Labuche Kang

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Labuche Kang
Labuche Kang and Shishapangma from Cho Oyu.jpg
Labuche Kang (Centre) and Shishapangma (left) as seen from Cho Oyu
Highest point
Elevation 7,367 m (24,170 ft) [1]
Ranked 75th
Prominence 1,957 m (6,421 ft) [1]
Listing Ultra
Coordinates 28°18′15″N 86°21′03″E / 28.30417°N 86.35083°E / 28.30417; 86.35083Coordinates: 28°18′15″N 86°21′03″E / 28.30417°N 86.35083°E / 28.30417; 86.35083
Labuche Kang is located in Tibet
Labuche Kang
Labuche Kang
Location in Tibet, China
Location Tibet Autonomous Region, China
Parent 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.[2] 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[3] until September 2010 when American climber Joe Puryear fell to his death during an unsuccessful attempt.[4]

Labuche Kang III East[edit]

Another peak on the Labuche Kang massif, Labuche Kang III East 28°18′01″N 86°23′03″E / 28.30028°N 86.38417°E / 28.30028; 86.38417 (7,250 m 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.[5]

See also[edit]

List of highest mountains
List of Ultras of the Himalayas


  1. ^ a b c "China I: Tibet - Xizang". Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  2. ^ H. Adams Carter (1985). "Classification of the Himalaya" (PDF). American Alpine Journal. American Alpine Club. 27 (59): 122. Retrieved May 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Himalayan Index". London: Alpine Club. Retrieved May 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ Puryear's accident
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