Looming over Myanmar, Hkakabo Razi is said to be the highest peak in Southeast Asia. It is a peak so remote, few climbers have heard of it even today.
A team including photographer Cory Richards and writer Mark Jenkins set out in the fall of 2014 to reach the summit and measure the peak’s height with a GPS.
Getting to the mountain requires a multi-week trek through dense jungle riven with plunging gorges and inhabited by venomous snakes. Stretched to the limit by physical and mental challenges, the team began running low on food on the hike out.
In the September issue of National Geographic magazine, Jenkins describes the harrowing expedition and explains why, despite incredible dangers, they continued to climb.
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