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The Lost Land of the Yeti
Gangkar Punsum at 7,550m is the highest mountain in Bhutan and also happens to be the highest unclimbed peak in the world. It sits astride Bhutan’s northern border with Tibet and the mountain and surrounding region has received very few visitors. There have been very few attempts to climb Gangkar Punsum, none successful. In 1986 Steve Berry, was lucky enough to secure a permission to attempt the mountain by its south west ridge reaching approximately 6860m before bad weather dashed hopes of the summit. In recent years, following protests from local people in Lunana, the Royal Government of Bhutan has closed all its major peaks to mountaineers, which means that the last expedition to attempt Gangkar Punsum was Steve's own team in 1986. He has been back exploring the regions surrounding the peak several times since 1986. He got within a stone's throw in 1989, and he trekked to his old base camp with a group of hardy adventurers in 1998, exiting through Lunana. Then in 2014, 2015, and 2016, Steve went exploring the southern and eastern approaches. On these occasions he found strange tracks indicating the presence of a bipedal creature living in the high mountains. In 2017 Steve went back yet again but this time with a film crew to produce a fascinating documentary film for the Animal Planet channel. Steve will show this film and explain why he thinks the Yeti really does exist !!