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Top 5 Mountaineering Destinations in India

Mountaineering is something that should be experienced by all, at least once in life. Of course, you need to have stamina and perseverance and a love for nature. It is done on Rocky Mountains as well as ice-clad ones or at places that offer mixed terrain. Today, adventure sports have become a fad in India and many are taking to it and that’s why the country has some great mountaineering locations that promise to give you an experience you will never want to forget.

India has all sorts of landscapes, from Rocky Mountains, to Ice Mountains, thus providing an ideal location for all types of mountaineers, fresh or skilled. Depending on your preference and experience, you can choose from the top 5 mountaineering destinations of India as listed below:

1. Ladakh

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Ladakh is one of the most popular locations for adventure enthusiasts as there are some major peaks that offer a great mountaineering experience. As the mountains here have slippery slopes and tricky peaks, mountaineering in Ladakh needs great skills, stamina and experience as it can be quite hard. The low atmospheric pressure is another factor to consider. Nevertheless, with its natural beauty, the attractive mountains and the challenges that come with it, Ladakh is a tempting location for mountaineers worldwide.

There is the Stok range which is one of the most important regions in Ladakh and quite popular as well. The view of Stok Kangri at the peak can be quite a charming experience. As you reach 6000 m, you will find the Indus Vallley presenting itself to your eyes, a breathtaking view and an experience to cherish all your life.  After all, what is a mountaineering experience without any challenges?

The Kangyatse peak is one of the most difficult mountains to conquer and will require at least 9 days for an expedition. There are many other similar peaks as well. The peak Nun located in Suru valley is another preferred destination for mountaineers in Ladakh. It is known as the king of all climbs.

2. Himachal Pradesh

Camino a Key Gompa, Photo by Carlos Adampol Galindo, CC BY-SA 2.0

When it comes to adventure sports, Himachal Pradesh offers a wide range of opportunities. There are snow-capped mountains, deep valleys, captivating wildlife and great rivers and grassy plains.  There is a variety of peaks in the state such as Kharcha Parabat, White Sail, Menthosa, and Hanuman Tibba among others. A must-visit place is Manali with its diverse peaks as a beginner as well as an experienced mountaineer will find these peaks charming. Another challenge for mountaineers can be the untouched peaks that are quite a few in Himachal Pradesh. Go, make history, won’t you?

3. Uttarakhand

Near Mana and Badrinath, Photo by Sharada Prasad CS, CC BY 2.0

Garhwal and Kumaon in Uttarakhand offer ideal locations for mountaineers. The snow-capped mountains in Garhwal are a mountaineer’s delight as it offers everything that a mountaineer looks for. The peaks to look out for are Nanda Devi, Trishul and Kamet. Kumaon too can be ideal for mountaineers who are looking for a tourist expedition as well. There are at least 55 open peaks which mean there is enough and more for as many mountaineers as possible. There are also some most challenging peaks as well among these. So, watch out!

4. Sikkim

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If you wish to experience mountaineering at one of the best locations in India, you should head to Sikkim, the jewel of Northeast India. There are some of the best peaks for mountaineering such as Mt. Jopunu, Mt. Thingchinkhang and Mt. Pandim among others. Those who wish to learn the ropes can get to do so at the various mountaineering trails that the state has to offer. When you undertake mountaineering, you really understand the meaning of the term, ‘conquering peaks’.

5. Arunachal Pradesh

Sela Lake, Photo by Prashant Ram, CC BY-ND 2.0

This is another Northeast state that is ideal for mountaineering. Since, it is only recently that the state has allowed mountaineering; a seasoned mountaineer will find many new peaks to conquer. There is the Sela Peak, Namche Barwa Peak, Kelingo, Dapha Bum, Komdi Mountain, Lulupo among others.

There are some easy peaks that can be a good learning experience for novices. Those who wish to learn mountaineering, there are good institutes as well in the state. Go, learn the ropes and set out to conquer the mighty mountains and make life an adventure.

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