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Gangkar Punsum Expedition, 1986
This is a film about our MD, Steve Berry’s expedition to try and climb the highest mountain in Bhutan, Gangkar Punsum, 24,770ft/7,550m, thought also to be the highest unclimbed peak in the world. The peak lies astride the northern border with Tibet and just east of the region known as Lunana. It serves to give you a flavour of what the remote country is like around Gangkar Punsum, and tells the story of the 1986 expedition. In 1986 the team approached the mountain via the Mangde Chu valley and attempted the south west ridge. The expedition was eventually forced to abandon its attempt due to horrendous weather conditions.
Mountain Kingdoms offers a trek that explores the Chamkhar Chhu valley which lies to the south of the mountain. It visits the unclimbed 7,000m peak of Melunghi Kang before ascending into 'Jumbo Jet' valley to explore the southern approaches to the peak. We call this trek 'Gangkar Punsum Approach'. This side of the mountain is very much unexplored country and it was here in 2014 that Steve Berry and companions found a set of tracks that Steve believes can only belong to the Yeti.
You can also read an account of Steve’s expedition in his book Straight up.