Larsi Peak 5670m, The Himalayas, India 19/7 2016

After one resting day at basecamp, it's time for our summit attempt. After a couple of days with poor weather it looks a bit better today. At first we follow the route leading towards Stok Kangri, up on a ridge some 140 meters over BC. We need half an hour to get there. After that we follow the ridge up left. (larger picture)

 


A look back towards basecamp from the pass at 5125m höjd. (larger picture)

As we slowly climb the technically simple ridge towards the lower summit, the main summit begins to appear to the right. Slowly yes, because of the altitude of course. Nothing is easy up here, everything takes time. (larger picture)

Eventually we reach  the lower summit, at 5430m. Here is BC from the summit. I have seen several pictures from here on the internet, where people claim to be at 5670m. That's totally wrong. The path leading on towards the main summit, will now be something completely different. (larger picture)

Here's the main summit, seen from the lower summit. This is where the real climb begins. We climb the least steep sections in the middle of the picture, the turning right, following some cliffs towards the summit. (larger picture)

Here we begin to reach the steeper section. From here the hands are used a lot. There are a few markers but not much. We try to see the tracks from others and follow them to find the best way up. (larger picture)

And now we are given a different form of entertainment. Far up in the north, there are several tornadoes forming. We often see more than one at the same time. Luckily there is almost nothing but wasteland up there. The one in the middle of this picture could have coused real damage. (larger picture)


Dante has reached the crest, only the final climb to the summit remains. We have felt some dizziness for the last 200m, and it has been difficult to get oxygen to the muscles. We've had numerous of small brakes to catch our breath. But apart from that we feel ok. (larger picture)

The final climb to the summit is some 10m of real climbing, that means no scrambling. But there are good points for hands and feet and we feel quite ok going up here. Of course, the altitude makes it necessary to take extra care. So we do move slowly up here, not to make any misstakes because of slow thinking. (larger picture)

Well, here I am on the quite sharp summit. Behind me are cliffs leading down to the Stok Kangri Glacier, with the steep slopes leading up towards Stok Kangri on the other side. 

We chose the right peak today. We climbed it, even if it was a bit tough towards the end. Neither one of us would have wanted to go any higher.
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Golep Kangri 5950m, to the southeast. (larger picture)

Straight to the south, just to the left of the dark peak in the middle, is Shuku Kangri 6000m. (larger picture)

And here is Stok Kangri 6120m,  almost straight to the west. (larger picture)

Almost straight north is Leh, looking as a green oasis in the middle of the picture. Closer, and going from left to right, is the Indus valley. Towards the horizon, a bit to the left, are the 7000m peaks Saser Kangri. But they are hidden behind clouds and only one, 6435m peak is visible.  (larger picture)
Zooming in on the 6435m peak, a little to the left in this picture. The Saser peaks would be to the left of it, but aren't seen better than this. (larger picture)

Far away to the east is Tibet.  I don't know if the visibility we have today permits us to see it, but it's possible that the peaks towards the horizon actually are in Tibet. (larger picture)

Far up in the north north west is K2. Unfortunately we don't have the visibility to see it today. (larger picture)

To the right in this picture isTelthop 6185m. (larger picture)
Zooming in to the NNW. (larger picture)