If you are in love with mountain adventure then try some exhilarating mountain climbing or mountaineering. The majestic mountains in India especially the Himalayas has inspired and amused every adventure enthusiast worldwide. India offers a wide range of mountaineering options with challenging mountain ranges in various regions of Himalayas, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir you can have the best mountaineering experience ever.
You are mistaken if you think you can go mountaineering without any prior training. This sport needs a lot of stamina, training and knowledge of proper climbing techniques and skills. You have to learn the basic technique of your body movement on rock, snow or ice. One has to have through knowledge about map reading, navigation and how to handle various weather conditions. An adventure enthusiast should also have great will power and should be immensely motivated to take up this sport. There are various institutes like the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling that provide proper training to adventure junkies who desire to take up mountaineering in India. These institutes also provide knowledge regarding managing ones health in the mountain environment i.e. to toughen their bodies by increasing their resistance to cold, hunger and fatigue.
Take a trip through the snow clad mountains, gasp in the crisp fresh mountain air, soak in the stunning views and feel the winds ruffling through your hair while climbing the breathtaking heights of Indian mountains.
Taking up an adventure trip exploring the Indian mountains will prove to be a memorable experience for every adventure enthusiast.
Destinations in India for Mountaineering
The Indian Himalayas is a treasure house of marvelous valleys with their eternal charm. Some of the known destinations that offer good opportunities for mountaineering in India are-
Himalayas, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal and Uttranchal ranges in Lahaul‚ Spiti, Kinnaur, Sikkim- Kanchenjunga, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh.
The main known treks for mountaineering are as follows:
Sahasratal trek, Garhwal Himalaya, the Khatling glacier trek, region along the Bhilangana River to its source at the Khatling glacier, Ladakh, Lahaul, Spiti / Kinnaur, the Rhododendron trek in Darjeeling.
Best time to visit
The best time to go mountaineering in India would be during the summer. The months from May to October are favorable. You must avoid the monsoons (July/August) due to the heavy downpours that causes landslides.
Before taking up mountaineering engage in regular exercise for at least two months
A medical check is also mandatory before you begin. Those with problems related to blood pressure and weight issues must avoid this sport
Before undertaking mountaineering you need some good orientation with information, guidance and some climbing skills
Carry first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements
You must learn certain techniques etc to be able to use technical equipments like ropes etc
Pack light and remember to carry important stuff like first aid, dry snacks, water and appropriate clothing according to the weather
Mountaineering tour operators
You can easily find good operators for mountaineering in almost all regions. Some of the known mountaineering operators in India are La Ladakh Travel and Trail Blazers Holidays