Panmah Muztagh

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Panmah Muztagh above the Biafo glacier: Latok Group (centre-left) and the Ogre (very left)

The Panmah Muztagh is a subrange of the Karakoram range, in Baltistan, a district of the Northern Areas of Pakistan. Its highest peaks are not particularly high by Karakoram standards, but they are exceedingly steep rock spires, unlike many of the peaks in the surrounding subranges.[1] In particular, the highest of the Panmah peaks, Baintha Brakk (The Ogre) (7,285 m/23,901 feet), is a very difficult climb; it has seen only two ascents. The nearby Latok group is of similar difficulty.[1][2] Both groups lie on the north side of the long Biafo Glacier.

The Panmah Muztagh lies in the heart of the Karakoram, northwest of the Baltoro Muztagh (home of the eight thousand meter peaks of the Karakoram), and southeast of the Hispar Muztagh. On the southwest, it is separated from the Spantik-Sosbun Mountains by the Biafo Glacier. The Skamri Glacier and the Braldu Glacier separate it from the Wesm Mountains to the north. The Panmah, Nobande Sobande, Choktoi, and Chiring Glaciers lie within the range.[3]

Notable peaks of the Panmah Muztagh[edit]

Mountain Height (m) Height (ft) Coordinates Prominence (m)[4] Parent mountain First ascent Ascents (attempts) [1]
Baintha Brakk 7,285 23,901 35°56′51″N 75°45′12″E / 35.94750°N 75.75333°E / 35.94750; 75.75333 1,891 Distaghil Sar 1977 2 (14)
Latok I (Latok Central) 7,151 23,461 35°55′41″N 75°49′21″E / 35.92806°N 75.82250°E / 35.92806; 75.82250 1,475 Baintha Brakk 1979 ???
Latok II (Latok West) 7,108 23,320 35°55′12″N 75°48′09″E / 35.92000°N 75.80250°E / 35.92000; 75.80250 400 Latok I 1977 ???
Latok III (Latok East) 6,949 22,798 35°55′12″N 75°50′23″E / 35.92000°N 75.83972°E / 35.92000; 75.83972 650 Latok I 1979 ???

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andy Fanshawe and Stephen Venables, Himalaya Alpine-Style, Hodder and Stoughton, 1995, ISBN 0-340-64931-3.
  2. ^ American Alpine Journal, 2001, p. 365
  3. ^ Jerzy Wala, Orographical Sketch Map of the Karakoram, Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research, Zurich, 1990.
  4. ^ Approximate values, from Digital Elevation Data