Shishapangma is also known as Gosainthan and is the world’s 14th highest mountain.
Why Is It Famous?
Rising 8,027 meters above sea level, Shishapangma is famous due to its status as one of the highest mountains in the world.
It was the most recent of the 8,000-meter peaks to have its first successful ascent due to the travel restrictions in the area from the Tibet Autonomous Region and the Government of China.
This mountain is part of the Jugal/Langtang Himal Range in the Himalayas. It is entirely within Tibet, China, specifically the Nyalam County. The mountain is five kilometers from the Tibetan border with Nepal in south-central Tibet.
The name, Shishapangma, refers to the fact that the mountain is a crest sitting above grassy plains, in the Tibetan dialect of locals.
The mountain is the highest Jugal Himal peak. This Jugal/Langtang Himal sits along the border of Nepal and Tibet. Shishapangma sits on the northern dry side of the Himalayan crest, making it further from Nepal’s lower terrain. This leads to a vertical relief that is less dramatic than most in the Himalayas. A subsidiary peak also reaches above 8,000 meters. Central-Peak is 8,008 meters high.
The northwest face features the Northern Route of ascent, which lets you travel in a vehicle up to 5,000 meters. The southwest face is steeper and includes 2,200 meters of the rise along a 50-degree slope.
Events in Time
There are multiple ascents of Shishapangma that are still in dispute, with some claiming to reach the summit but only reaching the lower central summit, which would be about two hours lower. The first recorded full ascent was in May 1964. Records indicate that climbing Shishapangma has taken the lives of 31 people. Even so, many consider it to be one of the easier 8,000-meter mountains to climb.
Shishapangma is one of the highest mountains in the world, and it is in Tibet.