Photo by Jake Norton / MountainWorld Photography
|Range/Region:||Central Tibetan Plateau|
|Difficulty:||Major Mountain Expedition|
|Best months for climbing:||Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov|
|Year first climbed:||1985|
|First successful climber(s):||joint Sino-Japanese team|
|Nearest major airport:||Lhasa (Tibet), Kathmandu(Nepal)|
|Convenient Center:||no one near...|
Thanks to Frank Verwijs for adding this peak.
Gurla Mandhata is the highest peak in the remote Gurla range, located in western Tibet, 100km south of sacred mountain Kailash. The landscape around this peak includes nomad inhabited high plains, huge turquoise lakes, and the neighboring Kailash range to the north. Gurla Mandhata offers extremely wide variety of terrain, ranging from gradual walk-ups along the NE-ridge to difficult mixed routes up the vertical North face. This North face wa for the first time attempted in 1997, by a team from the USA. The Colorado mountainguide Charlie Fowler almost got killed when he fell 1500ft!!!of the North Face on the 1997 first and failed attempt of the N face. Thera are two ways of reaching Gurla Mandhata: A four day drive from Lhasa, or a four to five day from Kashgar, along the extremely remote Tibet Xinjiang highway.
Thanks to Frank Verwijs for this description.