Friday, January 16, 2015

MITRE PEAK (Karakorum Range -Pakistan)

MITRE PEAK is a mountain in the Karakoram mountain Range near Concordia in Pakistan.Concordia is the confluence of the Baltoro and Godwin-Austen Glaciers. It is a 6,010 m (19,720 ft) high mountain in the central Karakoram.

Mitre peak is is located on the confluence of the branches of the Baltoro Glacier with the Gasherbrum branch arriving from the SE and the Godwin Austin branch arriving from the NE. 

Mitre Peak is a majestetic peak, It is famous only for its shape  and location. Viewed from the Concordia Glacier, it does not appear to be very high, and cannot be seen from a distance.  It is relatively at low altitude by the neighbors high mountains, but it makes an impression equal to its more lofty neighbours.There are over 60 peaks close by which are so higher. Some of the most famous peaks are: K2 (8611m), Gasherbrum I (8068m), Broad Peak (8047m), Gasherbrum II (8035m) and the little lower, very impressive Gasherbrum IV (7925m). It sits across from Broad Peak, the 12th highest mountain on Earth.

Mitre Peak can be seen from Concordia

Best time to climb to Mitre Peak is from June to August .

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


(Spin Ghar Mountains Range)

SAFED KOH is a mountain range in eastern Afghanistan and expanding to North-Western Pakistan. which covers Khyber Agency and Kurram Valley of Federally Administered Tribal Areas in Pakistan.

Safed Koh  means " white mountain". It is also known as Spin Ghar. It form a natural frontier between Pakistan and Afghanistan, extending westward for 100 miles (160 km) from the Vale of Peshāwar (Pakistan) to the Lowrah Valley (Afghanistan.

Mount Sikaram it is the highest peak of the Safed Koh Range. It is at an elevation of 4,761 m (15,620 ft) above mean sea level. It has a prominence of 2,295 mIt lies on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border south of the Kabul River and Khyber Pass. It is a straight and rigid peak, towers above all surrounding hills. 

Safed Koh is not an isolated range, It parallels the Kabul River.The Kabul River cuts a narrow trough through the Safēd Kōh mountains to flow eastward into the Indus River; otherwise, the range connects directly with the Shandur Top off shoot of the Hindu Kush mountain system The Khyber Pass crosses a spur of the Safed Koh range.The closest city near the Safed Koh is Parachinar of Pakistan.

The lower slopes are nearly barren forests of pine and deodar cedar thrived on the main range.
Strategically it is an important topographical feature, for it divides the basin of the Kabul river and the Khyber route from the valley of Kurram, leaving no practicable pass across its rugged crest to connect the two. 

Its western slopes, where it abuts on the mountain masses which dominate the Kabul plain, are forest-covered and picturesque, with deep glens intersecting them, and bold craggy ridges; the same may be said of the northern spurs which reach downward through the Shinwari country towards Gandamak and Jalalabad. Here the snow lies late and moisture is abundant - but on the southern sun-scorched cliffs but little vegetation is to be seen. Approaching the Peshawar plains the Safed Koh throws off long spurs eastward, and amongst the foothills of eastern spurs. 



Laila Peak in Hushe Valley near Gondogoro Glacier is in Karakoram range, Pakistan and is 6,096 metres (20,000 ft) high. Laila Peak is one of the most beautiful mountains in Pakistan and It has a distinctive spear-like shape summit forming a perfect needle shape.
The peak is synonymous with its west face which drops down the mountains at almost uniform gradient forming a giant ramp Its northern and eastern sides consist of contrasting steep granite. Its northwest face has a slope of 45 degrees in more than 1500 vertical metres.

Laila Peak is located east of the Gondogoro valley and west of the Chogolisa valley in the Masherbrum Mountains of Baltistan. Most people have set eyes on the peak after crossing the Gondogoro La from Concordia and K2 base camp. 
Laila Peak and Gondogoro Glacier 
Laila peak's height  in Hushe Valley is controversial. Some believe it to be 6200 metres whereas some mention it as 6614 metres. In a Japanese mountaineering map by Tsuneo Miyamori (published in 2003), the height of Laila Peak is mentioned as 6096 metres.

It was climbed in winter for the first time by Spanish mountaineers Alex Txikon and José Fernandez, in February 2013