2012 - 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

Dec 5, 2012

Malam Jabba Swat valley| | Malam Jabba ski resort

Where is Malam Jabba located?

Malam Jabba is located in the dream land and the Switzerland of Pakistan, Swat Valley, only at a distance of about 300 kilometers from the Islamabad city. Malam Jabba is where you can find serene beauty and the tranquility all the year round. The place has got recognition worldwide due to its international level ski resort but there are much more to enjoy than the skiing. The best thing about the Malam Jabba is that it remains accessible all the round year as compare to other parts of KPK and Gilgit- Baltistan which are cut off from the external world in the winter due to heavy snowfall.

What are the things to enjoy the tour at Malam Jabba?

Depending on the season you can enjoy the sublime beauty of the Malam Jabba in different ways. In winter you can enjoy the Skiing and the snow fighting in the spectacular hills blanketed by the snow and thickly forested ridges and peaks around. 
In summer the valleys and peaks turn into a green carpeted lands and peaks with dozens and dozens of kinds of blooming flowers which scents the valley and welcome you with fragrance. You can enjoy, bonfire, trekking, photography and much more. There are two trails in the Malama Jabba valley which starts at different points away from the famous resort in the Malam Jabba. These trails extend into the wood and if you are prepared enough and want to spend few days in the marvelous woods then it is one of the kinds of things you would enjoy in the world. 

Buddhist Stupas

According to the history, the Swat Valley was once a prominent and important state at the pinnacle of Buddhism and there were many Buddhist stupas there, few are still there and you can enjoy the Buddhist culture and look how they crafted the stupas. The best thing is, the stupas are scattered around the resort and you don't need to cover long tracks and trails. 

The Ski Resort

As mentioned above the Malam Jabba region is famous due to the spectacular Ski resort there. The ski resort, in fact, is one of the best places where one can enjoy the tour in winter and summer as well. The sublime beauty of the surrounding and the slope of the track, known as the best in the world, will provide you the ultimate pleasure when you are a ski lover. 
The best thing is, the resort area is equipped with many things like the cable cars, ice skating rings, skiing platforms and best quality restaurants. 

How to reach there?

By Air Journey

There are many options open for you when you want to visit the beautiful Malam Jabba. You can reach there By Air, as there is an airport in the Mingora City known as Saidu Sharif Airport. PIA flight operate for this airport and when you land there in Saidu Sharif than the Malam Jabba resort will be just  50 kilometers away and you can reach there in the resort in one or one and half hour. If you want to stay in Mingora then there is no shortage of hotels and restaurants.

By road Journey 

For by road journey there are many options, you can choose the route which suits you. If you want to explore the different region and places and want to have a long journey then you can choose Karakoram Highway or the Murree Road. But if you want to reach there in short time then choosing the Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway will be better.
It would be better to inform you that, if you want to visit the Murree and Swat in one trip then it is possible. From Islamabad you would follow the Murree road and pass through the Murree Hills you would reach the Muzzaffarabd city and passing from there you would again enter the Karakoram Highway. So, you can cover both the places in one round trip. 

Nov 23, 2012

How to withdraw money by wired withdrawal in Pakistan | | How to withdraw money from Freelancer.com

