Mt. Gauri Sankar
Introduction to Gauri Sankar
Gauri Sankar is a mountain in the
Himalayas, the second highest peak of the Rolwaling Himal, behind
Melungtse (7,181m). The name comes from Sanskrit for
the Goddess and her Consort, denoting the sacred regard to which is afforded it
by the peoples of Tibet and Nepal. Alternate names for the mountain include Gauri
Sankar and Jomo Tseringma (the Tibetan name for the peak).
Location of Gauri Sankar
Gauri Sankar lies near the western edge of the Rolwaling Himal, about 100km
northeast of Kathmandu. (It is almost directly between
Everest, and is visible from Kathmandu.) To the west of the peak lies the valley
of the Bhote Kosi, the western boundary of the Rolwaling Himal. To the north
lies the Menlung Chu, which separates it from its sister peak Menlungtse. To the
south lies the Rolwaling Chu, which leads up to the Tesi Lapcha pass, giving
access to the Khumbu region.