Trango Towers

Location

Baltistan
Pakistan
35° 46' 0.012" N, 76° 10' 59.988" E
PK
General info: 

The Trango Towers is a group of tall granite spikes located in northern Pakistan. The Towers offer some of the largest cliffs and most challenging rock climbing in the world. Visually the most dramatic peak is the Nameless Tower that sticks out like a tower should(featured in the main photo). The highest point in the group is the summit of Great Trango Tower at 6,286 m (20,608 ft). The East Face of the Great Trango Tower features the world's greatest nearly vertical drop at 1340m(4,396 ft).

The Trango Towers group has seen some of the most difficult and significant climbs ever accomplished, due to the combination of altitude, total height of the routes, and the steepness of the rock. The Great Trango was first climbed in 1977. The East face of Great Trango is the nearly vertical and was first climbed in 1984 but both of the climbers died on the descent. The first successful climb of and return from the East Summit was in 1992.

Getting there: 

For non climbers, the easiest/only way to view the peaks from is from a helicopter or an airplane.

In the world of climbers however, the access to the Trango Towers is reasonable easy as they are located much closer to civilization than many other popular peaks in Pakistan.

Costs: 

The price tag of climbing the peaks in Pakistan is determined by the peaks elevation. Therefore climbing Trango Peaks is very affordable when compared to other high mountains in Pakistan, like K2. The Trango Peaks are under 6500m, so there are no royalty fees for climbing them. For the same reason, you also don´t need a liaison officer, so climbing to Trango Towers is free.

However, you will need to do the walk-in with a Ministry of Tourism approved guide. The fee of this kind of guide is lower than the one of LO. A trekking fee of $50/person is also appliciable in the Trango Tower area.

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