There is no limit for mountaineers when it comes to adventure. While many aim to climb atop the highest mountain, Mt Everest, in the Himalayas, to get a “top view”, a new challenge has emerged among these risk-takers who want to climb the highest unclimbed mountains.
It is not the highest or hardest one to climb probably, but Muchu Chhish — a 7,453-meter lump of glacier-flanked rock and ice tucked in a remote valley of northern Pakistan’s Karakoram Range — is the new holy grail of mountaintops. The same range is home to bigger, 8,000 meters and above, K2, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum I & II.
The top of Mount Everest was successfully reached the first time in 1953. In the following years, the world’s second-highest summit K2, number three Kanchenjunga, the world’s fourth-highest peak Mt. Lhotse were surmounted as well.
As per the CNN report, Muchu Chhish is the 61st highest mountain peak in the world, but untouched. Over the last several decades, several attempts by sporadic expeditions to reach its elusive crest have turned into failures.
The 7,453-meter-high Muchu Chhish in the Batura massif is originally the second-highest unclimbed summit on earth. Another Asian peak, 7,570-meter Gangkhar Puensum, is the actual highest unclimbed mountain on Earth, but it is located in Bhutan, where mountaineering has been prohibited since 2003.
British climbers Peter Thompson, Tim Oates and Phil De-Beger abandoned an attempt in the icy South Face of the mountain at 6,000 meters in August 2014. In the first attempt, everything is unknown, the climbers have told the media.
In an interview with CNN travel, De-Beger said it’s not certainly the first ascent tick that interests climbers but it’s the mountain itself, “it’s the unknown”.
In August this year, three Czechs Pavel Korinek, Pavel Bem and Jiri Janak arrived in Pakistan to first climb the seven-thousand Muchu Chhish. By the end of the month, the expedition was officially folded due to bad weather.
When and who will summit the unclimbed mountain peak is not known yet but American Alpine Institute executive director Jason Martin told CNN travel: “There are just too many unclimbed mountains in the middle of nowhere, let alone new routes up old ones, that every next generation of incredibly talented climbers will be determined to challenge themselves on.”