The Lamjung Himal mountain was the first of the Himalayan peaks to be conquered this season.
The Lamjung Himal mountain was the first of the Himalayan peaks to be conquered this season. And the victors were three groups of Japanese climbers.
The Japanese Kochi mountaineering expedition scaled the 6,986 metre peak in three groups on three consecutive days. The teams were made up of thirteen Japanese and three Sherpas. All the members of the three teams returned down the mountain safely.
The first team to reach the summit was made up of Hiroo Wada, aged 27, Kinichi Kiyoda, aged 28, Shvichi Takeda, aged 24 and Kazuro Yamamoto, aged 30.
The next day Tadashi Irimajiri, Kawada Hiroshi and Seiji Yamamoto scaled the precipitous peak with two Nepalese Sherpa guides.
The third Japanese team of Yasumi Ugihara, Kinichi Nakahira, Toichi Nojima, Tsuneo Komatsu, Shojiro Murata and Isanu Tozaki, climbed to the mountain peak the day before the expedition returned to its base camp.
This year's mountain climbing "season" in the Himalayas promises to be one of the busiest yet with more than fourteen teams operating in the region.