GANGKHAR PUENSUM IS THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN BHUTAN AND IS CONSIDERED TO BE THE HIGHEST UNCLIMBED MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD STANDING AT 7570 M (24836 FT) ABOVE SEA LEVEL.
The actual height of Gangkhar Puensum has been under discussion until recently, due to disputed measurements and inaccurate maps of the region. In 1983 the country finally became available for tourism and mountaineering, and since then there were several failed expeditions to reach the summit from the Bhutan side of the mountain. However, the ascent is extremely challenging and poses severe risks, that’s why neither of these expeditions was successful.
As of this moment, Gangkhar Puensum is the highest unclimbed mountain on the planet, since it is prohibited in Bhutan to climb any mountains out of respect for local spiritual beliefs. It is however permitted to climb the mountain’s subsidiary peak Liankang Kangri located within Chinese territory in Tibet Autonomous Region.
THE FIVE HIGHEST PEAKS IN BHUTAN:
- Gangkhar Puensum - 7570 m (24836 ft), in the Bhutan Himalaya Mountain Range, Gasa Dzongkhag, at the border between China and Bhutan.
- Kula Kangri - 7538 m (24731 ft), in the Bhutan Himalaya Mountain Range, Gasa Dzongkhag, Bhutan.
- Tongshanjiabu - 7207 m (23645 ft), in the Bhutan Himalaya Mountain Range, at the border between China and Bhutan.
- Kangphu Kang - 7204 m (23635 ft), in the Bhutan Himalaya Mountain Range, at the border between Tibet, China and Bhutan.
- Jejekangphu Kang - 6965 m (22851 ft), in the Bhutan Himalaya Mountain Range, western Bhutan.
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