WORLDKINGS - Worldkings News - Asia Records Institute (ASRI) - Gangkhar Puensum: The highest unclimbed mountain in the world

30-08-2021

(WorldKings.org) Since 1994, climbing of mountains in Bhutan higher than 6,000 metres has been prohibited out of respect for local spiritual beliefs, and since 2003 mountaineering has been forbidden completely. Gangkhar Puensum may keep its unique status for some time.

Gangkhar Puensum is the highest mountain in Bhutan and the highest unclimbed mountain in the world, with an elevation of 7,570 metres and a prominence of 2,995 metres. Its name means "White Peak of the Three Spiritual Brothers".


It lies on the border with Tibet. After Bhutan was opened for mountaineering in 1983 there were four expeditions that resulted in failed summit attempts in 1985 and 1986. In 1999, a Japanese expedition successfully climbed Liankang Kangri, a 7,535 metres subsidiary peak (not an independent mountain), separated from the main peak by a 2 kilometres long ridge to the north-northwest.


The elevation of Gangkhar Puensum was first measured in 1922 but, until recent years, maps of the region were not at all accurate and the mountain was shown in different locations and with markedly different heights. Indeed, because of inadequate mapping, the first team to attempt the summit was unable to find the mountain at all.


Since 1994, climbing of mountains in Bhutan higher than 6,000 metres has been prohibited out of respect for local spiritual beliefs, and since 2003 mountaineering has been forbidden completely. Gangkhar Puensum may keep its unique status for some time: any higher unclimbed peaks in the world are likely to be subsidiary tops, not separate mountains.


Brian (Collect & Edit) - WORLDKINGS (Source of photos : internet )

 

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