Press Release Summary = The Himalayan Club, one of the oldest Mountaineering Clubs in the world has organized a joint expedition to Chong Kumdan 2 (CK2) towering 7,004 meters - 22,700 ft. This expedition starts from Delhi on 23rd July 2007 and will conclude by 5th September 2007.
Press Release Body = INDIAN - U.S. JOINT EXPEDITION.
India, July 2007 :- The Himalayan Club, one of the oldest Mountaineering Clubs in the world has organized a joint expedition to Chong Kumdan 2 (CK2) towering 7,004 meters - 22,700 ft. This expedition starts from Delhi on 23rd July 2007 and will conclude by 5th September 2007.
The strong team of five Indians and five Americans will attempt the remote and inaccessible Chong Kumdan 2 peak, which is one of the few 7,000 meter peaks in the Indian Himalaya which has remained unclimbed. CK2 is located close to Aksai - Chin area of Jammu & Kashmir. The duration of this expedition is approximately 45 days.
The approach to this remote peak is from the Nubra Valley, which lies in the North of famous Khardungla pass, which is the second highest motorable pass in the world. This region is sandwiched between Pakistan occupied Kashmir on the North West and the Aksai Chin area on the North East. The approach to the mountain is along the historic \"silk route\" to Yarkhand over the famous Saser La (pass). The route was known as the \"Skeleton\'s trail\". The Chong Kumdan glaciers feed the notorious \" Shyok\" - the river of death.
This international expedition had to obtain a special permission from our defence ministry since this location is close to the line of control and international boundary. The area is strategically very important for the Indian military.
Mr Divyesh Muni, the Hon. Sect. of the Himalayan Club, Mumbai, will lead this expedition along with Mr. Don Goodman from U.S. The other members of the team are Mr. Rajesh Gadgil, Mr Shripad Sapkal, Mr. Nikunj Vora, Ms. Vineeta Muni. Mr.Christopher Alan Robertson, Mr. Juan Esteban Lira, Mr. Marlin Geist, Ms. Natala Goodman.
All the members of this Indian - U.S. team are experienced mountaineers, who have successfully completed many national and international expeditions and have scaled difficult peaks in Himalayan Mountain ranges. This expedition in the remote region of the Himalaya will open new gates and provide new opportunities for mountaineers and climbers all over the world.