Shilla (mountain)

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North west view of Shilla

Shilla is a mountain peak close to Spiti Valley, part of the Himalaya mountains. Its peak is 6,132 metres (20,118 ft) above sea level. It is in Himachal Pradesh in Northern India.[1]

This rarely seen Shilla peak on the divide between Lingti and Shilla Nullah/nala became so famous that any mention of Spiti led to the memory of it and vice versa as Shilla held a dubious altitude record for 47 years in the trans-Himalayan region of Himachal Pradesh in India.

The name may be derived from: Shi = death, Shi-la = range or peak death. Other meanings locally offered are 'a place of monastery' or 'a gateway to heaven’.

Climbing history[edit]

Year Party
1860 Climbed by an unnamed Khalasi of the Survey of India.
1952 Recce by a South African party (J. de V. Graff and K. E. Snelson)
1966 Climbed by an Indian team (R. J. Kumar) on 19 and 20 July

Team Members : R JaiKumar, Harish Shah, Ramadan Prabhu, G. Srikanth, VV Srinivasan, George Vershese, Jagadish Kumar

Sherpa : Da Dhendu, Nim Phutar, Pemba Norbu, Ang Dorte, Nim Tenzing, Lakpa Norbu, Sona

Ladakhi : Wangyal, Sonam, Namgyal, Ringzing, Tsang Po [2]

1985 Climbed by an Indian team (S. Bhattacharya) on 31 August
1985 Climbed by an Indian team (S. Roy Chaudhury)
1987 Attempted by an Indian team (Harish Kapadia) from north and east cols.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guide to Trekking in Himachal: Over 65 Treks and 100 ... - Page 31 Minakshi Chaudhry - 2003 "Kinnaur & Spiti — region has Leo Pargial (6791 m), Gya (6794 , Shilla (6132 m), Shipki (6608 m),"
  2. ^ A Himalayan Adventure : The Mt. Shilla Expedition
  3. ^ Kapadia, Harish (1988). "Unknown Spiti: the middle country". Vol.44. The Himalayan Journal. Retrieved 20 August 2015.

Coordinates: 32°26′N 78°11′E / 32.433°N 78.183°E / 32.433; 78.183