Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Khunyang Chhish Mountain (Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan)

Khunyang Chhish located in  Karakoram mountains Range of Pakistan. It is the second-highest mountain in the Hispar Muztagh, a subrange of the Karakoram mountains.

Khunyang Chhish mountain is at the Elevation 7,852 m (25,761 ft. It has a Prominence of 1,765 m (5,791 ft). It is ranked 21st in the world and 8th in Pakistan.

Khunyang Chhish mountain is also called  Kunyang Kish and Khiangyang Kish, among others. 

Khunyang Chhish lies  in Skardu District of Baltistan. It is located in the heart of the Hispar Muztagh, north of the Hispar Glacier, one of the major glaciers of the Karakoram. It rises on the southwest side of the Khunyang Glacier

Khunyang Chhish is notable for its rise above local terrain. It is a steep, pointed, and complex peak. It rises almost 4,000 metres (2.5 mi) above its southern base camp on the Khunyang Glacier, and it rises 5,500 metres (3.4 mi) above the Hunza valley in about 33 kilometres (21 mi). 

Not counting the two Pumari Chhish summits 4 km to the ENE, the Kunyang Chhish massive has five peaks:
  1. Kunyang Chhish Main, 7852 m
  2. Kunyang Chhish South, 7620 m, 700 m SSW, with a prominence of only about 100 m/
  3. Kunyang Chhish East 7400 m, 2 km ESE, 240 m prominence.
  4. Kunyang Chhish West, 7350 m, 1.5 km W, 170 m prominence. Also known as Pyramid Peak.
  5. Kunyang Chhish North, 7108 m, 6 km NNE, 517 m prominence.

The first ascent was accomplished by a Polish team led by Andrzej Zawada in 1971. They climbed a long route up the South Ridge of the peak from the Pumari Chhish Glacier. 


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