You would have been searching the web in a crazy way and landed on this website because I myself have gone through this situation. There are the dozen and even hundreds of sites on this issue and none focus on the issue and the procedure of the money withdrawal. As  in other countries, there are many ways to withdraw money, but unfortunately, in Pakistan, we are restricted to only two ways i.e. through Payoneer or through Wired Withdrawal.
My odyssey of withdrawal is very concerning and of course interesting. It was about a month and I had made it to $50 and I wanted to withdraw the money. Upon searching for the ways I came to know that I need Payoneer to withdraw such a nominal amount or I should wait until I made it to $500 for wired withdrawal. I applied for the Payoneer and started counting the days. The day I applied for the Payoneer a message prompted in my Gmail reading: “We are pleased to inform you that your Payoneer Prepaid MasterCard® card was shipped via Regular Mail. Your card is estimated to arrive between DD MM 2016 and DD MM 2016.  My card was already destined to Palau and I was here in Karachi waiting for my card to be delivered to me. The day, one and half month was elapsed, a mail pinged me reading: “Dear customer we noticed that you have not activated your card yet, please activate it and once it is activated you can order Payment from all over the world”. I was surprised, I hadn’t received the card yet, and how could I activate the card yet to be received. I instantly checked the Payoneer account and came to know that I had mistakenly marked my shipping address country as Palau, which I had never heard of. Have you ever heard of a county Palau? I’m sure you haven’t. Upon searching the web I came to know that it is an Island country in Oceania.   
I started sending emails to the Payoneer customer care regularly, but I never got a reply except for the taped messages which would appear in my Gmail the moment I send them my regards.
Meanwhile, I upheld the work on Freelancer.com and within a month I made it not only to $500 but to $700.  I made through the “Identity Verification”, it wasn’t less than a headache. I am not a Karachhite, but they were demanding any utility bill in my name, in short, I made a deal with them and I got my identity verified. I submitted my amount for withdrawal and again an email prompted reading that the first withdrawal is delayed for 15 days due to security reasons, there was no another way, and I waited and again started counting the days. Fifteen days elapsed, the amount submitted was deducted from my Freelancer account, but I didn’t receive in my local bank account. I called the phone banking customer care center, two to three times, but every time their reply would be different and a new issue would arise. On the 12th day the amount was deducted from my freelancer account, the person on the other end said, “The amount is transferred to your account, but you need to confirm it from the bank where you have created your account”. I contacted the bank where was my account and by 7 PM the amount was in my account.
In overall, it took about 27 days for my first withdrawal. For new Freelancers here are few pieces of advice. If you are determined to work on Freelancer.com and you are serious and want earn and receive the money as soon as possible consider the following points.
  • Verify your identity the day you become a member of Freelancr.com
  • Apply for the Payoneer card on the first day
  • Be in contact with the phone banking officers and the bank where you have your account.

Never stop work waiting for the amount to be received, continue your work, your money would be in your account one day. It happened to me, at a stage I was about to quit the Freelancer.com and I was thinking that it is a scam, but I didn’t and continued the work. Today I have received 70,000 PKR and I am writing this to put a few words of advice for new freelancers. In overall, it cost me 6000 PKR for overall withdrawal. I think it is very reasonable to receive amounts from a foreign country in a foreign currency charging only 6,000PKR.

Oct 10, 2012

Fort Fountain Karachi Pakistan

The Port Fountain or Karachi Port Trust Fountain is located next to the northern rock of a series of islands known as the Oyster Rocks, off the Karachi Harbour. The fountain is the world's third tallest, and rises to height of 620 feet (190 m) when operating at full force. Ever since its inauguration on January 15, 2006, the fountain has been attracting visitors from all over Pakistan. The fountain structure and platform of 135 sq meters (15 m x 9m) is on 16 piles 18 metres deep. Two 835 horsepower (623 kW) turbine pumps deliver nearly 2000 litres of sea water per second at a velocity of 70 metres per second through specially designed 8-inch (200 mm) nozzles. The fountain was constructed at a cost of PKR 320 million (approximately $5.3 million US).

Because the fountain rises so high into the air, it is easily seen from many locations of the city. Many high rise apartments, buildings and surroundings overlook the fountain throughout the community at the beach. The column of water can be seen from several miles at sea. The fountain is located 1.4 km away from the beach to avoid spraying water onto beach side homes. Maximum vapours travel up to a radius of 500 feet (150 m) around the fountain. Eighteen flood lights of 400 watts illuminate the fountain at night.

Sep 30, 2012

Derawar Fort, Bahawalpur Pakistan

This majestic fort is located at a distance of 100 km from the Bahawalpur city of Punjab Province, Pakistan. This is the only fort which was preserved in the Cholistan Desert, dates back to Indus Civilization. The fort is surrounded by hundred of sides which need to be excavated. The fort is built in a square shape with a length of 672 feet on each side. The towers around the fort, made of burnt bricks are visible from miles provides an extra beauty to the fort. The buildings built inside of the fort in square shape now deserted inside was built for the Nawab's army and their family.

