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Asia, India, Kumaon and Garhwal Himalaya, Mana, Northwest Ridge

Mana, Northwest Ridge. An Indo-Tibet Border Police team, led by Mohinder Singh, started on the August 12 for Mana (7272 meters). Basecamp was established at Vasudhara Tal on August 12. Following the East Kamet Glacier, camps were established at 5100 meters, 5600 meters and 6520 meters. Covering five ice pitches, the northern icefall was negotiated. The last camp was made at 6600 meters. The first attempt was made on August 26. They turned back due to steep ice below the col leading to the ridge. However, they fixed ropes for the next attempt. The next day, five climbers started early, fixing ropes and opening the route. They were followed by 10 others. The route to the col and part of the summit ridge were fixed with ropes. They followed the sharp rock ridge and arrived at the summit at 1:15 p.m. The route had been climbed by one of the members, Kanhayalal, in 1988. This was the second ascent of the route.

Harish Kapadia, Editor, The Himalayan Journal