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Asia, India, Eastern Garhwal, Lampak I and II, Ascents

Lampak I and II, ascents. A 10-member team from the Punjab Police, led by PM Das, climbed both Lampak peaks, which lie south of the Girthi Ganga in the Eastern Garhwal. The expedition established base camp at 4,700m in the Kala Kharak to the west of the mountains, and then a higher camp at 5,127m, from which both peaks could be attempted. Further camps were then on both Lampak I and II. On June 7 Lampak II (6,181m) was climbed by the leader and seven other members (Nari Dhami, Inder Kumar, Kulvinder Kumar, Mohan Lal, Anand Singh, Palvinder Singh, and Sangram Singh), whereas on the 13th the more southerly Lampak I (6,325m) was climbed by the leader and three other members (Nari Dhami, Inder Kumar, and Sangram Singh). The latter was a major technical ascent by an Indian team on a peak above 6,000m. PM Das has made a full study of peaks and their nomenclature in this region and recorded the results in Volume 60 of the Himalayan Journal.

Harish Kapadia, Honorary Editor, The Himalayan Journal