Noor Mahal, Bahawalpur Pakistan

This place is situated in the city of Bahawalpur, Punjab Province, Pakistan. It was built in 1872 and completed in 1875. There are different fictions about this place among which the famous is: This place was built by Nawab Sadiq Muhammad Khan, also known as Shah Jahan of Bahawalpur, "because he was interested in building beautiful and monumental buildings like Shah Jahan", for his wife. But they could not spend more than one night in the place because an adjoining graveyard was seen from the balcony of the Mahal. Therefore his wife refused to live here and it remained unused. This place is very beautiful for photography, but because of lack of services, especially infrastructure,  it has been hidden from the local as well as international visitors.

Sep 22, 2012

Kalash Valley Chitral Pakistan | | Best places to visit in Kalash

Where is Kalash valley located? 

The Kalash valley is located in the extreme northwest of Pakistan just a few kilometers away from the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Kalash valley consists of series of small and medium size villages, hamlets and ravines but three of these villages are famous for their unique cultures and can be accessed by a jeep-able road from the Ayun valley of Chitral district, Ayun comes before the Chitral town.

Kalash valley women in local dress

Why Kalash valley is so famous?

The Kalash valley is famous for the culture, rituals, traditions, customs, festivals and belief of the people. Unlike other parts of the Pakistan, this valley has distinct features in term of religion, culture, traditions and their lifestyle. The people of Kalash are known as the oldest tribes of South Asia who have retained their culture and belief for centuries in small valleys and ravines predominately dominated by two Muslim countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan. 
They speak the Kalasha language from the Dardic family of the Indo-Aryan-branch and are considered among the unique tribe of the Indo-Aryan-peoples of Pakistan. These people are thought to be the descendants from the Kafristan province, present day Nuristan province of Afghanistan.


People of Kalash are very lively people and one of the most prominent things for which they are famous particularly in Pakistan is because of their culture-riched and colorful festivals. During the festivals, the participant's vibrant dress and hypnotic ritual dances are one of the things to observe. The colorful dances impart a feel of contentment when you observe their special dance in their indigenous dresses. The people of Kalash love music very much and they play instruments as well, among the instruments drum and flute are common and they play these well.
The three famous festivals which are celebrated in different seasons are:

1-Joshi in late May.

This festival is celebrated in May and this is meant to be the welcome of the spring and a welcome tribute to the fairies. 

2-Uchau in autumn 

This festival is the celebration of harvest, as the Kalash valley is some 3000 feet above sea level and observes harsh and freezing winter, therefore, a successful accomplishment of harvest is a kind of feat for them. The valleys in the past were totally self-sustained but now the scenario has somehow changed. 

3-Caumus in mid-winter

This festival is one of the most important festivals according to the belief of Kalash people. Although people mostly visit the Kalash valley during the other two festivals mentioned above because in winter it is difficult to reach there and even if you reach there you would need to carry a lot of fabrics and other things. But for the Kalash valley people, this festival is the most prominent one because the male spirit of Balumain passes through the valley during this festival and he carries the prayers and of the people with him. 

Descendants of Alexandar the Great 

According to some sources, the people of Kalash valley are the progenitor of the Alexander the Greate because when he attacked the China and was on the way back to Greece a soldier of his army settled in Kalash valley and the present day people are said to be the direct lineage of the soldier. 

Valleys of Kalash 

Kalash valley consists of series of valleys but the three valleys which are inhabited by considerable people are famous and people visit these valleys and festivals are observed in these valleys. These valleys are:

  1. Bir 
  2. Bamburet and
  3. Rambur

How to reach Kalash valley? 

If you want to visit Kalash valley and witness the colorful and vibrant festivals of Kalash people then there are two options for you. You can reach there by air or by road, depending on your choice you can choose one. 

