Documentary on the Harrowing First Ascent of Janhukot

Documentary on the Harrowing First Ascent of Janhukot

Nestled in the Indian Garhwal Himalayas sits Janhukot, a very remote and hard to reach peak that rises more than 22,000 feet above sea level. The mountain sits at the end of the Gangotri glacier which is the head of the Ganges. The first attempt to climb Janhukot was in the 1980s when an Indian team tried and failed. At least six other known attempts have occurred  since then.

In June, Malcolm Bass, Guy Buckingham, and Paul Figg made a bid for the summit. It was Bass’s third attempt to summit Janhukot; first in 2004 and then he suffered frostbite in 2014.

For the attempt, the  trio brought along a film crew to document and the resulting documentary will debut on November 2 on textile company Pertex’s  website.

(Jan – hoo – kot)

Janhukot is a mountain buried deep in the heart of the Indian Garwhal Himalaya, at the end of the long Gangotri glacier and the head of the sacred source of the Ganges River.

Surrounded by some of the jewels of the Himalayan mountains – Shivling, Meru, Kedar Dome – Janhukot has an allure all of its own; mountaineers have strived in vain on this far flung summit as far back as the 1980s.

In May 2018, three British climbers Malcolm Bass, Paul Figg and Guy Buckingham set out to attempt the first ascent of Janhukot. They filmed their experiences along the way, in the hope that by sharing their mental and physical struggles to camera, they can encourage others to attempt similar adventures, and prove that with some sacrifice and training, ordinary people can do extraordinary things.