The Crown / Huang Guan

The Crown / Crown Peak / Huang Guan / Huang Guan Shan / Huangguan Shan / 皇冠山

Aerial view of Karakoram mountains of Sinkiang, China

The Crown is the highest peak of the Yengisogat subrange of the Karakoram mountains of the Xinjiang Region of China. It is also known as Huang Guan Shan and Crown Peak.

Nearby neighboring peaks include K2, the Gasherbrum group, and Broad Peak to the southeast; Choricho to the south; and Latok I and Baintha Brakk I to the southwest.

Country: China

State/Province: Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR)

Mountain Range: Yengisogat Karakoram (Wesm Mountains)

Parents: Karakoram

Elevation: 23,934 feet / 7,295 meters

Prominence6,296 feet / 1,919 meters

First Ascent: 1993, by a Japanese party of the Tōkai branch of the Japanese Alpine Club.

Fun Fact: The Crown is the 83rd highest peak in the world.

Plant Life: In the higher elevations of the Karakoram mountains Junipers are common, while Artemisia shrubs can be found in the lower slopes. Willow, oleander, and poplar grow along the waterways at the 3,000 meter level.

Animal Life: The Karakoram mountains are home to snow leopards, brown bears, lynx, kiangs, Siberian ibex, Marco Polo sheep, Ladakh urials, markhors, and wild yaks.

Bird Life: Birds of the Karakoram include Himalayan griffons, golden eagles, and lammergeiers.

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