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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.[1] It is located in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, west of the Hindu holy town of Badrinath.

Chaukamba has four summits, along a northeast-southwest trending ridge, and ranging in elevation from to with an average elevation 7,014 m;[2] the main summit is at the northeast end.

Chaukamba I
Chaukamba II
Chaukamba III
Chaukamba IV

After unsuccessful attempts in 1938 and 1939, Chaukhamba I was first climbed on June 13, 1952, by Lucien George and Victor Russenberger (Swiss members of an otherwise French expedition). They ascended the northeast face, from the Bhagirathi-Kharak Glacier.[3]

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


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See also

  • Himalayan Peaks of Uttarakhand


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