8 Insanely Incredible Mountaineering Places In India!

''Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing”- Barry Finlay

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. 

Changabang:

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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.

Estimated duration: 40-50 days

Elevation: 6,864 metres

Nanda Devi:

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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!

Estimated duration: 50-60 days

Elevation: 7,816 metres

Talung:

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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.

Estimated duration: 40-60 days

Elevation: 7,348 metres

Hanuman Tibba:

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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.

Estimated duration: 14-21 days

Elevation: 5,928 metres

Kamet:

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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.

Estimated duration: 30-35 days

Elevation: 7,756 metres

Rathong:

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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.

Estimated duration: 12-15 days

Elevation: 6,678 metres 

Mount Nun:

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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.

Estimated duration: 14-20 days

Elevation: 7,135 metres

Kanchenjunga:

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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.

Estimated duration:  80-100 days

Elevation: 8,586 metres

Important tips and warnings:

  • Before undertaking any mountaineering expedition, do ensure that you are physically fit. Do get a complete medical check up done.
  • Don’t forget to pack a first aid kit.
  • As far as possible, move ahead in groups and not alone.
  • It is an offence to undertake a mountaineering expedition without prior state/ military permission. Do get your paperwork in order.
  • Investing in a good insurance policy is a must.
  • Do not leave a trail of litter wherever you go! Pack your garbage and take it back with you to the mainland.

All set to explore the mountains? Here’s wishing you an insanely incredible mountaineering experience! Do let us know how your expedition went.

Note: some images are for representative purposes only.

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