Kanggardo Rize Mountain
Situated at 92.4 0E and 29.8 0N, Kanggardo Rize, at an altitude of 7060 meters above sea level, is in the county to Cona in the Tibet Autonomous Re-gion, which lies in the transitional area of the Himalayas from its middle section to the northeast.
Covered by snow all year round, Kanggardo Rize is formedby the hump-up of the two main ridges, the South and the North, and the steep east-west slope. As high peaks cluster here, there are two at 7000 meters above sea level and at least 30 at over 6000 meters in height Thirty kilometers away from the northeast of Kanggardo Rize Feng towers a snowy peak of 6990 meters. Two hilltops at 7042 meters and 6900 meters respectively, accompany the main peak of kanggardo Rize Feng on both sides. The South and North Ridges have their steep and precipitous branches extended to both the east and west sides by the south and north hills. Numerous glaciers of all sizes dot every where in the mountains and valleys, among which Gyanglang Glacier on the east slope stretches 10 kilometers with some ice cliffs hanging above it, some of them reaching over 10 meters. Crevasses goes vertically and horizontally on the surface of the ice, and ice avalanches frequently take place.
Now that the Kanggardo Rize area has the plateau climate of the subtropical zone and is higher in the north and lower in the south, the warm current from the Indian Ocean goes against the valley and making it characterized by the tegional climate. The annual precipitation exceeds 400 mm, the rainy season being from June to September, during which time it drizzles uninterrruptedly and the mountain tops shrouded by clouds, making it difficult to see it clearly. For this reason, the climbing season generally comes each year in the month of April-May or October-November, when its ridges and peaks are capped with large expanse of white snow; the slopes, the piedmont terraces and ravines blan-keted by immense forests, exotic flowers dotting here and there and herbages thriving while wildlife of dozens of kind can be found- wild deer, river deer and so on.
In 1913, explorers from U.K. and India made an expedition here. In 1939, an English mountaineering team made an official asent of the peak but it ended in failure, with one person dead. On march 24 and 26, 1988, the Japanese Mountaineering Team of four persons, Miyasaki Takabumi, Takano Kasuke, Iwata Takashi, Okata Takeaki, achieved the first success in reaching the summit by climbing in two batches up the northwest slope of the north peak and then turning to the northwest ridge and crossing the north peak.
The route line to the mountain. First, drive for 50 kilometers from Lhasa down the Lhasa River and the first stop is in Quxu. Secondly, a 123 kilometer-drive along the Yarlung Zangbo River brings you to Gongga Zhalang and then to Zetang. Thirdly, it takes 311 kilometers to go southward against the brook val-ley to Lhunze and then to the county of Cona. Fourthly, drive 60 kilometers along the simply-built highway to Kardag and transfer to take Fuli to go for 20 kilometers eastward along Tuling to Ziwu. Last, go further down south and you are here at the west foot of Kanggardo Rize where the 4700- meter mountaineer-ing base camp site is located.