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Jammu and Kashmir Govt Relaxes Protected Area Permit in Leh Ladakh

Jammu and Kashmir government has relaxed the Protected Area Permit (PAP) regime to enable foreigners to visit restricted areas in Leh district of Ladakh, a decision which is expected to increase the footfall of tourists and give considerable boost to the local economy.

Protected Area in ladakh

With this decision, foreign tourists would now be permitted to visit a number of unexplored areas like Panamik, Phukpochey, Hargam, Taksha, Sasoma, Chaglung, Kobet, Aranu, Khemi, Warshi, including Yarma Gompa/ Yarma Gonbo Monastery of the Nubra Valley in Leh.

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Mountaineering in Jammu & Kashmir Himalayas

Kishtwar
West of Lahaul along the Chandrabhaga river, which becomes the Chenab, is Kishtwar. Now due to the political troubles there, it is not easy to reach there and a thorough knowledge of prevalent conditions is a prerequisite. To climbers, it offers treats like Brammah I (6416 m), Brammah II (6425 m), Sickle Moon (6574 m) and Hagshu (6300 m). It is one of the most challenging and difficult areas if ones entry and exit is safe.

Chandrabhaga River Kishtwar

Ladakh
Ladakh is sometimes called ‘Little Tibet’. It has a landscape and culture similar to that of Tibet. Caravans used to pass through Leh on the way to and from Central Asia. Almost all the valleys of Ladakh are now open to foreigners. The area of Panggong lake has Kakstet peak (6442 m) and the highest unnamed peak in the world (6725 m).
In south east Ladakh, in the Rupshu valley there are peaks as high as 6600 m around the beautiful lake of Tso Morari. The highest amongst them is Lungser Kangri (6666 m) neighbouring, Chhamser Kangri (6622 m).

Suru Valley, Ladakh

Zanskar
Entire barren valleys of Zanskar, south of Ladakh were once inaccessible. But now a road runs through its centre. Hundreds of trekkers cross over to Padam in Central Zanskar. This is rapidly becoming one of the world’s most popular trails.
For serious climbers there are high peaks like Nun (7135 m) and Kun (7087 m). For the others are peaks like Zanskar 1 (6181 m) and Zanskar 2 (6175 m). All these peaks arouse interest and excitement.

Zanskar Valley

Kashmir
The valley of Kashmir was known for centuries for its beauty. Caravans passed through it. In recent times, trekkers and campers flocked to it. Early climbers attempted the small peaks in the south. For instance, Kolahoi (5425 m) and Haramukh (5143 m). A large area around Sonamarg was visited by British climbers. The Climbers Guide to Sonamarg published by the Himalayan Club is an excellent reference book.
Eastern Karakoram
The valleys in the extreme north of India are those of the Eastern Karakoram. These form a special group in the Great Karakoram Range. It has some very high mountains, many of them still unclimbed some climbed only in recent years.
Records reveal that this area was visited in 1821. Dr. T.G. Longstaff went there in 1901. From 1914 to 1922 several Italian and European expeditions climbed here. Col J.O.M. Roberts undertook explorations in 1946. After this, the area was closed for many years. In the 1970s different Japanese teams crossed over from Bilafond la onto the Siachen glacier and climbed peaks like Teram Kangri I (7462 m) amongst others. The Japanese mountaineers were very active here, and climbed many difficult peaks. Then, once more, the area was closed to all for many years.

Baltoro glacier, Eastern Karakoram
In 1984 members of a Japenese expedition became the first foreign mountaineers to be allowed into this area from the Indian side. They climbed Mamostong Kangri I. The following year an Indo-British team climbed Rimo III and a few other peaks in the Terong Valley. Some peaks on the Siachen glacier were climbed by the Indian Army. There are still several enigmatic peaks in the Siachen Muztagh like Saltoro Kangri I and II.
The second group of mountains in the Eastern Karakoram is that of the Saser Kangri. This particular peak was approached by Col. Roberts and finally climbed from the eastern side by an Indian team. A Japanese team made the first ascent of Saser Kangri II West (7518 m). The eastern peak of Saser Kagri II remains one of the highest virgin mountains in the area.

Eastern Karakoram
The third group is that of Rimo Muztagh. The famous Central Asian trade-route over the Karakoram Pass, goes this way. Chong Kundan I (7071 m) was climbed in 1991 by an Indo-British team. Chong Kundan II (7004 m) is still unclimbed.
The valleys of Eastern Karakoram are open to joint ventures between Indian and foreign mountaineers. Permits for climbing are readily available for almost any peak here.

