Climbathon Bara Shigri Glacier India 2014

Location: Bara Shigri Glacier, India

11 August - 03 September 2014

Climbathon 2014 is a subsidized mountaineering programme conducted on the Bara Shigri Glacier in the Indian Himalaya by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation. Participants learn a variety of skills which leads to proficiency in alpine-style climbing.

International climbers will be invited to be instructors who will teach the latest climbing techniques and use of latest equipment. Participants have the opportunity to climb a peak on the Bara Shigri Glacier as part of a mixed group of 50 students and Instructors

There is a nominal participation fee as Climbathon 2014 is subsidized and sponsored by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation. If you are selected, Indian participants are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of Rs 1000/- while foreign climbers will be charged a fee of US $500.

The Indian Mountaineering Foundation is accepting applications until the 1 June deadline and applications forms can be downloaded for Indian and foreign climbers from the IMF website.

Final decision on selected participants will be made by 1 July 2014.

The Bara Shigri Glacier is the largest glacier located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The glacier is located in the Chandra Valley of Lahaul and feeds the Chenab River. The name comes from the Lahaul dialect where Bara means big and Shigri means glacier. Mountaineering aficionados have a choice of peaks to climb from in the region, with about 25 of them in the 6000 metre range, and offering varying degrees of difficulty and challenges.

For more information please read this background documentand/or visit the IMF website here.

Unnamed peaks 6238m and 6290 (Photo: IMF for UIAA)

Heading to summit camp on Shigri Parbat (Photo: IMF for UIAA)

Training during the Climbathon (Photo: IMF for UIAA)

River crossing (Photo: IMF for UIAA)