American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, Nepal, Gangapurna and Annapurna III Attempts

  • Climbs And Expeditions
  • Climb Year:
  • Publication Year: 1987

Gangapurna and Annapurna III Attempts. A six-man Korean team led by Kim Jung hoped to ascend Gangapuma’s north face, traverse Annapurna Ill’s northeast ridge and descend Annapurna III’s north ridge. Neither summit was reached and no traverse was made. The expedition split into two teams and attacked the two peaks simultaneously, but after several weeks of heavy snowfall and unexpected demands on equipment such as fixed rope, it was decided to give up the Annapurna III bid and try for Gangapurna and descend via Annapurna III if possible. This strategy also failed as the members were very tired and the Sherpas were no longer interested in the climb. The highest points reached were 5300 meters on September 21 by Han Ik-Heui and Dawa Norbu Sherpa on Annapurna III and 7150 meters on September 27 by Cho Chung-Ho and sirdar Ang Kami Sherpa on Gangapurna. They were on the north face of Annapurna III and the northwest ridge of Gangapurna.

Michael J. Cheney, Himalayan Club, and Elizabeth Hawley

This AAJ article has been reformatted into HTML. Please contact us if you spot an error.