Source: indmount.org

Arunachal bags ‘Best Adventure Tourism Destination Award’

Arunachal Pradesh Tourism bagged the Today’s Traveller Award 2016, organised by Gill India Group for Best Adventure Tourism Destination at the 10th Annual Today’s Traveller Awards 2016 held at Taj Palace, New Delhi on Tuesday.

Tawang - Arunachal Pradesh

Additional Resident Commissioner, Jigmi Choden along with Resident Tourism Officer, Adong Moyong, Arunachal Bhawan received the award on behalf of Arunachal Pradesh Tourism from Minister of State (IC) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Vijay Goel.

Gorichen Trek arunachal pradesh

A coffee table book- ‘Game Changers’ was also launched in the function.
Lauding the efforts of the Gill India Group in recognizing and acknowledging the leaders of the travel and tourism industry, Vijay Goel added, “We should appreciate the best in the industry, which helps to take Incredible India to the far corners of the world. We must strive to make India an all-season destination.”

Waterfall in Arunachal Pradesh
Apart from Arunachal Tourism, only Manipur Tourism from the north eastern states could make its presence felt. It bagged the award for Best State for Niche Tourism.

The award comes in the long line of various awards that the state has received in the recent past and is in recognition of the effort put in by the Department of Tourism, Government of Arunachal Pradesh to boost tourism sector, as a major revenue earner in the state.

Source: www.arunachaltimes.in

Mountaineering in Himachal Himalayas

Kullu
The lovely dales of Kullu have been a major attraction area for those who prefer to climb difficult but low peaks. The south Parvati area has peaks like Dibibokari, Pyramid, Papsura and Peak 20,101 (6127 m). This area too, is open to all climbers with peaks like Mukarbeh and Indrasan (6221 m), and has a lot to offer hobbyists and serious climbers alike.

jispa bhaga river
Kinnaur
Kinnaur lies north of Shimla, in Himachal Pradesh. The National Highway leads through Kinnaur to Spiti. Recent changes in policy allow visitors entry to the area west of the road without official permission. Which means, high peaks like Jorkanden (6473 m), Manirang (6593 m) and several others are now easily accessible.

Sangla valley during snow fall
Above the eastern valleys of Baspa, Tirung and Leo Pargial (6791 m) rise many peaks above 6000 m. Kinnaurs architecture, its people and customs could each attract curious minds, interested travellers.

Mount Mulkila
Lahaul
The area north of the famous Rohtang Pass road consists of the valleys of Lahaul. It has been open to mountaineers for many years now. Around the Bara Shigri glacier rise peaks like Kullu Pumori (6553 m) and Shigri Parbat (6626 m). Towards its north the Chandra Bhaga group (CB Group) has peaks like Minar (6172 m), Akela Killa (6005 m) besides others with different numbers, of around the same height. Phabrang (6172 m) and Mulkilla (6517 m) are the chief draws of the west side. Motorable roads lead to almost all the valleys here and the approached are easy and free of hassels.

Langcha Village Spiti
Spiti
Spiti is the most barren Trans-Himalayan area. In the east, the highest peak is the defiant Gya (6794 m), still unclimbed. The controversial Shilla (6132 m) stands proudly above this valley. In the west, are the Ratang, Gyundi and Khamengar valleys. Khangla Tarbo is one of the better known peaks here. Here, too, no permits needed!

 

Source: www.indmount.org

MOUNTAINEERING IN INDIA: UTTARAKHAND HIMALAYAS

Kumaon
Kumaon consists of three different valleys. They lie to the west of Nepal. Kumaon is generally confused with Garhwal. In fact Garhwal was once a part of Kumaon till the British separated it and gave it a different name.

 
The first valley, in the east, is the Darma Ganga valley. At its head are several peaks above 6000 m, technically difficult to climb. Peaks like Sangthang and Lalla We can be approached from here.

Nanda devi from Base camp
The Central valley in the Kumaon is the valley of the Milam glacier. Beside its eastern branch is an excellent climbing area of Kalabaland glacier. The peak Chiring We (6559 m) rises from the Kalabaland glacier and was climbed only once in 1979 by the Indian team led by Harish Kapadia. To its south, is Suitilla (6373 m) a most formidable and difficult goal. At the head of the Milam glacier are the enciting peaks Hardeol (7151 m) and Tirsuli (7074 m). Nanda Devi East has been climbed from this valley. Panch Chuli is the south eastern valley of this section in the Kumaon. It has five different peaks which were conquered with great difficulty, both from the East and the West.

