Approached from the Mahakali Khola, the southern/western aspects of Api.
|Elevation||7,132 m (23,399 ft) |
|Prominence||2,040 m (6,690 ft) |
|Parent range||Yoka Pahar Subsection, Gurans Himal, Himalayas|
|First ascent||10 May 1960 by K. Hirabayashi, Gyaltsen Norbu|
|Easiest route||rock/snow/ice climb|
Api is the highest peak in the Yoka Pahar Section of Gurans Himal, part of the Himalayas in the extreme northwest corner of Nepal, near the borders of Tibet. It is a little-known peak in a rarely visited part of the Himalayas, but it rises dramatically over the low surrounding terrain.
Although low in elevation among the major mountains of Nepal, Api is exceptional in its rise above local terrain; the surrounding valleys are significantly lower than those surrounding most higher Himalayan peaks.
Api peak's south face rises 3,300 metres (10,830 ft) above its base.
The Api region was visited by Westerners in 1899, 1905 and 1936, but the peak was not attempted until 1953 on a visit by W. H. Murray a Scottish Mountaineer with John Tyson. This attempt was unsuccessful, as was another, by Italians, in 1954 which resulted in the death of two expedition members.
The Himalayan Index lists three more ascents of the peak, in 1978, 1996 and 2001.
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