SRINAGAR: A joint team of the All Jammu Kashmir Mountaineering Foundation and Jawahar Institute Of Mountaineering And Winter Sports JIM & WS, under leadership of Col Hem Chandra Singh, Principal JIM&WS, successfully climbed Mt. Kolahoi on September 6.
The team included the principal, three instructors from JIM&WS and 12 members from All Jammu Kashmir Mountaineering Foundation.
The team was flagged off on September 3 by Col Hem Chandra Singh from JIM & WS in Nunwan, Pahalgam for the expedition to conquer Kolahoi, the valley’s highest and most arduous peak to climb.
The team left Aru at 10 am in the morning and reached intermediate base camp at Satlanjan at 4pm and camped there for a night. On the next day, team moved towards Doodsar which is at an elevation of 3750m and established base camp there. Technical equipment and ration was distributed among the team members before leaving for advance basecamp on the next day.
On the morning of September 5, the team moved towards Advanced Base camp, i.e., the main Kolahoi Glacier. Team roped up and started ascending the glacier; negotiating crevasses, icefalls and overhangs. The affects of global warming have also taken its toll on the main Kolahoi Glacier, making the route more treacherous and difficult. Team reached the advance basecamp (4700m ASL) at 1pm and immediately pitched tents as it started snowing.
On September 6 morning, the team approached the eastern ridge route to Kolahoi, the same which was taken by the first successful expedition, led by Kennith Mason and Dr. Ernest Neve in 1912.
Finally at 10:15 hours on September 6, the team successfully reached the snowcapped summit of Mt. Kolahoi.
The team completed the achievement in four days, as 15 members summited the peak in one go.
Jawahar Institute Of Mountaineering And Winter Sports JIM & WS
1. Col Hem Chandra Singh
2. Showkat Ahmad Mir
3. Mohd Iqbal Khan
4. Ajay Chauhan
All Jammu Kashmir Mountaineering Foundation
1. Danish Dhaar
2. Waseem Hassan
3. Amir Lateef
4. Faik Patoo
5. Bilal Bhat
6. Mouzam Ahsaan
7. Fayaz Ahmad Sheikh
8. Malik Mudasir
9. Faizan Shafi
10. Chandan Singh
11. Muzakir Khan
12. Nahida Manzoor
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