Labuche Kang

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This article is about the Himalayan outlier peak in southern Tibet. For the 6,119 m peak in Khumbu, eastern Nepal, see Lobuche.
Labuche Kang
Labuche Kang and Shishapangma from Cho Oyu.jpg
Labuche Kang (Centre) and Shishapangma (left) as seen from Cho Oyu
Elevation 7,367 m (24,170 ft)[1]
Ranked 75th
Prominence 1,957 m (6,421 ft)[1]
Listing Ultra
Labuche Kang is located in Tibet
Labuche Kang
Labuche Kang
Location in Tibet, China
Location Tibet Autonomous Region, China
Range Labuche Himal, Himalaya
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[1]
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 Eastern 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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