Saser Muztagh

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Saser Muztagh seen from Khardung La

The Saser Muztagh is the easternmost subrange of the Karakoram range, in the Ladakh region of India. It is bounded on the south, east and northeast by the Shyok River, which bends sharply around the southeast corner of the range. On the west it is separated from the neighboring Kailas Mountains by the Nubra River, while the Sasser Pass (Saser La) marks the boundary between this range and the Rimo Muztagh to the north. The Ladakh Range stands to the south of the Saser Muztagh, across the Shyok River.

Notable glaciers of the Saser Muztagh include the North and South Shukpa Kunchang Glaciers, the Sakang Glacier, and the Chamshen Glacier.

Early European exploration and surveying of this range occurred between 1850 and 1900. In 1909 famed explorer T. G. Longstaff, Arthur Neve, and A. M. Slingsby explored the Nubra Valley and scouted approaches to the main Saser Kangri massif. However the main peaks were not climbed until the 1970s.

Since this region is near the disputed border between Pakistan and India, there is currently little climbing and exploratory activity in the range, except for occasional forays by the Indian military.

Selected peaks[edit]

The following is a table of the peaks in the Saser Muztagh which are over 7200 meters (23,622 feet) in elevation and have over 500 metres (1,524 feet) of topographic prominence. (This is a common criterion for peaks of this stature to be independent.) Note that they are all in the Saser Kangri group; the highest peak in the range outside of this group is an unnamed 6,789m peak.

Mountain Height (m) Height (ft) Coordinates Prominence (m) Parent mountain First ascent Ascents (failed attempts)
Saser Kangri I 7,672 25,171 34°52′00″N 77°45′09″E / 34.86667°N 77.75250°E / 34.86667; 77.75250 2,304 Gasherbrum I[dubious ] 1973 6 (4)
Saser Kangri II E 7,513 24,649 34°48′15″N 77°48′18″E / 34.80417°N 77.80500°E / 34.80417; 77.80500 1,450 Saser Kangri I 2011 1 (0)
Saser Kangri III 7,495 24,590 34°50′44″N 77°47′06″E / 34.84556°N 77.78500°E / 34.84556; 77.78500 850 Saser Kangri I 1986 1 (0)

See also[edit]


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

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