Nanda Devi Sanctuary
The western valley of Kumaon is the Pindari valley, flanked by peaks like Panwali Dwar (6663 m) and Nanda Khat. This area is very popular with climbers. The Sunderdhunga valley branches off from the Pindari and leads to the southern foot of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary.

 
Garhwal
The Garhwal is a tract in the center of the Indian Himalaya. For many years mountaineers have visited and climbed in this area.

 
North Garhwal consists of peaks like Kamet (7756 m) and Mukut Parbat (7242 m). Many high peaks here have not been climbed. The famous Hindu temple of Badrinath attracts many Hindu pilgrims.

Mukut Parbat (7242 m)
Western Garhwal
The valleys to the extreme west of the Garhwal region house some very easy, gentle peaks. Many students and early mountaineers have trained in these areas. The Swargarohini group can prove a bit troublesome though. Bandarpuch West and Bandarpuch (6316 m) have been climbed a couple of times. For a quick trip from Delhi this area is the most convenient.

 
Nanda Devi Sanctuary
The area from where the Rishi Ganga starts is the famous Nanda Devi Sanctuary, the centre piece of the Garhwal region. Until 1934 the gorge of the Rishi Ganga was the least known part of the Himalaya. The Nanda Devi range is a long one, about 75 miles in circumference, about 6000 m high, sheltering approximately 380 sq. km. of ice and snow. The Nanda Devi peak (7816 m) is the most beautiful peak in the Indian Himalaya. It was climbed in 1936 by Tilman and Odell and the shoulders of both its peaks were traversed by Japanese mountaineers in 1976.

Mount Changabang
The other noteworthy peaks on the rim of the Sanctuary, are Changabang (6864 m), Rishi Pahar (6992 m), and Bethartoli Himal (6352 m) etc. The Northern Sanctuary of the Nanda Devi was visited by an expedition from Japan and they climbed several peaks being first in the area after 40 years. The northernmost peak of the inner Sanctuary, Changabang, was climbed in 1974 by the Indo-British team led by Chris Bonington. Four days later, Harish Kapadias team climbed Devtoli (6788m), the inner sanctuarys southernmost tip. In spite of many successful conquests, there are still several unclimbed peaks here, particularly the Northern part of the sanctuary.

 
For preserving the fragile environment, this area is now closed to mountaineers. Only one army expedition was allowed to enter in the last 15 years. It is not known when and whether anyone will be permitted to climb here again.

 

Source: www.indmount.org

MOUNTAINEERING IN INDIA: ARUNACHAL & SIKKIM

The Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindu Kush ranges extend from Namcha Barwa in the east to the borders of Afghanistan in the west. Political maps show them as parts of India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan. A very large section of the Himalaya and an eastern section of the Karakoram, are in India. Broadly the Indian Himalaya consists of Arunachal, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal, Jammu & Kashmir and Eastern Karakoram. Though there are no 8000 m peaks in India except the Kangchenjunga, there are several peaks which are above 7000 m and a few of them are still unclimbed. A large number of peaks between 6000 to 7000 m are challenging and still virgin. Mountaineers in India have plenty of scope for exploration and conquest.

Karakoram Glacier

 
Arunachal Himalaya
Also known as the Assam Himalaya, much about this area is not known. It streches from Gori Chen in the east to Namcha Barwa. Due to government restrictions not many mountaineers have been there. There are several high peaks like Gyala Peri (7150 m), Kangto (7090 m) and Nyegi Kangsang (7047 m), not many of which have been climbed from the Indian side. Some of them were approached from Tibet and climbed from the north. The only peak which has been regularly climbed from the Indian side is Gori Chen (6858 m). Its lower peak, Peak II, has also had some infrequent visitors.

 

Gyala Peri Mountain

 
F.M. Bailey and H.T. Morshead were the first explorers here followed by F. Kindon-Ward in 1939. H.W. Tilman also visited this area and wrote his report Assam Himalaya Unvisited . The book by F.M. Bailey No Passport to Tibet is an excellent reference. These slopes witnessed the full fury of the war in 1962. The Chinese troops came down the ‘Bailey Trail’ almost till Sela pass, which is why the area was closed to civilians for many years.

 
Sikkim Himalaya
Sikkim shares a mountainous border with Nepal in the west and north and with China only in the north. All the early (pre-war) expeditions went through Sikkim to cross over to Tibet on their way to Everest. Francis Young husbands famous expedition to Tibet expedition also went through Sikkim.

 
Doug Freshfield was one of the first mountaineers to visit this area. His book Round Kangchenjunga is a classic record of all the peaks in Sikkim. In west Sikkim, peaks like Kabru (7338 m) were climbed in 1935 by C.R. Cook. Others like Kokthang and Rathong were climbed much later. Even now, many have not been climbed from the Sikkim side, e.g.: Talung.

