Lalung La to Sheshabangma
Name on the mountain
Details of She-Sha-Bang-Ma peaks
Ornately decorated pillars at the junction
She- Sha-Bang_Ma peaks
Close up of peaks
Gupta, Anil , Mukhejee
Close up view of the Summit
After Lalung La we proceeded towards Saga, as the friendship highway was good the journey was fast and smooth. We saw many herds of yak and sheep grazing in the plains, small streams of water formed out of molten snow flowing in between, names have been written on bald mountain backs. Later we reached the junction of She-Sha-Bang-Ma peaks(8013 m). Trekkers start their trek to the snow covered peak from here. Special structures have been built and information have been given about the peaks to help the trekkers . There are many hamlets in between to cater to the trekkers. We stopped our vehicle and enjoyed the beauty of the peaks from this junction and clicked many photos.
The Tibet name She-Sha-Bang-Ma means " Crest above the Grassy plains". The Sanskrit name is Gosainthan, which means "Abode of the Saint" or " The Holy Place". It is the only above 8000m peak in Tibet/China and is the shortest among the 8000m peaks. But due to its remoteness and inaccessibility due to restrictions imposed by Chinese it is the last one to be scaled, though the climbing is easier. It was first scaled only in 1964. We can also many peaks like the Gowri Shnkar and Langthag Himal on the way on a clear day.
The hotel we stayed at Nayalam bore the same name and we stayed in some hotels bearing the same name. When we enquired our Sherpas abut this they explained that it's the name of a saint who built many rest houses for the Kailsh yatris. So he is considered a guardian saint and so many hotels and the peak has been named after him.