Arwa Tower Peak

Arwa Tower is one of the three peaks that make up the Arwa Group of mountains. The other two mountains are Arwa Spire and Arwa Crest. It is well known for its huge rocky ridge along with a steep granite wall. The summit is a needle-like tower on the East Ridge.  Arwa Tower is easily the highest of all the three peaks of the Arwa group. It lies in the Gangotri region of peaks.

After many failed attempts, the first successful ascent of the Arwa Tower was made by Britons Mick Fowler and Steve Sustad in 1999. They climbed the peak via the northwest face.In 2002, a French expedition led by Antoine de Choudens (with 11 members) climbed Arwa Tower by two different routes- a first ascent of the south face, and a new route on the northwest face.In 2007, Stephan Siegrist, Thomas Senf and Denis Burdet succeeded to climb the previously thought impossible to climb over-hanging north face route for the first time.

The ascent to Arwa Tower can be made via four different routes:

Out of these four climbing routes, the easiest route is by traversing rock, snow and ice on the South Face of the peak.

The trek to Arya Tower commences from the holy town of Badrinath in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Arwa Tal base camp is common for all three peaks of the Arwa group.Badrinath – Mana – Ghastoli – Arwa Valley – Arwa Tal BC – ABC then summit (BC= Base Camp, ABC = Advanced Base Camp)

Posted by: eUttaranchal/ Bhupendra Kunwar
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