Rakaposhi-Haramosh Mountains

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The Rakaposhi-Haramosh Mountains are a subrange of the Karakoram range. They are located in the Gilgit District, in the Gilgit-Baltistan of Pakistan. They are bordered by Barpu and the Chogo Lungma Glaciers in the north, by the Shigar River in the east, by the Gilgit and Indus Rivers in the south, and by the Hunza River in the west.[1]

The two namesake peaks, Rakaposhi (7,788 m/25,551 ft) and Haramosh (7,409 m/24,308 ft), are among the largest in the world in terms of rise above local terrain, due to their positions near very low valleys. Rakaposhi rises dramatically[2] above a bend in the Hunza River, forming the western anchor of the range, while Haramosh stands on the north side of the Indus River, in the south-central portion of the range.[1]

Selected peaks[edit]

Mountain Height (m) Height (ft) Coordinates Prominence (m) Parent mountain First ascent Ascents (attempts)
Rakaposhi 7,788 25,551 36°08′33″N 74°29′21″E / 36.14250°N 74.48917°E / 36.14250; 74.48917 2,818 K2 1958 8 (13)
Malubiting 7,458 24,469 36°00′06″N 74°52′33″E / 36.00167°N 74.87583°E / 36.00167; 74.87583 2,193 Rakaposhi 1971 2 (6)
Haramosh 7,409 24,308 35°50′24″N 74°53′51″E / 35.84000°N 74.89750°E / 35.84000; 74.89750 2,277 Malubiting 1958 4 (3)
Diran 7,266 23,839 36°07′19″N 74°39′40″E / 36.12194°N 74.66111°E / 36.12194; 74.66111 1,325 Malubiting 1968 12 (8)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Jerzy Wala, Orographical Sketch Map of the Karakoram, Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research, Zurich, 1990.
  2. ^ Andy Fanshawe and Stephen Venables, Himalaya Alpine-Style, Hodder and Stoughton, 1995.