First ever summit of Gyalchen peak of Jugal mountain range a success [PICTURES]

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Last April, group of 7 climbers including 4 guides ascended the summit of Gyalchen mountain of Jugal mountain range (6151m) for the first time. It took 11 days for the group to reach the peak from Kathmandu.

A member of the group, Milan Tamang informed that the bad weather forced them to put a halt at the high camp (4720m) for 4 days. According to Tamang, who also is a secretary at Sindhu tourism committee, the hardest part of their journey was between the Base camp (4400 m) and the high camp.

Last April, group of 7 climbers including 4 guides ascended the summit of Gyalchen mountain of Jugal mountain range (6151m) for the first time.

It took 11 days for the group to reach the summit from Kathmandu.

A member of the group, Milan Tamang informed that the bad weather forced them to put a halt at the high camp (4720m) for 4 days. According to Tamang, who also is a secretary at Sindhu tourism committee, the hardest part of their journey was between the Base camp (4400 m) and the high camp.

“We had to cross a hill of about 150m with the help of a rope”, Milan said to BL.

“Continuous snowfall for 32-33 hours made our journey very difficult, we spent several hours trying to figure out the route because we were on a new route.”

It took them 23 hours just to get to the peak from the high camp and back, according to him.

“we had to fight with constant snowfall and wind which made our summit a little late than we had expected.” He said.

Decades of trying led them to this succession and their happiness and joy knew no bounds when they reached to the peak.

He shared his experience of seeing Himalayan ranges of Tibet to the north, peaks of Jugal mountain ranges, Gaurishankar mountain and Langtang mountain.

Internationally trained guide who also was the leading guide of the group, Tul Singh Gurung said Jugal range carries most potential among all the other ranges of Nepal.

“We feel very proud to be the first Nepalese group to have climbed the peak with succession”, team leader of the summit group, Maya Gurung said.

Possibilities and challenges

Jugal range which is 143 kilometers far from Kathmandu has a lot of potential for future climbers. People of different castes such as Tamangs, Sherpas, Newars, Chettris and Brahmins reside in the mountain area which makes it more culturally and ethnically rich.

Nepemasal, which carries religious importance, is famous for Hindus and Buddhists. Yearly hundreds of devotees visit this area. The main specialty of this route is, 6 mountains above 6000m from Yangkhark Basecamp (4700m) are accessible for the climbers.

The main challenge at hand is the maintenance and improvement of pathway between basecamp and high camp.

If local, federal and state government were to work together in promoting and improving the area, it could soon be open to international tourists and generate income for the locals.

Sindhu Tourism Committee was intuitive toward the project and is publishing photo book, trekking and climbing map in collaboration with “Himalayan Map”. The documentary of the journey is in the work.