2011: Junai Kangri, west face and south ridge. By Jonas Cruces, Spain

Climber stands on summit of Junai Kangri. Behind lies great south face of Mamostong Kangri. Jonas Cruces

Camp I on Mamostong Glacier, with Junai Kangri (seen from northwest) behind. Jonas Cruces

West face of Junai Kangri. Sin Permiso takes the obvious central couloir and then ridge left to summit. Jonas Cruces

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By Jonas Cruces, Spain

Junai Kangri, west face and south ridge.

On August 22 Francisco Ferrero, Juan G. Hernandez, Jose C. Llamas, and I, from Spain, with Phurbu Bhutia and Dawa Sherpa from India, made the first ascent of a 6,017m peak we have named Junai Kangri.

Our goal had been the original route on Mamostong Kangri (7,561m). The approach is from Skyangpoche, up the Mamostong Glacier and then east, crossing a col on the south ridge to reach the upper Thangman Glacier. Camp 1 was located at 5,454m, at the junction of the Mamostong Glacier and a side branch leading to the col. However, trying to descend the far side of the 5,807m col, we found a huge crevasse that proved impossible to cross. We retreated to Camp 1, from where we had noted a nice unclimbed peak immediately to the southeast.

All of us climbed the prominent central couloir on the west face and continued along the airy crest north to the summit. We named the route Sin Permiso (750m, AD+). We equipped the route for a rappel descent.

Jonas Cruces, Spain

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