Minya Konka (Gongga Shan) is a high snowy peak with narrow ridges, located in the far eastern end of a vast network of north-south ranges that runs through Central China. The mountain dominates the region in height, as few other peaks surpass 5000 meters. It is visible from Chengdu, Sichuan's capital city, 150 miles northwest of the mountain. The trek to the mountain holds spectacular scenery, winding through towns and hamlets that are seemingly as ancient as the mountains themselves. At 12,600 feet, a 600-year old Buddhist Lamasery (Gompa), rests at the base of the Minya Konka. Minya Konka was the first of two Chinese mountains to be wrongly measured in 1929 with elevations surpassing 30,000 feet. Both Minya Konka and Amne Machin (20,610 ft.) were estimated by American botanical explorer Joseph Rock to be 30,000-footers.
|Range/Region:||West Sichuan Ranges|
|Difficulty:||Major Mountain Expedition|
|Best months for climbing:||Apr, May|
|Year first climbed:||1932|
|First successful climber(s):||Terris Moore, Richard Burdsall|
|Nearest major airport:||Chengdu, China|
|Convenient Center:||Kanding, China (previously known as Tatsienlu)|
NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
There are 11 trip reports for Minya Konka.
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- Log #21307 - by Martin Mellish on June 10, 2008Didn't climb the peak (very few have) but loved the trip. Take a bus from Chengdu to Kanding, then there are two approaches from the West: one of approx 4 days, rather involved, heading South from...
- Log #5611 - by michael richter on Apr 28, 2002Yes, the western escarpment, i.e. the Tibetian part of Gongga Shan is much nicer than the eastern one. Take a bus from Kanding directed west, than towards Liupa, hitch-hike the remaining road for...
- Log #5612 - by Thomas Buttermann on Sep 19, 2001I visited the Ice-waterfall and the hole south side including the monastery in a three week trek in autumn 1987. Things seem to have changed a lot, at least on the eastern side. I was very lucky to...
- Log #5613 - by Hartmut Bielefeldt on May 22, 2001Well, finally we have been there in spring 2001 attempting to climb Minya Konka. But we got only to 5500m due to very bad, unstable weather which is typical for the region. Of course, it would have...
- Log #5614 - by karen ivy on Feb 16, 2001ki from tx - not a climber (but I have tremendous admiration for those who are) i misunderstood about signing the summit log.
- Log #5616 - by Luo Ji on Jan 18, 2001I give my life to Gongga Mountain
- Log #5617 - by andrew on Jan 09, 2001Approach this peak from the west side (Luiba) if you wish to avoid the development that has marred/ruined the eastern approach from Moxi. Several 'luxury' hotels are beginning to be developed in the...
- Log #5619 - by OLivier Gaudefroy on Mar 06, 2000I have been on both west and east side of the Minyak gangkar. In fact, the west face is now a very touristing place. There are at least 2 luxury hotels, and, a very nice road till the third...
- Log #5620 - by Mike Woodhead on Nov 01, 1999Just returned from a 3-week horse ride to the Konka Gompa (Gonga Si monastery). Amazing scenery - especially the views from the Tsemi La. Unfortunately, we got riped off by our guide (Thank Mr Gong...
- Log #5621 - by Hartmut Breunig on Aug 21, 1999Well, my plan is to climb up this hill next spring-time. Because at the Moment I stay not so far away in the Middle of China. And I'm glad to find this page about Gongga Shan, you know it's hard to...
- Log #5622 - by Dave Rindos on June 12, 1999I came to find this site/page by way of my naeighbors, the parents of Jonathan Wright, who was killed in an avalanche on Minya Konka approximately 18 years ago. I have had interests in climbing, but...