Kangchungtse (Makalu II) Attempt. Swiss climbers Wilma Simonetta and Claudio Righeschi intended to climb the normal route on Kangchungtse. They established two camps and reached Makalu La at 7400 meters on April 29 before retreating to Base Camp for a rest. They never got to this point again. Righeschi reached Camp II at 6800 meters on May 4 while Simonetta, weak from intestinal illness, turned back at 6000 meters. On May 5 there was heavy snowfall and they decided to abandon the attempt. The other two members of the party made no real effort to climb.
Michael J. Cheney, Himalayan Club, and Elizabeth Hawley