Down from the mountains to Katmandu Nov. 9 sped two sherpas with the first news that the 32-man Japanese expedition to 23,440-foot Mt.
Down from the mountains to Katmandu Nov. 9 sped two sherpas with the first news that the 32-man Japanese expedition to 23,440-foot Mt. Gaurishanka in the Himalayas was safe.
Thus ended world-wide speculation over the fate of the expedition - reported missing since early the previous month. The two sherpas brought the extra news that the expedition had in fact plans different from those previously reported.
While search parties set out, mountain experts in many countries seriously doubted the expeditions loss. Until the expedition was due to return to Katmandu with its own account of its movements, the belief of the experts was that the expedition was probably photographing Everest at the height of other fears of its fate on the Gaurishanka peak - named after the Hindu God of Destruction.