All you mountaineering enthusiasts out there, are you thinking of heading off to the mountains this season?
Although there are many trekking, hiking, camping and mountaineering places in India, here’s a list of the top 8 that you should explore atleast once in your lifetime. Pack your grappling hooks, ice axes, climbing harnesses, slings and ropes, hexes, carabiners and ladders and undertake these mountaineering expeditions in India.
Belonging to the Garhwal Himalaya located in the state of Uttarakhand, Changabang mountain is a must for mountaineering enthusiasts. Boasting of a steep and rocky peak, many of the mountaineers attempt the climb from the mountain’s southern crest. However, to make it more adventurous, you can attempt the ascend from the west face via the Bagini Glacier.
2. Nanda Devi
While the Nanda Devi Base Camp trek is probably one of the best treks in India, the real thrill however begins when you try to scale the peak itself. One of the highest peaks in the mighty Himalayas, Nanda Devi is made up of two peaks- the Nanda Devi East and the main Nanda Devi peak. Keep in mind that climbing this peak requires a lot of hardcore training along with kickass fitness levels. Not for the amateurs this one!
Known as the ‘Virgin Peak’ due to its remoteness and due to the fact that very few people have ever attempted this expedition, Talung is strictly for professional mountaineers. Not even having proper approach routes, the entire trek is full of ridges and cols and plenty of rough patches. Very little information is available about Talung, because, as mentioned earlier, very few people have attempted the ascend.
4. Hanuman Tibba
Providing thrilling experiences, including icy faces, rocky cliffs and opportunities for Alpine style climbing, Hanuman Tibba is located at the Beas Kund glacier in the Dhauladhar Mountain range and is one of the best adventure places in India. A pyramid shaped mountain, the Hanuman Tibba expedition can be undertaken by amateur mountaineers as well. However, good fitness levels are required nonetheless.
Located near the Indo- Tibetan border, Kamet is not every mountaineer’s cup of tea! There have been many people in the past who were unable to complete the trek, a major reason for this being lack of proper access to the peak. Be prepared to face strong winds as well as to climb a rock wall and ascend plenty of glaciers during this mountaineering expedition.
A well known mountaineering destination in India, you should undertake the Rathong glacier expedition as soon as possible. Due to global warming, this magnificent glacier is receding at an alarming rate and many glacial lakes have now formed. To plan the trek, you can take the help of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute which has a permanent camp set up near the glacier. Professional mountaineers with good fitness levels can even undertake the Mount Rathong expedition.
7. Mount Nun
Located in Jammu Kashmir, Mount Nun is the highest as well as the most climbed peak in the Zanskar mountain range and is situated near the beautiful Suru valley. The neighbouring twin peak of Kun is often undertaken along with the Mount Nun mountaineering expedition.
One of the most popular mountaineering destinations in India, Mount Kanchenjunga in the state of Sikkim is the third highest mountain in the world and the highest mountain in India. At a height of 8,586 metres above sea level, Kanchenjunga lies partly in India and partly in Nepal. Full of obstacles and challenges and extremely risky, this expedition is sure to get your adrenalin pumping.