Noshaq: The Scenic Peak of KPK, Pakistan

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Noshaq: The Scenic Peak of KPK, Pakistan

Noshaq is the 2nd highest independent peak of the Hindukush Range after Tirich Mir (7,492 m (24,580 ft)) and lies on the border between the region of Badakhshan Province in Afghanistan and Chitral District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Pakistan.

Noshaq peak 7492m is an independent mountain on the Pakistani border with Afghanistan and the 4th highest peak of the Hindukush range while the highest is Tirich Mir west II 7500m in Chitral district of Pakistan.

Access of Noshaq from Pakistan

Merely the west peak, Noshaq West 7250m stands on the Pak-Afghan border, being natural water shed. Noshaq Main 7492m and the remaining peaks of this massif lie well within Pakistan territory and conveniently accessible from Chitral-Pakistan which is 64 kilometers away. Chitral airport is connected with capital city Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, with a daily flight of one hour duration and Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa (KPK) province of Pakistan with a daily flight of forty minutes duration.

Noshaq Main peak 4792m was 1st ascent by Japanese expedition in the year of 1960.The expedition was led by Professor Sakato. Other members of the expedition were Goro Iwatsabo and Toshiaki Sakai. The journey was followed from the South East Ridge of the peak, Nowadays; the normal route is by the side of southeast face through Terich valley of Chitral-Pakistan.

The 2nd highest peak in this range is Noshaq East 7480m climbed in the year of 1963 by Dr.Gerald Gruber and Rudolf Pischenger from Austria. The third largest peak of the massif Noshaq Central 7400m and the fourth peak is Noshaq West 7250m.

These peaks were also climbed by the similar Austrian expedition of 1963 year.

The 1st winter ascent was in the year of 1973 by Tadeusz Piotrowski and Andrzej Zawada, member of a Polish expedition, through the north face. It was the world’s 1st winter climb above any 7000m peak.

Access from Afghanistan

The North and the west sides of the mountain are in the state of Afghanistan where as the South and Eastern sided are in Pakistan state.

In Afghanistan, Noshaq is considered to be the largest mountain and is situated in the northeastern corner of the country along the Durand line which marks the border with Pakistan. It is 28 kilometers away from Qazi Deh village, an expedition of five days journey. Qazi Deh is 280 kilometers away from Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, a perilous journey. Although, the most convenient access to Noshaq is from Chitral, Pakistan.

Nowadays, the normal route on Afghanistan side is by the West ridge.

The 1st Afghan ascent of the mountain was in the year of July 2009. 2 members of a team of 4 Afghans from the Wakhan Corridor made the summit on the day of July 19.

 

 

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