Rakaposhi is a mountain in the Karakoram mountain range
in Pakistan . It is situated in the Nagar Valley approximately 100 km north of the
city of Gilgit. Rakaposhi means "shining wall" in the local language. Rakaposhi
is also known as Dumani ("Mother of Mist"). It is ranked 27th highest in the world and 12th highest in Pakistan, but it is more popular for its beauty than its rank
might suggest. Rakaposhi was first climbed in 1958 by Mike Banks and Tom Patey,
members of a British-Pakistani expedition, via the Southwest Spur/Ridge route. Both
of them suffered minor frostbite during the ascent. Another climber slipped and
fell on the descent and died during the night.
The best-known attraction for the Mountaineers is the North of Pakistan. Northern part is in knot of four great mountain ranges, Himalayas, Karakoram, Hindu-kush and Pamir with densest concentration of high peaks on earth, including the second highest peak, K-2 (8611m). Radiating out to the border if marked by the Ishkoman and Karumber River in Gilgit District, the eastern end of range known HINDU RAJ, means “Hindu Rule.” Following north from there the Pamir runs up into the former Soviet Union. Spreading from center to northeast along the border with China lies the KARAKORAM, the main block of the mountain in Pakistan, 250 Kilometer wide. In the south corner separated by the Indus River, where lies the western Himalayan Range and Nanga Parbt 8125m is the western end pillar of this range. The most famous among these are K-2 (8611m), second only to the Everest, Nanga Parbat (8125m), the most dangerous peak and have the reputation of “KILLER MOUNTAIN” the Hidden peak (8068m), the Broad peak (8047m) and the Gasherbrum-11 (8035m) and highest cliff wall of the world, the “TRANGO TOWER GROUP”.