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About the Mountain


Tirich Mir (Main Peak, 25,288 ft) is the largest mountain in the Hindu Kush range, a seldom climbed region to the west of the Pamir, Karakorum, and Himalayan mountains with 38 mountains over 23,000 feet. Like the Himalayas, the Hindu Kush is a relatively young system that’s still evolving. This makes climbing there more dangerous, thanks to frequent earthquakes. Combined with the other risks on Tirich Mir – especially an abundance of deep, hidden crevasses – it’s no wonder there are stories of mountaineers disappearing each year on the peak, though exact fatality rates are hard to come by.

“Identifying and overcoming natural fear is one of the pleasing struggles intrinsic to climbing.”

- Alex Lowe

So why climb Tirich Mir if it’s so dangerous? It blends the challenge and danger of K2 (28,250 ft) with the opportunity to climb in a beautiful, remote region that’s a world apart from the commercialism of the Himalayas. Those who travel to this region, located on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, are often surprised at how different their preconceived notions are from reality. The mountain is named after the village of Tirich, where you’ll encounter unmatched hospitality that will immediately put you at ease before your expedition. The climb itself will keep you on edge, especially traversing through the precarious Lower Tirich Glacier, but that’s part of what will make it an unforgettable adventure. It’s not a mountain anyone but an expert mountaineer should think of undertaking, but there are plenty of other peaks in the region suitable for those with less experience or a lower risk tolerance.

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