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Top 7 Soul-Stirring Destinations in India For Mountain Climbers

Written by Rohit Agarwal

With a diverse topography and a unique location, India is  home to many kinds of landforms. It is home to deserts, surrounded by the mighty seas on two sides and on one side, is enveloped by the majestic Himalayas. The Himalayan ranges from the Eastern side stretching up till the northern extremities of the country. With such a huge area covered by the mountainous region, there are many recognizable peaks that are here. One of the most famous of them is the Kanchenjunga range of which three mountains are in India. Climbing mountains is a serious sport and is not a joke. With that in mind, here are the top seven souls stirring destinations in India for Mountain climbers.

1. Seven Sisters Peak

The Seven Sisters peaks is located in the glorious regions of the Kullu valley, situated not so far from Manali in the State of Himachal Pradesh. Looking deceptively small when trekking, they are formidable. With elevation ranging well above the four and a half thousand meters, it can go close to the five thousand mark. Expeditions are carried out depending on the weather as the valley receives heavy snowfall which makes the climb all the more challenging. A tip here, keep your camera ready while on trek to the base camp. On the way, you’ll come across beautiful orchards filled with apple trees. The equipment can be rented. This is the place which will test your knowledge a bit. So, good place to start the adventure.

2. Hanuman Tibba Peak

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This peak is not messing around. The journey to the base camp is tasking enough. Adding to that, the expedition is a long one with the difficulty level in mind. The Hanuman Tibba peak is considered one of the largest peaks in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. The Beas Kund which is at a height of more than three and a half thousand meters serves as the base cam as it gives the climbers the best way to plan their expedition ahead to further campsites. The gradients are steep and tough with spaces in between glaciers posing challenges and danger. The summit climb becomes a bit tougher. This is one for the learned and seasoned climber only.

3. The Kalanag Peak

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In the Hindi language, the name of the peak translates to a black snake. The name was given to the mountain as the peak resembled the same. The Kalanag peak is situated in the Garhwal range of the Himalayas and is part of the Bandarpunch massif which consists of two other mountains. The trek to the base camp is beautiful with rocky waterfalls, lush shrubbery all around you. The base camp is also situated in the greens along the river giving it the perfect spot. While on the climb, the slopes get a little bit tricky due to lots of crevasses in place. Maneuvering is the key while scaling. When reaching the top, climb becomes the most difficult as the slope is almost vertical with difficult to pierce through snow cover. To know more about trekking destinations in Uttarakhand, see: http://www.transindiatravels.com/uttarakhand/treks-in-uttarakhand/

4. The Jopuno Peak

Mount Jopuno has attracted climbers from all over the world over the years. Located in Sikkim nestled inside the Eastern Himalayan range, mount Jopuno stands tall at an elevation exceeding 5900 meters. The challenges faced by the climbers include rocky ridges, tough ascent going through mountain passes and bad weather conditions while the summit attempts are being made. But once you reach the peak, the views are splendid and the feeling of adrenaline takes over you. The panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayan range are panoramic and unmatched. The expedition is carried out in the summer and spring months of the year as the snow make the mountain too difficult to climb. To read more about Mountain Climbing in India, check: http://www.transindiatravels.com/adventure-sports/mountaineering-destinations-in-india/

5. The Neelkanth Peak

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Welcome to one of the most alluring peaks of the Garhwal range. The Neelkanth peak is very popular among the climbers due to its sheer allure and strategic location. The first summit climb of this mountain dates back for more than half a century. But do not let that fool you for even a moment as only a few attempts have been successful since. The mountain is considered one of the less tall ones but its towering stature around the surroundings makes it stunningly beautiful and incredible. The Hindu pilgrimage site of Badrinath is located not far from here and the peak is also surrounded by the Satopanth Glacier.

6. The Shivling Peak

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The Shivling peak is situated in the western Garhwal regions near Tapowan in the state of Uttarakhand. The majestic and contrasting allure that this peak hold is unbelievable. It is surrounded by the Meru peak on the west, the Kedarnath in the south. The source of the Holy River Ganges, the Gangotri glacier lies further north from the mountain. The monolithic peak shapes contrast with rocky ridges co existing with the snow-clad mountains such as the Bhagirathi peaks also existing in close proximity. The climb is a complete and holistic experience with the views amongst low cloud cover being incredible.

7. The Satopanth Peak

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Held in high regards by fellow climbers, the Satopanth speak is famous for the sharp-edged ridges and the blissful views. The mettle of a true climber is tested on this peak as the climb makes pull out all the stops and tricks up your sleeves. With close proximity to the Bhagirathi range, the jagged and rough gradients of the mountains are in steep contrast to the white snow. The mountain is surrounded by the Kedarnath and Shivling mountains in the western region. The peak stands tall at more the seven thousand meters so you will be tested aptly and while standing tall on the peak, everything around is unbelievable. To plan your adventurous trip in India, consider:

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Mountain climbing is the ultimate level for avid trekkers and enthusiasts. It is a test of Humanity’s strength and character and is a daunting task. But the rush is one of a kind and so are the memories. It changes a person on the whole.

About the author

Rohit Agarwal

An expert vagabond with a wanderer’s soul, Rohit is on a mission to uncover all the untold travel experiences in India and share his tales at TransIndiaTravels.com

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