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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mountain Peaks of Pakistan - (Rakaposhi And Nangaparbat) May 27, 1985


RAKAPOSHI (KARAKORAM)
Rakaposhi - the "Goddess of snow" - a beautiful and majestic mountain situated on longitude 74 deg. 301 & latitude 36 deg. 81 in Hunza Valley, can be seen both from Baltit and Gilgit rising to a height of 7790 metres (25558 feet).
2. Rakaposhi became an object of attraction for mountaineers as far back as 1892 when Lord Conway visited the area for finding out the possibility at climbing its peak. After repulsing several serious attempts of mountaineers the peak fell victim to a joint Pak-British Expedition which had two Pakistani and seven British mountaineers, led by Captain Mike Banks of the Royal Marines. It was in the afternoon on 25th of June, 1958, that the leader, alongwith Tom Patey, reached the summit.
NANGAPARBAT (WESTERN HIMALAYA)
Naga Parbat-the naked mountain, situated on longitude 74 deg 351 and latitude 35 deg. 151 on the Western edge of the great Himalayan range is the second highest peak of Pakistan and ninth in the world.
2. Originally, this mountain was known as Diamir-the abode of God- and many believed that the Queen of Diamir lived in a Castle of glass stone on the peak and any one who dared to disturb its show on the scopes was finished by fairies living at the top. The legend had so much impact on the people that the German mountaineer, H. Ruhl, who was the first to scale the peak, while descending had a feeling that someone was following him. Several times he turned around to we but there was no one.
3. Nanga Parbat; which is 8125 metres (26660 feet) high, is also known as the killer mountain. It tasted the blood of a British mountaineer, Mr. Mummery, the leader of the expedition, alongwith two porters in 1895, After repeated attempts and colossal loss of human lives the peak was scaled by the Germans on 3rd July, 1953. Nanga Parbat has taken the biggest toll of human lives in the annals of mountaineering which is nearly 60 by now.
In order to focus national and International attention on the vast potential for mountaineering that Pakistan has, Pakistan Post Office had issued on August, 20, 1981, a set of four setenant stamps on the Mountain Peaks of Pakistan series depicting the peaks of K-2, Haramosh, Malubiting W and K-6 of the Karakorams. The second set of postage stamps in the Mountain Peaks of Pakistan series is being released on May 27, 1985 consisting of two postage stamps each of 40P and Rs.2/- denominations depicting Rakaposhi (Karakoram) and Nanga Parbat (Western Himalaya)~ respectively.