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Ganesh Himal Expedition

The Ganesh Himal range lies some 70 km north – northwest of Kathmandu valley. The name for the range comes from the Hindu deity Ganesha, usually depicted in the form of an elephant. In fact, the south face of Pabil (Ganesh IV) slightly resembles an elephant, with a ridge that is reminiscent of an elephant's trunk. Clearly visible from the Kathmandu valley on a clear day the Ganesh Himal range holds true mountaineering appeal for the discerning mountaineers. The Ganesh Himal was first seriously reconnoitered for climbing by H. W. Tilman and party in 1950. The first attempt on the peak was in 1953.The first ascent, in 1955, was by a Franco-Swiss expedition led by Raymond Lambert, via the Southeast Face and Ridge.The ascent was most notable for the presence of a woman, Claude Kogan, in the summit party, which was very rare at the time. Lambert, Kogan, and Eric Gauchat achieved the summit, but Gauchat fell to his death on the descent.


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