Ganesh NW (Ganesh II/III)
Ganesh Himal massif. Ganesh NW is the third peak from the right
|Elevation||7,118 m (23,353 ft)|
|Prominence||1,198 m (3,930 ft)|
|Parent range||Ganesh Himal, Himalaya|
|First ascent||16 October 1981|
|Easiest route||rock/snow/ice climb|
Nomenclature for this peak is ambgiuous and confusing, and varies between sources. Many sources refer to this peak as Ganesh III, and also as Salasungo. However Salasungo more properly refers to a different peak in the Ganesh Himal, Ganesh SE or Ganesh III. The name Ganesh II is used on the Finnmap, the most recent authoritative source.
Although low in elevation among the major mountains of Nepal, Ganesh NW is exceptional in its steep rise above local terrain. For example, it rises 5800 m from the Burhi Gandaki in a horizontal distance of about 16 km.
There were six unsuccessful attempts on this peak, including attempts in 1953 and 1954, before two simultaneous first ascents in October 1981. The two successful teams were a German-Sherpa team (Hermann Warth, Ang Chappal, Nga Temba) on the North Ridge, and a Japanese-Sherpa group (N. Kuwahara, J. Nakamura, N. Hase, Tendi Sherpa, Kirke Sherpa) on the Northeast Spur. The two groups combined at 6,300 metres and finished on the North Face.
There have been two additional unsuccessful attempts since 1981, in 1988 and 1992, but no more ascents of the peak.
- H. Adams Carter, "Classification of the Himalaya," American Alpine Journal 1985.
- Jill Neate, High Asia: An Illustrated History of the 7000 Metre Peaks, ISBN 0-89886-238-8
- DEM files for the Himalaya (Corrected versions of SRTM data)
- "Himalayan Index". Retrieved 2006-09-20.
- A list of mountains ranked by local relief and steepness showing Salasungo as the world #13.