Noshaq (Mountain)

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Title Description
Location: Afghanistan–Pakistan border
Countries : Afghanistan and Pakistan
Province : Badakhshan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Nickname: Nowshak or Nōshākh
Type: Mountain
Local Language Name: نوشاخ‎
Coordinates : 36°25'54"N 71°49'42"E
Elevation: 7,492 m (24,580 ft)
Prominence: 2,024 m (6,640 ft)
Isolation: 18.89 kilometres (11.74 mi)
Listing: Country high point Ultra
Parent Range: Hindu Kush
First Ascent: 1960 by Toshiaki Sakai & Goro Iwatsubo (Japan)
Rank: Fourth highest peak of the Hindukush range
First climbed by: Japanese expedition in 1960 led by Professor Sakato
Members of the Expedition: Goro Iwatsabo and Toshiaki Sakai
First winter ascent: 1973 by Tadeusz Piotrowski and Andrzej Zawada, members of a Polish expedition
Noshaq West: (7250m)
Noshaq East: (7480m)
Noshaq Central: (7400m)
Accessible: From Chitral, 64 km away


Noshaq Pakistan

Noshaq Pakistan

Noshaq is the highest peak in Afghanistan and the second highest peak in the Hindu Kush Range (after Tirich Mir) at 7,492 m (24,580 ft). It lies on the border between Badakhshan Province in Afghanistan and Chitral District,  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ,  Pakistan , and is the world's westernmost 7,000 meter massif.Noshaq was first climbed by a Japanese expedition in 1960 led by Professor Sakato. Other members of the expedition were Goro Iwatsabo and Toshiaki Sakai. The climb followed the normal Pakistan approach, the southeast ridge from the Qadzi Deh Glacier. The normal Afghanistan approach route is by the west ridge. The first winter ascent was in 1973 by Tadeusz Piotrowski and Andrzej Zawada, members of a Polish expedition, via the north face. It was the world first winter climb of any 7000m peak.


Only the main peak and Noshaq West (7250m) are on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border (the Durand Line), a watershed divide. The other peaks of this massif lie well within Pakistan and are easily accessible from Chitral, 64 km away. The west side of the massif is in Afghanistan whereas the south and eastern sides are in  Pakistan . The second highest peak in this massif is Noshaq East (7480m), climbed in 1963 by Dr.Gerald Gruber and Rudolf Pischenger from Austria. The third highest peak of the massif is Noshaq Central (7400m) followed by Noshaq West. These peaks were also climbed by the same Austrian expedition of 1963.The mountain is 28 km from Qazi Deh village in Afghanistan, a journey of about five days. Qazi Deh is 280 km away from Kabul, Afghanistan; the easiest access to Noshaq is from Chitral,  Pakistan  which is linked to  Islamabad  by flights.[2] noshaq - mountain

Climbing History

At 7492m Noshaq is the fourth highest peak of the Hindukush range.The mountain has four separate peaks . The main peak was climbed in 1960 along the south east ridge from the Qadzi Deh glacier by a Japanese expedition led by Professor Sakato. Other members of the expedition were G. Iwatsabo and T. Sakai.The second highest peak in this range is Noshaq East at 7480m climbed in 1963 by Dr Gerald Gruber and Rudolf Pischinger from Austria. The third highest peak of the range Noshaq Central is 7400m . The Austrian expedition of 1963 of Dr Gerald Gruber and Rudolf Pischinger are also credited with climbing the fourth peak of Noshaq range called Noshaq West at 7250m.[3] Noshaq is  fourth highest peak - Hindukush range

Climbing Route

Logistically the route through Pakistan is more convenient as things are more organized from this end. You follow the Tirich Mir route through the Lower & upper Tirich glaciers to Babu camp From here you branch out from the upper Tirich glacier towards Noshaq base camp. The climb involves crossing a moraine between two icefalls then a scree slope to the south ridge. The two ice falls flowing from Noshaq make it a technically difficult ascent from this side , three camps are established before final ascent is made.[4] The climb involves crossing  between - two icefalls

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