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Asia, India—Sikkim, Kokthang Attempt

Kokthang Attempt. An Indian team led by Dilip Kolhatkar had the dubious distinction of being the first Indian expedition to run into trouble with the new Government of Sikkim rules for mountaineers. They were stopped at a local police check point and extra payment was demanded even though they had full clearance from the Government of India and the Indian Mountaineering Foundation. The authorities in Sikkim were highly uncooperative and they lost too many days there to make progress.

Harish Kapadia, Editor, Himalayan Journal