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Asia, India—Kumaon and Garhwal, Maiktoli Tragedy

Maiktoli Tragedy. An Indian expedition led by Ram Chandra Bharadwaj was mostly inexperienced and badly equipped. They set up Base Camp on the Sundardunga Glacier on September 7. After a long period of bad weather, Ratan Singh Bisht left Advance Base on September 21, slipped and fell into a deep chasm. Apparently no rescue was attempted. Meanwhile, Jagdish Bisht, Deepak Negi and Tribhuvan Turanga, who were at Advance Base, lost their lives when an avalanche swept the camp. Their bodies were located on September 26.

Kamal K. Guha, Editor, Himavanta, India