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China : Xīzàng Zìzhìqū (Tibet)

28.3 km (17.6 miles) SE of Rongpu Si, Xīzàng (Tibet), China
Approx. altitude: 5332 m (17493 ft)
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Antipode: 28°S 93°W

Accuracy: 17.0 km (10.6 mi)
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#2: Another approach through Chukkhung Valley #3: Everest, me and Nuptse #4: Om Mani Padme Hum - a Buddist prayer carved on stones #5: Yak and Ama Dablam #6: Dagmara (left), Grzegorz (right) with Anna Czerwinska between us - this lady 6 weeks latter reached the top of Everest

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  28°N 87°E (visit #1) (incomplete) 

#1: Mt.Everest is in centre, confluence is just behind it.

(visited by Grzegorz Chyla and Dagmara Polañska)

02-Apr-2000 -- So close, yet so far...

28N 87E is situated on the Kangchung Glacier on the nort-east slopes of Mt. Everest, just 7.5 km east of the world's highest mountain.

On 30 March we landed in Lukhla, two days later reached Namche Bazaar, and a week later reached Lobuche - a small village at 4900 meters altitude. We spent three days here to gain some acclimatisation and then headed for our destination - a popular trekking peak, Kalapattar (5545 meters). We were just 10 km away from the top of Everest (and 3 km up...). The Confluence was on the Kangchung Glacier, just behind it, about 17 km from us.

We tried another approach, through Chukkhung Valley, but after three days of trekking we only got 500 meters closer. Anyway, the Confluence was behind a huge Himalaya ridge, on a glacier which I suppose will also be extremely hard to pass.

I decided to call it a confluence attempt... well at that time I already had one Confluence (51N 17E) and I was aware of 28N 87E when going to Nepal, but I knew it is situated on the Tibetan side in an area I consider extremely hard to reach.

So close, yet so far...


 All pictures
#1: Mt.Everest is in centre, confluence is just behind it.
#2: Another approach through Chukkhung Valley
#3: Everest, me and Nuptse
#4: Om Mani Padme Hum - a Buddist prayer carved on stones
#5: Yak and Ama Dablam
#6: Dagmara (left), Grzegorz (right) with Anna Czerwinska between us - this lady 6 weeks latter reached the top of Everest
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  Notes
On a glacier about 7.5 km to the East of Mt. Everest, with a good view of the mountain. Altitude source: SRTM 90m digital elevation data.