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Asia, Swiss in Garhwal

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  • Publication Year: 1948

Swiss in Garhwal. A Swiss expedition visited Garhwal in 1947 under the leadership of André Roch. Other members of the party were Mme. Annalies Lohner, René Dittert, Alfred Sutter and Alexander Graven. A base camp was established at the terminus of Gangotri Glacier on June 11th. Six first ascents were achieved: “White Dome” (6830 m.), June 25th, in the course of the party’s second attempt on Kedarnath; Kedarnath itself (6940 m.), July 11th; Satopanth (7012 m.), August 1st, by the N.E. arête; Kalindi Peak (6102 m.), August 14th; Balbala (6416 m.), on the Tibetan frontier, August 25th; and Nanda Ghunti (6309 m.), September 11th. The expedition returned to Switzerland in October.**

** For an account of the expedition’s plans, with many citations of references, see Robert Fazy, “Expédition suisse au Garhwal, 1947,” Die Alpen, XXIII (July 1947), 275-80. Subsequent issues carry reports of progress. See also Alpinisme (December 1947), p. 270, and Life, 15 December 1947, pp. 145-48, 151-52.

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