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The highest mountain in the world that has never been touched

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The 7,570 m high mountain has no human footprints in the Himalayas, but perhaps in the future no one can touch it.

The roof of the world is 8,848 m high Everest in the Himalayas, any mountain climber wished for a conquest. However, the highest mountain in the world yet to conquer is Gangkhar Puensum, 7,570 m high. This may surprise many people, as most peaks in the Himalayas have been touched.

The best mountain climbers in the world can only see Gangkhar Puensum from afar, not because of the extreme terrain, extreme weather or any obstacles of space and time.

Gangkhar Puensum is located on the border between Bhutan and Tibet, although there is much controversy surrounding precise milestones. When the mountain was first surveyed and included in the map in 1922, the parameters were misleading. Recently, the new map series shows the peak in a different location than the changing altitude. In fact, one of the first survey teams was unable to find Gangkhar Puensum.

Bhutanese believe that towering mountains are where souls reside. The government of this country just started opening its climbing activities in 1983, some expeditions were allowed to leave. From 1985 to 1986, four expeditions failed.

Business policy thanks to climbing activities quickly defeated. In 1994, the government issued a ban on conquering mountains of over 6,000 m to respect people’s beliefs. Since 2004, climbing activities are completely prohibited.

Instead of leaving for empty-handed, Nakamura and his colleagues went to Liangkang Kangri (also called North Gangkhar Puensum), 7,441 m high. The Tibetan side confirmed that this mountain had never been conquered before.

Today, visitors can explore Gangkhar Puensum from a close distance if taking a bow from the town of Jakar, Bhutan through the valley of Chamkhar Chhu near the Tibetan border. Tourists should not conquer Gangkhar Puensum on their own, avoid causing danger to themselves and violating the laws of the host countries.

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