Thursday, November 12, 2009
GANGTOK, November 12: A three member international expedition team led by British mountaineer Roger Payne has returned back to Gangtok successful reached the summit of Mount Jopunu (5930 m).
The ascent had taken place on the morning hours of November 7. The other two summiteers were Julie Ann-Clynn and Hugh Sheehan from New Zealand.
Payne informed Sikkim Express that the team had proceed towards the peak from the high camp at 5400 m at 6.30 am in the morning of November 7 and returned back to the camp in the evening hours.
We took a new route this time and approached the peak from the left hand side where there were mixed climbing among rocks, snow and ice, said Payne adding that mountaineering along Mount Jopunu is a complicated process.
Earlier, Payne had led another international mountaineering team to explore the peaks of West Sikkim. The four team members from Canada, UK and Ecuador.
We did some exploring, said Payne. The team also reached Col ridge (5510 m) between Mount Jopuno and Lama Lamini on November 2.
Payne said that that it was the first time that this place was reached from where the team members had a good view of Makalu peak in Nepal and Chomu Lahiri in Bhutan.