Paul Ramsden, left, and Mick Fowler on the summit of Hagshu during a previous Himalayan climb

Paul Ramsden, left, and Mick Fowler on the summit of Hagshu during a previous Himalayan climb

A British mountaineering pair have made a first ascent on a remote Himalayan peak.

Mick Fowler and Paul Ramsden summited Gave Ding, a 6,400m (21,000ft) mountain in the far West of Nepal on 22 October.

Fowler, who works for HM Revenue and Customs, is renowned for his annual trips to attempt remote Himalayan routes with climbing companion Paul Ramsden.

They were supported on this expedition by Steve Burns and Ian Cartwright and backed by outdoors brand Berghaus. They climbed the mountain by a route on the north face in a six-day push, and then descended to base camp over two days, via the west ridge and north flank.

Gave Ding is located in one of the remotest regions of Nepal, in a valley that had never previously been visited by westerners. Mick Fowler spotted the mountain during an earlier expedition in the area and started planning his 2015 trip. They flew east from the UK at the end of September.

After returning to regional administrative capital Simikot, Fowler today reported that he and Ramsden had made the first ascent of Gave Ding, in a brief message sent to Berghaus. He said this was one of the best trips they had ever experienced, adding: “My happiness bubble is close to bursting.”

Mick Fowler and his team are due to be back in the UK early next week. During their expedition, Fowler and Ramsden tested product developments that will feature in the all-new Berghaus Extrem range for autumn-winter 2016, due to be launched to the trade in the near future.

Fowler’s pre-expedition blog can be seen on the Berghaus website.

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