Thalay Sagar

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Thalay Sagar is located just north of Gangotri in the Western Garhwal of India. At 6904 meters, it is one of the most difficult mountains in the Garhwal with no easy ascent route. The first ascent route, the NW Couloir and West Ridge, is a technical ice climb in the lower sections, followed by a mixed free and aid rock section, followed by fifth class climbing up the final summit ridge. It was first climbed by an Anglo-American expedition in 1979.

A number of other routes exist on the mountain which have been completed. The NE buttress (British attempts and Norwegian success), a few routes on the North Face (many attempts, Hungarian, New Zealand and Russian successes), and the South Face (British-American). Attempts on the East ridge and on other faces have also been made.

The success rate on this peak is one of the lowest in the Garhwal.

Elevation (feet): 22,651
Elevation (meters): 6,904
Continent: Asia
Country: India
Range/Region: Garhwal Himalaya
Latitude: 30.859861
Longitude: 78.995849
Difficulty: Major Mountain Expedition
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun
Year first climbed: 1979
First successful climber(s): Roy Kligfield, Pete Thexton, John Thackray
Nearest major airport: Delhi
Convenient Center: Uttarkashi

Thanks to Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

There is one trip report for Thalay Sagar.

  • Log #18884 - by roy kligfield on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    First ascent of the mountain in may/june 1979 together with peter thexton (UK), John Thackray (UK), and Jon Waterman (USA). Via NW couloir and upper west ridge.