By air journey

If you want to visit the Kalash valley by air then you need to reach in the Islamabad first because no airline operates between Chitral and other cities except PIA flights. PIA flights from the Islamabad will carry you to the Chitral valley and from there you can reach the Kalash valley by a jeep-able road. From Chitral town, it would take a maximum of one and half hour to reach there. 

By road journey

If you want to visit by road then you need to cover about 450 kilometers from Islamabad and it would take about 10-12 hours. You can also visit the Kalash valley from Gilgit as well. Kalash is about 400 kilometers southwest of Gilgit and it would take about 8-10 hours to reach Kalash from Gilgit. 

Kalash valley girls in local dress

Kalash valley kids

Kalash valley dress

Shogran KPK, Pakistan | | Beautiful places to visit in KPK

Shogran is one of the most beautiful hill stations and tourist spots of Pakistan in Mansehra district of KPK in the well known and green carpeted Kaghan valley. Shogran is at a distance of 222 km from Islamabad, 34 km from Balakot and 65 kilometers from the Mansehra city. 

Why should you visit Shogran once in life? 

Shogran, we would say, is one of the most scenic and spectacular hill stations not only in KPK but in overall Pakistan because the serenity, wilderness and scenic dreamlands in the Shogran have no parallel in the whole Pakistan. Be it the thickly wooded peaks, the meadows at the top, the view of the spectacular birdseye view of surrounding or the chance to visit many amazing tourist spots around this place is, in fact, a fairyland. During the sunrise and the sunset, you would have an amazing view, especially when it is the cloudy weather. you would feel like the sea of clouds are buzzing and hugging you. The distant wooded peaks, the gleaming icy summit and the white clouds hovering over the peaks would give a perfect scenery to enjoy. 

How to reach there? 

It depends on from where are you coming. If you are coming from Abbottabad or Mansehra the road which leads one to the Naran and Kaghan valley will be followed from the Mansehra city. But if you are coming from Islamabad then there are many options for you, it all depends on your preference. 

First option

From Islamabad, you can follow Islamabad-Murree-Expressway. This route will pass through Murree, Bhurban, and Muzaffarabad and near Balakot city of KPK it will enter the Naran Kaghan road. From Balakot it will take a maximum of one hour to reach the Shogran. This will be the shortest route

Second option 

Another option is, you can drive through the woods of Maragalla Hills and passing through the spectacular Pir Sohawa you will reach the Haripur city. From Haripur, it will follow the Karakoram Highway and pass from Abbottabad and Mansehra you will again enter the Naran-Kaghan road. 

Third option

The third option is driving on the Karakoram Highway which will pass through Taxila, Haripur, Hassan Abdal, Abbottabad, and Mansehra. From Mansehra, you will turn east and enter the Naran-Kaghan road.

Places to visit nearby

When you have visited Shogran then you can visit some spectacular and marvelous places on the same route from the Shogran. These picturesque places include Siri Paye and the Siri Lake. The Siri Paye, another famous tourist spot, is just 7 kilometers away from the Shogran and the Siri lake is one the way to Siri Paye. So you can visit so many beautiful and amazing places in one round trip

Siri Paye Meadows
Siri Lake, Shogran 

Sep 11, 2012

Uchhali Lake Soon Valley Pakistan

Uchhali Lake, Soon Skacer valley

Uchhali Lake is a salt water lake in the Southern Salt range of Soon valley, district Khushab of Pakistan. It is at a distance of 290 km from Islamabad and 300 km from Lahore. Sakesar, the highest mountain in the salt range, is covered by the snow in winter. This lake was formed by the drainage water of the area. But later on, when drainage system was introduced in the area the lake was preserved as picnic point. The lake is 1 kilometer wide and two kilometers long. Because of the saltish water the lake is lifeless. A small ascent of the hill on right side of the lake with fully lush green trees presents a scenic view. At a time the lake is covered by the thousands of migrating birds. Boats are also available at the lake. Besides the boats, there is a rest house too on the side of the lake. The lake is said to be 400 years old.

