Kang Karpo, in the east of Deqen county is the highest peak of the Henduan Shan, east of the Himalaya and East of the tallest mountain in Myanmar: Hkakabo Razi(5881m). The peak is protected by perpendicular cliffs and a foul climate. Kang Karpo is the only mountain over 22.000ft in this area. In the Meili group are 13 other peaks besides Kang Karpo, all heavily glaciated. On the foot of the main peak lies a long glacier, which extends for over 10km and ends at a surprisingly low level, seeming to plunge in the Lancang (=Mekong)River.
Kang Karpo is still unconquered although various attempts have been made since 1987. In 1991 a Sino-Japan joint team were very close to the main peak. Due to bad weather they were forced to return to Base at 5100m. On their way they died. In July 1998 the frozen bodies were found.
|Range/Region:||Parallel Gorges Area|
|Difficulty:||Major Mountain Expedition|
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug|
|First successful climber(s):||UNCLIMBED!|
|Nearest major airport:||Kunming(China), Lhasa(Tibet)|
Thanks to Frank Verwijs for adding this peak.
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