Gangkhar Puensum is a 7,570-metre (24,840-foot) mountain in the Himalayas range, in Bhutan and Tibet. It is the 40th highest mountain in the world. It is also known as Kangkar Pünzum. The name means "White Peak of the Three Spiritual Brothers". No one has ever made it to the top of Gangkhar Puensum. It is the highest mountain in the world that has never been climbed.
A few people have tried to climb the mountain in the past, but none succeeded. In 1994, Bhutan made a law that no one could climb above 6,000 metres (20,000 feet). Then in 2003, they banned all climbing. As long as the ban is in place, it is unlikely that anyone will reach the top from the Bhutan side. While it may be possible to start the climb in Tibet, China has not allowed it. Tibet is a autonomous region of the People's Republic of China (PRC). This is a political decision due to issues in the border region between China and Bhutan. There is a border dispute between the two countries.
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