Jul 9, 2012

Thandiani KPK, Pakistan

Thandiani, a hill station located in the southern part of the Abbotabad District at a distance of 31 km from the Abbotabad city is  in the foothills of Himalayas. Thandiani in the local language, Urdu means, very cold area. In the east of this hill station is snow covered, Pir Panjal mountain ranges of the Kashmir. To the north and northeast is mountains of Kohistan and Kaghan and in the northwest is the snow covered mountains of Chitral and Swat. Being a lush green and beautiful hill station it is visited by lot of people in summer and winter as well. The area is covered by the thick forest welcoming different kind of wildlife include; leopards, monkeys, pheasants, flying squirrels Pine Martin.

Jun 10, 2012

Khyber Pass Pakistan

The Khyber Pass (altitude: 1,070 m or 3,510 ft) is a mountain pass connecting Afghanistan and Pakistan, cutting through the northeastern part of the Spin Ghar mountains. An integral part of the ancient Silk Road, it is one of the oldest known passes in the world. Throughout history it has been an important trade route between Central Asia and South Asia and a strategic military location. The summit of the pass is 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) inside Pakistan at Landi Kotal.

Rawal Lake / Lake view park Islamabad

Rawal Lake located on the outskirts of Rawalpindi and Islamabad is in fact one of the most beautiful places to visit in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
Rawal Lake is an artificial reservoir in that fulfills the water demands for the cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. This artificial lake covers an area of 8.8 km². Rawal Lake is located within an isolated section of the Margalla Hills National Park.


Whether you’re interested in boating, sailing, kayaking, fishing, bird watching, finding a fantastic honeymoon destination, picnicking, hiking, or relaxing alone, or with family and friends at a place with a picturesque view, Rawal Lake has it all. Take a hike and see a panoramic view of the lake from Margallah and Murree hills. 
This lovely lake is breathtaking. Flowering trees, beautiful blooms, and lush green grass adds exquisite sceneryy to the lake.

To the west of the lake is the Islamabad Club, which offers different sporting facilities.

Clifton Beach Karachi

Clifton Beach is a pleasant site to be visited as it features an amusement park, stalls, camel and horse riding facilities and several options for swimming. Small shops at the beach display handicrafts and gifts made of sea shells. Visitors especially come here at night to see the beautiful fountain that has been built on the sea. It has been made very beautifully by using white lights and it is considered to be the tallest fountain jetting out sea water. The amusement park in this area features a bowling alley and an aquarium and Oyster Island can also be viewed from Clifton Beach.

Wagah Border or Pak- India Border

Wagah Border is located on Grand Trunk Road which joins the Amritsar, India and Lahore, Pakistan. It's a well-known place all over Pakistan. Wagah is the name of the village which was divided in 1947 after partition. Today half part is in India and half is in Pakistan. Many people daily visit Wagah Border to watch soldiers parade and flag lowering ceremony on every evening between border security forces of India and Pakistan. Wagah Border ceremony having great heart touching moments and increase heartbeats of everyone with love for their country.

Jun 9, 2012

Rohtas Fort Jehlum Pakistan

Rohtas - yet another historical landmark of Pakistan built in the 16th century by none other than the mastermind of the Grand Trunk Road - Sher Shah Suri, the then Muslim ruler of India. However, due to its distant and off the main road location, many tourists forget to visit this gigantic and huge infrastructure spread over a circumference of 4 kilometers. The approach road to Rohtas is just 3 kilometers short of Dina, a small town ahead of Jhelum on Lahore - Islamabad Road. From the main GT Road, Rohtas is only 8 kilometers away, located southwest of Dina town. Previously this approach was restricted in fairly dry weather in the absence of a bridge over the Kahan River - in fact, the absence of any bridge over the river kept the tourists away from this historical fort. 

