We are well aware of the tallest mountain in the world, the mighty Mount Everest, submitted by several mountaineers now! But, how many of us are aware of the tallest ‘unclimbed’ mountain in the world? The mountain that no mountaineer had the heart of setting foot on. Yes, we are talking about Bhutan’s Gangkhar Puensum, also known as ‘White Peak of the Three Spiritual Brothers’.
More about Gangkhar Puensum
Gangkhar Puensum stands tall at a height of 24836 ft above sea level, on the border of Bhutanand China; till date, there’s no record of its summit by anyone. Now, think if mountaineers climbed their way up Mount Everest, which is at 29029 ft above sea level, why has Gangkhar Puensum stayed unconquered?
Well, the answer to this obvious question is that the national law of Bhutan doesn’t allow people to climb the mountains in the region. According to the Bhutanese customs and traditions, mountains are considered extremely sacred and are home to gods and spirits.
The national law of Bhutan
Bhutan has a law wherein mountaineers are prohibited from climbing a mountain higher than 6000 m, Gangkhar Puensum is more than 7500 m. This law was implemented in the year 1994; moreover, there’s a religious connect to the mountains, another reason that no one has yet climbed this mighty mountain.
However, before the law was made, some expeditions to win over Gangkhar Puensum 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 reasons.
Post this law, in the year 1998, a team of Japanese mountaineers tried to climb the mountain from the Chinese side. But the moment Bhutan officials got the news of it, they requested and convinced the Chinese government to cancel the mountaineers’ permit and the Chinese officials obliged.
Today, Gangkhar Puensum in Bhutan also remains one of the remotest places on the Earth. Considering the way climbers have ruined and polluted Mount Everest, Bhutan can’t be blamed for the law that preserves its natural splendour!