The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript - J.H. Hutton tour diary in the Naga Hills

caption: climbing in the Saramati Range
medium: tours
person: BorHartland/ Capt.Kingdon Ward/ Capt. F.
location: Saramati Mt.
date: 12.3.1935
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 21.2.1935-26.3.1935
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 12th. Halted in the pass. We started off early in the morning to explore the ridge. Capt. Hartland and Kingdon Ward pushed on towards Saramati and got to the Snow line before they had to turn back. Mr. Bor and myself attempted the top of the 10,327 peak and got to within about 50 feet of the top, but got no view at all. Saramati itself was enveloped in cloud and even if Capt. Hartland had had no time to go on, it would not have been safe in the mist.
text: There are traces of wild mithun serow, porcupine and leopard all along the ridge and about a quarter of a mile beyond the 9500 point there is a place which must obviously hold water later (and earlier) in the year, but probably the best approach to Saramati another time would be along the north side of the Kamku range instead of the south, as the absence of water on the ridge kept our base too far from the mountain when south of that ridge. Had we been able to camp nearer its base we might have got up the mountain.
text: Capt. Kingdon Ward did not regard the vegetation on the ridge as very interesting. There were masses of the yellow macabeana rhododendron, familiar in the Elephant valley behind Japvo, just coming into bloom, as well as the usual red one and there is a certain amount of juniper - the first time Mr. Bor says, that 'Juniparus incurva' has been found in Assam.