Karakoram mountain range, or translated from Turkic, the black rock range, is a majestic black and brown mountain system that covers 300 miles (500 km) in Afghanistan, and Central and South Asia. The Karakoram Range has the highest peak concentration (approximately 8000 meters in height). Millions of tourists are attracted to these beautiful mountain ranges to either trek through them or admire their beauty from afar.
Facts about the Karakoram mountain range:
Not only are they beautiful and cultural, they’re challenging to climb, have the highest peaks, and are covered in more glaciers than any other area of land other than the North and South poles. The Karakoram mountains are a great place to visit for the adventure lover, the trekker, or just the observer looking for an amazing sight to see.
- About 28-50% of the Karakoram mountain ranges are glaciated. It is the most glaciated place on earth other than the polar regions.
- The Karakoram mountain range has a significant impact on culture. It has been referred to inside of a number of novels (such as the novel Kim by Rudyard Kipling published in 1990), films (such as the film titled Karakoram by Marcel Ichac abouta French expedition to the Karakoram mountains in 1936).
- The sub ranges of the Karakoram mountain range do not have universal agreed names, so there’s no one certain name for the sub ranges.Concordia. Baltoro, Soltoro, Lupghar, Khunjerab, Panmah, Aghil, Masherbrum, Saser, Hispar, Siachin, Rino, Batura, Rakaposhi/Bagrot and Haramosh are some of the unofficial and debated names for the sub-regions of the Karakoram
- TheBaltistan area of the Karakoram mountain range has more than 100 mountain peaks that escalate higher than 6,100 meters from sea level.
- Karakoram mountain glaciers are covered with a type of rubble that insulates ice from the sun, therefore causing the preservation of the mountain range’s abundant glaciers.
- Because it’s ruggedness and high altitude, the Karakoram mountain range is barely inhabited.
- Even in the summer season, the Karakoram mountain range has a snow line of 4,200-4,500 meters.
- Karakoram offers danger and challenge to any mountaineer and adventure lover who would want to explore the mountain range. There’s fractured rocks, guarding vertical characteristics, and sharp angled slopes.
- The Karakoram mountain region has great geopolitical significance.The mountain range covers the borders of Tajikistan, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India.
- The Karakoram mountain range receives about 100 expeditions per year.
- Some of the towering peaks of the Karakoram mountain range remain unscaled and unexplored.
- The Karakoram mountain range is surrounded by 5 rivers: The Shyok, Ishkuman, Gilgit, Shaksgan,and Indus.
- The temperatures in the Karakoram mountain range have a large difference between the lowest and highest mercury in a day.
- Travelers describe the mountains as elegant because of the silk route passing through it, beautiful ranges, dark mountains, rope bridges, and gigantic glaciers.
- It is better to climb the Karakoram mountains between the months of May and September.
- There are no forests in the Karakoram mountains, just mountain ranges.
- The Karakoram mountain range area has four distinct seasons.
- There’s a highway inside of the Karakoram mountain range that stretches North to South, straight through the range, called the Karakoram Highway.