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Asia, India—Himachal Pradesh, Indrasan from the North

Indrasan from the North. After bicycling from Simla to Manali, our approach began on May 8. The conditions for the porters were very difficult because of abnormally deep snow at that season. We placed Base Camp at 4300 meters at the foot of the magnificent north face on May 12. Camp I was installed below the northeast col on May 14. Five climbers had to turn back at 6000 meters on May 15. On May 21, Frenchmen Yves Tedeschi, Eric Gramond, Bruno Prom, Dominique Gleizes, Philippe Renard and I, and Indians Takkur Dass and Liaison Officer S.C. Sharma reached the summit of Indrasan (6221 meters, 20,410 feet) at 12:30 P.M. I descended to Base Camp by paraglider in 15 minutes. During the descent, Gleizes slipped on ice and fell 300 meters, but did not have to be evacuated.

Alain Estève, Captain, Groupe Militaire de Haute Montagne