Monday, January 30, 2012

Trango Towers: The Most Sheer Verticals of the World

Travelers and mountaineers are always on the look out for something unique and exciting to travel to and scale. The northern areas of Pakistan have such places in abundance. Of the fourteen Eight Thousanders, Five are located in Pakistan. There are virgin lakes that have seen by a very few even till date. Besides there are extinct animals like the snow leopard and the Marco Polo sheep that remain obscured from the rest of the world. And not mentioning the Kafir Kalash will be an injustice to these very indigenous and unique people of a lost civilization, who have an obscured past and uncertain future.

I have talked of all these many times before in my posts. And today I will add yet another destination for those who love to be in the company of high mountains. Located in the Karakoram mountain range are the Trango Towers. These are solid rock walls standing tall - rather I should say the tallest and most sheer verticals to be found anywhere else in the world.

Trango Towers - the world's most sheer verticals
Located across the Baltoro Glacier is the Trango masif. There are a number of sheer verticals, of which the Great Trango stands at a height of 6,286 meters or 20,608 feet. The Trango Towers are surrounded by Lupsand tower Uhli Beaho Tower, Muztagh Tower Biange Tower and Paiyu Peak. 

The Trango Towers consist of four summits with sharp ridges. Great Trango is rather a large peak with three main summits, all over 6000 meters. The Trango massif is surrounded by high mountains such as K2, the Gasherbrums, and Broad Peak, all rising more than 8000 metres (26,200 ft) above sea level. 

Great Trango Tower was first climbed in 1977 by Galen Rowell, John Roskelly, Kim Schmitz and Dennis Hennek by the easiest route up the western side. The east face of Great Trango is the world's tallest vertical rock face, and was first climbed in 1984 by the Norwegians Hans Christian Doseth and Finn Dæhli, who were killed on the descent. The 5000 foot Norwegian Buttress was the first route established on the massive East Face, which led to the first ascent of the East Summit (6231 meters).

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