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Changuch is a Himalayan mountain peak situated at the boundary of Pithoragarh and Bageshwar district of the Uttarakhand state of India. This peak is situated above the Pindari Glacier. This peak offers a ridge leading to Nanda Kot. On its massif Traill's pass is situated, which connects Pindari valley to Goriganga valley.

Attempts of 1987, 1997 and 2007

Attempts were made in the years 1987, 1997 and 2007 and all three of them had failed. All these unsuccessful expeditions were through Pindari valley. Indo-British Mt. Changuch Expedition of 1987 was led by B. Mukhoty. They were forced to retreat. The expedition of 1997 was led by G. Murray. This expedition also failed to reach the summit and third attempt for this peak led by navy commander s dam with a joint expedition Indian navy-IMF. The expedition was again unsuccessful due to an avalanche and death of two members at a height of 5200 meters.

British Expedition of 2009 - The First recorded successful ascent

In 2009, an Indo-British expedition led by Martin Moran approached the peak from Lawan Valley, an easier route compared to the one taken by previous attempts of 1987, 1997 and 2007 and made a successful ascent on June 9, 2009. Expedition's original target was Nanda Devi East. However, during the course of expedition, due to difficult conditions and lack of resources to meet original target, they shifted the target to the nearby Changuch.

In 2011 Indian Mountaineering Foundation send an Indian expedition to the peak led by Dhruv Joshi went via Pindari glacier and 5 members made a successful ascent on June 17, 2011 at 0950 am. Expedition consisted of 8 members. The team is as follows: Dhruv Joshi (leader), Dr. Anand Vaidhya (Medical Officer), Wallambok Lyngdoh, Bharat Bhushan , Takpa Norboo, Chetan Pandey, Mahesh S Dharamsaktu & Harish Kumar.No high altitudes porters were employed in this expedition. This is the second ascent of Changuch and first Indian and first from Pindari Glacier side.

Elevation (feet): 20,741
Elevation (meters): 6,322
Continent: Asia
Country: India
Range/Region: Garhwal Himalaya
Latitude: 30.290984
Longitude: 80.041051
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: May, Jun
Year first climbed: 2009 & 2011(Indian ascent)
First successful climber(s): Martin E moran
Nearest major airport: Pantnagar
Convenient Center: Bageshwar & Munsayari

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Trip Reports

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  • Log #22218 - by dhruv joshi on Aug 08, 20113.00 stars
    The first Indian successful ascent to Mt Changuch was obtained by Dhruv Joshi & his team on the 17th of June 2011