Adam Bielecki, National Polish Team Target New Routes in Garhwal Himalaya

Polish members of the country’s National Himalayan Team are on their way to the Garhwal Himalaya to climb three different routes — two new ones and one never-repeated line.

Rock and Ice peak under a bluebird sky.

Thalay Sagar. Photo: Zbigniew Skierski


Wadim Jablonski, Jakub Radziejowski, and Ondrej Huserka (a Slovak national and the only non-Pole in the group) aim to open a new route on the East Face of Thalay Sagar (6,904m) in the Kedar Tal Valley. Their partners will head to the Gangrotri Valley, which is also the destination of Alex and Thomas Huber. The two Germans have not yet revealed their current goal.

Adam Bielecki — a Winter Broad Peak summiter — currently prefers to climb with his country’s national team. The group usually combines very experienced climbers with young promising ones on lonelier ranges. Bielecki also joined them last year on some Karakoram 6,000’ers.

This year, Bielecki, along with Damian Granowski and Kacper Kloda, will climb a new route on 6,000m Swachhand Peak. Meanwhile, Mateusz Grobel and Mateusz Wieckowski will repeat the only route yet opened on Bhagirathi II (by Austrians Edi Ellmauthaler and Toni Messner in 1933).

The team will remain in the mountains until the end of October.

Rocky faces with snow on top, and some Indian antelopes gracing in front.

The Bhagirati massif. Photo: Andrzej Zyczkowski

Angela Benavides

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