Nanga Parbat

The Killer Mountain

Nanga Parbat is the western most mountain of Himalayan Range, or if to be observed from junction of three highest mountains ranges / the point of collision of tectonic plates; its the first 8000er and is actually a series of ridges culminating in an ice crest at at 8125m.

Its the 9th highest mountain on the planet and second highest in Pakistan after the K2.

The name “Nanga Parbat” meaning “naked mountain” in Kashmiri language is given to it because of its high slope are bare in vegetation. 

Earlier climbing history disasters gave it the nick name of “ Killer Mountain ” and till date it  justifies the name with a death score of 65.

Monster was finally conquered in 1953 – a joint German-Austrian expedition; though final ascent was made solo by Herman Buhl in a gruelling 41 hours ordeal without oxygen. Also the first solo ascent of Reinhold Messner ’s of the Rupal Face in 1970 via the South-South East Spur and Messner’s solo climb of the Diamir Face in 1978 are also quite legendary in mountaineering history   

The most difficult is an ascent of Nanga Parbat via the unclimbed Mazeno Ridge which constitutes the longest ridge in the world.

Its Rupal face on Astore side is the highest standing ice wall on planet.

The easiest and most popular access to Nanga Parbat, offering the most spectacular views of Nanga Parbat, is Fairy Meadows. On this side mountain cascades down almost 7000m from its summit to the River Indus.

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