Chomolhari from Tuna rest house

Chomolhari from Tuna rest house

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Hugh E. Richardson

Date of Photo

August 6th 1936


Chumbi Valley Region > Chomolhari (from Tuna)

Accession number


Northern face of Chomolhari, seen here as the peak on the right of the image, taken from the Tuna Rest House. Yaks in foreground, farm and water in middle distance

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Photographic Process

Print gelatin silver


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

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Donated to the British Museum in 1986 by Hugh E. Richardson

Previous Catologue Number

C.10.7 [view film roll]

Related Collections

F. S. Chapman Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written handlist of negatives taken whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: 'Chomolhari and yaks'; PRM Manuscripts Collection: ‘List of Tibetan Prints and Negatives’ - Book 1, From Gangtok to the Natu La August 1936: ‘9/2 - View from Tuna (10,000ft). Yaks in foreground. Choriolhari [ sic - Chomolhari] (24,000) on right of range’ [MS 10/03/2006]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: A group of negatives prefixed with 'C.10.' containing images of Lingmathang, Phari Dzong, Chomolhari from Tuna and chorten at Chushul, all of which seem to have been taken between August 4th - 6th 1936. A note at the bottom of the page states that the contact prints for these images were all ‘in album’, meaning the draft album of images compiled by the Mission from which official selections were made [MS 10/03/2006]

Other Information - Description: Chapman went on to make an acclaimed conquest of Mount Chomolhari following his departure from the Mission in 1936. In his book on his time in Lhasa, he indicates some of the early excitement he felt at seeing this mountain, and how it awakened his passionate interest in mountaineering: "
August 6th: to Tuna (10,000 ft): 21 miles. - Slept well. Woke at four to see Chomolhari a forbidding black cone surrounded by a wreath of nebulous cloud. An incredible mountain - for impression of sheer height and grandeur it surpasses any I have ever seen, except the Matterhorn. Put on gym-shoes and ran up the rounded hill to the north-east with the idea of examining its approaches. ... I had a good view of the long southern snowface of Chomolhari. It is not very steep, and though it is cut by several ice-falls it looks possible if once one could cross the intervening valleys and get on to it. The north and east faces look quite unclimbable" ['Lhasa: The Holy City', F. Spencer Chapman, London: Chatto & Windus, 1938, pp. 35-6]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Chomolhari from Tuna rest house" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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