Kishtwar Kailash - southwest face - 2013

Mick Fowler and Paul Ramsden have made the first ascent of Kishtwar Kailash (6451m) in the Indian Himalaya.

First ascent of Kishtwar Kailash ( 6451m )

southwest face

Himalaya, Kishtwar India

9 October 2013

Climbed by Mick Fowler, Paul Ramsden

Other members of the expedition: Mike Morrison, Rob Smith

Mick Fowler and Paul Ramsden have made the first ascent of Kishtwar Kailash, at the eastern extremity of the Kishtwar Himalaya in Jammu and Kashmir, India. The area has been more or less closed to mountaineers for political reasons since the early 1990s.

The team reached the area from the west, taking the road over the Rohtang Pass from Manali to the Chenab Valley and then following the Darlang Valley to the base of the mountain. Fowler and Ramsden were accompanied on the approach by Mike Morrison and Rob Smith.

They left base camp on 4 October and reached the summit on the morning of 9 October, via the mountain's southwest face. The climbing was spectacular and varied on mixed terrain, with difficulties up to Scottish grade VI.

The pair descended by abseil down their line of ascent, reaching base camp on 10 October.

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Mountain Facts

Kishtwar Kailash, Kishtwar, Jammu and Kashmir , India

N 33° 18′ 49.9068″ W 76° 37′ 29.2872″

Elevation: 6451m

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