Mt. Thingchinkhang, Sikkim, India - 19,718'

October 2007

By: Tom Ritchie

In October of 2007 CMC member Bruce Kocka organized an expedition to climb Thingchinkhang, a 19,718’ (6010m) peak in the Himalayan range that includes Kanchanjunga, the world’s third highest peak. Thingchinkhang, located in Sikkim , India , had never been climbed by an American.  Bruce was joined by CMC member Tom Ritchie and the late Ric DeVan on the joint Indian/American expedition.  The slide show starts with a picture of the one mile vertical south face of Thingchinkhang, followed by a jeep ride to Yuksam in Sikkim, a 4 day trek to establish base camp at 14,200’, advance base camp at 16,400’, camp 1 at 17,400’, the climb to the summit, and ends with the American climbers Tom, Ric and Bruce relaxing at 10,000’ after their successful summit. Photographs by Tom Ritchie and Ric DeVan.

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