Hindukush Range Climbing
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DescriptionThe Hindukush Range has some of the most majestic and least explored mountains in the Himalayas. The giants of the Hindukush can be seen from flights between Europe and Pakistan. Because of the proximity to the Afghan border very few American expeditions have ventured into this area. While the Americans stay away, the French bag first ascents every year.
The Hindukush Range near the Afghan border in the Chitral area has the highest concentration of 7000 meter/23,000 feet peaks in the world. If you fly into Pakistan from a connection in Europe, the Oxus River separates the Pamirs from the Himalayas, right at the crossing the peak of Shahdarr (7000 meter +) welcomes you to Pakistan.
Permit required above 6500 meters. Details
The Pakistani definition of a mountain according to the Ministry of Tourism in Islamabad is a peak higher than 6500 meters, 21,450 feet. Therefore you dont need permits for peaks lower than that mark. Anything higher, or if you are hiking within 20 km of an international border you will need permits. For a permit, you need to either: 1. Licensed mountain guide OR 2. Pakistan Army Liason Officer (LO) to guide you along the way. The guide/LO has to be equipped with gear that will allow him to hike with you till the base camp of your peak.
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Getting ThereYou can take a flight from Islamabad to Peshawer, and then a flight from Peshawer to Chitral. Chitral can also be reached by crossing the Shandur Pass from Ghizar (nearest airport would be Gilgit). From Chitral daily vans leave for villages close to the three major peaks: Tirich Mir, Buni Zom, and Noshaq.
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