Anglo-New Zealand Kishtwar Expedition
The team set themselves two potential objectives of the North Spur of Flat Top (6100m) and South West Face of Kishtwar Eiger (6000m). After setting base camp at Sattarchin they acclimatised up to 5100m as far as the col of Flat Top. Descending to base camp and a couple of days rest they struck out for the summit at the beginning of October. Climbing the climbing was up to Scottish VI however they had to retreat at 5300m due to deep snow on route and increasingly heavy downfalls. They turned instead to Flat Top’s East Ridge by which they gained a slightly higher height of 5400m before the short weather window they had identified came to an end and they were forced back down. Following three rest days in camp they switched peaks and found excellent climbing on the South Face of Kishtwar Eiger. Their summit attempt on the second day failed at what they believe to be 300m short of the top, where they were forced back by increasingly heavy snowfall.