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Baltoro Glacier in the Central Karakoram
Gilgit−Baltistan, Pakistan
Highest point
Peak K2
Elevation 8,611 m (28,251 ft)
Coordinates 35°52′57″N76°30′48″E / 35.88250°N 76.51333°E / 35.88250; 76.51333
Length500 km (310 mi)
Interactive map outlining Karakoram range
Countries Afghanistan, China, India, Pakistan and Tajikistan
Regions/Provinces Gilgit−Baltistan, Ladakh, Xinjiang and Badakhshan
Range coordinates 36°N76°E / 36°N 76°E / 36; 76
Borders on Pamir Mountains, Hindu Kush, Kunlun Mountains, Himalayas and Ladakh Range
Location of the major peaks in Karakoram

DeepPink pog.svg 1K2 DeepPink pog.svg 2Gasherbrum I K5 DeepPink pog.svg 3Broad Peak

DeepPink pog.svg 4Gasherbrum II K4 DeepPink pog.svg 5Gasherbrum III K3a DeepPink pog.svg 6Gasherbrum IV K3

DeepPink pog.svg 7Distaghil Sar DeepPink pog.svg 8Khunyang Chhish DeepPink pog.svg 9Masherbrum K1

DeepPink pog.svg 10 Batura I DeepPink pog.svg 11Rakaposhi DeepPink pog.svg 12Batura II

DeepPink pog.svg 13Kanjut Sar DeepPink pog.svg 14Saltoro Kangri K10 DeepPink pog.svg 15Batura III

DeepPink pog.svg 16 Saser Kangri I K22 DeepPink pog.svg 17Chogolisa DeepPink pog.svg 18Shispare Sar

DeepPink pog.svg 19Trivor Sar DeepPink pog.svg 20Skyang Kangri DeepPink pog.svg 21Mamostong Kangri K35

DeepPink pog.svg 22Saser Kangri II DeepPink pog.svg 23Saser Kangri III DeepPink pog.svg 24Pumari Chhish

DeepPink pog.svg 25Passu Sar DeepPink pog.svg 26Yukshin Gardan Sar DeepPink pog.svg 27Teram Kangri I

DeepPink pog.svg 28Malubiting DeepPink pog.svg 29K12 DeepPink pog.svg 30Sia Kangri

DeepPink pog.svg 31Momhil Sar DeepPink pog.svg 32Skil Brum DeepPink pog.svg 33Haramosh Peak

DeepPink pog.svg 34Ghent Kangri DeepPink pog.svg 35Ultar Sar DeepPink pog.svg 36Rimo I

DeepPink pog.svg 37Sherpi Kangri DeepPink pog.svg 38Yazghil Dome South DeepPink pog.svg 39Baltoro Kangri

DeepPink pog.svg 40Crown Peak DeepPink pog.svg 41Baintha Brakk DeepPink pog.svg 42Yutmaru Sar

DeepPink pog.svg 43K6 DeepPink pog.svg 44Muztagh Tower DeepPink pog.svg 45Diran

DeepPink pog.svg 46Apsarasas Kangri I DeepPink pog.svg 47Rimo III DeepPink pog.svg 48Gasherbrum V

The highest peaks of the Karakoram are:

