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Asia, India, Ladakh (Rupshu), Mentok I Attempt

Mentok I Attempt. A two-member team from Delhi, India, consisting of Paramjit Singh and Alka Sabharwal, attempted this peak (6340 meters), which is the highest peak standing on the long Mentok range, rising parallel to the western shore of the Tso Moriri lake. Mentok II (6172 meters) was climbed in 1984 and 1993. The present team attempted Mentok I from July 19-26 from Karzok village. They made camps at 5200 meters and 5600 meters. The second camp was on the southeast ridge. From July 24 they faced bad weather, strong winds and afternoon rain. The ridge was steep with exposed scree at some places. They reached the prominent rock step at 6100 meters on July 26. The route to the summit was technical mixed ground, and they turned back.

Harish Kapadia, Editor, The Himalayan Journal