Changabang Peak

Situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Changabang is part of a group of peaks that form the northeast wall of the Nanda Devi sanctuary. Although the peak doesn’t have a high topographical prominence and is lower than many other peaks in the immediate area, but its steep rocky profile has made it a more attractive destination. It lies in the Nanda Devi region of peaks.

In 1974, Changabang was first ascended by an expedition led by Lt. Col Balwant Sandhu and Chris Bonington, via the Southeast Face, leading to the East Ridge.In 1976, Naoki Toda, Akira Kobayashi, Masahide Aida, Harumi Ohno, Yukio Asano and Teruyoshi Karino (Japanese Alpine Club) all reached the summit after 33 days of effort via Southwest Ridge.Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker, summit reached in 1976. 

The West Wall route took over 25 days to ascend, and their use of big wall climbing techniques to overcome the serious, sustained difficulties was revolutionary in the field of mountaineering.


Out of all these routes, Southeast Face/East Ridge is the easiest route on the mountain.

The trek to Changabang commences from Joshimath in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The route follows: Joshimath -- Juma – Ruing – Dronagiri -- Bagni Glacier Base Camp.

Posted by: eUttaranchal/ Brijmohan Bisht
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