The joint British-Indian-Nepalese Services Himalayan expedition left Katmandu, West Nepal, February 29, for their assault on unconquered Annapurna 11, - 26,041 feet, - the third highest unclimbed peak in the world.
LTV Porters and sherpas prepare.
SV Expedition members pose for photograph.
SV PAN .. Women watch.
STV Porters start out.
SV Dr. Suman shakes hands with Colonel Roberts.
TV Porters and sherpas on way.
FV Expedition party.
RV Expedition through village.
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Background: The joint British-Indian-Nepalese Services Himalayan expedition left Katmandu, West Nepal, February 29, for their assault on unconquered Annapurna 11, - 26,041 feet, - the third highest unclimbed peak in the world. Later, in good weather, they pitched camp at Kakni on the first stage of their 15 mile march to the base camp at Manangbhote.
Lieutenant-Colonel J. O. M. Roberts, one of Britain's most experienced Himalayan climbers leads the team comprised of six British, two Indian and two Nepalese officers. With the expedition are nine Sherpas and 157 porters, carrying nearly 10,000 lbs of stores and equipment.
The expedition will spend some 67 days on Annapurna 11 and after intensive preparations will make the final assault about mid-May.
Annapurna 11 is 20 miles from Annapurna 1, successfully climbed by the French in 1950.
Members of the expedition are:
Colonel Roberts (Leader) Major Lorimer and Captain Grant (Royal Marines); Captain Crawshaw (British Army): Flight Lieutenant Ward (Royal Air Force): Lieutenant Bonington (British Army): Captain Jagjit Singh and Medical Officer Captain Sores (Indian Army): Captains P. Rana and G. Rana (Nepalese Army.)