Chaukhamba Peaks I, II, III & IV

7138 mts
Uttarkashi-Chamoli

Lying at the head of the Gangotri glacier, Chaukhamba is a mountain massif in the Gangotri Group of the Garhwal Himalaya in Indian state of Uttarakhand, west of the Hindu holy town of Badrinath. Chaukhamba has four summits, along a northeast-southwest trending ridge, and ranging in elevation from 7,138 metres (23,419 ft) to 6,854 m (22,487 ft). Mana Pass is the key col for Chaukhamba I.

  • Chaukamba I 7,138 m (23,419 ft)
  • Chaukamba II 7,070 m (23,196 ft)
  • Chaukamba III 6,995 m (22,949 ft)
  • Chaukamba IV 6,854 m (22,487 ft)

HISTORY

After unsuccessful attempts in 1938 and 1939, Chaukhamba I was first climbed on 13 June 1952, by Lucien George and Victor Russenberger (Swiss members of an otherwise French expedition). They ascended the northeast face, from the Bhagirathi-Kharak Glacier.

CLIMBING ROUTES

  • Northeast Face via Bhagirathi-Kharak Glacier
  • West Face
  • Northwest ridge
  • Southwest Face

HOW TO REACH

The trek to Chaukhamba massif commences from the holy town of Badrinath in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

  • ROAD: Being a revered Hindu pilgrimage site, Badrinath has good connectivity of roads from cities like Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun. One can reach to these places from Delhi and get a bus or shared taxi to Badrinath. The buses usually leave early morning from places like Haridwar and Rishikesh.
  • RAIL: Badrinath doesn’t have a railhead. Nearest railway station to Badrinath is situated in Haridwar. Haridwar is connected with major cities like Delhi, Ahmadabad and Dehradun.
  • AIR: The nearest airport to Badrinath is Jolly Grant situated in Dehradun. From there, one can opt for a bus or a taxi to reach Badrinath.

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