Photo story: Mt. Devachen Expedition 2010

19 August is celebrated worldwide as ‘Global Climbing Day’. Santanu Chatterjee recounts the experience of a climbing expedition organised in 2010 to scale a Himalayan peak– Mt Devachen, located in Himachal Pradesh, India. 

Mt. Debachen (6245 m) is a less attempted Himalayan peak. It is situated at the head of the Chota Sigri Glacier, a neighbor of renowned Mt. Papsura and Sara Umga Pass. The meaning of ‘Devachen’ is “Paradise of Boundless lights.”  

Due to its long approach, harsh terrain and technical difficulties the peak is not a hot favourite among climbers. The peak was first climbed by a British team led by Paul bean in 1977.

In 2010 four members of Nilkantha Abhijatri Sangha (in Panihati near Kolkata, India) attempted this peak during August-September through Tosh Glacier and after three intermediate camps at Budhaban, Sari and Saram, the team established Base Camp near Sara Lake. It is the place from where Mrs. Ruth Mukherjee (member of 1978 Dharamsura Expedition by Himalayan Association of Kolkata) had disappeared mysteriously. They also established three higher camps and climbed the peak through East wall.

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