Kamet Peak

Situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Kamet is the second highest mountain in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, after Nanda Devi. In appearance, it resembles a giant pyramid topped by a flat summit area with two peaks. The West (Pachmi or Paschimi) Kamet Glacier, the East (Purbi or Purva) Kamet Glacier and the Raikana Glacier systems surround Kamet.

While attempts to climb Kamet began in 1855, the first ascent was not made until 1931 by Frank Smythe, Eric Shipton, R.L. Holdsworth and Lewa Sherpa, members of a British expedition. On their descent via a different route, they discovered a hidden paradise known today as Valley of Flowers.



The standard route begins from the East Kamet (or Purbi Kamet) Glacier, ascending via Meade's Col, the saddle between Kamet and its northern outlier Abi Gamin. The ascent to Meade's col involves steep gullies, a rock wall, and several glacier climbs. Five camps are usually placed en route. The final ascent to the summit involves steep snow, possibly icy. Nearest town to Kamet is Joshimath.

Posted by: eUttaranchal/ Bhupendra Kunwar
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