Chinese name
Hanyu Pinyin Kālǎ Kūnlún shānmài
Literal meaning"Kara-Kunlun mountain range"
MountainHeight [28] Ranked Remark
K2 8,611 metres (28,251 ft)2K2Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Gasherbrum I 8,080 metres (26,510 ft)11K5Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Broad Peak 8,051 metres (26,414 ft)12Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Gasherbrum II 8,034 metres (26,358 ft)13K4Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Gasherbrum III 7,952 metres (26,089 ft)K3aFlag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan not on world highest list
Gasherbrum IV 7,925 metres (26,001 ft)17K3Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Distaghil Sar 7,885 metres (25,869 ft)19Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Kunyang Chhish 7,852 metres (25,761 ft)21Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Masherbrum I 7,821 metres (25,659 ft)22K1Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Batura I 7,795 metres (25,574 ft)25Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Rakaposhi 7,788 metres (25,551 ft)26Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Batura II 7,762 metres (25,466 ft)Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan not on world highest list
Kanjut Sar 7,760 metres (25,460 ft)28Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Saltoro Kangri I7,742 metres (25,400 ft)31K10Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan Flag of India.svg  India
Batura III 7,729 metres (25,358 ft)Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan not on world highest list
Saser Kangri I7,672 metres (25,171 ft)35K22Flag of India.svg  India
Chogolisa 7,665 metres (25,148 ft)36Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Shispare Sar 7,611 metres (24,970 ft)38Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Trivor Sar7,577 metres (24,859 ft)39Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Skyang Kangri 7,545 metres (24,754 ft)43Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Mamostong Kangri 7,516 metres (24,659 ft)47K35Flag of India.svg  India
Saser Kangri II7,513 metres (24,649 ft)48Flag of India.svg  India
Saser Kangri III7,495 metres (24,590 ft)51Flag of India.svg  India
Pumari Chhish 7,492 metres (24,580 ft)53Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Passu Sar 7,478 metres (24,534 ft)54Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Yukshin Gardan Sar 7,469 metres (24,505 ft)55Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Teram Kangri I7,462 metres (24,482 ft)56Flag of India.svg  India Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Malubiting 7,458 metres (24,469 ft)58Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
K12 7,428 metres (24,370 ft)61K12Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan Flag of India.svg  India
Sia Kangri 7,422 metres (24,350 ft)63Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Momhil Sar 7,414 metres (24,324 ft)64Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Skil Brum 7,410 metres (24,310 ft)66Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Haramosh Peak 7,409 metres (24,308 ft)67Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Ghent Kangri 7,401 metres (24,281 ft)69Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan Flag of India.svg  India
Ultar Peak 7,388 metres (24,239 ft)70Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Rimo I 7,385 metres (24,229 ft)71Flag of India.svg  India
Sherpi Kangri 7,380 metres (24,210 ft)74Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Bojohagur Duanasir 7,329 metres (24,045 ft)Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan not on world highest list
Yazghil Dome South 7,324 metres (24,029 ft)Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan not on world highest list
Baltoro Kangri 7,312 metres (23,990 ft)81Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Crown Peak 7,295 metres (23,934 ft)83Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Baintha Brakk 7,285 metres (23,901 ft)86Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Yutmaru Sar 7,283 metres (23,894 ft)87Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Baltistan Peak 7,282 metres (23,891 ft)88K6Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Muztagh Tower 7,273 metres (23,862 ft)90Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Diran 7,266 metres (23,839 ft)92Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan
Apsarasas Kangri I7,243 metres (23,763 ft)95Flag of India.svg  India Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Rimo III7,233 metres (23,730 ft)97Flag of India.svg  India
Gasherbrum V 7,147 metres (23,448 ft)Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan not on world highest list

The majority of the highest peaks are in the Gilgit–Baltistan region administered by Pakistan. Baltistan has more than 100 mountain peaks exceeding 6,100 metres (20,000 ft) height from sea level.


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K-numbersInternational nameHeightRemark
K1 Masherbrum 7,821 metres (25,659 ft)Flag of Pakistan.svg
K2 K28,611 metres (28,251 ft)Flag of Pakistan.svg-Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg at the head of the Godwin-Austen Glacier
K3 Gasherbrum IV 7,925 metres (26,001 ft)Flag of Pakistan.svg
K3a Gasherbrum III 7,952 metres (26,089 ft)Flag of Pakistan.svg
K4 Gasherbrum II 8,034 metres (26,358 ft)Flag of Pakistan.svg-Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
K5 Gasherbrum I 8,080 metres (26,510 ft)Flag of Pakistan.svg-Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
K6 Baltistan Peak 7,282 metres (23,891 ft)Flag of Pakistan.svg
K7 Gomgma Gangri 6,934 metres (22,749 ft)Flag of Pakistan.svg at the head of the Charakusa Valley
K8 Skilma Gangri 7,422 metres (24,350 ft)Flag of Pakistan.svg on the western flank of the Siachen Glacier
K9Gamba Gangri7,000 metres (23,000 ft) (approx)Flag of Pakistan.svg near Trango Towers
K10 Saltoro Kangri I7,742 metres (25,400 ft)Flag of Pakistan.svg-Flag of India.svg
K11 Saltoro Kangri II7,705 metres (25,279 ft)Flag of Pakistan.svg-Flag of India.svg
K12 Saitang peak 7,428 metres (24,370 ft)Flag of Pakistan.svg-Flag of India.svg subsidiary of Saltoro Kangri
K13 Dansam Peak 6,666 metres (21,870 ft)Flag of Pakistan.svg south west of Saltoro Kangri
K22 Saser Kangri I7,672 metres (25,171 ft)Flag of India.svg
K25 Pastan Kangri 6,523 metres (21,401 ft)Flag of India.svg south of Saltoro Kangri
K35 Mamostong Kangri 7,516 metres (24,659 ft)Flag of India.svg


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View of the Moon over Karakoram Range in Pakistan

The naming and division of the various subranges of the Karakoram is not universally agreed upon. However, the following is a list of the most important subranges, following Jerzy Wala. [29] The ranges are listed roughly west to east.


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Passes from west to east are:

The Khunjerab Pass is the only motorable pass across the range. The Shimshal Pass (which does not cross an international border) is the only other pass still in regular use.

Cultural references

The Karakoram mountain range has been referred to in a number of novels and movies. Rudyard Kipling refers to the Karakoram mountain range in his novel Kim , which was first published in 1900. Marcel Ichac made a film titled Karakoram, chronicling a French expedition to the range in 1936. The film won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival of 1937. Greg Mortenson details the Karakoram, and specifically K2 and the Balti, extensively in his book Three Cups of Tea , about his quest to build schools for children in the region. K2 Kahani (The K2 Story) by Mustansar Hussain Tarar describes his experiences at K2 base camp. [31]

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