Young PakPeaks enthusiasts repeatedly ask for climbing recommendations and more discreetly for a “Suggested Road / Peak Map”. Keeping in view factors like acclimatization, proximity, access to base camp and gradual increase in altitude (in steps of almost 1000m ), following eight PakPeaks in order can be suggested.
PakPeak Tilla Chourani (1604m)
The first PakPeak that can be safely recommended for a beginner climbing enthusiast is PakPeak Tilla Charouni (1604m). At 1604 m / 5263 feet located on the boundary of district Islamabad and Haripur and close to Capital of Pakistan,PakPeak Tilla Charouni (1604m) is the highest peak of Margala Hills. Most of the time it is covered with pine trees. Due to its accessibility being closer to twin cities, proximity to Islamabad and a reasonable altitude for beginners PakPeak Tilla Charouni (1604m) can be considered as the bottom line for PakPeak enthusiasts. Alternate PakPeaks in this category that is greater than 1604m and lower than 1999m include PakPeak Gorakh Hill(1734m) in Sindh near Dadu and PakPeak Koh-i-Siah (1846m) in Chaghi Hillls Balochistan.
PakPeak Mushkpuri (2800m)
PakPeakMushkpuri (2800m) is the second highest hill of Galyat after PakPeak Miranjani (2992m). It is located in the Hills of Nathiagali in District Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. There is a three hour long but safe hill trek to the top.Trek to Mushkpuri top starts from Nathiagali spiraling upward through green pine forests. It is a 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) of climb. There is another trek to Mushkpuri which starts from Dungagali. The slope on this route is steeper than the trek coming from Nathiagali. From the trek Mushkpuri to Dungagali down below there are great views of Ayubia National Park. From Mushkpuri top Kashmir valley can also be seen. Alternately, in this category ( 2000m – 2999m) near by PakPeak Miranjani (2992m) can also be done in a couple of hours and starts from near the Governor House in Nathiagali. From summmit of PakPeakMushkpuri (2800m) on a clear day you can see across the Jhelum on the east into Indian Kashmir and a look north will get you a view of the majestic PakPeak Nanga Parbat (8126m).
PakPeak Makra (3586m)
Located in Himalayas and Kaghan valley, PakPeak Makra (3586m) would figure nowhere in highest 100 PakPeaks. However, it is accessible for ordinary trekkers, through Shogran in the Kaghan Valley area, and can be climbed without technical equipment in about half a day.It is almost 200 km from Islamabad on the Naran Road. From Kiwai, a single 7-kilometre-long road runs uphill to Shogran, a tourist resort with numerous hotels; the track continues to climb up to Seree Lake and ends at Paye. From here it is a trek of four hours to the top of the PakPeak Makra (3586m). Hiking on the Makra is difficult due to snow and the gradient of the mountain sides. The summit offers good views of Hazara and Azad Kashmir. The waters from the mountain’s glacier feed Kunhar River.Other PakPeaks within 3000-3999m range include PakPeak Takatu (3586m), PakPeak Koh i Chitan (3194m) and PakPeak Koh i Murdar (3184m) all three near Quetta and PakPeak Pir Khnati (3321m) and PakPeak Ganga Choti (3044m) in District Bagh , Azad Kashmir.
PakPeak Musa ka Musala(4080 m)
In the range of 4000m – 4999m PakPeak Musa ka Musaalah (4080m) in the Kaghan Valley offers a scenic hike up to its summit. The name translates into “Moses’s Mat”, and is named after a local legend involving a shepherd who would pray on its summit. An alternate PakPeak in this range (4000m-4999m) can be PakPeak Naltar Peak (4678) in Naltar valley near Gilgit.
PakPeak Rush Peak (5098m)
PakPeak Rush Pari (5098m) commonly called as Rush Peak is located in the Gilgit District. It can be reached via Nagar Valley and Hoper Village. The peak can be accessed via Hoper Glacier (Bualtar Glacier) and Barpu Glacier. The peak is relatively easy to climb in the summer months and ascents have been made by amateur climbers without proper mountaineering gear. In winter, access to the mountain is made difficult by heavy snows. The top of the peak provides stunning views of PakPeak Miar (6824 m) and PakPeak Phuparash (6574 m). On a clear day, one can look east and see PakPeak K2 (8611m) and PakPeak Broad Peak(8051m) . At the mountain’s base lies one of the world’s highest alpine lakes, Rush Lake (4,694m).Other PakPeaks in the range of (5000m – 5999m) include PakPeak Little Laila (5971m) in Rupal Valley , PakPeak Falak Sher (5918m) in Swat , PakPeak Malika Parbat (5290m) in Kaghan Valley and PakPeak Snow Dome (5029m) near Chaprot Pass in Gilgit- Baltistan.
PakPeak Mingli Sar (6050m)
PakPeak Mingli Sar (6050m) is located in the Shimshal valley in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. This PakPeak is located at the southern most part of the Pamir mountain range. It was first climbed in 1988 by the famous Pakistani climber Nazir Sabir. Shimshal lake sits at the base of the mountain. China is located to the north, while to the left is the Hindukush mountain range. PakPeak K2 is located on the south eastern side of the valley.Other PakPeaks in this range include PakPeak Tall Laila (6985m), PakPeak Vigne (6874m), PakPeak Angel Sar (6858m) near K2,PakPeak Marble (6256m) and PakPeak Mitre (6025m).
PakPeak Spantik (7027m)
According to Pakistan’s legendry mountaineer Nazir Sabir Spantik is the easiest peak in Pakistan above 70000m.It is also called as Ghenish Chish or Golden Peak. PakPeak Spantik (7027m) lies east of PakPeak Diran and northeast of PakPeak Malubiting. This PakPeak is very popular with organised commercial expeditions, due to its relative ease of ascent and scarcity of objective dangers. The peak can be approached from Nagar Valley as well as from Baltistan side. The short 3 day approach trek across straightforward terrain also provides for easy access and gradual acclimatization. The First expedition was held in 1988, the team composed of six Pakistan Army Personnel with German Team. Another expedition named the China-Pakistan Friendship Expedition scaled Spantik Peak. Expedition leader was Lt Col (retired) Dr Abdul Jabbar Bhatti who later in 2017 became fourth Pakistani to climb Mount Everest. Other PakPeaks in the range (7000m to 7999m) include PakPeak Sangemarmar Sar (7050m) and PakPeak Snow Dome/Ice Dome near Concordia ( 7160m), PakPeak Skillbrum (7360m) near K2, and PakPeak Noshaq (7492m).
PakPeak#4 Broad Peak
Broad Peak is one of the fourteenth Peaks above 8000m and is the fourth PakPeak of exclusive 8000m club.It is not that Broad Peak is easy. However remaining four PakPeaks are much more difficult. PakPeak K2 (8611m) and PakPeak Nanga Parbat (8126m) are famous for their kill rate whereas PakPeak Gashebrum I (8080m) and PakPeak Gashebrum II (8035m) are equally tough.In any case PakPeaks above 8000 m are not for the faint hearted.
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