Gangkhar Puensum: Unclimbed Mystery Mountain
Gangkhar Puensum Unclimbed Mystery MountainThe great Himalayas are home to many mysteries. Gangkhar Puensum is one of them because despite man reaching the moon decades ago this mountain could not be climbed even today despite several efforts by many countries. It is not just because of its sheer height and inhospitable climate but due to many myths surrounding it.
Located in Bhutan, this mountain has been measured several times yet none of the figures match each other. While that might be human inaccuracy. the fact that it stays unclimbed makes it all the more mysterious. The Bhutanese believe it to be home to mythical creatures, including yetis and Gods as well. After multiple failed attempts to summit it, the mountains have stayed legendary Cases and accounts of strange happenings, including unexplained noises, mysterious lights, and spirits have been reported from those living closest to the mountain.
At 7,570 metres, Gangkhar Puensum is the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. The world’s second only to unclimbed peak is Muchu Chhish at 7.453 metres. Gangkhar Puensum is also known as White Peak of the Three Spiritual Brothers.
According to Bhutanese customs and traditions, mountains are considered extremely sacred and are home to gods and spirits. However, mountaineers have tried to climb it. After Bhutan opened mountaineering in 1983, there were four expeditions that resulted in filed summit attempts in 1985 and 1986. In 1996, Bhutan began Liangkang Kangri to prohibit climbing a mountain higher than 6,000 metres and was completely banned later.
In the late 1990, a team of Japanese mountaineers tried to climb Gangkhar Puensum from the Chinese side, but their permit was cancelled. Instead, they climbed Liankang Kangri, a for some 7,535-metre subsidiary peak two kilometres to the north. One of the climbers on the team, Tamotsu Nakamura. said, “As I cannot disclose an inside story behind the sudden cancellation, I write only that the reason why the permit was withdrawn was because of a political issue with the Bhutan government. I regret that Liangkang Kangri is is not an outstanding summit.”
But even before the law was made in Bhutan banning climbing, some expeditions to win over Gangkhar Puenrum did take place, though all went in vain. A number of mountaineers had to turn back or halt the journey in the middle for some inexplicable reason.
Today, Gangkhar Puensum also remains one of the remotest virgin places on the Earth Considering the way climbers have ruined and polluted Mount Everest Bhutan seemed to have taken the right step to preserve its natural splendor amid shrouding mysteries!