After permission was refused for their first objective (Rimo III) they changed target to the NW Ridge of Gangstang (6163m) in the Lahaul district of Himachal Pradesh.
They drove via Manali to the roadhead at Naingarth, and then made a 2 day trek to base camp. Bass and Buckingham acclimatised with the second ascent of Neelkantha (5630m), on which they were accompanied by their liaison officer Parmendar Sharma. They then completed the ascent of the NW ridge of Gangstang (without liaison officer) over four days, 1500m at Alpine ED1, 5a and Scottish VI. They were blessed with good weather, which meant that they could acclimatise and achieve their objectives in short order.