Mountaineering is the unblemished adventure, for the body and soul. It is an endeavor to reach the vault of heaven, and explore the sprit of fantasy. India offers a vital range of mountaineering opportunities on its challenging peaks - the climber enthusiast can indulge in this romantic adventure in mountain ranges of Ladakh, the Nun-Kun Massif, in Jammu and Kashmir, in hills of Manali in Himalayas and Uttranchal.
The major portion of Indian Himalayas are crowned in Indian sub-continent extending up to the entire northern stretch shaping a startling curve about 3,200km. Indian Himalayas hold the treasures of splendid valleys with their eternal charm.
Majestic Himalayas of North India
The extreme Northern part of India holds immense mountaineering charm in the region of Jammu and Kashmir with some of its most beautiful snow capped peaks‚ where as Ladakh capture the attraction of some of the high altitude peaks with their scenic zest. The mountaineering through these valleys will encounter its visitors with its lush green alpine vales; flower-strewn meadows; meandering tributaries and river streams and glacier-topped mountains.
Mountaineering on the Himachal and Uttranchal Ranges
The mountain valley of Himachal Pradesh towards the northeast captures a mountain kingdom of Lahaul‚ Spiti and the tribal belt of Kinnaur. Mountaineering on these peaks is just awesome, as these exquisite haunts are less explored.
Uttaranchal another hilly state of India facilitates mountaineering opportunities with some of the beautiful peaks idle for climbing. The place is also a derivation of the Ganga, one of the holiest rivers of Hindus, it is also a destination for pilgrims, trekkers and rafters.
Adventure on the peaks of Kanchenjunga
Sikkim lies in India's Eastern Himalayas, the abode of 5 peaks of Kanchenjunga Mountain - the third-highest mountain in the world. The peaks are idle for climbing up the mountains, crossing the paths meandering through green forests, waterfalls, untamed streams rambling through meadows, pilgrim routes and finally reaching the sacred monasteries perched high in splendid isolation.
Mountaineering Adventure on the North East Ranges
Towards the extreme east of India lies the abode of 7 sisters, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh. These Himalaya ranges again have much of mountaineering scope, inhabited by friendly tribal folks. Mountain climbing in this region gives a captivating sight of high altitude rain forest dotted with spurs, pine trees and crest of the higher peaks of Himalayas. The hills of Assam are trimmed by the widespread Brahmaputra River, along its edge lies the Kaziranga National Park - the home of the one- horned Rhinoceros, that can be easily explored while taking up your mountaineering adventure.
Premier Mountain Travel Trips in India
Some of the idle mountaineering sights-
The ranges of Garhwal and Kumaon Himalaya
Sahasratal trek, Garhwal Himalaya, Hills of Uttar Pradesh-
Facilitates a route along pilgrimage sight to the holy lakes over 5000m.
The Khatling glacier trek, Garhwal Himalaya, Hills of Uttar Pradesh -
Throng with some of the most beautiful climbing areas along the Bhilangana river to its source at the Khatling glacier.
Ladakh, Lahaul, Spiti / Kinnaur-
Mountaineering through out Ladakh, Spiti and Lahaul are possible. Sojourn the valleys of Nubra, Zanskar, Dha Hanu and the lakes of Tso Moriri and Pangong Tso. Here mountaineering holds the charm of exploring the monasteries and villages at an altitude of 13,000 feet with the recently opened areas of Ladakh -a stunning lunar panorama.
The Rhododendron trek -
Mountaineering on the hills of Darjeeling through its tea plantations and over the Goecha la to Sikkim through flourishing alpine forests with orchids, rhododendrons will definitely leave the adventure seekers spellbind.
Precaution in Mountaineering
Himalayan Exposure strongly recommends that before taking up mountaineering one has to engage in regular exercise for at least two months. It is recommended that all travelers carry a small first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements. All climbers planning to join the trip should have a high level of fitness before undertaking the trip.
You must be capable of using technical equipment like ropes, harness etc, other wise you may not be able to take part in the tour until evidence of this has been presented to the group leader. To bring wireless sets with them or take on hire from IMF, for communication between camps on the mountain and the base camp.