Nuptse

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Nuptse
Nuptse-fromLobuche.jpg
Nuptse from Lobuche
Elevation 7,861 m (25,791 ft)
Prominence 319 m (1,047 ft)
Listing List of mountains in Nepal
Translation West Peak (Tibetan)
Location
Nuptse is located in Nepal
Nuptse
Nuptse
Nepal
Location Khumbu, Nepal
Range Mahalangur Himal
Coordinates 27°57′59″N 86°53′24″E / 27.96639°N 86.89000°E / 27.96639; 86.89000Coordinates: 27°57′59″N 86°53′24″E / 27.96639°N 86.89000°E / 27.96639; 86.89000
Climbing
First ascent 1961 by a British team
Easiest route snow/ice climb

Nuptse is a mountain in the Khumbu region of the Mahalangur Himal, in the Nepalese Himalayas. It lies two kilometres WSW of Mount Everest. Nuptse is Tibetan for "west peak", as it is the western segment of the Lhotse-Nuptse massif.

The long east-west trending main ridge of Nuptse is crowned by seven peaks:

Peak metres feet Latitude (N) Longitude (E)
Nuptse I 7,861 25,791 27°57′59″ 86°53′24″
Nuptse II 7,827 25,679 27°57′52″ 86°53′34″
Nuptse Shar I 7,804 25,604 27°57′41″ 86°53′47″
Nuptse Nup I 7,784 25,538 27°58′05″ 86°53′08″
Nuptse Shar II 7,776 25,512 27°57′39″ 86°53′55″
Nuptse Nup II 7,742 25,400 27°58′06″ 86°52′54″
Nuptse Shar III 7,695 25,246 27°57′30″ 86°54′42″

The main peak, Nuptse I, was first climbed on May 16, 1961 by Dennis Davis and Sherpa Tashi and the following day by Chris Bonington, Les Brown, James Swallow and Pemba Sherpa, members of a British expedition.[1][2] After a long hiatus, Nuptse again became the objective of high-standard mountaineers in the 1990s and 2000s, with important routes being put up on its west, south, and north faces.

While Nuptse is a dramatic peak when viewed from the south or west, and it towers above the base camp for the standard south col route on Everest, it is not a particularly independent peak: its topographic prominence is only 319 m (1,047 ft). Hence it is not ranked on the list of highest mountains.

Views[edit]

Nuptse from Chukhung Ri
Nuptse on the right, Everest to the left

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walmsley, Joe (1961). "Nuptse". Alpine Journal (Alpine Club): 209 – 234. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Bonington, Chris (1962). "Nuptse". Journal (The Climber's Club) XIII (3): 306 – 312. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 

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