Austrians Hansjorg Auer, Max Berger, Much Mayr and Guido Unterwurzacher have made the first ascent of a 6,000-metre peak in the Himalayas.

The strong team took two days to climb the southeast face and reached the summit on Oct. 5.

“After three intense days on the mountain we reached the unclimbed summit of a very beautiful 6,000-metre peak in the northern part of the Indian Himalaya,” said Unterwurzacher. “Thanks to my friends for the incredible experience.”

Auer has had a good year in the Himalayas, he made the first ascent of Lupghar Sar’s west face solo in July.

“This peak in Pakistan’s Karakorum range was first climbed in 1979 via the Southwest ridge by a German expedition led by Hans Gloggner,” said Auer about his climb.

“Climbing completely on my own, I set off on July 6 and climbed from base camp to a good bivy spot at 6,200 metres in seven-and-a-half hours. The next morning I climbed a line on the left side of the West face to reach the steep Northwest Ridge. I followed this past some very loose rock and reached the summit at 11:30 am. The descent proved both complicated and tiring but nevertheless I made it down safely to base camp that same day.”

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