Meet the "Mother of The Mist", Rakaposhi
Rakaposhi with a height of 7,788 m (25,551 ft) does NOT rank with some of the eight-thousanders like K2 (also called Qogir Feng in Chinese, Mount Godwin Austen within the mountaineering circles, and Dapsang or Chogori by the locals), Nanga Parbat (also called Diamir by the locals and Killer Mountain by the mountaineers) and many others that make Pakistan virtually a mountaineers' paradise. However, Rakaposhi's natural beauty and serenity is simply stunning and outstanding. Rakaposhi is perhaps the most viewed peak from different viewpoints along the Karakoram Highway. While you may have to take a flight to catch a glimpse of K2, Nanga Parbat and some of the other mountaineers' delights or take the ardous multiweek expeditions to their respective base camps, Rakaposhi can be viewed with comparative ease from viewpoints right along the Karakoram Highway
Rakaposhi is part of the Mighty Karakoram Ranges and is situated between Nagar and Bagrot Valleys in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. The word 'rakaposhi' means snow covered in the local language. It is also adorably called 'Domani' by the locals which means "Mother of the Mist" or "Mother of the Clouds". The people of Gilgit-Baltistan have lot of respect and love for the nature and sustainability and Rakaposhi ranks high on their list of adorable and praisworthy features. There are several views of Rakaposhi from the Karakoram Highway. However, the most clear and hence most popular viewpoint is the one at Ghulmat Village also called "Zero Point of Rakaposhi".
Convenient and accessible as it is for any sightseer or benign onlooker, Rakaposhi is not as kind to climbers and those wanting to 'conquer' it in the mountaineering jargon. One of the most distinguishing feature of Rakaposhi is its steep gradient (rise over distance). Just to get an idea how steep it is think of this: the northern side of Rakrises rises 5,900 m (19,357 ft) in only an 11.2 km ( or 7 miles). That is 527 meter rise for every Km of horizontal travel. To see it another way its more than 45 degree angle all the way from the base camp to the peak. Try bending your feet to an angle of 45 degrees from your shins for 10 seconds and see how it feels or ask a mountaineer and he would tell you what an average gradient of 45 degrees plus means.
It is for this steep rise over distance ratio that historically there have been fewer attempts to climb Rakaposhi as compared to some of some of its mightier rivals and even fewer have succeeded to reach the top. There have been recorded exploration attempts as early as 1892 but the first succeeful ascent was achieved in 1958 by Mike Banks and Tom Patey. Thereafter there have been series of successful and unsuccessful attempts by climbers from different countries.
There have been attempts to climb the Rakaposhi summit from various directions. However, some of the routes that have met success or have been repeatedly tried are as follows: