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Asia, India, Himalaya, Zanskar, Shinkun East

Shinkun East. A seven-member Indian team, led by Subrata Chakraborty and organized by the Himalayan Club, made the first ascent of Shinkun East (6,081m), which rises to the west of the Shinkun (formerly Shingo) La. Shinkun East is a relatively insignificant eastern outlier of previously climbed Shinkun. They established base camp at Chuminakpo (4,650m), and a higher camp at 5,190m. On September 9 the team reached the top of an unnamed 5,912m point, where they set their final camp. On the 10th Chakraborty, Jayanta Chattopadhay, Debraj Dutta, Rudra Prasad Haider, Goutam Saha, and porter Harsh Thakur negotiated a cornice and two 70m rock bands, then traversed another rock barrier to an ice slope that gave a straightforward ascent to the summit.

Harish Kapadia, Honorary Editor, The Himalayan Journal