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Mountaineering is gaining popularity in India

Jan 10, 2018

Mountaineering is gaining popularity in India
Mountaineering is gaining popularity in India | Credit: Abhishek gaurav

Even though mountaineering as a sport began in 1865, it is only recently that it has gained popularity in India. India’s many geographical features like the world-renowned peaks, deep blue oceans, dense forest and mighty rivers and streams make the country naturally gifted and ideal for adventure sports. And in recent years many youngsters have taken a liking towards trekking. Mountaineering is one of the difficult as well as dangerous sports that involves thrill and adventure. It also tests one's will-power, ability and stamina. To put in simple words, mountaineering is not for the faint hearted. The entire course requires a candidate to be mentally and physically prepared and a great team –player. Often one is carried away by the beautiful views from mountains and documentaries or movies that show little about the hardship involved. Also, the cost of participating in a single expedition is not something everyone can afford. Yet, mountaineering is fast becoming a popular sport in the country. One of the reasons for its popularity lies in the fact that a major part of Himalayas, the dream of every climber, lies in India. Also, the Karakoram range that runs along Pakistan, India and China is another summit foreign and domestic tourists want to explore.

A few top mountaineering destinations in North India include:


The region has some major peaks and a trekker needs great perseverance, skill and stamina. The atmospheric pressure is also another factor to consider. The Stok range, Kangyatse peak and peak Nun located in Suru valley are the famous ones to explore.

Himachal Pradesh

Kharcha Parabat, Menthosa, Hanuman Tibba are few of the peaks in the state that are captivating for a beginner as well as an experienced mountaineer.


The snow capped mountains and beautiful valleys are a delight for a trekker here. Nanda Devi, Trishul and Kamet are a few peaks that are ideal for mountaineers.

Arunachal Pradesh

The Northeast state has quite a few peak that are yet to be conquered. Sela Peak, Namche Barwa Peak, Kelingo, Dapha Bum, Komdi Mountain, Lulupo are a few peaks that can be a good learning experience for beginners.

India's southern states also have a few offbeat trekking trails, such as:


Chembra Peak, which is part of the Wayanad hills is the highest peak in the district. The trek is ideal for first timers and it takes 3 to 4 hours time to complete the trek.

Tamil Nadu

Kolli hills located at Namakal district is the best place for tourists looking for a calm and serene location. The mountains are 1300 meters high here.

Andhra Pradesh

One has to take a two-day trek to Nagalapuram hills. It has a waterfall and dense forests.


Kodachadri, is one of the adventurous trekking trails of South India.. Total distance of 12-14kms can be trekked within 7-8hrs.

One can expect all kinds of challenge while undertaking an arduous trek and a few safety tips can definitely save you from unexpected situations.

  1. Keep yourself updated about the weather forecast of the area
  2. Don't trek alone
  3. Always keep trekking essentials handy
  4. Pack wise and light
  5. Never wander from the specified trail
  6. Learn essential life skills like first aid and how to survive animal attack

Premier institutes in India offering mountaineering courses:

Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (Uttarkashi) Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Darjeeling, Sikkim) AtalBihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports (Manali, Himachal Pradesh) Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering & Winter Sports (Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir). All these institutes provide a month-long basic training and also advanced training.