Shishapangma (Gosainthan)

Shishapangma (Shishma Pangma, Shishapangma, Gosainthan)

Shishma Pangma lies entirely within Tibet in the Jugal/Langtang Himal range of the Himalayas, and local Tibetans have some different takes on the mountain’s title.

Geologist Toni Hagen says that Shishma Pangma means “grassy plain” or “meadow” (pangma) above a “comb” or a “range” (shisha or chisa) in the local Tibetan dialect, translating to “crest above the grassy plains.”

In another telling, the mountain’s name translates to something much less romantic, “meat of dead animals and malty dregs.”

However, the Sanskrit name Gosainthan is quite majestic, translating to “place of the saint” or “Abode of God.”

Country: Tibet, China

Mountain Range: Jugal Himalaya

Elevation: 26,289 feet / 8,013 meters according to the National Geographic Society.

First Ascent: May 2, 1964 by a Chinese expedition led by Xǔ Jìng.

Fun Fact: Shishma Pangma is the 14th highest mountain in the world!


Gosainthan at Sunrise | cnyy
The Snow-mountain Gosainthan and the Lake Peikucuo | cnyy
The Snow-mountain Gosainthan and the Lake Peikucuo | cnyy
The majestic Snow-mountain Gosainthan | cnyy
Clouds Cover Shisha Pangma-Gosainthan-Crest above the Grassy Plains | rweisswald

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