Mountaineering In India

Mountaineering is one of the best options to explore beauty of nature in the serene atmosphere away from city crowds. For those who are nature lovers and adventure freaks, India has got enormous options for mountaineering in various parts of the country, whether it is Northern region, South Indian hills or beautiful Northeastern states.

Himalayan mountain range is the most preferred paradise for mountaineers from all over the world. Its snowcapped mountains, evergreen forests, picturesque valleys and snow fed rivers create an awesome atmosphere for mountaineers who come here with the hope of exploring the unexplored terrains.

Best destinations for Mountaineering in India

With a wide spectrum of mountaineering destinations, India has always been one of the most favourite places for adventure and nature lovers.

Jammu and Kashmir

Being the Northernmost state of India, Jammu and Kashmir is situated in the lap of mighty Himalayan mountain range. It offers some of the most sought after mountaineering destinations with rugged terrains situated at such heights where the atmospheric pressure is below than normal.

Leh and Ladakh region
is mostly preferred for mountaineering expeditions which has Zanskar, Nun Kun Massif and Suru valleys, considered some of the difficult peaks to capture. These peaks are situated at an altitude between 5,500 and 6,500 meters above mean sea level.

Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is beautiful small state sharing its borders with other two hilly states of North India, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand. Himachal is blessed with mesmerising mountains which attract mountaineers from far away places to explore the beauty of Himalayan region, every year. The mountains of Himachal Pradesh boast of rich flora and fauna, which include some of the endangered species of Himalayan region.

Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports is located in Manali, which conducts courses for beginners and experienced mountaineers. Some of the best places for mountaineering expeditions in Himachal Pradesh are Lahaul and Spiti Valley, Kullu, Manali, Shimla and Dhauladhar range.


Uttarakhand is young state which has been carved out from Uttar Pradesh. Most of the regions of Uttarakhand are hilly and are world famous for adventure activities. Mountaineering is one such option which every nature lover visiting Uttarkhand wants to explore.

Mountains here are covered with Pine, Rhododendron, Oak and Deodar trees and also boast of rich varieties of wildlife and birds. Some of the best places for mountaineering in Uttarakhand are Garhwal and Kumaon regions with an altitude ranging from 3,000 to 7,200 meters above mean sea level. Nanda Kot, Panchchuli, Namik Glacier and Trisul are most favourite among mountaineers.


Sikkim is also a Himalayan state situated in Northern India which have snowcapped mountain peaks covered with evergreen forests. It boasts of some of the unique mountains like Kanchenjunga which challenges human being to capture its lofty snow covered heights.

Apart from Kanchenjunga peak (8,580 meters), other mountains like Kabru, Talung, Jonsong and Tent attract mountaineers to explore their rich flora and fauna amid the beautiful green meadows, gushing streams, dense forests and picturesque valleys.

West Bengal

Though West Bengal is not a hilly state but Darjeeling, one of the districts of West Bengal, is a very famous hill station which is covered with splendid mountain peaks and tea gardens. Mountaineers from far away places visit Darjeeling every year to have the unmatchable experience of mountain expeditions. Nature has gifted Darjeeling with incomparable splendid beauty, which every nature lover would like to explore.

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is also located in Darjeeling, which conducts various courses from time to time for the adventure lovers, every year. Some of the best mountaineers on this planet have undertaken mountaineering training in Darjeeling.


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