Baltoro Muztagh

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Baltoro Muztagh
Chinese: 巴尔托洛慕士塔格山
Baltoro region from space annotated.png
Highest point
PeakK2
Elevation8,611 metres (28,251 ft)
Coordinates35°52′57″N 76°30′48″E / 35.88250°N 76.51333°E / 35.88250; 76.51333
Geography
Baltoro Muztagh is located in Karakoram
Baltoro Muztagh
Baltoro Muztagh
Location of the Baltoro Muztagh within the greater Karakoram region
Baltoro Muztagh is located in Gilgit Baltistan
Baltoro Muztagh
Baltoro Muztagh
Baltoro Muztagh (Gilgit Baltistan)
Baltoro Muztagh is located in Southern Xinjiang
Baltoro Muztagh
Baltoro Muztagh
Baltoro Muztagh (Southern Xinjiang)
CountriesPakistan and China
RegionsGilgit-Baltistan and Xinjiang
Parent rangeKarakoram

The Baltoro Muztagh (simplified Chinese: 巴尔托洛慕士塔格山; traditional Chinese: 巴爾托洛慕士塔格山; pinyin: Bā'ěrtuōluò Mùshìtǎgé Shān, Urdu: بلتورو موز تاغ) is a subrange of the Karakoram mountain range, in Baltistan region of the Gilgit-Baltistan, northernmost political entity of Pakistan; and in Xinjiang, China. The crest of the range forms part of the Pakistan-China border.

The range is home to K2 at 8,611 metres (28,251 ft), the second highest mountain in the world, and to three other Eight-thousander peaks. They are located on the north and east sides of the Baltoro Glacier.

Selected peaks of the Baltoro Muztagh[edit]

The following is a table of the peaks in the Baltoro Muztagh which are over 7,000 metres (22,970 ft) in elevation and have over 500 metres (1,640 ft) of topographic prominence. (This is a common criterion for peaks of this stature to be independent.)

Mountain Height (m) Height (ft) Coordinates Prominence (m) Parent mountain First ascent Ascents (attempts)
K2 8,611 28,251 35°52′57″N 76°30′48″E / 35.88250°N 76.51333°E / 35.88250; 76.51333 4,017 Mount Everest 1954 45 (44)
Gasherbrum I 8,080 26,509 35°43′27″N 76°41′44″E / 35.72417°N 76.69556°E / 35.72417; 76.69556 2,155 K2 1958 31 (16)
Broad Peak 8,051 26,414 35°48′38″N 76°34′05″E / 35.81056°N 76.56806°E / 35.81056; 76.56806 1,701 Gasherbrum I 1957 39 (19)
Gasherbrum II 8,034 26,362 35°45′27″N 76°39′11″E / 35.75750°N 76.65306°E / 35.75750; 76.65306 1,523 Gasherbrum I 1956 54 (12)
Gasherbrum III 7,952 26,089 35°44′0″N 76°38′0″E / 35.73333°N 76.63333°E / 35.73333; 76.63333 461 Gasherbrum II 1975
Gasherbrum IV 7,932 26,024 35°45′33″N 76°36′57″E / 35.75917°N 76.61583°E / 35.75917; 76.61583 725 Gasherbrum III 1958 4 (11)
Skyang Kangri 7,545 24,754 35°55′35″N 76°34′03″E / 35.92639°N 76.56750°E / 35.92639; 76.56750 1,060 K2 1976 1 (2)
Sia Kangri 7,422 24,350 35°39′48″N 76°45′45″E / 35.66333°N 76.76250°E / 35.66333; 76.76250 640 Gasherbrum I 1934 6 (0)
Skil Brum 7,410 24,311 35°51′03″N 76°25′45″E / 35.85083°N 76.42917°E / 35.85083; 76.42917 1,152 K2 1957 2 (1)
Chongtar Kangri 7,315 23,999 35°54′46″N 76°25′47″E / 35.91278°N 76.42972°E / 35.91278; 76.42972 1,300 Skil Brum 1994 1 (1)
Muztagh Tower 7,276 23,871 35°49′38″N 76°21′39″E / 35.82722°N 76.36083°E / 35.82722; 76.36083 1,710 Skil Brum 1956 4 (2)
Gasherbrum V 7,147 23,448 35°44′0″N 76°37′0″E / 35.73333°N 76.61667°E / 35.73333; 76.61667 654 Gasherbrum IV 2014

Lower summits[edit]

There are a number of lower summits near the tongue of the Baltoro Glacier which are striking rock towers, and are famous for their aesthetic, difficult climbing. These include:

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

Jerzy Wala, Orographical Sketch Map of the Karakoram, Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research, Zurich, 1990.

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