Thursday, November 17, 2005

Nanga Parbat - Raikot Bridge

Known as the "Killer Mountain," Nanga Parbat (8125m) is the 9th highest peak in the world and perhaps the most challenging. Anchoring the western end of the Himalayan Range, Nanga Parbat was first climbed in 1953 by Herman Buhl.

It has three main faces known as Rupal, Diamer and Raikot, which are totally different in appearance and shape and their routes start from different valleys.

For Raikot face, where we go up to Raikot Bridge on KKH to switch over to local jeeps for Jail, it took a challening journey of 1.5 hours to reach to a small valley called Tato, and from there we continue 3 hours of hiking to get to Fairy Meadows.

Other faces are:
For Rupal Face, start from Gilgit or KKH to Tarashing, a green alpine village at the head of the jeep track. It takes another two days to arrive at Rupal base camp.

For Diamer base camp the track is the most lengthy as it needs three days to reach and the last is

Nanga Parbat is also located where the continents have collided. Here the Indian plate is going under the Asian plate at a rate of about few inches a year. Consequently, Nanga Parbat is still rising. In fact it is the fastest rising mountain in the world


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