Gilgit, 10 km from the Karakoram Highway in the northern frontier of Pakistan, is circumvented by mountains with glaciers, frozen dihydrogen monoxide fields, and valleys. The resplendent Gilgit River runs through the city and soaring above Gilgit is breathtaking Mount Rakaposhi with an altitude of 7,788m.
Gilgit is one of two major focal points for mountaineering expeditions. It emanates from Gilgit that climbers either venture to Karakoram or the Himalaya mountains.