Chaukhamba Peak is a group of 4 mountain peaks in the Himalayan range. It is one of the famous peaks of Uttarakhand. Chaukhamba is a mountain massif in the Gangotri group of the Garhwal Himalayas. This peak is located west of the Badrinath Dham and Chaukhamba has four summits, along a northeast-southwest trending ridge and ranging in elevation from 7138 meters. Which is 23,419 feet. Mana pass is the key col for Chaukhamba 1.
- Chaukhamba 1 – 7,138 meters(23,419 ft)
- Chaukhamba 2 – 7,070 meters(23,196 feet)
- Chaukhamba 3 – 6,995 meters(22,949 feet)
- Chaukhamba 4 – 6,854 meters(22,487 feet)
History of Chaukhamba
The first unsuccessful attempt was done in the year 1938 and 1939. Lucien George and Victor Russenberger climbed Chaukhamba for the first time on 13 June 1952. They ascended the north face from the Bhagirathi – Kharak Glacier.
Climbing routes to Chaukhamba
- Northeast face via Bhagirathi-Kharak Glacier
- West face
- Northwest ridge
- Southwest face
How to reach Chaukhamba
The trek to Chaukhamba starts from the holy town of Badrinath which is in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. To be exact, the actual trek starts from Mana village.
Mana Village is well-connected to national highway 7 and other state highways. You can easily reach Mana from the major cities of Uttarakhand like – Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, or Delhi. One can easily reach these cities from outside of Uttarakhand and then take a bus or shared taxi to Badrinath.
Badrinath town is not connected with the rail network, the nearest railway station is in Rishikesh. But after a few years, the nearest railway station will be in Karnaprayag after the completion of the project Rishikesh – Karnaprayag railway project. You can take the train to Haridwar from any major railway station in India and then to Rishikesh and for the rest of the journey, you will have to travel by road which is the only option.
The nearest airport to Badrinath is Jolly Grant, from there you can take a bus or cab to reach Badrinath. Or you can take a helicopter to Gauchar from Dehradun and from Gauchar to Badrinath you can take a bus or cab.