Kongur Tagh

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Kongur Tagh
Kongkhoerh
Kongur south.jpg
South face of Kongur Tagh
Elevation 7,649 m (25,095 ft)[1]
Ranked 37th
Prominence 3,585 m (11,762 ft)[1]
Ranked 49th
Listing Ultra
Location
Kongur Tagh is located in China
Kongur Tagh
Kongur Tagh
China
Location Akto County, Xinjiang, China
Range Kongur Shan
Coordinates 38°35′39″N 75°18′48″E / 38.59417°N 75.31333°E / 38.59417; 75.31333Coordinates: 38°35′39″N 75°18′48″E / 38.59417°N 75.31333°E / 38.59417; 75.31333[1]
Climbing
First ascent 1981 by British team
Easiest route rock/snow/ice climb

Kongur Tagh or Kongkoerh (Uyghur: قوڭۇر تاغMongolian: Хонгор Таг; Chinese: 公格尔峰; pinyin: Gōnggé'ěr Fēng) (also referred to as Kongur) is at 7,649 m the highest mountain wholly within the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China.

Kongur Tagh (left) and Kongur Tiube (slightly to the right) as seen from the Karakoram Highway on the way from Kashgar to lake Karakul
Kongur Tagh (towards the right edge of the photo) and Kongur Tiube (center) as seen from lake Karakul.
The Kongur Tagh range in 2005. The summits visible from the viewpoint on the Karakoram highway to the south west are those of Kuk Sel (6,715 metres) and Kezi Sel (6,525 metres), about 5 km and 7 km south of the main summit.
Kongur Tagh peak. 2011

Geography[edit]

Kongur Tagh is within a range called the Kongur Shan (Chinese: 公格尔山; pinyin: Gōnggé'ěr Shān), located just north of Muztagh Ata and visible from Karakul Lake. Some sources use "Kongur Shan" mistakenly to refer to the peak itself. The Kongur and Muztagh Ata ranges are sometimes considered a subrange of either the Kunlun Mountains or the Pamir Mountains. In either case Kongur Tagh would be the highest summit of those ranges.

Due to its remoteness and being hidden by nearby peaks, Kongur was not discovered by Europeans until 1900. However, the building of the Karakoram Highway from Pakistan to China, which runs past nearby Tashkurgan and Karakul Lake, has now made it more accessible.

Administratively, the Kongur Range is within Akto County.

Climbing history[edit]

The first attempt to climb Kongur Tagh was made in 1956 but the party aborted the attempt when it realized it was beyond their abilities.

The first ascent of Kongur Tagh was completed in 1981 by a British expedition consisting of Chris Bonington, Al Rouse, Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker.[2]

Elevation[edit]

This is taken from the Guide to Mountaineering in China. Some Chinese authorities give it 7,719 m, but evidence against this higher elevation is given here.

Kongur Tiube[edit]

Kongur Tagh has a significant subpeak known as Kongur Tiube (Chinese: 公格尔九别峰 which means in the local language "the mountain with a white cap",[3] also Kongur Tiubie / Jiubie and Kungur Tjube Tagh), 38°36′57″N 75°11′44″E / 38.61583°N 75.19556°E / 38.61583; 75.19556 (Kungur Tjube Tagh); elevation = 7,530 m (24,705 ft).Ranked 47th[4] It is moderately independent, with a topographic prominence of 840 m (2,756 ft). It was first climbed in 1956.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "China II: Sinkiang - Xinjiang". Peaklist.org. Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  2. ^ Ward (1983), pp. 146-148.
  3. ^ Kongur Jiubie Peak (in Chinese)
  4. ^ Kongur Tagh-Muztagh Ata Topographic Map, 1:100,000, by the Lanzhou Institute of Glaciology and Geocryology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, ISBN 7-80545-148-6.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Ward, Michael. (1983). "The Kongur Massif in Southern Sinkiang." The Geographical Journal, Vol. 149, No. 2 (Jul., 1983), pp. 137–152.

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