122 Photos - Sep 15, 2007
Photo: Gomukh, snout of Gangotri Glacier, 12,500ftPhoto: 'Tapoban', (our base-camp, 14500 ft). Bhagirathi group of peaks in backgroudPhoto: Mt. Shivling, also known as 'Matterhorn of East' in mountaineering circle is one of the most technically challenging peak of Indian HimalayasPhoto: Shivling from base-campPhoto: Mt. Bhagirathi II, III, IPhoto: Photo: Ghural (or Goral), Mountain-goats. Seen in Western  Himalayas, between 1000 to 4000 mt, remarkable for their ability to move at high speed even over near vertical terrainPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: On the way to camp 1... famous Meru wall in the frontPhoto: Meru wall and 'Shark fin', another one technicaly difficult peak of Indian HimalayaPhoto: Photo: Load ferry to camp 2Photo: 1st section of technical climb starts from here.. a 40 ft high vertical rock-wallPhoto: Photo: Last stretch before reaching camp-2. a 200 ft long rock facePhoto: Photo: Photo: Shivling main summit at the left with the ice-wall (serac) at frontPhoto: Preaparing with the gearsPhoto: Rest day at camp-1Photo: Photo: From left: Binay Bhoumick, Dipen Samanta (Deputy Leader), Kalyam Banik, Sumit Day (Leader), Barun Majumdar, Arindam Jana, Upal ChakrabortyPhoto: LeadersaabPhoto: Shivling at sunsetPhoto: Photo: Move to camp-2Photo: Photo: Shivling twin summits, main summit at left and west-summit at rightPhoto: Photo: Photo: Meru glacier... view from camp-2Photo: frostPhoto: Photo: Move to camp-3 (summit camp)Photo: SherpasPhoto: Photo: Photo: Camp-2 to camp-3... A strenuous 6 hrs of continuous rock-climbing at an altitude of 18,000ft.Photo: Photo: Photo: Camp-3, after a snowfallPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Pasang Sherpa, went to Everest 9 timesPhoto: Photo: Summit camp.. on a cliff hanging over Meru glacierPhoto: The gigantic serac (ice-wall)... awe-inspiringPhoto: Sherpas fixing rope on the seracPhoto: Mt. Thalaysagar (behind Meru 'Shark fin') at sunrise...
Two of the most challenging peaks ever known..Photo: Summit camp as seen from the ridgePhoto: Photo: Summit day... reached at the base of the WallPhoto: Breathtaking view of massive Meru wall at 1st light of sunPhoto: The difficultmost section of the entire expedition.. we started climbing..Photo: Photo: Icicles hanging from the overhangsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: View from the base of the ice-wallPhoto: Barun almost reached the top..Photo: Photo: My turn now..Photo: Photo: Photo: Towards the col (col between two summits)Photo: Bergshrund (large crevasse)Photo: Photo: Now starts the bad weather... white-out.Photo: Photo: Crossing the bergshrund.. through an ice-bridgePhoto: Photo: A 550 ft vertical climb to the summit-ridgePhoto: Photo: Photo: The summit-ridge can be seen... and the summit tooPhoto: On the summit-ridge.. and yes that is the SUMMIT.. still a 500 ft climbPhoto: Cornice was the route..  sheer drop at right!!!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We almsot made it by then..Photo: On the top of one of the legendary peaks of Indian Himalaya, Shivling (6543 mt) .. 1st September, 13:15 hrs. we started from the summit camp at 05:00 hrs. The summit greeted us with the worst piece of weather..Photo: The ridge.. viewed back from the summit.. looked horriblePhoto: Photo: Returning back.. the fixed rope hanging over the void..Photo: Photo: Photo: Camp cleaningPhoto: Photo: Photo: Pasang, the sherpa leaderPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: 1st sight of greenery after we left the base-camp long back. A homelike feeling...Photo: Photo: The weather.. everything was perfect once the game is over..Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Last lookPhoto: The Bhagirathi massifPhoto: Photo: Picture postcardPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Bhujbas, 12000 ft