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In 1884 Sir Louis Dane was the first man to cross the Pin-Parvati pass (5319m) in Himanchal Pradesh (India). 132 years later most of the peaks in the valley remain unclimbed. Next spring (April 2017) we will be setting out to the Parvati basin to explore its peaks and glaciated valleys. We decided to do it in spring so that we can combine alpinistic ascents with ski descents of snowy slopes and couloirs. The alpinistic goals are not yet fully defined and will be adapted as we go along according to the conditions on the mountain. Nevertheless, we have already identified several possible first ascents and descents.

Peak 5360 m was climbed by the Indo-American expedition in 1996, peaks 5680 m and 5790 m are unclimbed. Picture of Aloke Surin.
Peak 5360 m was climbed by the Indo-American expedition in 1996, peaks 5680 m and 5790 m are unclimbed. Picture of Aloke Surin.

The main aim of the expedition is the ski-alpinistic exploration of the Parvati valley with the ascent and descent of several peaks higher than 5000m and one higher than 6000m. There are tens of peaks in the Parvati valley for which there is no available information, therefore the specific goals will be identified after an evaluation of the conditions at the moment of the expedition. We will spend two weeks in the Kullu valley to train, ski and build a good acclimatization. Afterwards we will move to Parvati. While logistic organization in Kullu should not be a problem, in Parvati we will be spending two weeks in a remote upper valley. There will not be the possibility of help with supplies so we will have to bring everything that we might need ourselves. We will be as light as possible to be able to quickly adapt to the conditions on the mountain and move the basecamp to different locations of the main Parvati valley and the lateral Dibibokri Nala.

Part of the upper Parvati valley with possible alpinistic targets. There are no climbing reports for any of the marked peaks
Part of the upper Parvati valley with possible alpinistic targets. There are no climbing reports for any of the marked peaks

We are a group of friends that eyed this valley and got very excited about doing some ski-mountaineering in this remote place. This blog is a real-time story of this project, a project that is in its first days and nobody can tell whether and how long it will survive. We will write about the preparation of the expedition that will take place in spring 2017, including training, logistics and some other mountain adventures that we live during this period. Read more on how this started (The birth of a ski-expedition) and our latest news and adventures (Blog).