10 peaks to climb in India

The Himalayan ranges stretch over ten states in India. There are certain peaks very famous among high altitude trekkers and mountaineers, some of them requiring high levels of technical knowledge and experience. Success of previous expeditions, unique geography and the sheer altitude have made some of the peaks highly popular. Here is a list of ten peaks in India one must consider:

  1. Stok Kangri Peak:
    Location: Leh
    Altitude: 6153 m
    Stok Kangri is a trekkable peak and its base camp can be reached with 2-3 days. The expedition to mount Stok Kangri is considered to be one of the most popular expeditions in Ladakh. Being one of the highest peaks in Stok Himalayan Ranges, this expedition leaves no stone upturned to give you a full-fledged mountaineering experience amidst the Himalayas. The significance of this expedition magnifies because of its prime location which is encompassed by the Hemis National Park. This high altitude expedition can be accomplished within 8 days.
  2. Deo Tibba Peak:
    Jagatsukh, near Manali
    Altitude: 6001 m
    This expedition lets you climb on the second highest peak of the Pir Panjal ranges. To undertake this expedition series a good fitness level and earlier mountaineering experience are pre-requisites. Apart from its magnificence and grandeur, The Deo Tibba peak upholds great mythological significance. It is believed to be the place where ‘Devtas’ (Gods) ascend and gather for a congregation. The best time to climb this peak is in between June to September. This high altitude trek can be completed in between 10-12 days.

  3. Seven Sisters Peak:
    Location: Dhundi, near Manali
    Altitiude: 4724 m
    Situated in the Solang valley of Himachal Pradesh the Seven Sister’s trek is an easy and mesmerizing experience. The scenic beauty of the place and the green surrounding of apple-orchards makes it explicit. The  . This rocky landscape is the magical formation by nature and it has originated during the Ice age.
  4. Mt. Kedar Dome:
    Location: Gangotri, Uttarakhand
    Altitude: 6851 m
    Situated amidst the Garhwal Himalayan Ranges this expedition can add another feather to your hat. The shape of this peak is like a dome and climbing it is rather easy for an experienced mountaineer but the real challenge is to the acclimatize the body in such a high altitude. This is a relatively long expedition and might take 18-25 days to accomplish. This expedition is best carried out in summers (June- September).
  5. Mt. Shivling:
    Location: Gangotri, Uttarakhand
    Altitude: 6543 m
    Situated at the Western Garhwal Himalayan Ranges this mountain peak is popularly known for its twin peak and conical shape. Being a part of the Gangotri group of peaks this expedition can give you goosebumps because of its challenging trails and difficult climb. It is advisable to undertake this expedition only if you have sound mountaineering experience and good knowledge of predicting mountain weather. This expedition requires several permits and permissions, however, the ecstatic view from the top of the peak makes it all worth. Make sure you gaze at the grandeur of this peak from Gaumukh!
  6. Mt. Nun and Kun:
    Location: Suru valley, near Leh
    Altitude: 7135 mThis expedition can only be performed by mountaineers with sincere guts because the presence of glaciers, crevasses, sharp edges, and deadly pinnacles make it extremely arduous and challenging. One should have good knowledge of mountaineering techniques and equipment to do this expedition. Expedition on Mount Nun and Kun or the twin peaks is a heavenly experience of walking and climbing on snow-clad trails and mountains.
  7. Mt. Kamet:
    Location: Near Joshimath, Uttarakhand
    Altitude: 7756 m
    Mount Kamet can give you another wonderful expedition in the Garhwal Himalayan Ranges. Being the second highest peak of the Garhwal Himalayas and third highest peak of India, the expedition attracts the mountaineers from all around the world.  This is lesser accessible because of its location. The best time to undertake this expedition is in the months of July – September.
  8. Kalindi Khal Pass:
    Location: Gangotri, Uttarakhand
    Altitude: 5950 m
    The beginning point of this expedition style trek is Gangotri bank whence starts one of the most strenuous treks of all time. This high altitude trek is full of crevasses which makes it ever challenging and deadly. Apart from this, the camping sites at this expedition are enchanting. The trek takes place on a glacier and requires the use of ice axe, crampons and ropes.Note: Due to ILP (Inner Line Permit) requirements, foreign nationals might need to be minimum in a group of 4.
  9. Mt. Trishul:
    Location: Bageshwar, Uttarakhand
    Altitude: 7120 m
    Mount Trishul as the name suggests is a group of three mountain peaks resembling the Hindu deity Lord Shiva’s weapon Trishul. The best time to climb on Mount Trishul is in the months of July, August, and September. It provides one of the most mesmerizing views of the three mountain peaks and also the Nanda Devi peak which is a neighboring peak and connected with Mount Trishul
  10. Mt. Menthosa:
    Location: Lahaul
    Altitude: 6447 m
    Mount Methosa is eminent for its challenging and strenuous climb. However, this is the best peak to be considered if you are looking for a rewarding experience as a professional mountaineer. Being the second largest peak in the Lahaul-Spiti region this expedition leaves no stones unturned to satisfy the adventuresome peeps. The trails are difficult to hike, prone to avalanches and also the high altitude makes it an arduous expedition.

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