TRANGO TOWERS – Best Rock Climbing Places in Pakistan
INTRODUCTION & LOCATION
When you see around the world you find a number of impressive and difficult rock features and rock towers. Some of these rocks are really dangerous and deadliest that’s why are hard to climb. If someone wants to know that which rock peak is the most challenging and dangerous then not other than the Trango Towers will get the maximum votes. The reason behind the fact that it is one of the most difficult and significant climbs ever is the total height of the routes and the steepness of the rock. Gilgit-Baltistan province in Pakistan has number of world’s greatest peaks like K-2 which is the 2nd highest mountain in the world. Trango Towers are one of these great peaks and are the catalyst for the tourist attraction of Pakistan. Trango towers are located in the Baltistan district of the Gilgit-Baltistan region in Pakistan. These towers are on the north side of the Baltoro glacier. These towers are infact group of granite peaks. These are some of the largest cliffs and offer the most challenging rock climbing in the world. Like other great mountains and peaks in Pakistan, trango towers are relatively easy to reach. The reason is that it is near the population area.
FORMATION OF TRANGO GROUP
This part would definitely help the readers to know the exact facts and figures about the trango towers. Trango towers lie on a ridge which is between the Trango glacier and the Dunge glacier. These glaciers are on the west and east sides of the towers respectively. This beautiful formation consists of five summits which have sharp ridges and are almost vertical.
The names of the summits which are part of the Trango group are Great Tango Tower, Nameless Tower, Trango Monk, Trango Pulpit and Trango Castle. The highest of all the peaks is the summit of Great Trango Tower which is 6286 m (20608 ft). the second highest is Trango Tower which is called Nameless Tower is 6239 m high. In the North of trango tower there is Trango Monk. Trango Pulpit is in the southeast of the Great Trango which is 6050 m high. Then there is Trango Castle which is further south to the Great Trango.
Although the whole group of trango towers is really a difficult task but the climbers have done this task with great courage. First climbing was of Trango Tower which is called Nameless Tower which was back in 1976. this achievement was went to the names of Joe Brown, Mo Anthoine, Martin Boysen and Malcolm Howells. Then the Great Trango Tower was climbed in 1977 by Galen Rowell, John Roskelley, Kim Schmitz, Jim Morissey and Dennis Hennek. Great Tango Tower has also some tragic moments when two climbers with the names Hans Christians Doseth and Finn Daehli were died on the descent. Trango Pulpit was first climbed in 1999. in the recent attempts Josh Wharton and Kelly Cordes climbed the Great Tango from a longer route from the southwest ridge. In 2005 two Slovak climbers climbed and discovered a new route which they named Aslaam-Alaikum.
This is really the masterpiece of nature and the mountain lovers must have a visit to this great place. Although it is one of the most difficult sites to climb then again this challenge must be taken by the mountaineers and collect the amazing memories of life.