Photographer's Note

Meili Snow Mountain, also known as Prince Snow Mountain, is located 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) northeast of Deqin County of Yunnan Province. The mountain sits on the border of Yunnan Province and Tibet, where the three famous rivers, namely the Jinsha, Mekong (Nu) and Salwen (Lancang) flow.

Known for the grandest view in Yunnan Province, Meili Snow Mountain boasts numerous snow-clad ridges and peaks, thirteen of which exceed 6,000 meters (19.685 feet) above the sea level. The most splendid view is of the Kawagebo Peak, the highest in Yunnan Province rising about 6,740 meters (22,112.86 feet)and it is one of eight sacred mountains of Tibetan Buddhism.

On January 3, 1991, the Allied a mountaineering Team of China-Japan met with such an unexpectedly violent snow avalanche at night that the campsite vanished without any trace the next morning and all the 17 mountaineers died in the accident and their bodies found 7 years later (1998)at 2000 meters Ming Yong Glacier. This proves to be a tragedy rarely experienced by man in the mountaineering history, and China government annouce Kawagebo Peak not allow for mountaineers since then. It is still a 'virgin peak' today for no one has ever reached the top.

The man standing on the corner of this photo is a friend from USA, we hike together up to 4100 meter, he is a Watson Fellow exploring canyons around the world, we been told about the accident one day before ...

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  • Copyright: Thompson Fung (ThompsonFung) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 10] (56)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-02-11
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/5.7
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-02-05 3:48
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