■ 2018.08.23

JAC Youth Club members to scale Mount Chamlang

JAC Young climbers to scale Mount Chamlang in Nepal 

A three-member expedition team from the Japanese Alpine Club’s Youth Club will attempt to scale 7,319-meter Mount Chamlang in eastern Nepal in October from the mountain’s West Ridge route as the group’s first overseas mountaineering expedition in 20 years. 

The team, made up of Kotaro Miyazu, 27, a Mount Fuji guide and climber working at a Tokyo mountain goods shop, and Kazuki Sugihara, 26, another climber working at a Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, mountain goods shop, and Masaru Sasaki, 28, a climber and a Kwansei University graduate, who will serve as a support member. Miyazu is a former Meiji University alpine club member and Sugihara a former Tokai University alpine club member. 

The trio will leave Japan on Sept. 15 arriving in Kathmandu the next day. The team will make preparations and activities for altitude adaptation before advancing to the first Base Camp in early October. 

According to the team’s plan, Miyazu and Sugihara will start the attack from the BC1 to Chamlang West Ridge at 6,100 meters on Oct. 14 and are expected to reach the top the next day. They are expected to return home on Oct. 30. 

In May 1998, five young climbers of the 10-member expedition team from the Japanese Alpine Club successfully scaled Mount Kangchenjunga (8,586 meters).