Nanga Parbat

Nanga Parbat

Another of the Himalayan super-peaks, Nanga Parbat is the ninth tallest mountain on planet Earth.

The massif is the westernmost 8,000 meter peak. It is an isolated range of summits just springing up from nothing, in northen Kashmir, and is surrounded by the rivers Indus and Astore. The name "Nanga-Parbat" means "the naked mountain." Its original name is Diamir, "the king of the mountains."

It has a height of 26,660 feet (8,126 m.), and has three vast faces: The Rakhiot (Ra Kot) face is dominated by the north and south silver crags and silver plateau; the Diamir face is rocky in the beginning but converts into ice fields around the summit. The Rupal face is the highest precipice in the world.

Reinhold Messner, a living legend in mountaineering from Italy, says that "every one who has ever stood at the foot of the Rupal face (4500 meters) up above the 'Tap Alpe,' studied it or flown over it, could not help but have been amazed by its sheer size; it has become known as the highest rock and ice wall in the world!"

The mountain was first climbed on July 3, 1953 by Hermann Buhl, a member of the German-Austrian expedition led by Peter Aschenbrenner from Innsbruck.
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