Friday, March 7, 2014

Golden Peak / Spantik (Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan)

Spantik or Golden Peak is a mountain in Spantik-Sosbun Mountains sub range of Karakoram in Nagar Valley, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan.

It has at an elevation of 7,027 m (23,054 ft). It is accessible from Nagar Valley of Gilgit -Baltistan region.
Its northwest face features an exceptionally hard climbing route known as the "Golden Pillar". It lies east of Diran and northeast of Malubiting.
Spantik peak was first climbed in 1955 by Karl Kramer's German expedition. The most commonly climbed line follows the south East Ridge, which was attempted by the Bullock Workman party in 1906.

The mountain is very popular with organized commercial expeditions, due to its relative ease of ascent and scarcity of objective dangers. The trek across straightforward terrain also provides for easy access and gradual acclimatization. 

The south East Ridge rises 2700 metres over a lateral distance of 7.6 km, at angles which are mostly less than 30 degrees, with a few sections up to 40 degrees. It contains varied terrain, from rocky outcrops to snow and ice and scree.