What's new in the Indian Himalaya: October 2015

Posted by Tony Ryan on 04/11/2015
India's Everest base camp, 1965. Photo: Capt. M.S. Kohli.
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Discover the latest news and key developments in the Indian Himalaya with volume two of Apex, the newsletter of the Indian Mountaineering Federation, which this year celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first Indian ascent of Everest.

The Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF) is the apex Indian body for organising, supporting and providing a base to expeditions for mountaineering, skiing, rock climbing and high altitude trekking within the Indian Himalaya.

Over the years, The Indian Mountaineer, the IMF’s annual journal has played an important role in recording reports of key climbs in the Indian Himalaya. The newsletter, launched earlier this year, will support this effort by conveying recent developments and news of interest to the adventure community in India and around the world.

The focus of volume two of Apex is the Golden Jubilee of the first Indian ascent of Everest in 1965, which was celebrated in May-June this year. You can read about the reunion of all nine living members of the successful 1965 expedition, attended by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi; expedition leader Capt. M S. Kohli provides an overview of the expedition.

This newsletter also includes:

  • accounts by Bianca Dias on the IMF All Women Expedition to Bhagirathi III (6454m) in the Garhwal Himalaya in June 2015, and by Debabrata Mukherjee of his team’s successful ascent of the same mountain in September 2015;
  • a report of the first ascent of Mt. Kakstet (6461m) in the Ladakh Himalaya early this year by an 11-member IMF-organised winter expedition;
  • plans for four clean-up expeditions in 2015 and 2016 in a joint initiative of the IMF and ONGC, India’s leading oil giant;
  • a report on the third edition of Climbathon, the IMF’s Alpine Mountaineering Leadership Programme, held on the Bara Shigri glacier in Lahaul & Spiti, HImachal Pradesh; and
  • information about the seventh edition of Mussoorie Writer’s Mountain Festival, a literary festival held each year in Landour, Uttarakhand, to celebrate mountain literature, culture, exploration and history.

Download Volume 2 of Apex


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