Sunday, 14 May 2017

Spring Season Attracts Climbers to Tibet Peaks

More than 300 mountaineers from around the world will try to conquer some of the planet’s highest peaks during this year’s spring climbing season in the Tibet autonomous region. Adventurers from 30 countries filed climb plans with the Tibet Mountaineering Association ahead of the season, which began April 10 and runs for 60 days.

Tibet is home to the world’s highest mountain, Qomolangma — known as Mount Everest in the West — which stands at 29,028 feet (or 8,848 meters). The surrounding range also includes Cho Oyu 26,906 feet (or 8,201 meters) and Shishapangma 26,286 feet (or 8,012 meters).

In 2016, 696 climbers from 34 countries and regions, including 424 in the spring, visited Tibet to climb.

Surrounded by snowcapped mountains and glaciers, Tibet has many natural advantages for its mountaineering industry. It has five mountains higher than 8,000 meters, more than 70 mountains higher than 7,000 meters and at least 1,000 mountains higher than 6,000 meters.

Source: China Daily

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