Labuche Kang (Centre) and Shishapangma (left) as seen from Cho Oyu
|Elevation||7,367 m (24,170 ft)
|Prominence||1,957 m (6,421 ft)|
|Location||Tibet Autonomous Region, China|
|Range||Labuche Himal, Himalaya|
|First ascent||October 26, 1987 by A. Deuchi, H. Furukawa, K. Sudo (Japanese); Diaqiog, Gyala, Lhaji, Wanjia (Chinese)|
|Easiest route||West Ridge: glacier/snow climb|
Labuche Kang (or Lapche Kang, Lobuche Kang I, Choksiam) is a northern outlier of the Himalayas inside Tibet. It rises northwest of Rolwaling Himal and east of Shishapangma. The peak belongs to a little-known section of the Himalaya variously called Labuche Himal, Pamari Himal and Lapchi Kang. that extends from the valley of the Tamakosi River west to the valley of the Sun Kosi and Nyalam Tong La pass where Arniko-Friendship Highway cross the Himalaya. This section extends south into Nepal east of Arniko Highway. It is wholly within the catchment of the Kosi, a Ganges tributary.
Labuche Kang was first climbed in 1987 by a Sino-Japanese expedition, via the West Ridge. No other attempts are recorded until September, 2010 when American climber Joe Puryear fell to his death during an unsuccessful attempt.
Labuche Kang III East
Another peak on the Labuche Kang massif, Labuche Kang III East Ranked 94th by elevation; Prom. = 570 m), is likely the second highest unclimbed peak in the world behind Gangkhar Puensum (7,570 m Ranked 40th; Prom. = 2,995 m), using a 500 meter prominence cutoff. The former second highest unclimbed mountain, Saser Kangri II East (7,513 m Ranked 49th; Prom. = 1,450 m), was first climbed on August 24, 2011.(7,250 m
- H. Adams Carter (1985). "Classification of the Himalaya". American Alpine Journal (American Alpine Club) 27 (59): 122. Retrieved May 1, 2011.
- "Himalayan Index". London: Alpine Club. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
- Puryear's accident
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