Photographer's Note

Mount Shivlinga in the Gharwal region of Himalaya is considered as a "Dream Mountain". The height is 6543 mtr. (Approx. 22,000 feet). The mountain is popular in trekkers because it’s uncommon shape. From one side it looks like "Lord Ganesha" and from another side it looks like "Pind" of Lord Shiva that is the reason it is named as Mount Shivling.

The trekkers had to pass through Herculean task because of its unusual geographical conditions such as heavy snowfall, avalanches, low air in the highest area, 5000 feet narrow road, 90 degree straight climbing, 300 feet ice wall, at last stage narrow space for tents, unstable weather conditions and other natural calamities.

Mount Shivlinga has great history. It has in all ten routes for climbing. The first attempt was made by ITBP, which was led by Hukum Singh on 3rd June 1974. They chose West Ridge route at Shivlinga. In 1983 the Indian Army became successful in ascending this peak but another civilian group was unsuccessful. Many civilian trekkers had to sacrifice their lives.

A team of nine members from Giripremi Club, Pune (India) completed the mission of capturing successfully on 9th June 2007. Mount Shivling is very different as compared to other mountains. No doubt "Everest" is the toppest in the World but the challenges of Shivlinga are different and difficult.

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