In a remote, far-flung corner of Myanmar the Himalayas end. Unlike the famous peaks in neighboring Nepal, these mighty summits are unknown to even hardcore mountaineers. The reason is simple: They are very difficult to access. Just to reach the region requires an expedition of high order, and Myanmar has withheld a self-imposed exile from international travelers for decades, making access even more difficult. That’s why these peaks receive such scant traffic, and why, even in this modern age, their true height is just an estimate.
This video documents the elite team National Geographic assembled to solve this alpine mystery. While mountaineers have reached the summit, no one has ever taken an accurate measure of its height. It is currently believed to be 19,295-feet high. But as the team discovers, there are ample reasons why Hkakabo Razi has eluded definition for centuries.
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