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A Trek in Minya Konka::穿越贡嘎

At 7556m, Minya Konka (a.k.a. Mount Gongga) is the highest peak in China's western province Sichuan. The great massif once enjoyed (albeit very briefly) the fame as being the tallest mountain in the world, when American explorer Joseph Rock mistakenly measured its height to be 9220m.

Our trek traversed the western/southwestern flank of Minya Konka, reaching a high point of 4650m at Yulongxi Pass, passing numerous lesser but nevertheless spectacular peaks towering over 6000m. Other highlights include a memorable overnight stay at the lovely Gongga Monastery, and camping near the mystically beautiful Bawanghai lake.
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Quanhuatai::泉华台 dusk at Yulongxi valley of water and sulfur
aerial view over glacial carved Moxigou valley
a crispy morning up in the Gongga
Bawanghai Bawanghai lake Bawanghai
autumn color over Bawanghai
Gongga Monastery red stones on river bed::红石滩