List of mountain ranges of Pakistan

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Highest peaks of Pakistan as seen from space
Highest Karakoram peaks as seen from International Space Station
Satellite image of a part of the Sulaiman Range.

Pakistan is home to many mountains above 7,000 metres (22,970 ft). Five of the world's fourteen mountains taller than 8,000 meters ("eight-thousanders") are in Pakistan, four of which are in Karakoram, near Concordia.

Most of Pakistan's high peaks are located in the Karakoram range, the highest of which is K2 (8,611 m), the second highest peak on earth. The highest peak of Himalayan range in Pakistan is Nanga Parbat (8,126 m), which is the ninth highest peak of the world.

Following are the mountain ranges that are fully or partially included in Pakistan:

  • Karakoram, including the world's second highest peak, K2 (8,611 m or 28,251 ft) [1]
  • Himalayas; highest peak in Pakistan is Nanga Parbat (8,126 m or 26,653 feet)[2]
  • Hindu Kush; highest peak is Tirich Mir (7,690 metres or 25,230 feet).
  • Hindu Raj in northern Pakistan, part of the eastern Hindu Kush.
  • Safēd Kōh, starting from Tora Bora on the border with eastern Afghanistan west of the Khyber Pass.
  • Sulaiman Mountains; highest peak is Takht-e-Sulaiman (3,487 m or 11,437 feet).
  • Spin Ghar Mountains; highest peak is Mount Sikaram (4,761 m or 15,620 feet)
  • Salt Range, a hill system in the Punjab Province that is abundant in salt; highest peak is Sakaser (1,522 m or 4,946 feet.)
  • Margalla Hills in Punjab whose highest peak is Tilla Charouni (1604 m or 5263 feet.)
  • Toba Kakar Range, a southern offshoot of the Hindu Kush in Balochistan
  • Makran Range, a semi-desert coastal strip in the south of Balochistan, in Iran and Pakistan near the coast of the Arabian Sea. The narrow coastal plain rises very rapidly into several mountain ranges. Of its 1,000 km extent, about 750 km is in Pakistan
  • Kirthar Range, located along the Balochistan and Sindh provincial border. It runs north-south for about 300 kilometres (186 mi) from the Mula River in east-central Balochistan south to Cape Muari (Cape Monze) west of Karachi on the Arabian Sea. The Hill Station of Sindh at Gorakh, in Kirthar Mountains Range, off Dadu, at the height of 5,688 feet (1,734 m), averaging 5,500 feet (1,700 m), is one of the two large plateaus in the Sindh segment of Kirthar mountains.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC, Planet Earth, "Mountains", Part Three
  2. ^ Sanskrit, Tamil and Pahlavi Dictionaries