Here, we present to you our ranking of the 10 most challenging and trickiest mountains in Pakistan for climbers. How did we come up with our list of the most challenging mountains in Pakistan, you ask? There is no one way to gauge how challenging climbing a certain mountain can be. There are several factors to undertake while determining the answer to this question which includes the height, steepness, weather as well as the reports which come from climbers around the world who have actually tackled these giant mountains in Pakistan.
Below we take a look at some of the glorious, most dangerous and challenging mountains in Pakistan.
1. Mount Everest
At number one we have one of the largest mountains to have existed in this world, which is Mount Everest. Located on the border between Tibet and Nepal, Everest spans across six countries including China, Bhutan, India, also Pakistan! With a height of 8850 meters, Mount Everest is the tallest and the toughest mountain to scale in the world which can be approached through Pakistan as well.
2. Nanga Parbat
Nanga Parbat mountain peak is located in the Northern part of Pakistan and it elevates to the height of 8125 meters. It is in fact the ninth tallest mountain in the world, and is considered as one of the most challenging mountains in Pakistan as well as in the world. A climber who went by the name of Herman Buhl is known as the first one to successfully climb the peak.
K2, also known as the “Savage Mountain”, is the second highest mountain in the world and one of the highest mountains in Pakistan. With elevation at about 8611 meters above sea level, K2 is located on the Pakistan-China border in the Gilgit Baltistan region in the Northern part of Pakistan, and the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China. Climbing K2 is a difficult task and a hazardous one too. About one person is known to die for every four who try to summit this mountain in Pakistan.
4. Baintha Brakk
This one is another one of the challenging mountains in Pakistan, with an elevation of about 7285 meters and the average time to summit is yet undetermined. The Baintha Brakk, also commonly referred to as the “The Ogre” is immense in scale, with intricate shape and a harrowing incline. This particular mountain in Pakistan is definitely for hardcore mountain climbers. What’s more interesting about the Baintha Brakk mountain peak is that it has been summited only about 3 times, and despite numerous attempts. The last successful ascent was in September 2012. The mountain is extremely rocky and steep.
5. Gasherbrum I
Number fifth on the list is the Gasherbrum I, also known as the hidden peak and K5. This one is considered the 11th highest mountain peak in the world and rises to the height of 8080 meters. Gasherbrum I was given the name K5 in the year 1856, whereas the name Hidden peak was given in the year 1892. The first man to climb the peak was Pete Schoening, who assented the mountain in July, 1958.
6. Gasherbrum II
Next, we have the Gasherbrum II mountain in Pakistan, for all adventure lovers. Gasherbrum mountain peak, also known as K4 is the 14th highest peak in the world. It escalates to the height of 8035 meters. This mountain was first climbed by an Austrian expedition in July 1956.
7. Gasherbrum IV
This peak is part of a remote group of peaks called the Gasherbrum’s, located in the North-East end of Pakistan in the Karakoram range of Himalaya. It is the 17th highest mountain present on Earth and is 6th largest in Pakistan. The Gasherbrum peak is claimed to mean the “Shining wall”, however, it’s literally meaning is “beautiful mountain”, which it definitely is. With steep slopes and an unpredictable weather, the Gasherbrum peaks are considered the most challenging mountains in Pakistan.
8. Broad Peak
Broad Peak is considered world’s 12th highest mountain and is situated in Gilgit Baltistan. It rises to the height of 8051 meters. The name Broad Peak comes from the fact, that the mountains peak is 1.5 km long. It was climbed first in June 1957.
9. Disteghil Sar
The Disteghil Sar peak is another one of the challenging mountains in Pakistan. It is the highest mountain in the Hispar Muztagh (which is a subrange of Karakoram mountain range) in Gilgit Baltistan. This one is considered the 7th highest mountain in Pakistan with the height of 7400 meters.
10. Khunyang Chhish
Lastly, we have the Khunyang Chhish mountain (also in the Hispar Muztagh), It is the second highest mountain in the subrange of Karakoram mountain range. With a height of about 7823 meters, this particular mountain is the 8th highest mountain in Pakistan. The mountain is steep and pointed and a complex one at that, compared to other rival mountain ranges in the region. This one is also, one of the most challenging mountains in Pakistan.