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Asia, Tibet, Nyanchen Tanglha West, First Ascents from Valleys of Nam Tso

First ascents from valleys east of Nam Tso. I spent 23 days from November 9 to December 1 climbing in an area of the Western Nyanchen Tanglha not far from Samdain Kangsang (6,590m), the main peak in this area. I reached this region from Lhasa in less than a full day’s drive by Land Cruiser. I carefully documented each peak by GPS and photographs, and researched the history of each area by using my interpreter to conduct interviews in each village with local Tibetans. I experienced ternperatures below -18°C, high winds, avalanches, rockfall, crevasses and, surprisingly, wild dogs and bears. During summer these summits would be bare, but during my time there they were snow-covered and rather nice. The daily dispatches for the expedition can be read at my website, www.SeanBurch.com. I reached 63 summits in 23 days, though some other summits I attained have not been included in the list below due to lack of proper altitude, etc. The list of summits reached is as follows:

From base camp #1, within the Samdain Kangsang area:

1. N30° 46.580', E 091° 30.323' (17,565 feet)

2. N30° 46.152', E 091° 31.248' (17,147 feet)

From base camp #2, near Nam Tso Cho River:

3. N30° 32.786', E 091° 04.801' (16,343 feet)

4. N30° 33.943', E 091° 04.113' (17,909 feet)

5. N30° 33.544', E 091° 04.796' (16,784 feet)

6. N30° 32.806', E 091° 02.882' (18,132 feet)

From base camp #3, within the Lungring area:

7. N30° 28.491', E 091 ° 17.105' (16,093 feet)

8. N30° 28.587', E 091° 15.851' (16,509 feet)

9. N30° 27.310', E 091° 16.188' (18,097 feet)

10. N30° 26.561', E 091° 16.435' (16,605 feet)

11. N30° 25.863', E 091° 16.641' (17,427 feet)

12. N30° 27.287', E 091° 18.085' (16,334 feet)

13. N30° 27.511', E 091° 17.889' (16,628 feet)

14. N30° 27.795', E 091° 16.897' (17,332 feet)

From base camp #4, in the Nagdrak area:

15. N30° 25.626', E 091° 04.064' (16,767 feet)

16. N30° 25.151', E 091° 04.620' (17,737 feet)

17. N30° 24.850', E 091° 04.719' (17,683 feet)

18. N30° 25.067', E 091° 03.976' (16,648 feet)

19. N30° 24.574', E 091° 04.207' (17,917 feet)

20. N30° 24.185', E 091° 04.357' (18,177 feet)

21. N30° 24.105', E 091° 03.682' (18,222 feet)

22. N30° 24.051', E 091° 04.254' (18,054 feet)

23. N30° 24.412', E 091° 04.723' (18,249 feet)

24. N30° 24.781', E 091° 05.338' (18,142 feet)

25. N30° 24.926', E 091° 06.227' (18,139 feet)

26. N30° 25.110', E 091° 06.716' (17,904 feet)

27. N30° 24.733', E 091° 05.682' (18,164 feet)

28. N30° 25.570', E 091° 05.541' (16,915 feet)

From base camp #5, in the Lakyem area:

29. N30° 20.405', E 091° 02.823' (16,120 feet)

30. N30° 18.936', E 091° 01.513'(18,411 feet)

31. N30° 19.186', E 091° 01.261' (18,253 feet)

32. N30° 19.232', E 091° 02.007' (17,509 feet)

33. N30° 18.812', E 091° 01.932' (18,294 feet)

34. N30° 18,771', E 091° 02.541' (18,607 feet)

35. N30° 20.077', E 090° 59.967' (17,586 feet)

36. N30° 19.736', E 091° 00.175' (18,022 feet)

37. N30° 20.190', E 090° 59.678' (17,194 feet)

38. N30° 20.961', E 091° 00.334' (17,008 feet)

39. N30° 20.821', E 091° 01.899' (16,065 feet)

From base camp #6, within Nam Tso Park:

40. N30° 35.056', E 091° 06.350' (16,494 feet)

41. N30° 35.784', E 091° 05.382' (18,255 feet)

42. N30° 35.998', E 091° 04.991' (18,481 feet)

43. N30° 35.463', E 091° 05.079' (17,784 feet)

44. N30° 35.138', E 091° 05.185' (18,552 feet)

From base camp #7, in the Bhaknag area:

45. N30° 10.747', E 090° 41.557' (17,074 feet)

46. N30° 10.551', E 090° 41.458' (17,280 feet)

47. N30° 09.860', E 090° 40.773' (18,708 feet)

48. N30° 09.484', E 090° 40.552' (18,819 feet)

49. N30° 08.960', E 090° 40.768' (18,912 feet)

50. N30° 09.164', E 090° 41.178' (18,745 feet)

51. N30° 09.116', E 090° 44.595' (18,059 feet)

52. N30° 08.420', E 090° 44.927' (18,957 feet)

53. N30° 08.685', E 090° 45.244' (18,884 feet)

54. N30° 08.807', E 090° 45.437' (18,909 feet)

55. N30° 09.205', E 090° 45.302' (18,944 feet)

56. N30° 09.306', E 090° 45.335' (18,845 feet)

57. N30° 09.645', E 090° 45.293' (18,809 feet)

58. N30° 11.574', E 090° 42.457' (16,701 feet)

59. N30° 10.022', E 090° 42.082' (17,611 feet)

60. N30° 09.821', E 090° 42.737' (17,500 feet)

61. N30° 09.036', E 090° 42.187' (18,548 feet)

62. N30° 08.980', E 090° 42.541' (18,829 feet)

63. N30° 09.350', E 090° 42.534' (18,459 feet)

Sean Burch, AAC