American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Asia, India, Kumaon and Garhwal, Panch Chuli II and Panch Chuli III, Attempt

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  • Publication Year: 1997

Panch Chuli II and Panch Chuli III, Attempt. An expedition of the Explorers and Adventurers, Bombay, India, led by Divyesh Muni, attempted Panch Chuli II (6904 m) and Panch Chuli III (6312 m) in the Pyunshani Valley in the month of May. Divyesh Muni, Cyrus Shroff, E. Theophilus, Fulton Nazareth and Joe Menenzes made their approach from the true left of the Madkanya River. Before reaching Base Camp, which was established on May 12 at 3450 meters, they halted at Giala (1880 m), Kothi (2280 m) and a riverbed camp (2720 m) during the walk in. The team attempted to reach the col between Panch Chuli II and III from the Panch Chuli Glacier. Advance Base Camp was established at 4000 meters. They fixed 400 meters of rope to reach Camp I (5000 m). Another 500 meters of rope was fixed toward Camp II before an avalanche swept off E. Thiophilus while he was leading. He had a miraculous escape and survived virtually unhurt. The expedition was called off after the accident.

Harish Kapadia, Editor, The Himalayan Journal

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