Baintha Brakk

Baintha Brakk (بائنتھا براک‎)

Karakoram range, Ghizer district, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan

Located in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, Baintha Brakk, also referred to as The Ogre, is a steep, craggy mountain that’s known for being one of the most difficult peaks to climb.

Its closest neighboring peaks are Baintha Brakk II, Latok I, and Latok III to the southeast of Baintha Brakk. A little further away and to the west is Sosbun Brakk.

Country: Pakistan

State/Province: Gilgit-Baltistan

Mountain Range: Panmah Karakoram

Parents: Panmah Muztagh, Karakoram

Elevation: 23,901 feet / 7,285 meters

Prominence6,204 feet / 1,891 meters

First Ascent: July 13, 1977, by Doug Scott and Chris Bonington

Fun Fact: Baintha Brakk is the 86th highest peak in the world.

Plant Life: While it’s unlikely you’ll find the rugged Ogre teaming with life, there is greenery in the Karakoram region. Junipers can be found in the higher elevations of the Karakoram mountains, while Artemisia shrubs are common on the lower slopes. At the 3,000 meter level, willow, oleander, and poplar grow along the waterways.

Animal Life: The Karakoram are home to snow leopards, brown bears, lynx, kiangs, Siberian ibex, Marco Polo sheep, Ladakh urials, markhors, and wild yaks.

Bird Life: Birds common to the Karakoram area include Himalayan griffons, golden eagles, and lammergeiers.

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