Finally, days and days of beautiful blue skies! This is the morning view from the hotel:
Zoom in on Ultar Sar (7388 m).
This is the right day to go to Rakaposhi Base Camp! Already from the road, Rakaposhi steals the whole picture! Here passing through Aliabad early morning before all the shops open.
We are on the north side of Rakaposhi (7788 m) and here the mountain rises 5,900 metres above the Hunza River over a distance of only around 11 km. Impressive to view!
Rakaposhi is also known as the “Mother of Clouds” and true enough, she was already partly covered when we arrived to the base camp.
Time for a nice rest at base camp – ca 3700 m altitude, very nice sunshine and a priceless view.
Fantastic view – the clouds continuously blowing off the top adds a dramatic effect and an ever changing appearance to the mountain.
Rakaposhi base camp is also a great place to view Diran Peak (7266 m). In the photos below you can see the Minapin Glacier coming down from the Diran Peak and the nice very sharp ridge between Rakaposhi and Diran.
The north face of Rakaposhi seen from the road in the late afternoon sun as we came down to the car. We decided that we were not finished with this magnificent mountain – we had to also see her from the other parallel valley leading to the Rakaposhi View Point.
Next morning from the beginning of the path…
The path was super steep. Here the wife is arriving.
Enjoying the view (and catching the breath!)
View to the valley far down below.
Pisan Glacier coming down from the north side of Rakaposhi.
Rakakposhi close up – not easy to get a good picture in backlight – Marco to the left as a small black dot.
Back to the first page for an overview
Go back to Necropolis of Makli and Shah Jahan Mosque
Go to the drive from Islamabad to Gilgit
Day-trip to Khunjerab Pass & Pakistan-Chinese Border