The word Hindukush has long since attracted a large number of mountaineers all over the world. They see the scope of adventure on grand peaks like Terichmir 7708m, Noshaq 7492m, Istor o Nal 7403m or Saraghrar 7349m.
Chitral and its mountains were just brought to public notice after Major John Biddulph first visited this region in 1876 after a long journey. He was highly impressed by the calm environment, majestic mountains and high passes and the unique Kalash culture. On his return, he wrote his book - The tribes of Hindukush. So Chitral was introduced to the outer world as an attractive region.
In 1892 the British regularly visited the Hindu Kush valleys to explore its passes, peaks and glaciers and then Germans came, to be followed by Americans and Norwegians, climbing the high peaks. From 1960 to1980 there was a big rush of tourists, especially mountaineers and trekkers of different countries who took interest in the mountain blocked valleys of this region and dozens of teams came here each year. Many people lost their lives while climbing.
In the early 1980s, this great rush decreased due to the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan. The interest in the Hindukush dropped dramatically and a new generation of climbers knew very little about the region, except from information from older climbers. There was a great need of further exploration but lack of information about peaks prevented climbers from entering the region.
During this period, a large number of expeditions visited the Karakorum and the Himalaya and those areas became overexposed with negative effects like pollution while the Hindu Kush still remained and remains today in good order, with no or minimal pollution. The local porters have been given training in eco-tourism and the destinations are by far cleaner than in other ranges.
Hindukush lies in the North of Pakistan and the highest section of their range lies within Chitral - Pakistan. All of the 43 seven thousand-metre peaks have got defined routes that lead through Chitral and the Terich valley. The main chain forms a division between Pakistan and Afghanistan and the big peaks are form a mountain wall just on the border of the two countries. There are also about 180 named and 50 unnamed peaks over 6000m high and most of them are still unclimbed.
Chiantar Glacier is 74 km long, Udren Glacier 30 km, Terich Glacier 20 km and Roshgol Glacier 18 km long. All of them make out an attraction in its own right.
Tirich Mir (alternatively) Terich Mir or Terichmir is a chain of several peaks; all above 7000m. Tirich Mir overlooks from Chitral town and can easily be seen from many villages of Chitral. Tirich Mir 7708m is the highest peak in the whole of Hindukush mountain range of Chitral-Pakistan.
Noshaq peak 7492m is an independent mountain on the border with Afghanistan and the 4th highest peak of the Hindukush range after Tirich Mir west II 7500m. Noshaq is located in the North Eastern border, which marks the border with Pakistan. Only the west peak, Noshaq West 7250m stands on the Pak-Afghan border,
Istor o Nal is the 3rd highest mountain in the High Hindu Kush range, in the Chitral District of Pakistan. It is the 68th highest independent peak in the world. It crowns a massif with 11 peaks of elevation more than 7000 m (22986ft). The peak is located a few kilometers north of Tirich Mir
Saraghrar is a group of the 4th highest independent massif in the Hindukush mountain range of Chitral-Pakistan. The entire Saraghrar massif is a huge, irregular stretched plateau at elevation around 7000m (22966ft), lying above vertical granite and ice faces, which protect it all around
Shingeik Zom 7219, is situated between Nobaisun Zom and Noshaq Peak. It is also called " Smoking Mountain". It is approachable by the Noshaq route. The peak was 1st climbed by Bavarian - Chitral expedition 1966, the expedition was led by ThomasTrubswetter. Two members of the expedition Mrs. Trubswetter and Konard Holch.
Shakaur 7116m was first summitted by an Austrian Expedition through Udren valley. It was summitted in the following years by French 1972, Polish 1973, Czech 1975 and Italian 1992 from different routes. The Roshgol valley route has never been tried so far, whereas it is the shortest one and takes only two days
Langutai Barfi 7017m was twice attempted by Polish Expeditions from the North Face without success that's why there are two opinions about its actual height. It is generally believed to have an altitude above 7000m or 7017m. Its South Face presents ideal alpine style climb via Roshgol Glacier - Terich Valley, but no climber
Gul Lasht Zom is a snowy pinnacle easily visible from any vantage point on the Terich Glacier from the Shagrom side. It lies in the Hindukush range of Pakistan. It offers easily climbing route and was first climbed in 1969 by Kurt Diemberger of Austria.
Buni Zom group is a prominent mountain area of Chitral, in the Hindukush Range of Pakistan. It rises about 50km North East of the town of Chitral, and about 50km East of Tirich Mir 7708m, the highest peak of Hindukush.
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Raghshur 6089m is an independent peak of Hindukush-Pakistan. It stands just a few Kilometres away from Shagrom, the uppermost village of Terich valley-Chitral. Its east face is steep and rocky and the western side is suitable for climbing. It is accessible via Udren Gol.
The first known attempt on Raghshur 6089m was in August 1974 by a 10 members Italian Expedition, which was led by Edoardo Genero and was supported by Club Alpino Italiano, Section Pinerola.
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