Watch this video of the first ascent of Larkya Main, a 6,425-metre peak in the Himalayas first climbed in 2017 by climbers from Georgia.
Giorgi Tepnadze, Bakar Gelashvili and Archil Badriashvili climbed the big peak last September via the Southeast Face.
In a story on Planetmountain.com, Badriashvili said, “The route we chose turned out to be very different from the pictures, but the line was clear from objective hazards; the main reason we chose the central wall was that it looked steep, safe and logical.
“We needed six days of climbing, past rock of differing quality and difficulties up to 6a M4 and pitches of continuous A3+.
“Overhaning, the route got harder the higher we climbed. We stood on the summit of Larkya main in the morning of Oct. 27, 2017, nine days after having left base camp.
“We descended via the same route and returned to BC two days and nights later. In the same restless tempo we soon completed the beautiful Manaslu trek and 150-kilometre-long walk; our journey lasted 38 days in total.”
The route is called the Georgian Line and goes at 1,700 metres from base camp with 700 metres of climbing at 5.10b M4 A3+ (one pitch up to A4) and 80˚ snow.
Watch video from the first ascent below.