Coordinates: 30°44′59″N 79°17′28″E / 30.74972°N 79.29111°E / 30.74972; 79.29111
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Chaukhamba I
Chaukhamba peak as seen from Deoria Tal/Lake in Chandrashila peak
Highest point
Elevation7,138 m (23,419 ft)[1]
Prominence1,594 m (5,230 ft)[2]
Coordinates30°44′59″N 79°17′28″E / 30.74972°N 79.29111°E / 30.74972; 79.29111[3]
Chaukhamba is located in India
LocationUttarakhand, India
Parent rangeGangotri Group, Garhwal Himalaya
First ascent13 June 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.

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) 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 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.[4] The other members of the expedition were the French alpinist and traveler Marie-Louise Plovier Chapelle and the renown French alpinist and climber Edouard Frendo.

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

Mt Mandani and Chaukhamba with reflection on semi frozen lake at Boodha Madhyamaheshwar
Chaukhamba Massif from Bedni Bugyal
Chaukhamba View
Chaukhamba View From Kartik Swami Temple Rudraprayag

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  1. ^ IMF Archived 11 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "High Asia I: The Karakoram, Pakistan Himalaya and India Himalaya (north of Nepal)". Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  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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