Rohtas Fort  PakistanNow with the construction of a bridge, the approach to this massive rock structure is a matter of minutes. The fort lies 320 58' N and 730 34' E and is about 4 kilometers in circumference. The fort was built mainly to block re-entry route of the deposed Mughal emperor Humayun who had fled to Iran after his defeat at the battle of Chausa, to intimidate the local Ghakkar tribes, who were friends of the Mughal and also as a military base. The work started in 1541 AD and completed in 9 years. There are many estimates in various scripts as far its cost of construction is concerned. Some place it around Rs. 3,425,000, while a Persian script puts the cost of construction and maintaining an army at around Rs. 110,107,975. At one place it says that one gold coin ("Ashrafi") was given for each brick that was placed.
Rohtas Fort  Pakistan

Ziarat Balochistan | | Places to visit in Ziarat | | Tourist spots of Ziarat

Ziarat is the capital of Ziarat DistrictBalochistanPakistan. At an altitude of 2453 meters (8050 feet) Ziatat is one of the breathtaking, picturesque and famous holiday resort of Balochistan. It is famous for being the second largest Juniper forest in the world and nearly every trip from Karachi to Quetta stops at Ziarat.

Tourist Areas

Snow Camping by Chiltan Adventurers Juniper Defenders in Ziarat 2003.
Quaid e Azam Residency, Ziarat
Ziarat is the location of the Ziarat residency where Jinnah lived and spent his last days of life, Ziarat is a famous tourist site. There is a small dam and the valley is full of fruits in summer and winter cherry in summer and apple in winter. The honey of Ziarat is very famous.
The Residency was constructed in 1892. It is an important building, the whole building is actually a wooden structure beautifully designed and has great architectural importance. It was originally meant to be a sanatorium, and it was converted into the summer residence of the Agent of the Governor General. It is now a national monument. The residency catches the tourists' attention due to its unique location and the wonderful hilly surroundings. The weather is really pleasant during summer time and the local people are hospitable, but in winter the weather is severe and it is more difficult to survive. During summer time the apple and cherry gardens provide a pleasant view for tourists.
THE GORGES: Balochistan is an arid land which receives very low rainfall annually. But innumerable natural springs known as KAREZ and streams are found in most of the areas. There are more than a half dozen gorges around Ziarat formed by natural karez spring water falling through narrow opening amongst the mountain rocks producing a dramatic effect. The famous gorges along the road to Ziarat are Chutair Tangi, Kahn Tangi, Kawas Tangi,Faran Tangi and the Sandman Tangi.

Naran Kaghan Valley Pakistan | | Places to visit in Naran Kaghan

Naran is a medium sized town in upper Kaghan Valley of Mansehra District situated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Elevated 8,202 feet or 2,500 meters above sea level, Naran is one of the most scenic valleys in Pakistan; attracting thousands of tourists, trekkers, photographers and nature-enthusiast, every year. The Kunhar River, swollen by glacier melt, passes through this town as it meanders its way through the valley.

Naran can be considered as base station to scenic destinations like Lake Saif-ul-Malook, Lalazar, Babusar, Noori Valley and Purbi Valley

Jan 26, 2012

K-2 the second highest peak in the world Pakistan

K-2 (8,611m) is the second highest peak in the world and it is located in the District Skardu of Gilgit-Baltistan in northern Pakistan. The peak is exactly on the border of China and Pakistan dividing the two countries, its north face is in China and south face in Pakistan. 
Interestingly almost every person is aware of the word K-2 and everyone is aware that this is a giant mountain but there are many other things about K-2 which worth reading but people are not aware of. In the remote Karakoram mountain ranges, this towering mountain had been hidden from the outer world, even from the indigenous people, until early 1900 due to its remoteness. 

Who named the K-2 mountain? 

This is the fact that due to its remoteness even the locals were not aware of the mountain and it didn't have any local name, the reason it was named K-2, means the second highest peak in Karakoram range. The first person who explored the peak was the Godwin-Austin, an English surveyor, that is why the mountain used to be known as Mount Godwin-Austin before it was named as K-2.  
K-2 was named by another British surveyor, Thomas Geroge Montgomerie, who was surveying the mountains of Himalaya and Karakoram during the Great Trigonometric Survey of British India. As mentioned above it was very difficult to reach the remote area where K-2 is located therefore the surveyor sketched the two towering mountains in the Karakoram range from a mountain in the Himalayan range, Mount Haramukh presently located in the region of Indian Occupied Kashmir, some 210 km south of the K-2. 
As the surveyor was observing the sight of the K-2 some 210 kilometers away from its base, he labeled the two soaring mountains as K-1 and K-2, means the first and second highest peaks in the Karakoram range. Later it turned out that actually the K-2 was the highest peak of the Karakoram range and K-1 was actually the 8th highest peak in the Karakoram range.

