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Asia, Sikkim, Simvu Southeast

Simvu Southeast, Sikkim. A 15-man team from the National Cadet Corps was led by Major Puskar Chand. They trekked from Gangtok with 30 porters. They had no high-altitude porters. They crossed the Theula Pass (17,100 feet), built a log bridge over the Lhonak Chu and set up Base Camp at 18,400 feet on May 20. Camp I was established on May 22. Camp II was set up on May 26 only 800 feet from the summit. On May 27 Chering Norbu, Khushal Singh and Cadet S.C. Pathak left Camp II and reached the virgin summit (22,289 feet) in six hours, through waist- deep powder snow on steep slopes.

Kamal K. Guha, Himalayan Club