Delhi section talk: First Ascent of Ghandarbha Chuli by Romanians Cosmin Andron and Cristina Pogacean

In an illustrated talk Romanians Cosmin Andron and Cristina Pogacean will share details of the first ascent of Ghandarbha Chuli, a snow and ice peak on the eastern rim of the Annapurna Sanctuary in Nepal.

Ghandarbha Chuli (6,248 m) lies on the ridge connecting Annapurna III (7,553 m) to Macchapuchhare (6,993 m). There have been no previous official attempts.

Just to the south, Macchapuchhare is one of Nepal’s most famous sacred summits, and is completely off-limits to climbers. Even though Ghandarbha Chuli is an open peak for climbing the team on reaching base camp learned that the locals were unhappy about this attempt as the peak was very close to Macchapuchhare.

As a sign of respect for local community beliefs when Andron and Pogacean reached near the summit they made a small platform one body length below the top, where they left Nepali and Romanain flags attached to a snow stake. The GPS recorded 6,302 m.

Venue: Sarin Hall, Indian Mountaineering Foundation, Number 6, Benito Juarez Road, New Delhi - 110 021.

Time: Monday, 3 November 2014, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.