Hintergrund zu der Tour
The mountain Kawa Karpo (Chinese: MeiliXueShan) is one of the most important sacred mountains in eastern Tibet. Kawa Karpo is part of a larger mountain range with 13 prominent summits. The mountain range has the name Taizi Shisan Feng (Mountain range of the 13 princesses). The highest peak, which is also named after the mountain god Kagebo, is seen as a perfect pyramid from many sides.
An ancient pilgrim route leads around the Kawa Karpo mountain range. It is a strenuous trek usually in 12 days. In June 2008 we decided to do this long walk around the holy mountain.
The highest peak Kawa Karpo (Meilixueshan, Kagebo) remains an unclimbed
peak. Since 1902 different international expeditions have attempted ascending
the peak. An attempt of climbing this mountain in 1991 by a Japanese/Chinese
expedition ended in a tragedy: all 17 team members were killed in a huge
avelanche. Local people in the villages around Kawa Karpo interpret this
tragedy as a revenge of the mountain gods to the intruders.
Also the other high peaks of the mountain range, Cogar Laka, Minacimu and Gyalwarignga remain unclimbed until today.
The most prominent peaks of the Kawa Karpo range are:
- Kagebo 6740m
- Cogar Laka 6509m
- Magai Laka 6400m
- Nairi Denka 6379m
- Godai Laka 6108m
- Miancimu 6054m
- Xaiunang 6000m
- Gyalwa Rignga 5470m
The Mingyong Glacier ranging from 5000 m altitude down to almost 2700 m, to many Tibetans has the form of a white silk scarf. It is visited by many pilgrims. The other two glaciers of Kawa Karpo are by far less well known...
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