Ngojumba Kang Attempt. An 11-man Japanese-Nepalese expedition led by Kazumi Shigeto had hoped to climb Ngojumba Kang by its south or southeast face and then traverse to Cho Oyu by the east ridge of that mountain. Five of the members were Sherpas. They established four camps above Base Camp. On October 17 Mamoru Kituchi and Tatsuhisa Mitoma very nearly reached the summit of 7743-meter (25,403 feet) when they got to 7730 meters. It was late in the afternoon, they had run out of climbing hardware and there was deep snow and strong wind and so they gave up. That same day it was decided to abandon the entire climb.
Michael J. Cheney, Himalayan Club, and Elizabeth Hawley