Islamabad – 6th Gift to the World

Margalla Hills Islamabad.jpgTo celebrate the spirit of the holidays and reinforce the pleasure of gift giving to promote good will over the next few weeks, all the Metroblogging cities are giving 7 gifts to the world throughout the week of NOV 26th – DEC 2.

This is Islamabad’s 6th Gift to the World.

Islamabad, The Key to Paradise.

Where on earth do you find the Capital city on a plateau, from which you can get to the second highest point in the world- K2 in a hop? (from 675 meters to 8611 meters that is) Where on earth do you find a city whose neighborhood boasts of the longest ridge in the world, 9 kilometers at an elevation of 7500 meters, the Taj Mahal of Snow, the Majestic Rakaposhi? Where on earth while being at the metropolis do you find the biggest rock wall on earth just around the corner- the Nagaparbat’s massive Rupal Face, a sheer vertical massif of 4500 meters? Yes you got it right, it’s the capital of Pakistan, the charismatic Islamabad.

The plain on which Islamabad has been built belongs to the Potwar Plateau which extends as rolling country from the Margalla Hills all the way south to the Salt Range, where one faces down towards the wide, flat and fertile plain of Indus. The division between the hills and the Islamabad plain is sharp. The Margallas are part of a hilly region which extends to the north and the northeast as far as Abbotabad (Muree Hills and Hazara).

K2 (8611 vertical meters).jpgGeologically, the whole area around Islamabad was strongly affected by the movements of the earth’s crust which resulted from the collision of the Eurasian continent with the Indian continent. The Margalla Hills belong to the Himalayan foothills which were several times intensively folded and uplifted during the past 30 million years. It lies on the plains from where masses of three of the highest mountain ranges in the world, Hindkush, Karakoram, and the Himalaya were raised. Yes it is the same Capital, Islamabad, which lies at an arms stretch to one of the unique points, the point where the world’s three highest mountain ranges meet as one.

Islamabad, has always been a Mecca for the star alpine climbers in the world. Messner, treats it as the twin of South Tryol, the polish winter kings have many friends around the place, and you can see a myriad of ace climbers shopping in the local bazaars for the last minute supplies. It’s considered the doorway to the world’s biggest kept tourist secrets in the world. The passage to heaven on earth, including places such as Hunza, Chitral, Natheyagali and Kashmir. Whether you are a sturdy climber aspiring to summit the massive G1- G2, Broad peak, or the King of the mountains – K2, or just a vagabond who wants to explore one of the top ten ecological wonders in the world, there is no doubt that Islamabad would be your “basecamp”.

For the second of our gifts to the world, Islamabad gives you the capital of all basecamps, and a key to unlock the door to paradise on earth.

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4 Comments so far

  1. A for apple (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 1:36 pm

    Zabardast Post :)

    Now anyone who feels like writing a research paper on Islamabad can contact backpacker :>

    what’s this place somewhere arnd pir sohawa the above pic?? I guess i’ve a similar shot somewhere in my flickr too …lemme find … !

  2. Rick Shaw (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 8:56 pm

    Go Isloo….. Yeah…

  3. A for apple (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 8:57 am

    Lolz Jaded nice reasoning … :)

  4. Jaded (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 1:41 am

    No wonder we Isloo-ites are always on such a HIGH ;)

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