“Flying into the dusky sky
thou argent and comely dove
lift my spirits to the final frontier
and tell me that I’m in love” Liver Khan
Tirich Mir like Rakaposhi and Nanga Parbat to the east, is known for being the home of ‘Peris’ called “fairies” in English. The Tirich valley parallels the Turikho Valley and is separated from it by a 15 mile-long flat-topped ridge which averages about 12,500 feet in elevation. The ideal way to reach this ridge because of it’s unsurpassed views of the high peaks in the Hindu Kush, is to climb Zani An (12,500 ft.). Zani An is situated between Shagram, about a mile higher than Drasan, thus it is most easily approached from the Tirich valley, because the climb is 2,000 feet less from this side. The ridgetop in both directions from the pass is quite level, inviting you to stroll along it and view the spectacular Hindu Kush peaks from Tirich Mir to Saraghrar in the north.