Ghent Kangri

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Ghent Kangri
Mount Ghent
Ghent Kangri is located in Tibetan Plateau
Ghent Kangri
Ghent Kangri
Location in Gilgit Baltistan
Highest point
Elevation 7,401 m (24,281 ft) 
Ranked 69th
Prominence 1,493 m (4,898 ft)
Coordinates 35°31′03″N 76°48′01″E / 35.51750°N 76.80028°E / 35.51750; 76.80028Coordinates: 35°31′03″N 76°48′01″E / 35.51750°N 76.80028°E / 35.51750; 76.80028
Geography
Location Saltoro Ridge area of Gilgit_Baltistan, disputed between India and Pakistan[1]
Parent range Saltoro Mountains, Karakoram
Climbing
First ascent 1961 by Wolfgang Axt (Austrian)
Easiest route West Ridge: glacier/snow climb

Ghent Kangri (or Mount Ghent, Ghaint I) is a high peak near the north end of the Saltoro Mountains, a subrange of the Karakoram range. It is located west of the Siachen Glacier in an area under Pakistan control, but very close to the Actual Ground Position Line with India.

Ghent Kangri was first climbed on 4 June 1961, by Wolfgang Axt, a member of an Austrian expedition led by Erich Waschak, via the West Ridge. He climbed solo above the high camp.

According to the Himalayan Index, there have been three subsequent ascents of the peak, in 1977, 1980, and 1984.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Pakistan is in de facto control of this region of Gilgit_Baltistan; the Pakistan claim is disputed by India which controls areas just a few miles to the east (east of the Actual Ground Position Line.) See e.g. The Future of Kashmir on the BBC website.

References[edit]

  • Jill Neate, High Asia: an illustrated history of the 7,000 metre peaks, The Mountaineers, 1989.
  • Jerzy Wala, Orographical Sketch Map of the Karakoram, Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research, 1990.