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Miranjani Peak (2,992 metres/9,816 ft) is the highest point in the Galiyat/Hazarajat/Murree region. This includes the Abbottabad and Rawalpindi districts, as well as the Islamabad federal area. Depending on fitness and weather conditions, it takes between 2 to 4 hours to reach the top from the holiday retreat of Nathia Gali.
Last Saturday was my third time climbing Miranjani. The three of us left Islamabad at about 6am. We reached the starting point of the trail at 8:30am and made it to the top within two and a half hours.
After reaching the top, we discovered a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains. Even the mighty Nanga Parbat was visible in the distance. Looking above, we found the sun surrounded by a ring. This halo is created by sunlight reflecting off of ice crystals in the atmosphere. Probably an indication of the upcoming hail storm. Nevertheless, it made an excellent subject to photograph.
The moon rises over Nanga Parbat and Fairy Meadows, bathing the amazing landscape in a magical glow.
Shot using a Fisheye lens, in almost complete darkness and biting cold weather.
The mighty Nanga Parbat (8,126 m/26,660 ft), as seen from Buhl Camp (locally pronounced as Biyaal Camp). The camp is named after Hermann Buhl, the first person to successfully climb the deadly mountain.
The mountain’s north face (Raikot Face) that can be seen here looks deceptively small, yet is roughly 4000 meters (4km or 2.5 miles) high.
The River Indus originates in the highest sections of the Himalayas and lends its name to a major world religion (Hinduism), a group of languages and a whole subcontinent. For over 300km, it flows next to the world’s highest paved international highway, the Karakoram Highway (KKH).
At Raikot, the highway crosses north and continues on to Gilgit, the Hunza Valley and into China. A steep jeep track rises from Raikot to the village of Tattoo and turns into a hiking trail that leads to Nanga Parbat’s north face.
To commemorate the International Mountain Day, I am sharing this photo of Nanga Parbat that I shot earlier this year.
The world’s 9th highest mountain is an impressive sight in itself. For a few minutes around sunset, it attains a pink glow that turns it into a sculpture of sheer beauty.
Rama Lake (Sango Sar) is a glacial water body on the eastern edge of the Nanga Parbat massif in the Astore District. It is about 1.7km (1.07miles) in circumference and is reachable by a hiking trail from Rama.
Pictured here is a small pond on the main outlet of the lake.
View of Nanga Parbat (Naked Mountain) from Fairy Meadows. Taken May 14th, 2012.