On September 3rd, Denis Burdet, David Lama and myself are flying to Delhi, India. Our objective is a mountain in the Kashmir-Himalaya area. For years this region has been closed to tourists and alpinists because of tense military conflict between India and Pakistan.
The mountain’s name is Cerro Kishtwar and is situated between the Chinese and Pakistani boarders. Much like the Thalay Sagar and the Arwa Tower, Cerro Kishtwar is a deeply aesthetic mountain with a very interesting and still unclimbed North Face.
Our alpine project was chosen by Mammut as one of their 150 Peak Projects. To document the expedition, American alpine photographer Rob Frost is joining us on the wall and Swiss photographer Stefan Schlumpf will be doing camera work up to basecamp.
An attempt at the North Face was made in the early nineties by a British expedition led by Andi Perkins. The team showed amazing effort making it very high up the face, but were unable to complete their climb. Later in 1993, Mike Fowler successfully reached the summit by climbing the North-West Face via a route of ice and snow.
Our goal is Cerro Kishtwar’s North Face, which stretches almost 1000 meters. The summit stands 6200 meters above sea level and the approach to our basecamp at 3500 meters will take about two weeks to reach. We’ve planned six weeks for the whole expedition and should reach basecamp on September 13. We are all really motivated and prepared for what’s to come over the next few weeks! Look forward sending news from India soon!