National Geographic : 1961 Jan
Gauri Sankar's awesome wall pierces the sky between Nepal and Tibet. When seen from the valleys to the south, the huge ridge appears to domi nate the Himalayas. Its 23,440-foot summit remains unconquered. A Japa nese party tried in vain to scale the north side in 1959. Veteran mountaineers consider the massif's sheer Nepalese face (below) impassable. Sankar (Siva), the Hindu god of destruction, and his wife Gauri (Parvati) give their names to the twin peaks at left. Mr. Hammarskj6ld made two separate photographs as his plane flew past Gauri Sankar. Placed side by side, they form a single panorama.