Nakamura Unveils More Unclimbed Tibetan Peaks

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The extraordinary Japanese explorer Tamotsu Nakamura and companions have completed another photographic expedition to the Nyainqentanglha East and Kangri Garpo regions of eastern Tibet. Starting from the town of Qamdo, the team completed a 4,800-kilometer counterclockwise loop, with several forays deep into the mountains, over five weeks in October and November, despite unusually tight controls on foreign visitors to Tibet.

North face of unnamed rock peak (ca. 5,700 meters) seen from Yi’gong Tsangpo, near Lhari. Photo by Tamotsu Nakamura.

North face of unnamed rock peak (ca. 5,700 meters) seen from Yi’gong Tsangpo, near Lhari. Photo by Tamotsu Nakamura.

Nakamura has been exploring the mountains of eastern Tibet and southwestern China since 1990, sometimes twice a year. During this fall’s expedition, he photographed one valley that apparently had never been seen by foreigners, and two others that hadn’t been visited by foreign explorers since the early 20th century. Blessed with the blue skies that seem to follow him everywhere he goes in China and Tibet, Nakamura returned with yet more photos of spectacular unclimbed peaks. Here, we offer a small selection.

Click here to see more photos from Tamotsu Nakamura's photographic expedition to the Nyainqentanglha East and Kangri Garpo regions of eastern Tibet.

Date of Expedition: October-November 2009

Source: Tamotsu Nakamura

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The expedition traveled a 4,800-kilometer loop to Lhasa and back, over five weeks, with extensive detours into the mountains. Courtesy of Tamotsu Nakamura.

The expedition traveled a 4,800-kilometer loop to Lhasa and back, over five weeks, with extensive detours into the mountains. Courtesy of Tamotsu Nakamura.