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Shaigiri Peak 5584m

Shaigiri Peak 5584m Rupal Valley AstoreShaigiri is a mountain in Pakistan’s western Himalayas. The peak rises precipitously from the south end of the Rupal Valley, soaring 5,584 metres (18,320 ft) above sea level and some 6,500 ft (1,980 m) above the valley floor. To its east stands Rupal Peak, to its west, the iceflows of Rupal Glacier. Despite its impressive height and unique pyramid shape, Shaigiri is greatly overshadowed by its giant neighbor to the north, 8,126-metre Nanga Parbat. Though the peak itself is seldom climbed, its northern base camp (11,989 ft/3,655 m) is a summer destination for travelers, mountaineers and local herdsmen. The peak is highly visible from most of the Rupal Valley. From Shaigiri’s base one can see Nanga Parbat’s Rupal Face and the eastern end of the Mazeno Wall.


Shaigiri Peak is located in the northern region of Pakistan, within the Karakoram Range, which is renowned for its rugged terrain and towering summits. The peak is part of the Gilgit-Baltistan region, a pristine area celebrated for its stunning landscapes and cultural richness.


At an elevation of 5584 meters, Shaigiri Peak offers a formidable challenge for climbers. The high altitude not only provides spectacular panoramic views but also demands respect and preparation from those who seek to conquer its heights.

Flora and Fauna

The diverse ecosystem around Shaigiri Peak is home to an array of flora and fauna. The lower slopes are adorned with lush alpine meadows, vibrant wildflowers, and dense coniferous forests. As you ascend, the vegetation thins out, giving way to hardy shrubs and grasses adapted to the harsh mountainous climate. Wildlife enthusiasts can spot species like the Himalayan ibex, snow leopards, and various bird species, making it a haven for nature lovers and photographers.


The region surrounding Shaigiri Peak is inhabited by warm and hospitable communities with rich cultural traditions. The local people, predominantly of Balti and Shina descent, maintain a lifestyle deeply connected to the mountains. Visitors can experience the unique blend of Tibetan and Islamic influences in the local cuisine, music, festivals, and traditional crafts.

Best Time to Visit

The ideal time to visit Shaigiri Peak is from May to September when the weather is relatively stable, and the trekking routes are accessible. During these months, the snow recedes, revealing the full splendor of the landscape, and temperatures are more conducive for outdoor activities.

Temperature Chart

MonthAverage High (°C)Average Low (°C)

Average Temperature

The average temperature around Shaigiri Peak varies significantly with the seasons. Summer months (June to August) offer moderate temperatures ranging from 10°C to 18°C, while winter can be harsh, with temperatures plunging as low as -15°C.

Activities and Things to Do

Shaigiri Peak and its surroundings offer a myriad of activities for adventurers and nature enthusiasts:

  • Mountaineering: Test your skills on the challenging slopes of Shaigiri Peak.
  • Trekking: Explore numerous trails that wind through breathtaking valleys and alpine meadows.
  • Wildlife Watching: Spot rare and exotic wildlife in their natural habitats.
  • Photography: Capture the stunning landscapes and vibrant flora and fauna.
  • Cultural Tours: Engage with local communities and learn about their traditions and way of life.
  • Camping: Experience the tranquility of the mountains with a night under the stars.

Nearby Attractions

  • Skardu Valley: A scenic valley known for its crystal-clear lakes and panoramic mountain views.
  • Kachura Lakes: Famous for their deep blue waters and picturesque surroundings.
  • Deosai National Park: Known as the Land of Giants, this park boasts expansive plateaus and rich biodiversity.
  • Baltoro Glacier: One of the longest glaciers outside the polar regions, offering a unique trekking experience.

Getting There

Reaching Shaigiri Peak involves a combination of air and ground travel. The nearest major city is Skardu, which has an airport with regular flights from Islamabad. From Skardu, travelers can hire jeeps or local transport to reach the base camp of Shaigiri Peak. The journey offers stunning views of the Karakoram Range and an introduction to the region’s rugged beauty.

Shaigiri is accessible via the Astore Valley, which opens to the great Indus River south of Gilgit. Most treks to Shaigiri, the Mazeno Pass and Nanga Parbat’s Rupal Face are staged from the remote village of Tarashing, which is reached by jeep from Astore. Astore can be reached by bus or jeep from Gilgit, a major town on the Karakorum Highway.


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