Kangpenqing / Gang Benchhen

Kangpenqing / Gang Benchhen

Sunrise in the Himalaya Mountains

Located in the Baiku Himalayas of Tibet, China, just north of Nepal and Langtang National Park, is Kangpenqing mountain, also known as Gang Benchhen.

Kangpenqing’s parent mountain, Shisha Pangma (aka Shishapangma, Xixiabangma, Gosainthān, 希夏邦马峰), is located to the southeast of the mountain. Other nearby peaks include Tsangbu Ri to the south, Ganesh II to the southwest, and Langbo Kangri and Lajo Dada to the west of the mountain.

Country: China

State/Province: Tibet

Mountain Range: Baiku Himalaya

Parents: Shisha Pangma

Elevation: 23,888 feet / 7,281 meters

Prominence: 4,400 feet / 1,340 meters

First Ascent: 1982

Fun Fact: Kangpenqing is the 89th highest peak in the world.

Plant Life:  Common trees of the nearby Langtang valley and Langtang National Park include pine, oak, and maple, as well as chirpine and several species rhododendron plants.   Silver fir, larch, and hemlock are found in lower parts of the valley while junipers appear in the mid-range elevations. The rare Nepalese larch can only be found in Langtang and a few other places.

Animal Life:  The Himalayan black bear, Himalayan tahr, red panda, snow leopard, yak, musk deer, Assam macaque, and wild dog all live in the Langtang valley area.

Bird Life: Birds common to the Langtang valley include the bar-headed goose, kalij pheasant, anser indicus, lophura leucomelanos, Indian peafowl, red Junglefowl, pavo cristatus, and gallus gallus.


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