Survivors of the ill-fated 12-woman international expedition, climbing one of the world's eight highest peaks - Cho Oyu, in the Himalayas, - were filmed making their return trek across mountainous country near Katmandu, Nepal, where they arrived November 6.
GV Mountainous Cerrain.
LV Expedition through mountain trail.
LV Countess Dorothy Gravina and another lady towards.
SV PAN Mme. Jeanne Franco.
LV TOWARDS.. Pem Pem.
SV TOWARDS.. Nina and Doma, Tenzing girls.
LV Porters carrying gear etc.,
SV Miss Darvill and Miss Loulou Boulas.
LV Ladies camping for the night.
GV Mountainous area.
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Background: Survivors of the ill-fated 12-woman international expedition, climbing one of the world's eight highest peaks - Cho Oyu, in the Himalayas, - were filmed making their return trek across mountainous country near Katmandu, Nepal, where they arrived November 6.
After the deaths of expedition leader Mme. Kogan, Mlle. van der Stratten and two Sherpa porters during the climb, leadership of the party was taken over by Countess Dorothy Gravina.
Among the survivors were two daughters and a niece of Sherpa Tensing - who conquered nearby Mt. Everest with Sir Edmund Hilary in 1952 - Pem Pem, Nima and Doma. Nima, aged 17, climbed to a height of 22,440 ft., believed to be a record for teenagers. She asked to make the climb to the 26,867 ft. summit but Mme. Kogan refused because of bad weather.
Mme. Kogan and Mlle. van der Stratten, both well-known woman climbers, lost their lives in a blizzard after leaving the rest of the party in an attempt to each the summit. A search was made, but their bodies were not found. Mme Kogan had made an earlier attempt on Cho Oyu five years previously, failing to reach the top by only 1750 feet. Her husband was also killed in a mountaineering accident, several years ago.