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Raikot Glacier near by Waqas Usman

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Waqas Usman Waqas Usman
Explore score
0.05 Gigapixels
Date added
Oct 03, 2008
Date taken
Jun 28, 2005

Panasonic FZ15


This panorama was taken on a hike from Fairy Meadows camp to Nanga Parbat's base camp (North Face of Nanga Parbat).

I did not have a GPS at that time but the hike shows up as about 5 miles (8kms) in a straight line as measured in Google Earth, must have been double if you include the climb up and down several hills we had to cross. This image was taken more than half-way from Fairy Meadows.

Nanga Parbat (also known as Nangaparbat Peak or Diamir) is the 9th highest mountain on Earth and the 2nd highest in Pakistan at 8,125 metres (26,658 feet). Nanga Parbat means "Naked Mountain" in Urdu.

Nanga Parbat is also known as "Killer Mountain", it is one of the most dangerous peaks in the world to climb.

Nanga Parbat has tremendous vertical relief over local terrain in all directions. To the south, Nanga Parbat boasts what is often referred to as the highest mountain face in the world: the Rupal Face rises an incredible 4,600 m (15,000 feet) above its base. To the north, the complex, somewhat more gently sloped Rakhiot Flank rises 7,000 m (22,966 feet) from the Indus River valley to the summit in just 27km, one of the ten greatest elevation gains in so short a distance on Earth.

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