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Snow Lake Hispar La in Pakistan

Snow Lake Hispar La in Pakistan

Snow Lake Hispar La in Pakistan Overview

Snow Lake is a high altitude glacial basin over 16km wide located at the head of the Biafo and Hispar glaciers. Martin Conway, the first foreign visitor, gave Snow Lake this name in 1892 and described the area as "beyond all comparison the finest view of mountains it has ever been my lot to behold, nor do I believe the world can hold a finer".

Biafo and Hispar glaciers meet at Hispar La making this system the greatest concentration of glacial ice outside Antartica. This vast river of ice connects two ancient mountain kingdoms; Hunza in the west with Baltistan in the east. Snow Lake area was described by the famous mountaineer explorer Eric Shipton as ’the last blank on the map’. As this region is so remote it serves as the last stronghold for many animal including Himalayan bear, ibex, markhor and the snow leopard.

Towering high above Biafo and Hispar glaciers are jagged peaks, these include Kanjut Sar (7,760m), Distaghil Sar (7885 m.) Makrong Chhish (6,607m), Latok group (Latok I: 7,145m, Latok II: 7,108 m, Latok III: 6,949m, Latok IV: 6,456m) and Baintha Brakk/The Ogre (7,285m). The Ogre was famously first climbed in 1977 by Britons Doug Scott and Chris Bonington when they had an epic descent with Scott breaking both of his legs and took a week to reach Base Camp.

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Snow Lake Hispar La in Pakistan by H, 22 Dec 2019
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Mountaineering in the Karakoram Pakistan Highlight Snow lake A great adventure and well put together by the mountain company... read more

Snow Lake Hispar La in Pakistan by chimpanzee, 8 Dec 2019
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Excellent remote mountain and glacier experience. read more

Snow Lake Hispar La in Pakistan by Piotr Zycki, 26 Nov 2019
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The Snow Lake is one of the most amazing mountain journeys in the world. The route begins at Askole (Baltistan), together ... read more

Snow Lake Hispar La in Pakistan by Emina, 27 Aug 2019
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I trekked through the beautiful mountains and on the Biafo glacier crossing over snow lake and the hispar la pass in Pakistan ... read more

Snow Lake Hispar La in Pakistan by Mark S, 15 Oct 2016
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Excellent trek in a remote part of Pakistan to the beautiful Snow Lake. read more

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Snow Lake Hispar La in Pakistan by H, 22 Dec 2019
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Mountaineering in the Karakoram Pakistan Highlight Snow lake A great adventure and well put together by the mountain company... read more

Snow Lake Hispar La in Pakistan by chimpanzee, 8 Dec 2019
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Excellent remote mountain and glacier experience. read more