Mount Gongga

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Mount Gongga
Mount Gongga in 2014
Highest point
Elevation7,556 m (24,790 ft) 
Ranked 41st
Prominence3,642 m (11,949 ft) 
Ranked 47th
Isolation661 kilometres (411 mi)
Coordinates29°35′45″N 101°52′45″E / 29.59583°N 101.87917°E / 29.59583; 101.87917Coordinates: 29°35′45″N 101°52′45″E / 29.59583°N 101.87917°E / 29.59583; 101.87917
Mount Gongga is located in Sichuan
Mount Gongga
Mount Gongga
Location in Sichuan
LocationSichuan, China
Parent rangeDaxue Shan (大雪山)
First ascent28 October 1932 by Richard Burdsall and Terris Moore
Easiest routeNorthwest Ridge
A map view centred over Mount Gongga

Mount Gongga is a 7,556 metres (24,790 ft) mountain in the Daxue Shan range, in Sichuan China. It is also known as Gongga Shan and Minya Konka.[1] The name Minya Konka means "White Ice Mountain of Minyang".[2] It is the 41st highest mountain in the world. The first people to reach the top were Richard Burdsall and Terris Moore, in 1932.[3] It was not climbed again until 1957.[4]

Mount Gongga is thought of as one of the hardest and most dangerous mountains to climb.[2][5][6] There have been many deaths on the mountain. These include a group of eight Japanese climbers in 1981.[7] Until 1999, more people had died on the mountain than had made it to the top.[8][9]

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  3. "The Minya Konka Climb". American Alpine Journal. American Alpine Club. 1933. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  4. "1932. Minya Konka (Gongga Shan)". American Alpine Journal. American Alpine Club. 2002. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
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  6. "Trekking Around Gongga Shan—Tallest Peak in Sichuan". China Highlights. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
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  8. Kelley, Douglass; Murphy, Joseph E. (1983). "Gongga Shan—Minya Konka Revisited". American Alpine Journal. American Alpine Club. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  9. Macfarlane, Robert (15 October 2012). "Ice, from The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot". Design Observer. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013.