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Jomolhari with ancient dzong in the foreground, Bhutan

From this vantage point, it’s easy to see why Tibetan Buddhists believe the Himalayan mountain called Jomolhari is a sacred place, home to a protector goddess. Shown here behind the ruins of an ancient dzong fortress, the mountain rises more than 24,000 feet above sea level, straddling the border between Tibet and Bhutan. If a goddess does live here, she probably approves of International Mountain Day, celebrated annually on December 11 to highlight the importance of mountain ecosystems.


Jomolhari Jomolhari or Chomolhari sometimes known as “the bride of Kangchenjunga”, is a mountain in the Himalayas, straddling the border between Yadong County of Tibet, China and the Thimphu district of Bhutan. The north face rises over 2,700 metres above the barren plains. The mountain is the source of the Paro Chu which flows from the south side and the Amo Chu which flows from the north side.
Prominence: 6,814 feet (2,077 m)
Elevation: 24,035 feet (7,326 m)
First ascent: May 17, 1937
Mountain range: Himalayas
First ascenders: Freddie Spencer Chapman · Pasang Dawa Lama
Bundesarchiv Bild 135-KA-06-039, Tibet expedition, Landschaftsaufnahme
For documentary purposes the German Federal Archive often retained the original image captions, which may be erroneous, biased, obsolete or politically extreme. Tibetexpedition, Landschaftsaufnahme Phari, Steppe mit Chomolari [Chomolari, Chomolhari;]

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