Place: Chitral Valley
Category: Hiking , Snow fall , Valley ,
Suitable for Adults
Tirich Mir is the highest mountain of the Hindu Kush range, and the highest mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas and Karakoram range, located in Chitral District of Pakistan. The mountain overlooks Chitral town and can be easily seen from the main bazaar. The last village in Chitral before reaching Tirich Mir is the village of Tirich. It is located in Mulkow. The people there speak the Khowar language. The residents are available for hire as porters and tourist guides and will lead trekkers part way up the mountain, but there is a point beyond which they will not go. It is believed the origin of the name Tirich Mir is King of Tirich as Tirich is the name of a side valley of the Mulkhow valley of Chitral which leads up to Tirich Mir. An alternative etymology derives this name from the Wakhi language. In Wakhi, trich means shadow or darkness and mir means king, so Tirich Mir means king of darkness. It could have gotten this name as it creates long shadows on the Wakhan side of its face.