Nanda Devi Attempt. A 17-man Indo-Japanese expedition attempted Nanda Devi in the post-monsoon season. The leader was Tokichiro Morita. Details are lacking but it is believed that they had hoped to repeat the American route of 1976 but had to quit some 3500 feet from the summit. On September 15 Morita and Naoto Haniu were evacuated by helicopter, being sick. On September 28 Toyokazu Muranishi was also evacuated by helicopter with a head injury.