 

Kangchenjunga Goechala

 
Northern Sikkim consists of the Zemu glacier valley from which rises the third highest mountain of the world, Kangchenjunga. Paul Bauer and his German team repeatedly attempted to climb it via its western approaches before the Second World War. Ultimately the Indian Army team was successful in doing so, in 1977 and there have been several subsequent repeats. There are many peaks around Kangchenjunga, like Simvu and Siniolchu, which are tempting, open invitation to climbers.

Pyramid Peak
Further north is Pyramid Peak, climbed by the Himalayan Association of Japan (HAJ) in 1993. In the vicinity are peaks like Jongsang and Chorten Nyima. Pauhunri with the pinnacle of Donkhya Ri upon it, is one of the chief attractions on the eastern side. There is a lot climbers can do in the Sikkim Himalaya.

Source: www.indmount.org

Minimising Trail Impact While Trekking in the Indian Himalayas

Leave No Trace is our resolution for January 2016. In this set of four short infographics, we share simple ways to minimise human impact on trekking trails. We owe cleaner trekking trails and nature to our fellow trekkers and the next generation. Do share these infographics with your trekking partners and urge them to keep our trekking trails clean.

Indian Himalayas

How to put out camp fire

How to store food at night

How to pack out trash

We offer fully guided Expedition to the Indian Himalayas for the Mountaineering community around the world. These expeditions are led by experienced Mountain Guides who have been to the Mountains many times and some of them have been to the summit. For those who would like to have their independent departure for any of the mountains mentioned above or to any other mountain in the Indian Himalayas, Shikhar would be pleased to make arrangements for the same. Please do visit us at: Mountaineering Expedition

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Uttarakhand – Enjoys the Comfort of the Himalayan Mountains

WHILE THE STATE OF UTTARAKHAND MAY BE AMONG THOSE WHICH ARE RELATIVELY NEW IN THAT THEY HAVE BEEN FORMED ONLY MORE RECENTLY, THEY ARE AS MUCH A PART OF THE HISTORY AND THE MAGNIFICENCE OF THE TIMELESS INDIA THAT WE ALL KNOW AND LOVE. THEY HAVE AS MUCH OF THE INDIAN SPIRIT, AND STAND FOR EVERYTHING THAT INDIA IS.

Almora Uttarakhand

Enjoys the comfort of the Himalayan Mountains which lend it as much colour, excitement and thrill that it gives to every other state. Adventure in the state of Himachal is almost as spirited as the mountains itself, with plenty of variety and several forms in which adventure can be enjoyed. The scenic beauty of Uttarakhand makes every element stand out better. The beauty of the state comes from the wonderful locales and the unpretentious beauty that surrounds it. There is so much that can be spoken of the state, and yet there is a quiet dignity it chooses to maintain. Adventure is a great experience in Uttaranchal.

India Rice paddies Uttaranchal
I differing kinds and forms, there are ranges of adventure activity that can be experienced and explored here. The support lent by nature and the state come together perfectly to allow you an experience that will always be cherished. The various forms of adventure take root in the landscape, which is mostly surrounded by hills. This is why trekking, skiing, white water rafting and paragliding are best experienced here. Apart from these, there is also camping and wildlife that must be experienced. The unique beauty of Uttaranchal is that, by way of its terrain and landscape, everything you do, from a tour of the wild to even a pilgrimage tour, all assumes the form of adventure here.

Auli Skiing
Trekking is among the most popular forms of adventure here. Whether to the Milam Glacier, the Pindari Glacier, or even to the Vasuki Tal, there are several sites where the thrill can be experienced fully. The best stretch to experience white water rafting is from Shivpuri to Rishikesh. This is the most gratifying location for rafting is perhaps all of India. Auli makes a scenic location for skiing, and a great place to allow the snow to befriend you. Pitoragarh is among the most preferred destinations for the avid paragliders. The dizzying heights with the sheets of white below, the conifers that dot the lands as you cruise over them and the chilly winds that blow through you make the attempt worth the effort.

Trekking in Uttarkashi
Ensure that you are in Uttarakhand any time of the year except for the bitter winters. The summers have their own charm, while spring is when you will enjoy the cold and not be hampered by it. The climate is largely favourable through the year except for the rains which could slow you down. There are no strict regulations and government restrictions, other than places which are restricted or sites which are closed to the public. To be able to access these, it is important that you seek prior permission.

