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In its North, Pakistan has the world’s widest spread of high mountains. The Hindukush, the Karakoram and the Himalaya ranges converge here. Six of the world’s highest mountains are in this region and its Mount K2 is rated as the world's second highest but is seismically said to be rising higher than Mount Everest of Nepal.

A singular geographical feature of Pakistan is the dense and wide expanse of high mountains of the Himalaya, Hindukash and Karakoram ranges which attract world- renowned mountaineers and trekkers.

Of the above three mountain ranges converging in Pakistan: 700 peaks are above 6,000 meters and 160 peaks are above 7,000 meters. and, of the world’s highest peaks, we have the following 6 peaks which are above 8,000 meters:

  • Chogori Peak (commonly known as K2) 8,611 meters
  • Nanga Parbat - 8,125 meters
  • Gasherbrum # 1 (also called Hidden Peak) 8,068 meters
  • Falchand Kangri (also called Broad Peak) 8,047 meters
  • Gasherbrum # 2 - 8,035 meters
  • Broad Peak Middle / Centre - 8,016 meters

K-2 is recognized as the world’s second highest peak but, according to Mountaineer Daud Beg, seismic changes have raised this peak higher and a new scientific study would show it to be higher than Mount Everest.

International mountaineering in Pakistan started in 1950 when Norwegians, Capt. Tony Streath and Mr. Kvenberg, conquerd Tirichmir which, at 7,708 metres, is the highest peak of the Hindukush Range.

Pakistan also has the world’s largest Glaciers outside the Polar Regions. The valleys of these mountains are unique and the rivers of melting ice provide singular opportunities for mountaineers, trekkers, white water rafters and for other adventure enthusiasts, including wind surfers etc