Offering the choice of climbing some of
the highest peaks in the world, India is a preferred destination for
adventure tourists. Scaling some of the tallest peaks in the world is a
unique experience in itself as it also brings the opportunity of cultural
learning and recreation. You get a chance to see some of the highest
permanent settlements in the world and mysterious locales of spirituality.
You don't get the thrill of standing on the pinnacle of a mountain, it gives
more than that. The Himalayan peaks are widely perceived as unaccessible.
Images of roaring winds, biting cold and horrible disasters haunt us, but
all this doesn't apply to a few people. If you also are among these rare
ones, mountaineering in India is for you. Mountaineering demands a high
level of skills and fitness. Mountaineering can usually be taken up in two
ways trekking for a few years and then slowly graduating to climbing,
or undergoing a course in mountaineering before trying mountaineering
directly. Whatever way you choose, a variety of mountaineering locations are
posing a challenge for you. Some of the major destinations are mentioned
Jammu and Kashmir
Located in the extreme northern India, the great Himalayas hold immense
mountaineering charm in Jammu and Kashmir. This beautiful state has some of
the most beautiful snow capped peaks whereas Ladakh presents some of
the high altitude peaks with their scenic zest. These valleys will encounter
their visitors with lush green alpine vales, flower-strewn meadows,
meandering tributaries, river streams and glacier-topped mountains while
Himachal and Uttranchal Ranges
Himachal Pradesh and Uttranchal are the two northern hilly states. Mountain
valley of state Himachal Pradesh state towards the northeast captures a
mountain kingdom of Lahaul Spiti and the tribal belt of Kinnaur.
Mountaineering on these peaks is really enthralling as these exquisite
haunts are still unexplored. Another hilly state Uttranchal -
facilitates mountaineering opportunities with some of the best peaks
regarded ideal for climbing. The state is also famous for a derivation of
the Ganga, one of the holiest rivers of Hindus, a revered Hindu pilgrimage,
a preferred destination for trekkers and rafters.
Lying in India's eastern Himalayas, Sikkim is the abode of 5 peaks of
Kanchenjunga Mountain, which is regarded as the third highest mountain in
the world. These peaks are regarded ideal for climbing up the mountains.
Even 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 is a
memorable experience in itself.
North Eastern India
North Eastern part of India is known as the abode of 7 sisters, Assam,
Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh. These
states are located in the eastern Himalayas and offer 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 in Assam
are trimmed by widespread River Brahmaputra. Kaziranga National Park - the
home of the one- horned Rhinoceros, lies in the northern edge.
Tips for Mountaineering
You should keep some guidelines in your mind during or before
mountaineering. These are as follows:
- Evaluate the level of difficulty on the basis of your physical
fitness. Participate in peak climbing or high-altitude trekking only if
you are feeling comfortable.
- A thorough medical fitness check-up is a must before mountaineering.
- You should learn dealing with high-altitude sickness or high-altitude
- Learn the proper handling of mountaineering equipment.
- Keep necessary medicines and first aid kit with you.
- Follow mountaineering guidelines, high-altitude survival techniques
and first-aid techniques.
- Protect yourself anyhow from snow blindness, frostbiting and sun burn
during the expedition.
- Plan your tour in such a way that you have ample time for altitude
- Prepare yourself gradually with each stage of altitude increase.
Don't hurry up.