Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Trango Towers

Trango Towers Group

The Trango Towers are located on the north side of the Baltoro Glacier, in Baltistan, a district of the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. They are part of the Baltoro Muztagh, a subrange of the Karakoram range. Trango Towers are impressive and extremely difficult granite spires rock towers and hardest to climb. These granite Towers offer some of the largest cliffs and most challenging rock climbing in the world. 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. All of the routes are highly technical climbs

Trango Towers — Their vertical faces are the world's tallest cliffs. Trango Tower center; Trango Monk center left; Trango II far left; Great Trango right 

These Towers are at the Elevation of 6,286 m (20,623 ft)and there Prominence is approx. 800 metres (2,625 ft). All of the Trango Towers lie on a ridge, trending northwest-southeast, between the Trango Glacier on the west and the Dunge Glacier on the east. 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.

Trango Tower Group have the following peaks:
1- Kruksum  (S)6650-M
2- Kruksum  (N)6600-M
3- Trango Ri  (II)6515-M
4- Trango Ri  (1) 6452-M
5- Kruksum   (E) 6300-M
6- Trano Ri   (III) 6300-M
7- Trano Ri   (IV) 6300-M
8- Great Trango (I) 6286-M
9- Nameless Tower 6239-M
10-Great Trango (II) 6237-M
11-Great Trango (III) 6231-M
12-Monk 6150-M

Great Trango Tower

Great Trango itself is a large massif, with four identifiable summits: Main (6,286 m), South or Southwest (circa 6,250 m), East (6,231 m), and West (6,223 m). Just northwest of Great Trango is the Trango Tower (6,239 m), often called "Nameless Tower". This is a very large, pointed, rather symmetrical spire which juts 1000 m out of the ridge line.

Nameless Tower

North of Trango Tower is a smaller rock spire known as "Trango Monk." To the north of this feature, the ridge becomes less rocky and loses the large granite walls that distinguish the Trango Towers group and make them so attractive to climbers; however the summits do get higher. Trango II  lies northwest of the Monk, and the highest summit on the ridge, Trango Ri , lies northwest of Trango II. Just southeast of Great Trango (really a part of its southeast ridge) is the Trango Pulpit , whose walls present similar climbing challenges to those of Great Trango itself. Further to the south is Trango Castle , the last large peak along the ridge before the Baltoro Glacier.

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