Italians Attempting New Line in ‘India’s Yosemite’

Francesco Ratti, Alessandro Bau, Jerome Perruquet, and Lorenzo D’Addario are aiming for a new route on one of the the spires in the Miyar Valley, which Chris Bonington once described as “India’s Yosemite.” The Italians reached Base Camp last Sunday, after a three-day trek from Manali.

They then spent three days acclimatizing and having a good look at potential lines. At the moment, the climbers are back to Base Camp, waiting out bad weather.

Originally, they were considering either the Neverseen Tower (5,800m) or Mahindra Peak (6,080m) but they have not specified which wall they have decided to attempt.

The team has only a satphone, so they will send pictures and more details when they return to civilization around the beginning of October.

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides graduated university in journalism and specializes in high-altitude mountaineering and expedition news. She has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of local and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporations, press manager and communication executive, and a published author.