Watching our mountains

On the 12th of April, I had promised to post a good picture of the Jigme Singye Wangchuck Range. I’m afraid I haven’t been able to get one. I’m sorry.

Dun dun was correct in commenting that I “was indeed in a hurry” and that my picture is “all hazy, washed out and dry!”

I will be honest: the real reason I wrote the entry, even though I didn’t have a good picture of the mountains, was to remind myself that our northern range is now called the “Jigme Singye Wangchuck Range”.

The picture of the mountain range I’m posting is a photo of the one that accompanies the popular binoculars in Dochula. The photo shows off our important mountains and their respective altitudes. It was given to me by a friend.

On a related note, most tourists visiting Bhutan know that mountaineering is forbidden in our kingdom. And all of them would know that that’s out of respect to our deities that reside in our high mountains.

But some of our mountains have been “conquered”. Do you know which ones? By whom? And when?


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  1. Anonymous says

    Bart Jordan’s trekking guide gives an account of which peaks are climbed and which aren’t. Gangkar Puensum had been attempted, but not succeeded – that makes it the highest unclimbed peak in the world. Most others including Jomolhari and Jichu Drakey have been climbed.

    During the Indo-Bhutan climbing expedition back in the 60-70s only the Indians climbed to the summit. One Bhutanese member was tethered to a stake just below the summit because he was scared and refused to move up. Another got altitude sickness and had to be carried down from base camp II. The former is now a retired military officer spending his time in retreat, and the latter lives in Paro and runs a pharmacy in Lango.

  2. just don’t keep watcing the mountains, its time to come to reality and do your job.

  3. Symbolically, a ‘mountain range’ to me depicts a connected chain of aspirations (vision) that are distant and seemingly unreachable, yet not unconquerable. The name Jigme Singye Wangchuck depicts the vision (Gross National Happiness) our fourth King had for our country and people when he initiated the democratic system. I would say watching the mountain range is important to remind ourselves of our business. There can be no business without vision. That’s how I’d like to interpret this particular blog post of OPL’s. This is how it has inspired me, at least.

  4. The great German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once wrote, “On all peaks lies peace”, and I have always been, rightfully, in awe of our mighty mountains. These have been our savior in all respects.

    I am not a mountaineer. But I have been fortunate to have been able to look “up” at a couple of them from close quarters. The closest that I ever got was Gangkar Punsum where I helped survey one of our many rare plant species atop a range directly facing it at around 5200masl.It can be a mesmerizing experience!

    Your post and the pic, Hon OL, provides important information on our mountain peaks at a glance for everyone.

  5. i think its an amazing picture.

  6. Anonymous says

    It is not a fact that Bhutanese mountains are climbed. There were attempts those days but it was never climbed. Who was witness to it – there is no proof. It is just like the Bhutanese named karma who claimed to have climbed the everest. It is all a scam and Indian clibming bhutan mountains is also a bigger scam. Can’t buy into it and Bart Jordan should rewrite his fact. Do more research.

  7. Anonymous says

    Anonymous @ 4:15,

    What more fact do you need than people who were on that trip – The Indo-Bhutan Expedition. The members are still alive. I talked to them. Tow Indians had died, but some of the team members summited Jomolhari. However, it is still apparently climbed from the China/Tibet side.

    Bart Jordan has done much research digging out accounts of climbers who had photographs of some of our peaks at the summit. Only after such research would one normally publish anything with such authority. Doug Scott is one such climber who had climbed Jichu Drakey.

    Just because you said so, why should anyone believe you? You are the one without facts or research, mena? Give credit where it is due!

  8. Anonymous says

    Om mani pedmay hum – did I hurt you- m sorry. I would like to still maintain that Indo Bhutan friendship attempted to climb some Bhutanese mountains BUT have not submitted it. Climbing is one thing and submitting is another. The attempts were a failure and they never made it on the top. We have to see some authentication by a second / third party that they actually managed to climb. Many many years back there was a japanese group that claimed to have climbed the Tsendagang mountain group and even published papers in Japanese news about their success. It turned out that it was another scam. Similar to this the climbing of Jitchu Drake and Chomolhari are all scams but needless to say that they did attempt but was never scaled.

    Anyway, it would be nice to see some proof in some form witnessed by second/third party that these majestic mountains are climbed. It is indeed an interesting topic to discuss & reveal if at all it was climbed. BUT there are a number of us (not me alone) who firmly believe that Bhutanese mountains were attempted but never successfully climbed.

    On another note : we hope that our government will never succumb to giving permission & letting mountaineers climb our mountains. We should protect it as the abode of our gurdians & goddesses for ever.

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