Gyala Peri

View of the north side

The Gyala Peri (Chinese:加拉 白 垒, Pinyin: Jiālābáilěi ) is with 7294 meters the second highest peak in the eastern foothills of the Himalayas. Higher still is the 22 km further south Namjagbarwa with 7782 m. The Gyala Peri is located in the county Medog (me tog rdzong མེ་ཏོག་རྫོང་. / Motuo Xiàn墨脱 县) in the district of Nyingchi of Tibet Autonomous Region in the People's Republic of China. Both mountains enclose the great bend of the Yarlung Zangbo River, also abbreviated to " Zangbo " or " Tsangpo " known as ( " The Cleansing "). It forms the headwaters of the Brahmaputra, which is why the place is called the Yarlung Zangpo / Brahmaputra loop. This is also the entrance to the Dihangschluchten in which the flow rapidly degrades height. The narrow gorge between the mountains is the world's largest and impassable.

To date, the area is largely unknown due to its inaccessibility. Chinese explore the area though, but make logistical difficulties and the climatic conditions of great obstacles. One of the issues that moved the research the how and why of the nearly 3,000 -kilometer Himalayan ends here as a mountain unit.

Climbing history

The first ascent of the summit was made in 1986 by a Japanese expedition across the south ridge. This went on for over a month. In the Himalayan index of the U.K. Alpine Club 's listed no other ascents.

Dam project

The government had planned to set up a " Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon " National Park on the north- eastern point of the river loop around the two mountains Gyala Peri and Namjagbarwa, however, these plans obsoletierten by a dam project to generate electricity. He is said to be 160 meters high and would be the largest hydroelectric plant in the world with 26 turbines and a planned capacity of 40,000 MW. This controversial project will be submitted from India heavily criticized because the lying villages along the river would be permanently impaired.