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Nagadhiraj  Himalaya   A Review  of  the  Indian  Himalayan         
                                                                       by Harish Kapadia


About the auther:- Mr Harish Kapadia is a veteran Mountaineer & writer.This was one of the earliest Himalyan travel recorded in the Indian range.This article is based on 40 years of personal mountaineering experience of the auther in the indian Himalayan. Courtesy:- Yojana

                                                                                                               Though a lot has been done in the Indian Himalaya in the last Millennium, a lot remains to be done. After all what is a 100 years for the Nagadhiraj Himalaya, standing there for centuries. We must Pledge to know more about the range and protect it.

                                                                                                                                                      " In the northern direction there is a noble souled mountain called the Himalaya He is Nagadhiraj, the Lord of all mountains, with his two  extending arms fathoming the eastern and western oceans He stands unsurpassed as the measuring rod of the earth ''                                                                    Kalidas   in   Kumarsambhava


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To its north are the barren valleys of Spiti or the trans- Himalayan region. In 1983 and 1987 we explored the Lingti valley in eastern Spiti, one of the largest unvisited valleys at the time. Though several peaks were climbed by us, the elusive Gya could only be photographed.

Gya soon became a prized objective and built an aura around it towards end of this Millennium. Attempted from the Lingti valley and from Chumar in the north, soon its North peak and Gyasumpa (third peak) were climbed. But the main peak suffered wrong claims and defied mountaineers. Finally a team from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation ascended it in 1999, and behold, found a piton and a flag on the summit! Despite poor reporting and poor photographs, the army climbers did reach the summit in 1998. Thus Gya was climbed twice over. But not without a price. A Bombay climber, trying to be 'first' had died on the lower peak around the same time. With different routes still unclimbed Gya is set to test climbers in the next Millennium too.

Spiti was brought to the knowledge of mountaineers by Jimmy Roberts and later by two expeditions of Sir Peter Holmes, in 1955 and 1956, to the western valleys of Ratang and Pin. It will give you an idea how remote these valleys are-the next persons to go to these valleys were of Kaivan and me in 1993.

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