The Gangga Range and North Eastern Tibetan Plateau

historically this area is the interim between the powerful Amdo Kingdom and the volatile Kham region. to the North are the great monasteries and learning centers of the Tibetan and Mongolian powers and central Asian trade routes, south and east are the Sichuan basin and the Tibet river gorges. to the west is the Chola Shan, to the south east is the Kawaori Massif, to the north is the Yalong River valley and to the south lays the greater plateau.

the Gangga range consists of 3 massifs and amongst the northern-most extent of the high Tibetan ranges. previous attempts have been made on Gangga VII and Mt Kawaori with neither being successful. the nearest summited peaks are in the Chola Shan massif 120km away.

the Gangga Massif’s nearest large town is Ganzi, which is 2 full days drive from Chengdu. Ganzi is a remote monastery town at about 3500m. comfortable but rarely visited, Ganzi is semi-restricted and has been drawing attention for dramatic protests by Tibetans. the river plains around Ganzi are the winter pastures for nomads from the highlands.

across the Gangga range there are over 40 peaks above 5000m. despite an estimated height of 5690m, a 5688m peak in the Western Gangga massif is referred to as ‘Gangga I’. this is probably due to ‘Gangga I’ being visible from Ganzi town. as yet the true height of no peak in the Gangga range has been verified.

the western side of Gangga 5690m detailing probable BC location with proximity to the road, water and base of the peak

overview map of the Gangga Range. Peak 5690m is in the lower right corner of the lower left quadrant. Map published by Tamotsu Nakamura

satellite image of bottom left quadrant of Nakamura’s map. peak 5690m is the obvious massif in the lower right corner