Mountaineering in India offers you the choice of climbing some of the highest peaks in the world. One can have the wild experience of mountaineering in many mountain ranges like Satpura, Western Ghats (Sahyadri), Nilgiri etc.
Challenging the mighty Himalayas offers endless adventure, cultural learning and recreation opportunities. Mountaineering and climbing in the Himalayas on some of the world’s greatest peaks is the experience of a lifetime.
It also provides opportunity to see some of the highest permanent settlements in the world, unveiling preserved cultures and a way of life inimical to modern times.
The sport of mountaineering in India was introduced by the Europeans in the 18th century. Though for many mountaineering is an adventure sport, there are others for whom it is a serious hobby.
India has been blessed with several mountain ranges that are perfect to undertake mountaineering. You can take your pick from the countless peaks in India and even choose your own trekking route for an adventure holiday in India.
In case you are seriously planning an adventure filled holiday it is advisable to study maps that provide comprehensive stuff on the mountaineering trails in India.
Mountaineering equipment is locally available along with the other support resources and short-term courses in most cases.
Mountaineering is an ideal activity during the summers that lets you escape from the heat of the plains.
However, one should avoid the summers as landslides are experienced in several parts of India due to the heavy rains.
Some of the best mountaineering spots can be found in the Garhwal and Kumaon regions, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, and the North-East. Num and Kun, and the Zanskar range in Jammu and Kashmir are renowned summits with the mountaineers.
Besides amateur mountaineers, technical climbing skills are put to test at Kishtawar at peaks that are as high as 6,500 m above ground level. Lahaul and Spiti in Leh, and the Kullu valley also have several challenging peaks.
In India the peaks are categorized into open, virgin, border, trekking, and others and you can make several choices in each category.