American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, India, Himachal Pradesh, Ravi Chandre Watershed, Kulu

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  • Publication Year: 1973

Ravi Chandra Watershed, Kulu. Tony Smythe and I made for the Bara Bangahal region west of Kulu in May. Our objective was the unreconnoitred Ravi Chandra watershed and Smythe, our sirdar Wangyal and I climbed the highest peak (19,777 feet) at the head of the Tapni Laluni Glacier. On the descent I plunged 400 feet over an icefall and survived. After a return to Manali and hospital treatment, we set off with Major Bajaj, Indian liaison officer, and Wangyal to explore the Mulkila region to the north in Lahul. It is difficult for western parties to gain access to this part, which lies in the restricted area. For information we relied on the records of an Austro-British expedition which climbed Mulkila (21,380 feet) in 1939. We did not quite climb it, getting to within several hundred feet of the top before returning for lack of time and resources. Our route lay via the east ridge, which the 1939 expedition used.

John Millar, Österreichischer Alpenverein, United Kingdom Branch

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