broad peak

Broad-Peak

BroadPeak is the twelfth most elevated mountain on the planet at 8,051 meters (26,414 ft) above ocean level. The exacting interpretation of “Expansive Peak” to Falchan Kangri is not acknowledged among the Balti people.The English name was presented in 1892 by the British traveler Martin Conway, in reference to the comparatively named Breithorn in the Alps.

Broad Peak is a piece of the Gasherbrum massif in Baltistan on the fringe of Pakistan and China.It is situated in the Karakoram mountain range around 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) from K2. It has a summit more than 1.5 kilometers (0.93 mi) long, subsequently “Wide Peak”.

The mountain has a few summits: Broad Peak (8051 m), Rocky Summit (8028 m), Broad Peak Central (8011 m), Broad Peak North (7490 m), and Kharut Kangri (6942 m).

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Thalay La

Thalay La

Thalay Valley is in Ghanche, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan, on the bank of Shyok River, The Shyok River meets Indus river at Keris about 30 kilometers west of Thalay. Thalay is 16 big and small Muhalahs., Chundu, Tassu, Harangus, Parangghus, Haltagari, Yarkhur, Daltir, Gagurik, Baltoro, Burdas etc. The Houshey Valley in the east, Karis Valley in the west, Shiger Valley in the north and Daghoni/Balghar are located in south site.

Thalay Valley exists 40 km. away on the northwest to the district headquarters Ghanche (Gilgit Baltistan), and 110 km from Skardu city and situated slightly above than (2647 m) from sea level and falls in the single cropping zone. The main source of income is agricultural. Population household 1246, total population 12460. Education ratio male 20% & female only 5%. Thalay Valley has full of natural resources like pasture, water, wildlife and mineral etc. Thalay valley is distributed in two parts, upper Thalay and lower Thalay. Thalay valley is very beautiful in Baltistan especially Thalay Broq most beautiful tourist resort in Baltistan. Every year many national and international tourists come to Thalay Broq, Thalay La 4572 m and Shingkang pass 5100 m, most interesting for tourists. The unknown fort Chogho Khar, Marsong Khar, Caanggi Khar are located here; unfortunately, it is not actual history.

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Shyok River

Shyok River

The Shyok River (literally “the river of death” in Yarkandi Uyghur) flows through northern Ladakh in India and the Ghangche District ofGilgit–Baltistan, spanning some 550 km (340 mi).

The Shyok River, a tributary of the Indus River, originates from the Rimo Glacier, one of the tongues of Siachen Glacier. The river widens at the confluence with the Nubra River. The alignment of the Shyok river is very unusual, originating from the Rimo glacier, it flows in a southeasterly direction and, joining the Pangong range, it takes a northwestern turn, flowing parallel to its previous path. The Shyok flows in a wide valley, suddenly entering a narrow gorge after Chalunka, continuing through Turtuk and Tyakshi before crossing into Pakistan. The Shyok joins the Indus at Keris, to the east of the town of Skardu.

The Nubra river, originating from the Siachen glacier, also behaves like the Shyok. Before Tirkit, the SE flowing river Nubra takes a NW turn on meeting the river Shyok. The similarity in the courses of these two important rivers probably indicates a series of paleo fault linestrending NW-SE in delimiting the upper courses of the rivers. The importance of the Indus and the Shyok rivers is in the deposition of the thick Quaternary sediments—a treasure trove for geology researchers.

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Chaqchan Mosque

Chaqchan Mosque

The Masjid Chqchan means the Miraculous mosque in Khaplu, Baltistan built by Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani or by Shah Syed Muhammad Nurbakhsh Qahistani Sufi in 1370(A.D) is one of the oldest mosque in Baltistan and Pakistan. It is one of Baltistan’s most famous landmarks and a major tourist attraction. The Government of Pakistan also listed the inclusion of the Chqchan Mosque as a Pakistan Heritage Site.

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Ghondoghoro Pass

Ghondoghoro Pass

In 1986,  established a new and wonderful trekking route that connects the Baltoro Glacier to Hushe Valley over a Pass called GONDOGORO LA 5700m from Sea level. Since then, this challenging Pass has attracting large number of the trekking groups from the world as well as numerous climbing expeditions. However, the popularity of this trek is also and accurate reflection of its attractions. This is along the BRALDU River then into Baltoro Glacier is a long and extremely demanding one. This route follows mainly on the Baltoro Glacier, which is 65km long. The climax of the Baltoro Glacier is the beautiful conjunction of the Godwin Austin Glacier, which descends from K-2 and Baltoro Glacier called “CONCORDIA 4700M” lying in the heart of the most heavily glaciered region outside the Polar area and densest concentration of peaks on earth.

As the other hand is spectacular, taking you right into the heart of Karakorum Mountains at Concordia to K-2 Base Camp then on Vigne Glacier to the foot of Gondogoro Pass. After the crossing there is  Khuespang Camp full of flowers  then to the Dalzampa,after then a beautiful place for camp with water and meadows  on Gondoghoro Glacier to the Satchio and finally to the Hushe Valley.

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Masherbrum Peak

Masherbrum Peak

Masherbrum (also known as K1) is located in the Ghanche District, Gilgit Baltistan of Pakistan. At 7,821 metres (25,659 ft) it is the22nd highest mountain in the world and the 9th highest in Pakistan. It was the first mapped peak in the Karakoram mountain range, hence its name.

The meaning of the name “Masherbrum” is not entirely clear. It may come from mashadar (muzzle-loading gun) plus brum(mountain), from the resemblance of the double summit to an old muzzle-loader. It may also come from masha (queen or lady), giving “queen of peaks.” Other meanings have also been suggested.

