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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.


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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Best Winter Treks in India

How about a hot cup of tea high up at 12,000 ft, with the view of sun’s first rays kissing a snow-capped peak? Sounds surreal, right? Now, imagine lying down on an open meadow with nothing to see but a sky full of stars — a lot more than you have ever seen. Want to do that already? Then head for a trek to the mighty mountains this winter. You will be able to do a lot more than just that. Far from phone signals and closest to the breathtaking peaks, you can experience walking on the snow and hear it crunching under your feet, breathe the fresh air, have your dinner by a campfire and sigh at the most beautiful views that you pass by. By now, if you are scratching your head thinking where to start, here’s a list of the most exciting treks in India you can go for this winter.

Kedarkantha Trek

Kedarkantha Trek


Duration: 6 days
Altitude: Starting at 6,000 ft and going up to 12,500 ft.
Difficulty: Easy. No prior trekking experience required.
Starting point: Sankri, Uttarakhand
Nearest rail head: Dehradun


Starting out from a quaint mountain village called Sankri, located at 10-11 hour driving distance from Dehradun, the trail takes you through a forest of pines and maples to start with, goes on to meadows and finally continues on to the snow. You will be greeted with enchanting views of snow-capped peaks all around with Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Ranglana being the most prominent ones. Expect nights with a blanket of stars, with shooting stars visible from time to time. Camping will be in the woods and snow.

har ki dun trek

Har ki Dun Trek


Duration: 8 days
Altitude: Starting at 6,000 ft and going up to 11,700 ft.
Difficulty: Medium. No prior trekking experience required.
Starting point: Taluka, Uttarakhand
Nearest rail head: Dehradun


Named after the Har ki Dun peak, the trek starts from Taluka, located 12 km from Sankri village. The trails leads a trekker through alpine meadows, moraine ridges, glacier basins, pine forests and ancient villages. The biggest takeaways from this trek are some stunning views of the valley and an opportunity to experience the amazing slow-paced local lifestyle. Also, you can catch see the rarely found Brahma Kamal flower around Mahinda Taal, a beautiful alpine lake that can be covered with a short trek from a rest day at the Har ki Dun campsite on the fifth day of the trek.

Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass Trek


Duration: 8 days
Altitude: Starting at 6,800 ft and going up to 12,500 ft.
Difficulty: Moderate, due to the presence of heavy snow throughout. Prior trekking experience needed.
Starting point: Ramni, Uttarakhand
Nearest rail head: Haridwar


This trek can bring you closest to an alpine trek, especially during the final push to Kuari Pass, which is no less than a Himalayan expedition with tremendous amounts of snow all the way up. The entire trek is located close to the Nanda Devi, India’s second highest peak and hence offers the most magnificent views of the untouched beauty that Garhwal is known for. Being on this trek, you will get an opportunity to walk on the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Chaukhamba, Hathi Parbat, Mana and Kamet are some of the well known peaks you can see on this trek.

Sandakphu Trek

Sandakphu Trek

Duration: 7 days
Altitude: Highest altitude is at 11,900 ft.
Difficulty: Moderate. Prior trekking experience can be a boon.
Starting point: Jaubari, Nepal
Nearest rail head: New Jalpaiguri


This can be called the mother of all treks for those who love mountains. This is because you can witness some of the great Himalayan peaks when you are on this trek. While there’s Kanchenjunga on one hand, there are incredible views of Everest, Makalu and Lhotse on the other. One of the most popular treks in India, the trek offers some of the most mesmerising panoramas, and takes you through a lush vegetation with numerous species of birds up to the snow laden fields laid across a wide expanse of land. In fact, the forests have a variety in the form silver firs, rhododendrons, magnolias and lovely large-leaved drumstick primulas. Apart from the great Himalayan peaks, a trekker on this trail is also prized with views of the Annapurna Range and some of the highest ranges of Bhutan.

Brahmatal Trek

Brahmatal Trek


Duration: 6 days
Altitude: Brahmatal peak is at an altitude of 11,000 ft.
Difficulty: Moderate. Prior trekking experience can be a boon.
Starting point: Lohajung, Uttarakhand
Nearest rail head: Kathgodam


One of the not so popular winter treks in the country, the trek has been named after the Brahmatal lake, located in Uttarakhand. The trek is known for offering the right amount of snow that makes a trek exciting. Even though the trail doesn’t climb to the highest of altitudes, yet it is known to offer views of some high peaks. A small lake and a few forests act as the bonus offerings in this trek.

Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek Uttarakhand

Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek


Duration: 6 days
Altitude: Chandrashila peak is at an altitude of 12,100 ft.
Difficulty: Easy. No prior trekking experience required.
Starting point: Sari, Uttarakhand
Nearest rail head: Haridwar


Another popular winter trek, the Deoriatal Chandrashila trek takes a trekker to a high altitude lake called Deoriatal, followed by a trail up to the breathtaking heights of the Chandrashila peak. This trek acts like an artist’s canvas with the variety of landscapes it takes one through. Starting from the multiple variety of forests, the trail leads a trekker through a wide alpine meadow surrounded by the jungles, the magical Deoriatal and finally truckloads of snow on the way to the Chandrashila peak. The climb up to the Chandrashila peak can be done via Tungnath, known for its temple. The trek is also consider to be a birders’ trail, thanks to more than 100 species that you can see.



Goechala Trek – Sikkim Himalaya 2015

This November Shikhar Travels (I) Pvt. Ltd. Operated a successful tour of Goechala Trek in Sikkim Himalaya, India with a Japanese team of 12 members. Before starting the trek of 9 days team visited Darjeeling and enjoy ride of Toy Train (Darjeeling Himalayan Railways) i.e. a UNESCO world heritage site, they also visited Himalayan Mountaineering Institute as well as Tea Garden.

Tea Garden in Darjeeling
We started our trek from Yuksum covering Tshoka, Phedang, Dzongri, Thansing, Lamuney and Goechala till view point two. We couldnt summit Goechala point three as the government has banned to go beyond view point two due to death of a tourist a month ago. Entire team did a very good job and enjoyed the serenity of Himalayas.

On the way to Phedang


They witnessed their presence and captured the photographs of various peaks like Mt. Japuno, Mt. Thensing Khan, Mt. Pandim, Mt. Kanchenjunga , Mt. Kumbhkarn/ Sleeping Buddha, Mt. Kabru Dome South, Mt. Kabru Dome and Mt. Kabru Dome North etc. They were amazed by the beauty of Samiti lake and its surrounding as the heard of blue sheep was grazing there too.

On the way to Goechala trek
Team did very well all the time and made the trek successful. In return we followed another route from Kokchurang to Phedang deep in the jungle and came straight to Tshoka. In nutshell everything went very well as the team came safely and happily.

Goechala Trek, Sikkim Himalayas

There was not even a single injury to any member. We took the photographs and memory with us and kept the Himalayas clean . Alpine Tour Services has confirmed two Green Lake trek and one Goechala trek for 2016 with us that is our feed back of the tour.

Team Goechala Trek, Sikkim

Uttarakhand – Enjoys the Comfort of the Himalayan Mountains


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.



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.



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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Odisha to Facilitate Himalayan Expedition

The state government in association with the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) has decided to enable youths from the state to take part in a Himalayan expedition.

Mount Saramati Peak


A 15-member team of young mountaineers will scale a mountain peak over 6000m high in the Indian Himalayas during the post-monsoon period of 2016 as part of the expedition. “In a first of its kind move, the department of sports and youth affairs will fund the Himalayan expedition. IMF, the apex body of land based adventures in the country, will facilitate training and other activities,” said coordinator of IMF, Odisha chapter, Susanta Das.

sikkim darjeeling tour

Before the mission, three preparatory camps will be organized to train the participants in different mountain skills and techniques of survival in adverse weather conditions at high altitudes.

“The objective is to provide an opportunity to the youth in Odisha to participate in adventure sports and to instill team spirit, discipline and leadership,” Das added.

Trekking in Sikkim

Youths of 18 to 25 years of age who have attended adventure camps before can apply for the expedition. The mission will start with a trek to the 12,000-feet high Sandakphu in Eastern Himalayas with 50 boys and girls in November. This will be followed by a 5-day rock climbing camp at Panchalingeswar Hills in Balasore in January next year.

The participants who will do well in the trekking and rock climbing would be selected for a grueling Ice craft training camp on the glacier of Sikkim Himalaya near 16,400 high Guicha-La for a fortnight under Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure & Eco Tourism in March 2016.

