Nanga Parbat is one of three the most dangerous eight-thousanders in the world. The altitude of 8126 meters makes the summit the second highest mountain in Pakistan and the ninth highest in the world.
Located in the northwest of the Himalayas, the mountain belongs to the territory controlled by Pakistan. Once in 2013 ten innocent climbers became victims of the Taliban attack. Luckily, it was the only serious conflict in recent years. Thus it couldn’t affect the popularity of the famous trekking to Nanga Parbat base camp.
To attend the trekking, you don’t need any permission, but you need Pakistan visa to enter the country. Bear in mind; it’s not easy to get for some nationalities.
Routes to the Top
The Nanga Parbat mountain ridge consists of four major peaks, but only the main one can elevate you higher than 8000 meters above the sea level.
Nanga Parbat impresses mountain climbers with its impregnable wall. The summit considered unachievable before 1953 when the Austrian mountaineer Hermann Buhl climbed the top via the Upper North ridge for the first time in history.
There are three faces of the mountain – Diamir face, Rakhiot, and Rupal, which are attainable only for the most daring climbers. To climb the top, you must know how to withstand altitude sickness, huge rocks, and tricky glaciers. Furthermore, you have to be courageous, smart and lucky.
The summit gained world fame in society thanks to the eponymous film “Nanga Parbat” dedicated to the legendary brothers Reinhold and Günther Messner, who climbed the peak.
Beware! You can fall in love with the mountain once you’ve seen it live.