How to reach there? 

Well, when you read the name of K-2 the first thing you would think will be that how could I reach there, I am not a mountain climber. Even if you are not an experienced climber, having the sight of K-2 from its base camp would be a proud moment for you. Nowadays not only experienced climbers but the amateur mountaineering enthusiasts are also visiting the areas of K-2 base camp to have a sight of the giant mountain. 
Reaching there in the vicinity of K-2 is somehow difficult and it needs determination and passion. If you are not a Pakistani, first you need to reach Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. From Islamabad, there would be a daily flight to Skardu, the major town in the region. It takes about an hour to reach Skardu from Islamabad. From Skardu the real expedition starts. 


Jan 23, 2012

Nanga Parbat (Naked Mountain) Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan

Nanga Parbat (literally, Naked Mountain),  is the ninth highest mountain in the world and the western anchor of the Himalayas. Located in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, Nanga Parbat is one of the eight-thousanders, with a summit elevation of 8,126 meters (26,660 ft). An immense, dramatic peak rising far above its surrounding terrain, Nanga Parbat has not only proved difficult to climb, but also has a notable incidence of tragedy associated with its climbing.

Nanga Parbat forms the western anchor of the Himalayan Range and is the westernmost eight-thousander. It lies just south of the Indus River in the Astore District of Gilgit–Baltistan in Pakistan. Not far to the north is the western end of the Karakoram range.

Base Camp Altitude:4300m
Ideal Duration:50 Days
Best Time:May - July
No of Camps Required:04
The Himalayas are a great mountain range formed by the collision of Indo- Pakistan tectonic plate with the Asian Continent. The central Himalayan mountains are situated in Nepal, while the eastern mountains extend to the borders of Bhutan and Sikkim.

Nanga Parbat massif is the western corner pillar of the Himalayas. It is an isolated range of peaks just springing up from nothing and is surrounded by the rivers Indus and Astore. Nanga Parbat or "Nanga Parvata" means the naked mountain. Its original and appropriate name, however, is Diamir the king of the mountains.

Nanga Parbat (main peak) has a height of 8,126m/26,660 ft. It has three vast faces. The Rakhiot (Ra Kot) face is dominated by the north and south silver crags and silver plateau; the Diamir face is rocky in the beginning. It converts itself into ice fields around Nanga Parbat peak. The Rupal face is the highest precipice in the world. Reinhold Messner, a living legend in mountaineering from Italy, says that "everyone who has ever stood at the foot of this face (4,500m/14,764ft) up above the 'Tap Alpe', studied it or flown over it, could not help but have been amazed by its sheer size; it has become known as the highest rock and ice wall in the world!".

Nanga Parbat has always been associated with tragedies and tribulations until it was climbed in 1953. A lot of mountaineers have perished on Nanga Parbat since 1895. Even today it is claiming a heavy toll of human lives for, the mountaineers, in search of adventure and thrill, are becoming its victims in pursuit of their eagerness to find new and absolutely unclimbed routes leading to its summit.

It was in 1841 that a huge rockslide from the Nanga Parbat dammed the Indus river. This created a huge lake, 55 km long, like the present Tarbela lake downstream. The flood of water that was released when the dam broke caused a rise of 80 ft in the river's 3 level at Attock and swept away an entire Sikh army. It was also in the middle of the nineteenth century that similar catastrophes were later caused by the damming of Hunza and Shyok rivers.

The Nanga Parbat peak was discovered in the nineteenth century by Europeans. The Schlagintweit brothers, who hailed from Munich (Germany) came in 1854 to the Himalayas and drew a panoramic view which is the first known picture of Nanga Parbat. In 1857 one of them was murdered in Kashgar. The curse of Nanga Parbat had begun.