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The Panchachuli peaks (6905 m, 22649 ft) are a group of five snow-capped Himalayan peaks lying at the end of the eastern Kumaon region, near Munsiari, in Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand state, India. The peaks have altitudes ranging from 6,334 metres (20,781 ft) to 6,904 metres (22,651 ft). They form the watershed between the Gori and the Darmaganga valleys. Panchchuli is also located on the Gori Ganga-Lassar Yankti divide. The group lies 138 km (86 mi) from Pithoragarh. The five peaks on the Panchchuli massif are numbered from northwest to southeast. The highest peak is Panchchuli II, which was first scaled by an Indo-Tibetan Border Police expedition, led by Mahendra Singh, on 26 May 1973. One theory of the group’s name is derived from the legendary Pandavas’s “Five Chulis” (cooking hearths), where they cooked their last meal before proceeding toward their heavenly abode. Another theory is that this region was once part of the old Nepal Kingdom and in the Nepalese language Chuli refers to peaks, hence the 5 peaks. Five peaks of Panchachuli Panchachuli-1 (6,355 m) Panchachuli-2 (6,904 m) Panchachuli-3 (6,312 m) Panchachuli-4 (6,334 m) Panchachuli-5 (6,437 m)[

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