 

Source: www.atoai.org

Unique Attractions for Adventure Tours in Southern Part of India

Southern part is much sought after destination for adventure tours as well as homestay in India and abroad. The geographical diversity of south is famous for alluring Placidity and one of attractive directions for the tourist who wants to enjoy holidays at best homestay in India. The alluring tranquility of this place leaves every tourist spell bound, making them come back year after year.

Jungle Trails of South India

With the rambling properties, combining modern and traditional architecture in breathtaking exotic islands, luxuriant homestay in India, luxuriant game reserves, mist laden hills, palm-fringed beaches and tranquil backwaters and greenery in profusion. God has generously bestowed this land with the amplitude of nature and it only seems natural when southern part of India is referred to as a God’s own country.

Luxurious Home stay in South India

Homestay in Kerala at India gives experience of cultural diversity and much appreciated opportunities for rest and relaxation considering pleasant stay. This state in south India is interesting because of the mix of Hindus, Moslems, and Christians. There are churches, mosques and temples of every shape and size everywhere tourist can look Portuguese influence is quite visible just like many travel agencies observed years before in Goa.

Temple in South India

Adventure tours India at southern part “The green paradise on Earth” is popular tourist destinations that are draped in an evergreen beauty of nature. Blessed by al the expressions of nature, this beautiful part is gifted with unmatched beauty of hill stations and picturesque backwaters, a necklace of lagoons lakes, canals and rivers that run through the length and breadth of this beautiful land.

Wildlife in South India

There is an adventure magic at every step of southern part in India with jungle safari! Jungle flow dart across the path, deer watch curiously, wild dogs relax under the bushes and a monkey poses languidly on the branch. These all the things are largely dependent on the naturalist’s knowledge and interest. The southern part of India gives details of each species, drawing upon his vast knowledge and interest, thus making jungle safari an adventure tours India enriching experience.

Kerala Bike Tour

There are various other stunning adventurous and attractive national parks and sanctuaries in south India. High on travel agency provide various wildlife tours packages of the travelers choice which explore the exotic flora and fauna of south India which will be an unforgettable experience of Adventure lovers.

Coorg Trek

This article doesn’t put an end of the tourist attractions in the south. There are lots to be covered and southern adventure tours India that will make it easier and comfortable for tourist journey.

 

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Best Places to Visit for Rejoicing Adventure Tours in India

The adventure geography is well known and famous for their best places to visit in India; lots of travel agencies give number of sportive activities like water rafting, paragliding, bird watching, climbing, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, rock climbing and trekking in India. Incredible India is a place far reaching blend of vivid culture, varied climate, and enigmatic places not to leave the tempting food. Adventure tours India include a span of ecstatic festivals that offers for traveler’s memorable moments.

 

Camp in Nun Expedition
Rock climbing become a symbol for adventure tours India and very important adventure activity as there is no dearth of rocks. Rocky Mountains in high altitude places like Manali Valley, Manikaran in Himachal Pradesh, Mount Abu, Sariska in Rajasthan are popular for soft rock climbing. The trekkers who love high altitude places like Sonmarg, Gangotri, Garhwal and Uttaranchal are a blessing. The Himalayan ranges are a full of scenic landscapes and Indian tourism has grown due to the beauty of this place. Garhwal and Kumaon regions are very well known amongst trekkers.

 

Aravalli Hills Rajasthan
There are many best places to visit in India the hill station of this country provide the excellent facilities for skiing. For example gulmarg in jammu and kahmir, auli in grawhal, kufri Narkanda in himanchal Pradesh and many more other places if anyone want to enjoy the water adventure tours India then Goa is the best place where visitors can enjoy their adventure sports in Goa. Camel Safari in the Thar Desert is one of the unique experiences of adventure which visitors can take advantage of while in India. Camel safari is fun and people who know horse riding cans it enjoy more thoroughly. Visitors also enjoy and get the hang of the activity that how the animal reacts to your movements hence this activity is a small part of adventure tours India. Camel safaris are well done in places like jaisalmer, Bikaner or Jodhpur. Jeep safari and wildlife safari are most popular among the tourist.

 

Sikkim Tour Packages
The coastal regions of western, eastern and southern India provides excellent water based sport activities and the northern regions has some fresh water courses which are ideal for angling and fishing. All of these plans for Adventure tours India high on travel agency will take care of all visitors needs.

 

Hiking Kerala
Such diversity of best places to visit in India combine with the warm hospitality and different flavors of adventurous life make a tourist visit to India memorable. No wonder people in large numbers come here every year for the joy of experiencing thrill.

 

Tiger in Kanha National Park
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