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Dawn casts long shadows across the plains…

Instagram Photo Caption: Dawn casts long shadows across the plains of western #Tibet and on the slopes of #Gurla #Mandhata from the village of #Darchen. Rarely climbed, Gurla, aka #Naimon’nyi, is a 25,500 foot peak just south of sacred Mount #Kailash and the sacred lakes of #Manasarovar and #Raksas Tal. Tom #Longstaff made an impressive, although unsuccessful, attempt on it in 1905, reaching roughly 23,000 feet or 7,000 meters. The peak, the world’s 34th highest, wasn’t climbed to the summit until 1985. In 2006, I organized and led an expedition for @internationalmountainguides to Gurla with some friends and clients, making by my count the 12th ascent of the peak. A stunning mountain that provides a great alternative to the crowds and chaos of more popular peaks like Cho Oyu and #Everest…for those who want to work for it. #mondaymountain #gurlamandhata

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About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of www.Challenge21.com, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

  1. Colin Wallace
    Colin WallaceJuly 14,14

    Hi Jake

    Another great photograph!

    I am suprised to read that the summit was not reached until 1985. Is that because its well off the track to the popular mountains or maybe climbers just want something higher?


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