ft)
Prominence (m)
Parent mountain
7,742
25,400
2,160
7,428
24,370
1,978
Saltoro Kangri
Ghent Kangri (Mount Ghent)
7,401
24,281
1,493
7,380
24,213
900


Saltoro Kangri is the highest peak of the  Saltoro Mountain Range.

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