Ahmed Sajjad Zaidi

Entrepreneur, trekker, and photographer based in Pakistan
Posts Tagged ‘nanga parbat’

Halo above Miranjani Top

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.

Miranjani Top halo

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.

Wall of Rock and Ice

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.

Nanga Parbat clouds Buhl Camp

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.

Where Mountains Meet the Skies

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).

Indus Valley, KKH and Himalayas

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.