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Mountain Tourism in Pakistan

The Northern Areas of Pakistan, which is endowed with most unique geographical feature in the world. It is here that the three great, lofty and spectacular mountain ranges, Karakoram, Himalayas and Hindukush meet. In an area of about 500 kms in width and 350 kms in depth, is found the most dense collection of some of the highest and precipitous peaks in the world, boasting more than 700 peaks above 6000 meters and more than 160 peaks above 7000 meters. These include five out of the total fourteen above 8000 meter high peaks on earth, namely the second highest rock pyramid - the K-2 (8611m), the Killer Mountain Nanga Parbat (8125 m), the Hidden Peak Gasherbrum-I (8068 m), Broad Peak (8047 m), and Gasherbrum-II (8035 m).

The Hindukush is also a mountain vastness containing hundred of peaks, many above 7000 meters including Trichmir (7708 m) which is the highest peak of the range. The western bastion of the Himalayas range is Nanga Parbat, once dreaded as the "Killer Mountain", but climbed many times by various expeditions since first disasters.

This enormous mountains wealth makes Pakistan an important mountain country offering great opportunities for mountaineering and mountain related adventure activities. The area is aptly called a paradise for mountaineers, adventure seekers and nature lovers. The compelling charm of this high, challenging, endless sea of rugged rock and ice pinnacles lure large number of climbers and trekkers from all over the world to the Northern Areas of Pakistan, each year.