The Karakoram

The Karakoram

Also called the Karakorum, the mountain range known as the Karakoram is one of the tallest in the world with the most glaciers beyond the polar regions. The name is from the Turkic word for ‘black gravel’. The Karakoram has some of the highest peaks in the world, one of which has claimed more mountaineering lives than any other. The scenery is breathtaking in an area of the world that is a crossroads of Pakistan, India and China. The photos below are mostly from the Pakistan portion of the range.

This is a 2-minute video that is a good introduction to the Karakoram Mountains, though it cuts off abruptly. Still worth a look. This 9-minute video, though created by a tour company, provides terrific visuals and information about the Karakoram. If roads fascinate you, this 3-minute video about the ‘aerial’ engineering feat called the Karakoram Highway, will be your cup of tea.

FunFacts about the Karakoram: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: The Karakoram or Karakorum is a large mountain range spanning the borders of Pakistan, India, and China, with the northwest extremity of the range extending to Afghanistan and Tajikistan. It begins in the Wakhan Corridor (Afghanistan) in the west and encompasses the majority of Gilgit–Baltistan (Pakistan) and extends into Ladakh (India), and the disputed Aksai Chin region controlled by China. (Source)
  • The Karakoram is the second tallest mountain range in the world. Quote: The Karakoram has eight summits over 7,500 m (24,600 ft) height, with four of them exceeding 8,000 m (26,000 ft). (Source)
  • The Karakoram is part of the group of ranges that includes the Hindu Kush, the Pamir Mountains and the Himalayan Mountains.
  • The Karakoram is the most heavily glaciated range outside of the polar regions.
  • The Karakoram is 311 miles long or 500 km.
  • Karakoram is a Turkic word that means black gravel.
  • Rudyard Kipling referred to the Karakoram mountains in his novel, Kim, published in 1900.

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