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The Gongga Mountain (Minya Konka) is located in Kangding County, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. Its main peak, with 7556 meters above sea level, is the highest peak of the Hengduan Mountains. In Tibetan, “Gong (Kon)” means snow and “Ga (Ka)” means white, which means white and flawless snow peak. Minya Konka is the easternmost peak among peaks with more than 7000 meters above sea level, and is the highest peak in Sichuan Province, so it is reputed as “The King of Mountains in Sichuan”. It is 29 kilometers of horizontal distance and 6556 meters of the largest relative height difference from the valley of Dadu River at south slope of Minya Konka to the main peak of Minya Konka, which creates the vertical variation and diversity of biology and climate, and forms the rare ecology landscape in the world with complete vegetation zone and clear level.
Now we start Minya Konka trekking at Laoyulin after three-day acclimatization on Western Sichuan Plateau. On the trekking tour, we will enjoy the magnificent and beautiful of Gongga Mountain (Minya Konka) from multiple perspectives, and the landscape of Little Minya Konka, Jiazi Peak, Riwuqie Glacier are also impressive. Climbing over Riwuqie Pass at 4830 meters above sea level, the magnificent landscapes of mountains at the middle and south part of Minya Konka area jump into our sight. Alpine vegetation, flowers and plants, pasture and even birds and beasts along the way, all are the unique natural and ecological landscapes in the mountain area of Minya Konka. Finally, trek to Gongga Monastery hidden in the Minya Konka Mountains, from here overlook the main peak of Minya Konka and magnificent Minya Konka Glacier. Continue trekking to Zimei Pass, worship Minya Konka Mountains at the nearest distance, wait for the sunset of Gongga Mountain and enjoy the fantastic panoramic view of the golden Gongga Mountains. Finally, at Yaha Pass, look back at the Minya Konka Mountains, the amazing Minya Konka trekking tour ends.
Our Trekking Tour at Gongga Mountain in West Sichuan
Photo by Liu Bin, China Greatway Tour