Istor O Nal (Mountain)

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Title Description
Information
Location: Pakistan
Nickname: Istoro
Type: Mountain
Local Language Name: اِسترونال
Coordinates : 36°23'13"N 71°53'21"E
Details
Elevation: 7,403 m
Prominence: 1,025 m
Parent Range: Hindu Kush
First Ascent: 8 June 1955
Easiest Route: glacier/snow/ice climb
First climbed: June 8, 1955 by the Americans Major Ken Bankwala, Josef E. Murphy, Jr, and Thomas
World Rank: 68th highest independent peak in the world
Connected: 11 peaks of elevation more than 7000 m (22986ft)
Trekking route: Shagrom (the uppermost village of Terich valley)
Opening Season: Summer


History

Istor o Nal

Istor o Nal

Istor-o-Nal or is the third highest mountain in the Hindu Kush, in the Chitral District of the North-West Frontier Province of  Pakistan . It is the 68th highest independent peak in the world. It crowns a massif with eleven peaks of elevation more than 7,000 m (22,966 ft). The peak is located a few kilometres northeast of Tirich Mir (the highest mountain in the Hindu Kush), across the Tirich Glacier. Because Istor-o-Nal is behind the higher peak of Tirich Mir from many viewpoints, it is not easily visible and therefore not well known.The word "Istoro Nal" means horseshoe in the chitrali language (Istor means "horse"). The origin of the name is unclearIstor-o-Nal was first climbed on June 8, 1955 by the Americans Joseph E. Murphy, Jr., and Thomas A. Mutch, led by Pakistani Major Ken Bankwala,[1] American Alpine - Journal on a Princeton Mountaineering Club expedition. They climbed the west ridge, starting from the south side of the peak on the  Tirich Mir . Their small, minimally financed expedition (by the standards of the time for high-altitude mountaineering) achieved what was then the second highest summit attained by Americans.[2] mountain - forecast

Overview

Istor O Nal is the 3rd highest mountain in the High Hindu Kush range, in the Chitral District of Pakistan. It is the 68th highest independent peak in the world. It crowns a massif with 11 peaks of elevation more than 7000 m (22986ft). The peak is located a few kilometers north of Tirichmir. Because Istor o Nal is behind the highest peak of Hindukush (Tirichmir 7708m) from many view points, it is not easily visible and therefore not well known.The word “Istor o Nal” means horse shoe in the khowar language. Istor means “horse” and nal means “shoe” and the massif is look like a giant horse shoe.Istor o Nal was first climbed on June 8, 1955 by the Americans Major Ken Bankwala, Josef E. Murphy, Jr, and Thomas A. Mutch, on a Princeton Mountaineering Club Expedition. They climbed the west ridge, starting from the south side of the peak through the Terich Glacier. Their small, minimally financed expedition (by the standards of the time for high altitude mountaineering) achieved what was then the second highest summit attained by Americans.The main summit 7403m was climbed by a Spanish expedition in 1969 headed by Anglada. 2 of the 11 peaks are still unclimbed i.e. North East Peak 7276m and East Peak 7100m. In the year 2000, a Swiss Expedition led by Simon Perritaz arranged an expedition for the unclimbed North East Peak 7276m with 8 other members; they could not gain the summit due to shortage of rope, time and mostly weather condition. The two peaks are still unclimbed and an obvious challenge for mountaineers.[3] 3rd highest mountain in the - High Hindu Kush

Route Starts From

The trekking route starts from Shagrom (the uppermost village of Terich valley) about 135 km from Chitral Town and 60 km from Buni. Buni is the Head Quarter of upper Chitral sub-division. It is approachable from Chitral Town to Shagrom only by Jeep. The jeep road goes as far as Shagrom (2900m) but an alternate route e.g. jeep road goes up to Zani Pass 3840m and then the trek descends down to Shagrom. Base Camp is set at Babu Camp-Terich Concordia and it is 30 km away from Shargom. The Base Camp route is divided into 4 stages, from Shagrom to BC, and can be completed in 3 days trek. [4] Shagrom to Sherniak 3540m, 13 km -   trek