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Asia, India–Garhwal, Sudarshan Parbat, Southwest Ridge

Sudarshan Parbat, Southwest Ridge. Our expedition was successful in climbing a new route on Sudarshan Parbat, mainly because of good weather and good acclimatization of the members. Base Camp was established on the Raktvarn Glacier at 4600 meters on October 4. The route to Camp I on the Thelu Glacier was without ice on scree. This was placed at 5200 meters on October 8. From Camps I to II, established on October 14 at 5800 meters, it was mainly on ice and loose rocks. The gradient was steeper on the way to Camp III at 6000 meters in the Sudarshan-Thelu col. We fixed rope to the col and established the camp on the 19th. The summit (6507 meters, 21,350 feet) was reached on October 21 by Shinobu Sakai, Makoto Miyamoto and me, on October 22 by Nobuhiro Okajima and Dr. Norio Kawai and on October 23 by Akio Fujijima, Kazuo Higuchi and Masaya Takahara.

Tetsuyasu Kudo, Academic Alpine Club of Hokkaido, Japan