Khiangyang Kish

Elevation (feet): 25,761
Elevation (meters): 7,852
Continent: Asia
Country: Pakistan
Range/Region: Karakoram
Latitude: 36.088159
Longitude: 75.121036
Difficulty: Major Mountain Expedition
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1971 (Main Peak)
First successful climber(s): Zawada's Polish Expedition (Main Peak)
Nearest major airport: Islamabad, Pakistan
Convenient Center: Gilgit

The second highest Peak in the Hispar Muztagh, after Distaghil Sar I (7885 metres or 25,869 feet), Khiangyang Kish (also called Khunyang Chhish, Khinyang Kish, and various alternate spellings, hereinafter all referred to as "K.K."), is already well-described in the Peakware Encyclopedia entry, but mention should also be made of the fact that this stupendous Peak is part of a Group or Massif, which includes the distinct peaks of K.K. "South" -- usually quoted at 7620 metres (25,000 feet), K.K. "West", at 7500 metres (24,606 feet), K.K. "East", at 7400 metres (24,278 feet), and K.K. "SouthEast", at 7320 metres (24,016 feet). [NOTE: Other authority cites K.K. "West" at 7350 metres (24,114 feet), and another map shows K.K "West" at 7850 metres (25,755 feet).]

It would thus seem that the K.K. Group is quite complex and contains disputed heights; indeed, another authority (Wikipedia, in its summary of "Selected peaks in the Hispar Muztagh"), cites K.K. Main Peak at 7823m (25,666 ft); the Wikipedia entry for "Kunyang Chhish" itself, however, gives 7852m as the primary quoted height, but further states that the "height is also sometimes given as 7823m". Incidentally, Disteghil Sar I is likewise part of a Group, which has been quoted as containing Distegil Sar "II", at 7760 metres (25,459 feet), and Disteghil Sar III or "East" at 7700 metres (25,262 feet).

[NOTE: The prior Peakware entry, which has apparently disappeared, stated that: "The great Khunyang Glacier in the Karakoram was not fully explored until 1938, at which time the awesome beauty of its eastern head was discovered. Here, great mountains tower on three sides above the glacier. Khianyang Kish is the highest peak to the glacier's south, and Disteghil Sar (25,838 ft.) is the highest on the north. Khiangyang Kish is characterized by difficult rock, ice walls and sharp ridges, with snow that is a maze of cornices and crevasses. The second attempt was in 1965, and a climber was killed when a narrow ridge collapsed at over 23,600 feet. Though cursed with bad fortune in these early attempts, climbers eventually succeeded in reaching the summit in 1971, and several parties have successfully climbed it since."]

The Wikipedia source entry further notes that, inter alia, the peak is "notable for its rise above local terrain: for example, it rises almost 4000m above its southern base camp on the [glacier], and it rises 5500m above the Hunza valley... It is a steep, pointed, and complex peak; it easily rivals the slightly higher Disteghil Sar, which has a more rounded profile.... The first ascent was by [the Polish team led by Zawada] in 1971....however one of their members was killed in a crevasse accident. The second, and only other recorded ascent, climbed the Northwest Spur to the North Ridge... [and] two British climbers completed this route on July 11 1988. The [same] route had first been attempted in 1980, and had been attempted again in 1981, 1982, and 1987." Additionally, Wikipedia relates that the "Himalayan Index" lists three additional attempts in 2000 and 2003.