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Asia, India, Himachal Pradesh (Punjab), P 20,130

P 20,130. A ladies’ expedition was organized by Pathikrit of Calcutta which had P 20,130, called “Lalana” by them, as its objective. They left Manali on August 5 and got to Base Camp at 12,700 feet on the Chandra River, north-northeast of the snout of the Bara Shigri Glacier on the 8th. Camps I and II were on the Bara Shigri, the latter at 13,700 feet where the second tributary descends from P 20,130 on the west. The other camps were up the tributary: Camp III at 16,100 feet, Camp IV at 17,000 feet and Camp V at 18,000 feet, east-northeast of P 20,130. On August 21 Mrs. Sujaya Guha, wife of our kind correspondent Kamal K. Guha and leader of the expedition, Miss Sudipta Sen Gupta, Miss Kamala Saha and Sherpas Gyalchhen, Palgoon and Pasang made the first ascent of P 20,130 (on the same ridge as P 20,554). While on their way back from Base Camp, Mrs. Guha and Miss Saha tragically were swept away in the strong current and were drowned while crossing the Karcha Nala near Batal. The other members of the expedition were Miss Nilu Ghosh, Miss Shefali Chakra-borty and Dr. Purnima Sharma. (Shri Kamal K. Guha provided this information.)