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Chaukhamba I
Deoria Tal Chandrashila Chaukamba reflection.jpg
Chaukhamba peak as seen from Deoria Tal/Lake in Chandrashila peak
Elevation 7,138 m (23,419 ft)[1]
Prominence 1,594 m (5,230 ft)[2]
Listing Ultra
Chaukhamba is located in India
Location Uttarakhand, India
Range Gangotri Group, Garhwal Himalaya
Coordinates 30°44′59″N 79°17′28″E / 30.74972°N 79.29111°E / 30.74972; 79.29111Coordinates: 30°44′59″N 79°17′28″E / 30.74972°N 79.29111°E / 30.74972; 79.29111[3]
First ascent June 13, 1952, by Lucien George and Victor Russenberger[3][4]

Chaukhamba is a mountain massif in the Gangotri Group of the Garhwal Himalaya. Its main summit, Chaukhamba I, is the highest peak in the group. It lies at the head of the Gangotri Glacier and forms the eastern anchor of the group.[5] It is located in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, west of the Hindu holy town of Badrinath.

Chaukamba 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) with an average elevation 7,014 m;[3] the main summit is at the northeast end.

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)

After unsuccessful attempts in 1938 and 1939, Chaukhamba I was first climbed on June 13, 1952, by Lucien George and Victor Russenberger (Swiss members of an otherwise French expedition). They ascended the northeast face, from the Bhagirathi-Kharak Glacier.[4]

Chaukhamba I is an ultra-prominent peak, with a prominence of more than 1,500m. Mana Pass is the key col for Chaukhamba I.

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  1. ^ IMF
  2. ^ "High Asia I: The Karakoram, Pakistan Himalaya and India Himalaya (north of Nepal)". Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  3. ^ a b c Himalayan Index
  4. ^ a b American Alpine Journal, 1953, pp. 581-582.
  5. ^ Andy Fanshawe and Stephen Venables, Himalaya Alpine-Style, Hodder and Stoughton, 1995, ISBN 0-340-64931-3, p. 106.

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