American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, India–Garhwal, Nanda Devi Attempt

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  • Publication Year: 1981

Nanda Devi Attempt. An Indian Army Engineer Expedition of 24 was led by Captain Jai Bahuguna. They lost a porter in a crossing of the Rishi Ganga on the approach. Base Camp was placed at 16,800 feet on May 6. Up to Camp III at 20,800 feet all went well. The weather then turned violent. On June 2 a summit attempt was made from Camp IV at 23,100 feet, but winds forced them back. On June 11 Captain Bahuguna, G.K. Sharma and Captain Harshmani made another attempt. After a bivouac at 25,000 feet, Sharma had to give up. The other two continued on but abandoned their attempt 300 feet from the summit. (More details in Indian Mountaineer, Autumn, 1980.)

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