Minya Konka

Elevation (feet): 24,790
Elevation (meters): 7,556
Continent: Asia
Country: China
Range/Region: West Sichuan Ranges
Latitude: 29.5667
Longitude: 101.883
Difficulty: Major Mountain Expedition
Best months for climbing: Apr, May
Year first climbed: 1932
First successful climber(s): Terris Moore, Richard Burdsall
Nearest major airport: Chengdu, China
Convenient Center: Kanding, China (previously known as Tatsienlu)

Minya Konka (Gongga Shan) is a high snowy peak with narrow ridges, located in the far eastern end of a vast network of north-south ranges that runs through Central China. The mountain dominates the region in height, as few other peaks surpass 5000 meters. It is visible from Chengdu, Sichuan's capital city, 150 miles northwest of the mountain. The trek to the mountain holds spectacular scenery, winding through towns and hamlets that are seemingly as ancient as the mountains themselves. At 12,600 feet, a 600-year old Buddhist Lamasery (Gompa), rests at the base of the Minya Konka. Minya Konka was the first of two Chinese mountains to be wrongly measured in 1929 with elevations surpassing 30,000 feet. Both Minya Konka and Amne Machin (20,610 ft.) were estimated by American botanical explorer Joseph Rock to be 30,000-footers.