American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Nepal, Makalu II (Kangchungtse)

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  • Publication Year: 1972

Makalu II (Kangchungtse). The Chiba University expedition to Makalu II or Kangchungtse (25,066 feet) was led by Dr. Makoto Numata. After the planned west ridge route was abandoned, they turned to the south ridge via Makalu col. The highest camp was Camp IV at 23,625 feet. On October 15 Kunio Takagi and Tendi Sherpa reached 24,000 feet. On the morning of October 16, Takagi was ill. Attempts to get him down from Camp IV were hindered by bad weather and heavy snow fall. He died on October 20 and the expedition was abandoned.

MICHAEL CHENEY, Himalayan Club

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