Mount Gongga (Chinese: 贡嘎山), also known as Minya Konka (Khams Tibetan pinyin: Mi’nyâg Gong’ga Riwo), is the highest mountain in Sichuan Province, China. Situated in the Daxue Shan mountain range, part of the Hengduan mountainous region, Mount Gongga is 7590 meters (23,000 ft) above sea level.
The main peak’s snow line, affected by marine monsoon, has an altitude of 4,600 to 4,700 meters, form five large glaciers. Hailuogou Glacier, on its east, is about 14.2 kilometers long, with its end reaching down to 2,850 meters above sea level, into the forest zone. Because of the long-term glaciation, the mountain developed into a horn shape, while surrounded by 60 ° – 70 ° cliffs, making it one of the hardest summit to climb. Statistics show that so far, only 24 were successfully ascent, while 37 people became its victim.The mountaineering mortality is far more than 14% of Everest and 30% of K2.
The summit is always surrounded by clouds and mist, making ‘Sunshine on the Golden Peak’ hard to come by, also making it one of the famous scenes of Mount Gongga.