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India, Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul, Koa Rong V, Rare Ascent, Southeast Ridge

Koa Rong V, rare ascent, southeast ridge. A 10-member expedition from West Bengal led by Biplab Sengupta made a relatively rare ascent of Koa Rong V (6,258m), situated near the Suraj Tal and east of the Baralacha Pass. They placed base camp at 4,780m and established two more camps, the highest at 5,900m. On September 3 Raju Kumar, Subrata Mujumdar, Tsar Paul, Alamchand Thakur, Khemraj Thakur, and Nanakchand Thakur reached the summit by the southeast ridge, probably following the 1998 Japanese Route.

Harish Kapadia, Honorary Editor, The Himalayan Journal