Shikhar Nature Resort Uttaerkashi

“Those who excel in the preparatory training camps would be selected for the 15-member final team and would get higher training in different mountaineering institutes like HMI Darjeeling, NIM Uttarkashi and JIM Pahalgam during summer next year before joining the first ever state-sponsored mountaineering expedition,” Das said.



Sikkim – A Chance to Mix Wondrous Nature with Active Sport



Sikkim Tours


Adventure in Sikkim is a chance of a lifetime a chance to mix wondrous nature with active sport, something which is hard to find at its native best. A largely mountainous locale, Sikkim bases most of its adventure around mountain activity. Not that this is crippling in any way. The sheer number of things to do can make your holiday extend beyond your belief. To begin with, there is plenty of scope for trekking, with some of the most famous peaks found in the south of the state.


Kanchenjunga trek


The most famous, the Kanchenjunga trek lies waiting to be conquered. There are several others which are just as majestic. If climbing the mountains is not enough for you, try biking through them. Mountain biking in Sikkim is a compelling activity which several people look to undertake in Sikkim. Navigating through the roads and winding upslope of the state, there is lots of fun and great thrill in just being here. The North and west of the state are the favourite haunts for bikers.


Adventure in Sikkim


If the mountains need a deserving break, there are rapids which can help you try some white water rafting as well. The rivers Teesta and Rangeet have several sections in Sikkim where this is possible, and if you have the stomach for it, it must e tried at least once during your stay. A unique experience presents itself in the form of Yak safaris. A chance to ride the mammoth yak is a chance not everyone can find in daily life. There are wonderful sites along the lake Dzongri and also Tsomgo.


Sikkim Darjeeling Tour


These allow you a chance through the mountains and also along the water bodies. Be a bird in Sikkim and try looking at the mountains and beautiful scenery below. Hang gliding is a sport people come from all over to experience in Sikkim. A chance to spread yourself and let your heart and body fly, this is a chance for you to feel free and let the rush of the winds take you over. The winters are almost impossible to bear in Sikkim.


Sikkim Tour Packages


Try the summer months between April and October to be able to make the most of your adventure. The sheer altitude and climate make it necessary for you to be in great shape to enjoy mountain activity, or any other sport in Sikkim. This is certainly not for those with heart or blood pressure related problems, or even vertigo. Those with ailments should try simple activities like yak safaris. Plan and prepare well for any adventure before you begin. Always go through a course before taking up rafting or mountaineering here since it is a very taxing experience. It is important to follow all regulations and stay within areas which are for the public. Avoid restricted sections unless you have a special permit.



Trekking in India – There is No Better Place for You to Be



Markha Valley Trek


There are several places in India which are excellent for trekking in India. Needless to say, most of them are based out of the high altitude areas like the Himalayas and Karakoram ranges. The most popular and most frequented trekking destinations in India are Ladakh, Garhwal, Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal. All reliable companies divide their tours by abilities and cater to beginners, novices and experts alike.


Roopkund Trek


In addition to the adventure factor treks in India also offer a solid cultural element. This means that while you’re getting your adrenalin fix, you’ll also be experiencing local life firsthand in the remote corners of India. You’ll find yourself enthralled by the friendly locals you’ll speak with, the tiny hamlets you’ll pass and the elusive monasteries that’ll make you want to stick around a little while longer. India offers a lot of high altitude treks and some of these treks require a certain amount of fitness level.


Dodital Trek


Make sure you inform your tour operator of any health restrictions and that you are comfortable with the altitude levels of your trek. It is important to remember that treks in the northern slopes go through snow capped terrain which can be quite difficult to navigate. While the winters are extremely bitter and the cold is unrelenting, the warmer months make the conditions more conducive and the climate more charitable.



Across most locations, the ideal time to undertake this expedition would be between June and October. There are several safety considerations that must be taken into account when discussing trekking in India. Apart from knowing your health conditions well and ensuring acclimatization during the trek, it is important to carry all necessary medication throughout. Lots of treks go through remote stretches so carrying adequate food is also vital.


Beas Kund Trek


Although there is no strict regulation around trekking in India, it is important to ensure that they are led by registered and recognised tour guides and leaders.