Gangapurna. The pre-monsoon Japanese Hachioji expedition had Katsuhiko Miyoshi as leader and Mistuu Hirashima as deputy plus five others. Villagers from Manangbhot threatened them and seized all their cash, some 4000 rupees. Base Camp was at 17,500 feet. They attempted the north ridge, which would have been a new route, since the Germans made the first ascent from the south. Camp was at 23,000 feet, but they got no higher.