January 2009 - Travel Pakistan

Kel Valley Azad Jammu Kashmir

Hunza Valley in Autumn

K-2 Siren of the Himalayas

Malam Jabba Swat Valley

Shangrilla Resort Skardu

Kohe Safed FATA

Passu Cones Gilgit-Baltistan

Jan 23, 2009

Gasherbrum II / K4 (8035m) Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan

Gasherbrum II, the last peak in eight thousand meter ranking, is situated on the North West of Baltoro Glacier, just besides Hidden Peak. Having spectacular neighborhood of K-2, Gasherbrum I, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum IV, Chogolisa and Golden Throne, Gasherbrum II attracts big number of alpinists every year. It is an ideal peak to start high mountain climbing. The climb is not as difficult as Hidden Peak but still considered a worthy experience. Initial climb up to camp I has many crevasses. 

The Austrian Karakoram Expedition led by Firtz Moravec made the summit through left Buttress of South Face (normal route) on July 8, 1956. The successful climbers were; Firtz Moravec, Josef Larch, and Hans Willenpart. 

Reinhold Messner made a made the historic attempt by continuously traversing both Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II with his companion Has Kammerlander in 1984.

Gasherbrum -I, Hidden Peak or K-5 (8080m) Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan

Gasherbrum I (also known as Hidden Peak or K5is the11th highest peak on Earth, located on the border of China-Pakistan. Gasherbrum-I is part of the Gasherbrum massif located in the Karakorum region of the Himalaya. Gasherbrum is often claimed to mean "Shining Wall", presumably a reference to the highly visible face of the neighboring peak Gasherbrum-IV; but in fact it comes from "rgasha" (beautiful) + "brum" (mountain) in Balti, hence it actually means "beautiful mountain."

Gasherbrum-I was designated K5 (meaning the 5th peak of the Karakorum by T.G. Montgomery in 1856 when he first spotted the peaks of the Karakorum from more than 200 km away during the Great Trigonometric Survey of India. In 1892, William Martin Conway provided the alternate name, Hidden Peak, in reference to its extreme remoteness.

Gasherbrum-I was first climbed on July 5, 1958 by Pete Schoening and Andy Kauffman of an eight-man Americanexpedition led by Nicholas B. Clinch. Richard K. Irvin, Tom Nevison, Tom McCormack, Bob Swift and Gil Roberts were also members of the team.

Jan 6, 2009

Tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, Top Places to visit in Gilgit-Baltistan

Gilgit-Baltistan is a spectacular region in the northern territory of Pakistan bordering the countries, China, India, and Afghanistan. 

The region is the home of K-2 and Nanga Parbat (2nd and the 9th highest peak of the world). Others include Deosai plains (world's highest plaetue), Blataro Glacier( Largest glacier of the world excluding the polar region), five eight-thousanders ( Mountains having the height of more than 8,000 meters), numbers of lakes, numbers of historical buildings and waterfalls.

Hospitality of people
THE people of Gilgit Baltistan are known for their hospitality. 
“You will get an unforgettable experience which will always remind you of the hospitality and kindness of Gilgit-Baltistan’s (G-B) people once you visit the GB.
Gilgit-Baltistan administratively consists of two divisions named as Baltistan and Gilgit divisions, further divided into ten districts. 
Four districts in Baltistan are Skardu and Ganche. Shigar, Kharmang
Six districts in Gilgit are Gilgit, Hunza, Nagar, Ghizer, Astore, and Diamer.  

Gilgit and Skardu are main hubs of the tourists. You can reach here either by road or by air.

District wise tourist attractions are:

Hunza-Nagar: Baltit Fort, Altit Fort, Rakaposhi, Golden Peak and Ultar.
Ghanche: Masherbrum Peak, Thalay La, Ghondoghoro Pass, Chaqchan Mosque.
Astore: Rupal Valley, Rama Lake,Chilim Valley.