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Asia, Nepal, Mustang Region, Damodar Himal, Purkhang, First Ascent

Purkhang, first ascent. A large Japanese team and its Sherpas made the first ascent of Purkhang (6,120m), which lies in the Purkhang Himal south west of the main Damodar across the headwaters of the Labse Khola (west of the Teri La). The expedition climbed the west ridge on August 16 with Satoru Endo, Hiroyasu Hatsushika, Yuichiro Ishihara, Teruyuki Iwasaki, Chizuko Kono, Teruaki Kubo, Kazuko Takano, Hiroshi Yumoto and Sherpas, Ang Kami, Da Chhemba, Geru, Lhakpa, Ongchu and Pem Tenji.

Elizabeth Hawley, AAC Honorary Member, Nepal, and Tamotsu Nakamura, Japanese Alpine News.