Asia, India, Sikkim, Tinchenkang (6,010m), Ascent and Tragedy
Tinchenkang (6,010m), ascent and tragedy. A team of five from the Mumbai Chakram Hikers Club attempted Tinchenkang in October. On the 19th the leader, Mangesh Deshpande, and Sadasivan Sekar, with Sherpas Ang Dorje and Mingma, reached the summit at 1:30 p.m. After descending 100m, the party fell 50m. Deshpande and Sekar were fatally injured, while the Sherpas were severely injured. Rescue operations were launched with the help of local government, high-altitude Sherpas, and military authorities. The remoteness of this area and poor weather made the rescue operation difficult, but eventually both Sherpas were evacuated by Indian Air Force helicopters and taken to a hospital, where they survived.
Harish Kapadia, Honorary Editor, The Himalayan Journal