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Pakistan is a country blessed with beautiful valleys and mountains that become the major reason for tourism and entertainment in the country. Thankfully, the tourism industry in Pakistan found a boost in recent years because of natural beauty, diverse culture, delicious food, and ancient history.
Above all attractions and discovered beauties, mountain ranges in Pakistan are enough to discuss. One doesn’t need to explore other things when the country is loaded with magnificent mountains on the northern side and other parts of the country that tourists love to visit.
Pakistan is the home of mountains that has got the world’s second-highest mountain K2. Also, the country has five peaks of 8000+ meter height and that’s an impressive stat.
Further, if we look at the highest peaks in Pakistan, we can find the 4 highest mountains lies in the Karakoram mountain ranges out of 14. Once again, the stat is impressive!
Where three Mountain Ranges of Pakistan Meet?
Pakistan is the home of mountains having good chemistry and exciting connection with each other. Among all famous mountains, the three mountain ranges of Pakistan include The Himalayas, The Karakoram, and The Hindu Kush that meet in the northern region of the country. Here we go with the list of mountain ranges in Pakistan.
List of Mountain Ranges in Pakistan
– Karakoram Mountain Range
– Himalayas (Western) Mountain Range
– Hindu Kush Range
– Sulaiman Mountain Range
– Salt Range
– Margalla Hills
– Hindu Raj Range
– Kirthar Mountain Range
1. Karakoram Mountain Range
Karakoram mountain ranges are found in the regions of Gilgit Baltistan. What is the specialty of these mountain ranges? It connects three countries of South Asia including Pakistan, India, and China.
The respective cities where these mountain ranges lie are Gilgit Baltistan (Pakistan), Ladakh (India), and Xinjiang region (China). Another specialty is the K2, which is known as the second-highest peak in the world found in the Karakoram mountains.
The height of K2 is 8611 meters and the length of the Karakoram mountain range is 500 km. More than 60 peaks are above the height of 7000 meters, and the Siachen glacier is known as the third-longest glacier in the world.
On the northeastern side, you can see Tibetan Plateau and on the southern side, you’ll come across rivers that separate this mountain range from the Himalayas. If we look at the five famous peaks of Karakoram mountain ranges, we come to know about K1 (Masherbrum), K2, K3 (Broad Peak), K4 (Gasherbrum II), and K5 (Gasherbrum I). As far as the visit is concerned, the months between May and October are best to visit the Karakoram mountain ranges.
2. Himalayas Mountain Range
The Himalayas mountain range is the world’s longest mountain range that is around 2400 km. Apart from Pakistan, the mountain range belongs to four other countries in the world including Nepal, Bhutan, China, and India.
It shows the importance of the Himalayas in the world. In Pakistan, the Himalayas runs through the Kashmir Valley and the northern areas of Pakistan. On the west of the Himalayas, you can find Nanga Parbat, one of the adventurous peaks having a height of 8126 meters.
Interestingly, it is known as the ninth highest peak of the world, and second in Pakistan after K2. If we look at the temperature, we find that in summer temperature remains 25 degrees centigrade, while in winter the temperature drops down to minus.
Further, the months between May to September are best to visit the Himalayas Mountain Range.
3. Hindu Kush Range
The Hindu Kush range lies in the north-west of Pakistan that connects Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is an 800 km long series that has got most of its part in the northern areas of Pakistan covering the ranges of Yasin Valley, Ghizar, and Ishkoman.
One of the highest mountains of Hindu Kush is known as Tirich Mir that has a height of 7690 meters exactly located in the Chitral Valley. Noshaq is the second highest peak of the Hindu Kush range that comes after Tirich Mir located in Afghanistan.
The peak is known as the highest peak in Afghanistan. The Hindu Kush grows in South West of Pamirs and it has several ranges, whereas in Pakistan it lies in the areas of Kohistan and Swat. On the eastern side, it connects the Indus River that leads to the Karakoram mountains. Further, summertime is the best to visit the Hindu Kush mountain ranges.
4. Suleiman Mountain Range
Suleiman Mountain Range is a 450 km long mountain range located in Balochistan. Apart from Pakistan, the Suleiman mountain range has got some parts in Afghanistan. Further, the mountain range is ideally located on the Iranian Plateau and west of the Indus River.
Among all the mountain ranges in Pakistan, Suleiman Mountain Range is the fourth biggest mountain range that covers the province of Balochistan. The highest peak is known as the Takht-e-Suleiman that has a height of 3487 meters. The only drawback you find in this mountain range is the lack of vegetation compared to the mountains of KPK.
5. The Salt Range
The Salt Range is approximately 300 km long which lies in the northern province of Punjab that starts from Jhelum and ends at the River Indus. The name itself defines the Salt Range, as the range covers a wide area of salt rock.
Some of the famous mines of the Salt Range are known as Khewra, Mayo, Warcha, and Kalabagh. Above all, Khewra mine is the biggest to get salt and it’s a nice place to visit with family. Further, the months of April, May, and June are the best to visit the salt mines.
6. Margalla Hills
Margalla Hills are the beauty of Islamabad that has a length of around 126 km. The hills are located at the foot of the Himalayan range which connects with Murree hills as well. The Margalla National Park and Pir Sohawa are the best places for tourists in this land. The tourists find peace of mind and enjoy scenic beauties.
Further, the highest peak is known as Tilla Charouni that has a height of 1604 meters. As far as the climate is concerned, the weather remains pleasant in Margalla hills and people love to visit the hills between the months of November and April
7. Hindu Raj Range
Hindu Raj Range is a part of the Hindu Kush range located on its eastern part. You can found this mountain range in between the Hindu Kush and Karakoram ranges, as it’s a long chain of mountains that has lofty heights. Koyo Zom is the highest peak of the Hindu Raj Range that has a height of 6872 meters.
The exact location of the Hindu Raj Range is Gilgit Baltistan and KPK, but these mountain ranges are not much popular from a touring point of view. The reason is the excessive heights of the mountains.
8. Kirthar Mountain Range
The Kirthar Mountain Range has a length of around 300km that connects Sindh to Balochistan. The range goes up to the Arabian Sea, and its’s most part is located in Sindh.
The highest peak of the Kirthar mountain range is Gorakh Hills that has a height of 5688 feet. People of Sindh come to spend a memorable time in these hills. Keeping in mind fun, people prefer to visit the Kirthar Mountain Range between the time of October and January.