Pakistan Snow Lake Hispar Pass

In July of 2005 our small group traversed the Biafo and Hispar Glaciers in the Karakoram Mountains of Northern Pakistan.  The two glaciers are connected by the 5,128 Hispar Pass. Along the way, we camped and explored the Snow Lake, one of the largest expanses of ice in the Karakoram Mountains.  

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 Nanga Parbat 

Nanga Parbat 

 The meeting point of the Hindu Kush, Karakoram and the Himalaya mountain ranges 

The meeting point of the Hindu Kush, Karakoram and the Himalaya mountain ranges 

 Remains of the Buddhist culture in northern Baltistan (a point along the ancient Silk Road)

Remains of the Buddhist culture in northern Baltistan (a point along the ancient Silk Road)

 Karakoram Highway 

Karakoram Highway 

 Balti fast food 

Balti fast food 

 The Indus River valley near Skardu 

The Indus River valley near Skardu 

 The Indus River near Skardu 

The Indus River near Skardu 

 The sand dunes of the Indus River

The sand dunes of the Indus River

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 Sand dunes of the Indus River

Sand dunes of the Indus River

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 A bridge over the Braldu River near Askole 

A bridge over the Braldu River near Askole 

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 Jeep track from Skardu to Askole 

Jeep track from Skardu to Askole 

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 The spot where the trail to K2 meets the trail to the Biafo Glacier

The spot where the trail to K2 meets the trail to the Biafo Glacier

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 Biafo Glacier 

Biafo Glacier 

 The frontal part of the Biafo Glacier

The frontal part of the Biafo Glacier

 Our crew on the Biafo Glacier 

Our crew on the Biafo Glacier 

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 Walking up 67 km long Biafo Glacier

Walking up 67 km long Biafo Glacier

 The Ogre and the Latok group of mountains.  The prominent tower is the Ogre's Thumb, to its right is the Ogre 7,285m, Ogre II 6,960m is the triangular peak to the right.  On the left is the Latok group.  From the back:  Latok 2, 7,086m; Latok 1, 7,151; small peak at 6,034m.  

The Ogre and the Latok group of mountains.  The prominent tower is the Ogre's Thumb, to its right is the Ogre 7,285m, Ogre II 6,960m is the triangular peak to the right.  On the left is the Latok group.  From the back:  Latok 2, 7,086m; Latok 1, 7,151; small peak at 6,034m.  

 The Ogre and the Latoks 

The Ogre and the Latoks 

 The Biafo Glacier 

The Biafo Glacier 

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 The Ogre and the Ogre's Thumb 

The Ogre and the Ogre's Thumb 

 Latok 1, 7,145m and the triangular pyramid of Latok 2, 7,086m.

Latok 1, 7,145m and the triangular pyramid of Latok 2, 7,086m.

 The Ogre 7,285m and Banta Brakk II (Ogre II), 6,960m

The Ogre 7,285m and Banta Brakk II (Ogre II), 6,960m

 The Uzun Brakk Glacier 

The Uzun Brakk Glacier 

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 Upper Biafo Glacier 

Upper Biafo Glacier 

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 Biafo Glacier, looking towards the Latok Peaks.  Biafo Glacier at the altitude of 4,428m

Biafo Glacier, looking towards the Latok Peaks.  Biafo Glacier at the altitude of 4,428m

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 Biafo Glacier, approaching the Snow Lake

Biafo Glacier, approaching the Snow Lake

 Approaching the Snow Lake, the Hispar Pass is on the left

Approaching the Snow Lake, the Hispar Pass is on the left

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 On the Snow Lake

On the Snow Lake

 Our camp on the Snow Lake

Our camp on the Snow Lake

 Snow Lake, looking north east. 

Snow Lake, looking north east. 

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 Cooking area on the Snow Lake 

Cooking area on the Snow Lake 

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 The Snow Lake

The Snow Lake

 The Snow Lake, looking North West.  

The Snow Lake, looking North West.  

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 Approaching the Hispar Pass on the horizon, Skam La Pass and to the right (around the buttress) is the Biafo Glacier. 

Approaching the Hispar Pass on the horizon, Skam La Pass and to the right (around the buttress) is the Biafo Glacier. 

 The Hispar Pass

The Hispar Pass

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 The Hispar Pass

The Hispar Pass

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 Approaching to the top of the Hispar Pass 

Approaching to the top of the Hispar Pass 

 Skam La Pass on the left in the clouds.  Below it, the Snow Lake.

Skam La Pass on the left in the clouds.  Below it, the Snow Lake.

 At the top of Hispar Pass

At the top of Hispar Pass

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 Looking back from Hispar Pass to the Snow Lake 

Looking back from Hispar Pass to the Snow Lake 

 The Top of Hispar Pass 

The Top of Hispar Pass 

 Looking down the Hispar Glacier from the top of Hispar Pass 

Looking down the Hispar Glacier from the top of Hispar Pass 

 The surface snow melt on the Hispar Glacier which is 49km long

The surface snow melt on the Hispar Glacier which is 49km long

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 Hispar Glacier

Hispar Glacier

 Hispar Pass from Hispar Glacier side and our camp right below the Hispar Pass 

Hispar Pass from Hispar Glacier side and our camp right below the Hispar Pass 

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 Hispar Pass on the left and the Hispar Glacier 

Hispar Pass on the left and the Hispar Glacier 

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