Masherbrum is the highest peak of the Masherbrum Mountains, a subrange of the Karakoram range. It is a large and striking peak, which is somewhat overshadowed by the nearby 8,000 metres (26,000 ft) peaks of the main range of the Karakoram which includes four of the fourteen Eight-thousanders, namely K2, Gasherbrum I, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum II.

The Masherbrum Mountains lie to the south of the Baltoro Glacier and the main range of the Karakoram lies to the north of the Baltoro. The main range is the continental divide of southern Asia. Rivers to the south flow into the Arabian Sea. Rivers to the north flow to the Yellw Sea.

The Baltoro Glacier is the route most commonly used to access the 8000m peaks of the Karakoram, and many trekkers also travel on the Baltoro. Masherbrum also lies at the north end of the Hushe Valley, which serves as the southern approach to the peak.

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Shangrila Lake

Shangrila Lake

Shangrila Lake

Shangrila Lake or Lower Kachura Lake is a part of the Shangrila resort located at a drive of about 20 minutes from Skardu (nearly 2,500 m or 8,200 feet) town.

Shangrila Lake is a popular tourist destination, and has a unique restaurant that is built on the fuselage of an aircraft that had crashed nearby.

Shangrila was established in 1983 with the opening of the first Resort Hotel in Skardu, Baltistan. Shangrila Resort Hotel was founded by the late Brig.(Retd) Muhammad Aslam Khan, the first commander of the Northern Scouts of the Pakistan Army.

Shangrila was named after a book titled “Lost Horizon” by James Hilton. In the novel, the author narrates a tale in which an aeroplane crash landed near a riverbed, in the early 1920s. The surviving passengers came across some Buddhist monks from a nearby temple and sought their help. They were taken to a beautiful lamasery filled with a variety of fruits and flowers. The monks looked quite young, although they claimed to be hundreds of years old. The idyllic place was called Shangri-la, a Tibetan word meaning “Heaven on earth“.

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Khaplu Valley

Khaplu Valley

Khaplu (Khapalu) is the administrative capital of the Ghanche District of Gilgit-Baltistan. Lying 103 km (64 mi) east of the town of Skardu, it was the second-largest kingdom in old Baltistan of Yabgo dynasty. It guarded the trade route to Ladakh along the Shyok River.

Khaplu Valley of the Shyok River is 103 kilometres (64 miles) from Skardu and two hours by jeep. There is a sprawling village perched on the slopes of the steep mountains that hem in the river. Many famous mountains, such as Masherbrum, K-6, K-7, Sherpi Kangh, Sia Kangri, Saltoro Kangri and Siachen etc. are located here. The town is a base for trekking into the Hushe valley which leads to Masherbrum mountains.

In contrast to Skardu and Shigar the territory of Khaplu not focused on a single large river valley, but was spread over three valleys of Shayok, namely on the territory of the present town Khaplu, the valley of Thalle River and the Hushe / Saltoro valley. The area around the mouth of the river in the Thalle Shayok formed the western border of the kingdom. Today Gangche district whose administrative center is located in Khaplu, covers the places Balghar and Daghoni addition to the mouth of the Indus in Shayok and includes the former Kingdom of Kiris as a military bulwark of the West against the incursions of the archenemies Skardu and Shigar the mountain fortresses of Kharku were next to a castle in Balghar and saling been built. In eastern Hushe / Saltoro Tal was in Haldi another fortress. Most important defense system was viewed as militarily impregnable fortress in the town of Khar Thortsi Khaplu.

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Sheosar Lake

Sheosar-Lake

Sheosar Lake (also called Shausar Lake) is a lake situated in Deosai National Park, in Gilgit-Baltistan province of northern Pakistan.

The lake is at an elevation of 4,142 metres (13,589 ft) in the Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe. Its approximate length is 2.3 kilometres (1.4 mi), width 1.8 kilometres (1.1 mi), and average depth is 40 metres (130 ft).

Sheosar Lake means ‘Blind Lake’, as ‘Sheo’ in Shina Language means ‘Blind’ and ‘Sar’ means ‘Lake’.

The lake is accessible through two routes. One is via Skardu and the other via Astore District.

The road through Skardu can be covered by jeep in few hours, however, if trekked, it can take 2 days time.

Second route is from Astore District. From main Astore town, it takes about 4 hours’ jeep travel through a semi-metal road to reach Chilim, the last residential area adjacent to the plains.

Best Time to Visit

Between the months of November to May the whole area of Deosai is snow bound. However, the area is full of natural beauty during Spring and Summer Season. During spring, the whole surrounding gets covered with wide variety of colorful flowers and butterflies. The best time of visiting this beautiful lake is in summer between June to early September.

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Gasherbrum II

Gasherbrum II

Gasherbrum II also known as K4, is the 13th highest mountain in the world at 8,035 metres (26,362 ft) above sea level. It is the third-highest peak of the Gasherbrum massif, and is located in the Karakoram, on the border between Gilgit–Baltistan province, Pakistan, and Xinjiang, China. The mountain was first climbed on July 7, 1956, by an Austrian expedition which included Fritz Moravec, Josef Larch, and Hans Willenpart.

Gasherbrum II is located on the border of Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan, and Xinjiang, China. It is part of the Karakoram mountain range in the Himalayas, and located at the top of the Baltoro Glacier. With an elevation of 8,035 metres (26,362 ft) it is the third-highest member of the Gasherbrum group, behind Gasherbrum I (8,080 metres or 26,510 feet) and Broad Peak (8,051 metres or 26,414 feet).Gasherbrum III is sometimes considered to be a subpeak of Gasherbrum II, because the former has a topographic prominence of only 461 metres (1,512 ft).

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