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Himalayan Climbs

  • Kunyang Chhish East - Southwest Face - 2013

    On 18 July Simon Anthamatten from Switzerland and brothers Hansjörg and Matthias Auer from Austria made the first ascent of Kunyang Chhish East (7400m), in the Hispar area of Pakistan's Karakoram mountains.
  • Annapurna I - South Face Direct - 2013

    Ueli Steck, climbing solo, has made the first ascent of the South Face Direct on Annapurna - a line that has eluded climbers since 1992. He completed the ascent and descent in just 28 hours, reaching the summit on the night of 9/10 October.
  • Teng Kang Poche - North-East ridge - 2013

    Marina Kopteva, Galina Chibitok and Anastasia Petrova have made the first ascent of the northeast ridge of Teng Kang Poche (Tengmoche) in the Khumbu area of the Nepal Himalaya. The climb, completed on 10 October, took 19 days.

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  • Peter Matthiessen: A True Warrior

    12 May 2014 Writer Peter Matthiessen died on 5 April 2014. Many people know him best for his account of a journey in Nepal, published as The Snow Leopard. But he was also a novelist of sweeping accomplishment and ambition, and a courageous friend of the Native American people.
  • Piolets d'Or 2014

    23 April 2014 The Piolets D'Or have been awarded this year to Raphael Slawinsky and Ian Welsted for their ascent of K6 West, and to Ueli Steck for his solo ascent of the South face of Annapurna.
  • Reporting Pakistan - Terrorism and Travel after the Nanga Parbat Massacre

    6 September 2013 270,000 British nationals visit Pakistan each year. But the British government is now advising against travel to large parts of Pakistan. Is it xenophobic to talk about the hazards of travel in Pakistan?
  • Hard Eiger routes climbed free

    22 August 2013 In August 2013 Roger Schaeli and Robert Jasper made the 1st free ascent of the Ghillini-Piola Direttissima on the Eiger; then Calum Muskett and Scottish climber Dave Macleod made a free ascent of the nearby climb Paciencia. It's 75 years since the 1st ascent of the north face of the Eiger.
  • Massacre on Nanga Parbat

    31 July 2013 11 people, 10 of them foreign climbers, were murdered at Nanga Parbat Base Camp in Pakistan in June. The massacre, said to be in response to US drone strikes, was part of a wave of atrocities carried out across Pakistan.

Himalayan Journeys >

Travelogue - travels through the Indian Himalaya from Kumaon and Garhwal to Ladakh

  • Trans-Himalayan Trails - Trekking routes and Traverses

    The simplest reason to trek through mountains is to get to the other side. My journeys were directed at no such thing. India’s western Himalaya stretch from the Indus to the Nepalese border - a distance of perhaps 750 kilometres as the crow flies. I wanted to travel along the ranges, staying as close to the high peaks as I could.

  • The Pandit's tale

    Tungnath is the place where Shiva’s arms emerged from the earth after his underground flight from the Pandava brothers. It's the highest temple in India, standing 3680m above sea level on the mountain ridge dividing the Alaknanda River from the Mandakini.

  • Mountain spirits - the Gangotri Glacier

    We were at the edge of a wide green meadow at the foot of Shivling. The Gangotri Glacier was below us and there was a wall of rubble behind us where a side glacier tumbled down from a cirque of granite peaks

Himalayan Images >

Photos of Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand (formerly called Uttaranchal), including the Kumaon and Garhwal Himalaya.

  • Map of restive areas in occupied Tibet, 11 November  2013
  • Photo of statue outside Kedarnath temple
  • Photo of houses in the upper Yamuna Valley
  • Photo of houses in Sangla
  • Photo of Kedarnath Temple and Kedarnath mountain
  • On the Miyar Glacier

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