Gangkhar Puensum

Dochu La Pass in Bhutan

Gangkhar Puensum (གངས་དཀར་སྤུན་གསུམ་, Kangkar Punsum, Gangkar Punsum, Gankar Punzum)

Gangkhar Puensum sits in the Kula Kangri Himalaya mountain range in Bhutan, China. The name Gangkhar Puensum translates to “White Peak of the Three Spiritual Brothers.”

The mountain remains unclimbed, because in 1994, climbing mountains higher than 6,000 meters was prohibited in Bhutan as a display of respect for local spiritual beliefs. And in 2003, mountaineering was completely forbidden.

Though several miles away, its closest neighboring mountains are Chomolhari Kang to the west and Chura Kang to the east

Country: Bhutan, China

Mountain Range: Kula Kangri Himalaya

Elevation: 24,836 feet / 7,570 meters

First Ascent: unclimbed

Fun Fact: Gangkhar Puensum is the 40th highest peak in the world. It is also the highest unclimbed peak in the world.

Sunset on Dochula Pass with Himalaya in background – Bhutan

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