"Sepu Kangri remains a hidden peak until you are standing underneath it."
- Sir Christian Bonington
Sepu Kangri, known to Tibetans as "the Great White Snow God" lies in the Nyenchen Tanghla Mountain Range. This rugged mountain chain, comparable in length to the Swiss Alps, is a relative blank on the map to Westerners - having been only opened to climbing by the People’s Republic of China in the last decade of the Twentieth century. Maps of the region are still restricted by the
Altitude - 22,821 feet (6956 meters)
Basecamp Elevation - 15,584 feet (4750 meters)
Location - Nyenchen Tanghla mountains, Tibet - 250 miles northeast of Lhasa.
Climbing History - Area first explored by Westerners in 1996. Two climbing attempts, 1997 and 1998, led by world-renowned British climber, Sir Christian Bonington.
Avalanche - The summit push in 1998 stalled a mere 400 feet in elevation below the summit, due to extreme avalanche danger.
Storm - Both climbing attempts bogged down in cold, snowy storms.
Altitude - Sepu Kangri has two distinct summits creating a long rolling mountain profile. In 1998 Camps II and III lay well above 19,000 feet – exposing climbers to long periods at debilitating and potentially life threatening, high altitude.
Culture & History:
Tibet, "The Roof of the World" is a magical land of ancient mystery and contemporary ideological and religious conflict.
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Sepu Kangri’s allure is evident in Sir Christian Bonington’s three trips to explore and attempt, "the last great climb in the world."
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2002 Expedition Plan:
The 2002 Sepu Expedition follows a traditional buildup of camps progressing towards the summit. Skis are one of the new tools in their arsenal.
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