Kangchenjunga - southwest face - 1955
Kangchenjunga was climbed for the first time in 1955, by a British expedition
First ascent of Kangchenjunga ( 8586m )
25 May 1955
Climbed by Joe Brown, George Band, Norman Hardie, Tony Streather
Other members of the expedition: Charles Evans, John Clegg, John Jackson, Neil Mather, Tom McKinnon
Kangchenjunga was climbed for the first time in 1955, by a British expedition. Supplementary oxygen was used.
Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world and was the seventh mountain of more than 8000m to be climbed.
The ascent was made from the west, via the Yalung face and, at the top, the west ridge. Joe Brown and George Band reached the summit on 25 May, then Tony Streather and Norman Hardie followed on 26 May. The climbers stopped 20 feet short of the summit, out of respect for the the religious significance of the mountain in Sikkim, to its east.
Pemi Dorje, a high altitude porter, became exhausted high on the mountain and died 3 days late from cerebral thrombosis.
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Kangchenjunga in the Ascent Book
N 27° 42′ 11.016″ W 88° 8′ 50.9028″