Menlongze Feng Mountain
At 86.4 0E and 28.0 0N, Menlongze Feng of 7175 meters above sea level, is also called “ Qaogeru”. Situated in the east section of the Himalayas in Tingri County of Tibet, it borders on Qowuwuyag Feng in the east and leans against Chirenma Feng (at an altitude of 7134 meters and named “Gaolisanke Feng” Nepalese language) in the west. Around it are more than 10 snowy peaks at an altitude of over 6000 meters above sea level.
Menlongze Feng is dangerously steep and precipitous. Covered with perennial snow and full of ice and snow chute in the summit, its main peak is pyramid-shaped. There are five major knife ridges: the Northeast Ridge, the South-east Ridge, the South Ridge, the Southwest Ridge and the Northwest Ridge. Between the ridges are lots of ravines which have produced a multitude of modern glaciers, the major being Kongbu Rebusan Glacier on the south side. About two kilometers on the west side is Menlongze I Feng at an altitude of 7201 meters.
Under the action of the warm and wet air current from the Indian Ocean, Menlongze Feng is characteristic of humid climate and plenty of snow fall and rainfall. In the west, the dense virgin forests in the Rongxar River Valley supply it with rich resources of animals and plants. So ordinary as it is in altitude, no attempts have so far been made to reach the summit due to the precipitous and confusing route line, frequent ice and snow avalanches and lots of thunder and lightening. It was not until May, 1988 that two mountaineers from an English Team, Baonin and his companion, conquered Menlongze I Feng. Every year from November to March of the next year, heavy rainfall calls at this area while from June to July snowstorm and thundering occur frequently, making it difficult for the mountaineers to reach it. The right timing for them is usually in September and October or in April and May.
The route line to the mountain. First, drive 100 kilometers from Tingri County to the Rongxar River Valley. In spring, however, drive only 40 kilo-meters to the Bangsi River as snow and ice seal the mountain pass. Then walk south from the Jabula Glacier along the Bangsi River to Mugou and climb over Fula Shan mountain pass (altitude 5411 meters), and you will arrive at the Rongxar River Valley. Finally, go down 24 kilometers along the river valley and reach Bapu base camp site of Menlongze Feng, which is at an altitude of 4700 meters.