Changuch Peak

6322 mts
Pithoragarh-Bageshwar

Situated at the boundary of Pithoragarh and Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand, Changuch is a Himalayan mountain peak situated above the Pindari Glacier. This peak offers a ridge leading to Nanda Kot. It lies in the Nanda Devi region of peaks.

HISTORY

Attempts to summit Changuch were made in the years 1987, 1997 and 2007 and all three of them had failed. These unsuccessful expeditions were through the Pindari valley.

In 2009, a British expedition led by Martin Moran approached the peak from Lawan Valley, an easier route compared to the one taken by previous attempts of 1987, 1997 and 2007 and made a successful ascent on 9 June.

In 2011, Indian Mountaineering Foundation sent an Indian expedition to the Changuch peak. A team of 5 members led by Dhruv Joshi ascended the peak via Pindari glacier on 17 June. This is the second ascent of Changuch and first Indian and first from Pindari Glacier side.

CLIMBING ROUTES

  • Pindari glacier
  • Lawan valley

Out of these two, Pindari glacier route is considered easier than the Lawan valley.

HOW TO REACH

The nearest place which is accessible through motorable road is Munsiyari. This place is starting point of many treks into the Kumaon Himalayas.

  • ROAD: Munsiyari is very well connected to all the important town and cities in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Buses and taxis are easily available from Kathgodam, the major transport junction for the Kumaun Hills.
  • RAIL: Ramnagar railway station is the nearest railway station from Munsiyari from where you can commute to all important cities. You can take a bus, taxi or any other mode of transport to reach here.
  • AIR: Pantnagar Airport is the closest airport from Munsiyari located at a distance of about 188 kilometers. With the available means of transport you can easily reach the airport which is well maintained and ensures convenience.

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