A dauntless and semi-alpine style expedition was succeeded on Nanda Devi East (7434m) in the Kumaun Himalaya by an Indian team on 3rd July, 2014. This was the 12th ascent of the peak out of 28 attempts in last 75 years. Nanda Devi East was first successfully climbed by a Polish team in 1939.
Anindya Mukherjee attempted Nanda Devi East in the year 2013 with his fellow Indian climbers. However, four days of continuous snowfall resulted in limited climbing days and caused shortage of food and fuel. In spite of these limiting factors, they had made good progress and even managed one summit attempt from a camp at around 6600 m. But during the summit attempt, extremely high wind above 6900 m and poor gear conditions of the team added to their agony. They decided to turn back from below the summit pyramid putting safety of the team first.
The next year, in 2014, Anindya Mukerjee with his six team members attempted it again via Longstaff's Col in the south ridge of the summit route. It took four vital camps after the advance base camp (4750m) to ascend to the summit of Nanda Devi East successfully.
George Rodway (USA), Thendup Sherpa (India), Anindya Mukherjee (India), Temba Sherpa (High altitude supporter), Dup Tsering (High altitude supporter), Lhakpa Sherpa (Base Camp Cook) and Himanshu Pandey (Liaison Officer)
Thendup Sherpa, Anindya Mukherjee, Temba Sherpa and Dup Tsering on 3 July, 2014