Machoi Peak

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Machoi Peak
Machoi Peak, as seen on an overcast day, in July 2013.jpg
Machoi Peak, as seen on an overcast day, in 2013.
Highest point
Elevation5,458 m (17,907 ft)
Coordinates34°13′42″N 75°35′10″E / 34.22833°N 75.58611°E / 34.22833; 75.58611Coordinates: 34°13′42″N 75°35′10″E / 34.22833°N 75.58611°E / 34.22833; 75.58611
Machoi Peak is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Machoi Peak
Machoi Peak
Parent rangeHimalaya
First ascent10 September 1984
Indian army Team
Easiest routeRight side of Amarnath cave

Machoi Peak is a mountain with a peak elevation[1] of 17,907 ft (5,458 metres), in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir, in the vicinity of Sonamarg. Machoi Peak is part of the Himalaya Range, and is located between Amarnath cave and Zojila. It lies 105 km north east from Srinagar, 25 km from Sonamarg in the east. It rises from the glacier of its name Machoi Glacier is the source of Nallah Sindh.[2] in the vicinity of Kashmir valley.

Machoi Peak rises from the Machoi glacier is a pyramid-shaped peak with ice falls and ice fields at its bottom and ridges.

Climbing history and routes[edit]

U.S. Army Capt. Mathew Hickey and Indian Army Maj. Sanat Kumar at the summit of Machoi Peak on 7 July 2013.

Machoi Peak was first surveyed by a British medical team headed by Dr Ernest Neve in 1912[3] but not climbed. It was latter climbed by a team of Indian army on 10 September 1984.[4]

The easiest route to climb Mechoi Peak is from the right side of Amarnath cave[5] which leads to its west face, starts from Baltal a 20 kilometers high altitude alpine tract leads to the foothills of the peak. From the north side it is steep and one has to cross the whole Machoi glacier with ridges and falling ice. The east face of the peak is more difficult due to the remoteness of the area which starts from Matayan, Dras.[6]


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  2. ^ "Geography of Kashmir". Retrieved 2012-04-25.
  3. ^ "Mechoi serveyed" (PDF). Alpine Journal. Retrieved 2012-04-25.
  4. ^ "Saltoro hills range". Retrieved 2012-04-25.
  5. ^ "Machoi glacier". Retrieved 2012-04-25.
  6. ^ pdf/e/list/green. pdf "Mechoi" Check |url= value (help) (PDF). Alpine Journal. Retrieved 2012-04-25.