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Mountaineering Himalayas

Himalayas are the greatest range of mountains on earth, their beauty, vastness, fascination and mystery will always have an everlasting appeal for those who venture in this region.  its splendor and beauty, testing their determination by glaciers and peaks, defying their spirit with their inviolate mysteries-enables man to acquire the qualities which only danger and nature in the raw can sharpen. Mountaineering accentuates and exercises the quality of self-reliance, leadership and discipline amongst adventure sports lovers. Getting to the Himalayas is difficult they are far away from most of the people and difficult to get go. A big obstacle is the expense. The actual time spent on the climbing is relatively a small proportion of the total time taken by the mountaineer to get to the mountain. It is an expedition with Sherpas carrying loads of equipment, such as tents, sleeping bags, cooking utensils etc.

Mountaineering Institute

The conquest of Everest acted as a stimulus to Indian mountaineering and in 1954, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute at Darjeeling was established with the late major N.D. Jayal (Nandu) as its first principal. Since then other institutes have been set up at Uttarkashi in Uttaranchal and at Manali in Himachal Pradesh.

Mountaineering in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

Ladakh is mountaineers delight given by its several mountain ranges like Karakoram, Zangskar and Ladakh Ranges. The most famous and easily accessible is the Stok Khangri massif in Zangskar range, south of Leh. The base Camp for various peaks of this massif is about four days trek from the village of Stok or Spituk. Pir Panjal mountaineering range is situated south of the Himalayas. The vale of Kashmir is sandwiched between the Pir Panjals and the Himalayas. Similarly the Lahaul valley, north of Manali and south of Ladakh, is sandwiched between the two ranges.

Mountaineering Garhwal Kumaon

The Garhwal and Kumon region in the state of Uttaranchal not only constitutes a large part of the Himalayas, but also contains some of the most challenging peaks - Nanda Devi, Trisul, Dunagiri, Kamet, Chaukhamba, Nilkanth, Bandarpoonch, etc.

Mountaineering in Manali, Himachal Pradesh

The area around Manali presently forms the core of mountaineering in Himachal. The Beas Kund region and lower reaches of the Hanuman Tibba [5,930m], the Manali and Shitidhar peaks around the source of the river Beas, and the Deo Tibba (6,001m) area, are suggested for beginners with some experience.

Mountaineering in Garhwal, Uttranchal  - Mountaineering in Garhwal is concentrated mainly in two areas -- around the Gangotri Glacier and the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. There are numerous peaks of varying heights and difficulty level, between 6500-7000 mt. The highest peak is Nanda Devi, 7601 mt and two more � Kamet and Abhigaman are a little over 7000 mt. The approach march, in most cases, is not more than 3-4 days and therefore many available peaks can be attempted within a period of 4-5 weeks from Delhi. The approach march to the Nanda Devi sanctuary could take a week and is an expedition in itself.

Best Season:
The mountaineering season is from Apr-Nov, however, a number of peaks can also be attempted during winters. The permanent snowline in the region starts at around 5000 mt.

Mountaineering Expeditions:
All mountaineering expeditions have to be cleared by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation before they can begin. Expeditions are graded according to level of difficulty and must be accompanied by a liaison officer, provided by the government, at the expedition's expense.

Mountaineering in Sikkim

The Sikkim Himalayas, the epitome of the world's mountains, encompass a wonderland, which for sheer beauty and magnificence remains unbeaten elsewhere in the globe. In the southwestern part of Sikkim, in the main Himalayan range, lies the majestic Kangchedzonga, rising to a staggering height of 8,585 m (28,169 ft) above sea level. Beside this third largest peaks, other famous mountaineering peaks in Sikkim include - Kabru, Kirat Chulior Tent Peak (7,365 m) and Sinolchu (6,887 m).

Mountaineering in Nepal

There are four mountaineering seasons spring (March-May), summer (June-August), autumn (September-November) and winter (December-February). A total of 153 Himalayan peaks are open to mountaineers. Climbing permits are issued by the Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation (MOTCA) for 135 peaks known as mountaineering peaks, and by the Nepal Mountaineering Association [NMA] for 18 smaller peaks, known as trekking peaks, which range from 5,587 to 6,654 m in altitude. The Everest or Khumbu region is justifiably the most famous of all trekking and mountaineering regions of Nepal. Populated by Sherpas, the attractions of this area are the majestic mountains, the high mountain villages, the isolated monasteries, and the local peoples.

Mountaineering in Tibet

In the middle of the Asian content lies a "sea of great mountains ",which is unique on earth. It is the Tibetan plateau, known as the "roof of the world", where there are numerous hills at an average altitude of more than 400 meters. Tibet is compelling to visitors. A magical trip which admires the beauty of this remote Himalayan country and the spiritually of its people. Tibet has longed exercised a unique hold on the imagination of the West : 'Shangri La', 'the Land of Snows', 'the rooftop of the World'. Tibet was opened to foreign tourism in 1992.
Tibet offers some of the awe-inspiring scenery in the world and the sheer scale of the high altitude valleys. In the far west of Tibet is mount Kailsah, the most sacred mountain in Asia which is vendered by Buddhist Hindus Jains and the followers of the ancient Bon religion.

Mountaineering in Bhutan

Mountaineering in the Bhutanese Himalayas is a recent development . Bhutan is one of the most exclusive and rare destinations for any tourist. The unique culture, architecture, lofty snowcapped peaks, fortress like �Dzongs�, Lamaist Buddhist traditions and its friendly people leave an everlasting impression on the visitor. Almost all the trekking and mountaineering expeditions in Bhutan range above 3,000m.


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