We all have climbed mountains, small or big, at some point in our lives. We also know that the world’s highest mountain Mt. Everest has been climbed thousands of times by thousands of individuals. But it should not let you into assuming that humanity has conquered all the mighty peaks on planet earth. The reality is that there are still quite a few mountains that remain unconquered.
Many people have attempted to climb these mountains, but have failed. Most common reasons for failure are extreme weather, steep climb, avalanches, etc. To understand the risks, here’s a quick look at some of the tallest unconquered mountains in the world.
Apsarasas Kangri – This is located in the Siachen sub-range of the Karakoram mountain range. It stands tall at 23,770 ft. (7,245 meters). The mountain gets its name from the word “apsara”, which means fairies. The mountain has three summits, which are almost equal in height. Only the western peak called Apsaras I has been climbed. The other two peaks named Apsaras II and Apsaras III remain unconquered.
Lapche Kang III – Measuring 23,790 ft. (7,250 meters), Lapche Kang III is located in Tibet Autonomous Region. It is part of Labuche Kang, a northern outlier of the Himalayas. Its remote location is one of the key reasons why not many people have attempted to climb it.
Summa Ri I – This is located in the Karakoram mountain range in Gilgit–Baltistan. It is quite close to K2, the second highest mountain on planet Earth. Summa Ri I measures 23,957 ft. (7,302 meters) in height. Not much information is available about climbers who may have attempted to reach the summit of this mountain. It is counted in the list of highest unclimbed peaks.
Muchu Chhish – This is located in Hunza Valley, Pakistan. It lies in the scenic Batura Muztagh, which is a sub-range of the Karakoram mountain range. Due to its remote location, only a few climbers have dared to conquer this peak. Muchu Chhish is located at a height of 24,449 ft. (7,452 meters). It remains unconquered till date. Most of the previous attempts to reach the summit have been made via the south ridge of the mountain.
Gangkhar Puensum – Standing tall at a height of 24,836 ft. (7,570 meters), Gangkhar Puensum is the highest mountain in Bhutan. It is also ranked as the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. It is located alongside the border with Tibet. Various attempts to reach the summit have been made since 1983. This may remain to be the tallest unclimbed mountain in the future, as the government has banned climbing of mountains that measure more than 6,000 meters. This rule has been implemented in accordance with local spiritual beliefs.