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Some of the important and popular mountain peaks for mountaineering in India are the Arjuna (6200 m), Brahma (6400 m), Nun (7135 m), Kun (7077 m) and the Pinnacle (6930 m) in Jammu and Kashmir, Mulkila (6517 m), Deo Tibba (6001 m) and Menthosa (6443 m) in Himachal Pradesh, Nanda Devi (7817 m), Trishul (7120 m), Kedarnath (6940 m) and Gauri Parbat (6719 m) in Uttaranchal and Kanchenjunga (8435 m) and Rathong (6678 m) in Sikkim.

Himachal Pradesh
The foothills of Himalayas are the core of mountaineering activities in India. The area around Manali, Beas Kund and Hunuman Tibba are some of the popular mountaineering destinations in Himachal Pradesh. If you are a beginner then Tibba is a perfect mountaineering spot. The Chandra Bhaga ranges, Pir Panjal and Dhaulandhar ranges are the focal points of such an adventurous expedition
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Jammu and Kashmir
Num, Kun and Zanskar ranges are choicest summits that are loved mountaineers. The snow covered mountains not only offer great adventure but bewitch mountaineers with the variegated surroundings that adorn Kashmir. Climbing a mountains here is like climbing up the heaven. The high peaks here will not only test your stamina but technical skills as well. Ladakh, here, is the most enthralling mountaineering destination with a number of high peaks testing mountaineers. Detailed info... click here
Peaks in Kishtwar J&K
Following is the list of the known peaks in the Kishtawar Himalayas: Sickle Moon (6574 m) Eiger (6001 m) Cathedral (5370 m) Charcha (6065 m) Namtse (6000 m) Lhalung (Durung Glacier). Climbing in Kishtwar mountains In the Nanth Nala Region Brammah-I (6416 m) Brammah-II (6425 m) Brammah’s wife (5297 m) Crooked Finger (5630 m) Flat Top (6100 m) Dereikant (5890 m) Eckpfeiler (5710 m) Gur (5709 m) . Kalidhar Kishtwar (5835 m) In the Barnaj Nala Region Barnaj-I (6100 m) Barnaj-II (6290 m) Arjuna (6200 m) Agyason (6200 m) Shiviling (6000 m) Chapra (Bhazum Nala) (6500 m) Tibetsi (5600 m) Hagshu Janam peak (6330 m) Charol (6000 m) Chering peak (6107 m) Mardi Pabrang (6062 m) Cerro Kishtwar (6200 m) Tupendo-I (5700 m) Tupendo-II (5600 m)
Kishtawar town (altitude of 1640 m) is situated at a distance of 216 kms from Jammu, but only 107 kms from the national highway resort of Batote. The area is connected with Jammu as well as Srinagar by regular public transport services. Accommodation with basic facilities is available in PWD rest houses / dak bungalows and small private hotels. But the best option is camping in the picturesque surroundings.

Garhwal draws an large number of trekkers in India. Either love for nature or passion for adventure; Garhwal is a perfect mountaineering spot. The snow covered mountain peaks of Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Kamet, Bandarpoonch, and other peaks rising 1000 Mts. into the blue distant sky of the challenges to the mountaineers to surmount and prevail over.Detailed info... click here

Flying into the Ladakhi capital of Leh, the shapely peak of Stok Kangri (6121 m) is prominent on the southern skyline. acclimatizing, visit the colorful monasteries of Shey, Thikse and Hemis before setting off on the lovely trek through the Markha Valley .the route leads by way of several remote and picturesque villages to the high Nimaling Plain below the imposing peak of Kang Yatze. The climb on Stok Kangri is both challenging and interesting. This is a wonderfully varied trip, perfectly suited to someone seeking his or her first Himalayan summit.Detailed info... click here

Some Precautions for Mountaineers Mountaineering can be risky if you miss on even a very minute precaution. You must consult a doctor to determine your physical stamina and body resistance. All medicines that you mayu require while climbing should always be there with you. Dehydration is a common problem so you must not forget to carry a bottle of water with you. Moving in groups is always advisable as you can be in touch with your friends, if need some help. Carraying your identity card with yourself can really help. You may leave some of your basic information with the organizers as well .

Permits and Licenses For Foreign Nationals
If you are a foreign national, you may need permits to undertake mountain climbing activity in India. It is a punishable offense to climb a mountain without prior permission. You need to register yourself with the regular authorities to avoid legal hassles. Send your application with all documents at least three months in advance to Indian Mountaineering Foundation. You have to specifically inform about the destination, path, group, group leader, number of days and past experience in mountain climbing. As you reach India, you may inquire from the from police or army headquarter about the expedition. They can also help you hire porters and liaison officer to assist you throughout your trip.
You are expected to ensure yourself to cover for accident risks and ground/helicopter search and rescue. All mountaineers are expected to have X Mountaineering Visa endorsed on their visa by Indian Embassy. For Indian Nationals Applications for mountaineering expedition should be sent to state government or military base, 6 months in advance. Trekking in restricted areas of Jammu and Kashmir should be undertaken only after a clearance from military. Medical examination is a must. Two weeks prior to the expedition, you must inform the commissioner of police or defense base of a particular place; about your trip. If any photographs are taken, they must be first cleared from military. Insurance against all risks is necessary with a credit letter for 35,000 and above if a helicopter search is required.

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