Sickle Moon Peak

Sickle Moon Peak or Bharanzar Peak (6,574 metres or 21,568 feet) is located in the Kishtwar Himalaya and is the highest summit of the range. It lies in the eastern Himalayan range, and is 12 km (7 mi) north of Brammah massis in Kishtwar, 55 kilometers east of Kishtwar town and 195 kilometers east of Srinagar, the summer capital of the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Sickle Moon Peak
Bharanzar Peak
Sickle Moon Peak is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Sickle Moon Peak
Sickle Moon Peak
Location in Jammu and Kashmir
Highest point
Elevation6,574 m (21,568 ft) [1]
Prominence1,606 m (5,269 ft) [1]
Coordinates33°36′09″N 76°07′54″E / 33.60250°N 76.13167°E / 33.60250; 76.13167Coordinates: 33°36′09″N 76°07′54″E / 33.60250°N 76.13167°E / 33.60250; 76.13167[1]
LocationKishtwar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Parent rangeHimalayas
First ascent1975 by Lt. Col. D. N. Tankha (India) of HAWS
Easiest routeNorth Ridge: glacier/snow/ice climb

The Brammah massif lies south of Sickle Moon and is separated by a 12 kilometer glacier. The nearest Peaks are Brahma I 21,050 ft (6,416 metres), Flat Top 20,023 ft (6,103 metres), Brahma II 21,276 ft (6,485 metres), and Arjuna 20,440 ft (6,230 metres), listed in order from west to east.[2]


The east Kishtwar range of Brahma massif was first assessed by an Australian team in 1939.[3] The eastern approaches of this Peak were explored by Fritz Kolb and his friends, the two Austrian mountaineers in 1947,[4] from its base at Machail and climbed two small peeks. After a period of closure, the area was again open to foreigners in the early seventies, and there was a rush to climb the obvious plums in the western region. In 1973 British mountaineers Nick Escourt and Chris Bonington made an ascent of Brammah I (6416 m) and two years later in 1975 a team of Indian High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) led by Lt. Col. D. N. Tankha made the first ascent of this Peak.[5]

The massif is accessed by 145 kilometers by road from Srinagar up to Kishtwar town and then 50 kilometers alpine track leads to the base of the summit.


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  2. ^ "Mountain expeditions". Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  3. ^ "A PEAK BAGGER'S GUIDE TO THE EASTERN KISHTWAR: Himalayan Journal vol.45/13". Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Kishtwar". Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Expeditions 1973-1975". himalayanclub. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012.