|Elevation||7,282 m (23,891 ft)
|Prominence||1,962 m (6,437 ft)|
|Range||Masherbrum Mountains, Karakoram|
|First ascent||1970 by von der Hecken, G. Haberl, E. Koblmüller, G. Pressl, D. Entlesberger|
|Easiest route||glacier/snow/ice climb|
K6, or Baltistan Peak, is a notable peak of the Masherbrum Mountains, a subrange of the Karakoram mountain range in Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan. Despite being much lower than its sister mountains, the Eight-thousanders and high 7000m peaks such as Masherbrum, it has huge, steep faces, and great relief above the nearby valleys.
K6 is the highest peak in the area surrounding the Charakusa Glacier, a region which has seen renewed climbing interest in recent years. This glacier lies at the head of the Hushe Valley, which in turn leads to the Shyok River and thence to the Indus River. The Charakusa gives access to the north side of K6; to the southwest of the peak is the small Nangmah (or "Nangpah") Glacier, and to the east is the larger Kaberi Glacier and the Kaberi River valley.
The first ascent of K6 was in 1970, by an Austrian party, which was led by Eduard Koblmueller and included Gerhard Haberl, Christian von der Hecken and Gerd Pressl via the Southeast Ridge from the Nangmah Glacier.
The Himalayan Index lists 3 additional attempts, but no additional ascents, on K6.
- The mountain is located on the western side of the Line of Control between India and Pakistan
- "High Asia I: The Karakoram, Pakistan Himalaya and India Himalaya (north of Nepal)". Peaklist.org. Retrieved 2014-05-27.
- Himalayan Index
- Jill Neate, High Asia: An Illustrated History of the 7000 Metre Peaks, ISBN 978-0-89886-238-6.
- Andy Fanshawe and Stephen Venables, Himalaya Alpine-Style, Hodder and Stoughton, 1995.
- Himalayan Index
- The ascent of K6, Eduard Korbmüller
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