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Asia, India, Leo Pargiyal, Punjab

Leo Pargiyal, Punjab. The leader of an Indian Armed Forces expedition to Leo Pargiyal (22,210 feet), Captain P. S. Bakshi, the veteran sirdar Gyalzen Mikchung, who had recently made the first ascent of Jannu with the French, and the young Sherpa Karma Wanchoo fell to their death on June 20. With Captain J. N. Wadhwa, they had reconnoitered the route from Camp I at 19,000 feet to a proposed site for Camp II at 21,200 feet. Dissatisfied with the route they had taken on the way up, they were trying another on the descent when mists closed in. A slip occurred and all plunged 1000 feet; only Captain Wadhwa survived. The other members of the expedition were Lieutenants Bhargva and H. V. Bahuguna and Captain Sharma.