By guest writer Rohit from Trans India Travels
There are many different ways to connect to nature. Some people like trekking or hiking, others enjoy rafting and camping. One of the most preferred and popular ways to connect with nature is by peak climbing. The beauty of nature that can be felt on top of a mountain and standing beneath the sky is breath-taking.
It’s a place where you feel more alive. A place that wants you to know more and feel more. The mighty mountains dominating the skylines have a unique appearance. These huge mountains are perfect and untouched beauties of nature.
For those who love nature and travel and want to climb mountain peaks, we have compiled a list of the highest peaks in India. Peak climbing is not an easy task as it requires a lot of planning and research work, along with the hard work it takes to climb. For a kickstart, here is a checklist for expedition planning in India.
- Applications to IMF (Indian Mountaineering Foundation) must be made at least 3 months before planned departure.
- For the peaks in Uttarakhand, permission has to be granted from central and state government.
- Check the IMF websites for more details regarding applications and dates available.
- Take a medical check-up in the month of departure.
Now for the exciting part. Here is a list of top seven highest mountain peaks that you can visit and enjoy in India.
Kangchenjunga (28169 Ft., 8586 m)
Kangchenjunga is the highest mountain peak in India and the third highest in the World. It lies partly in Nepal and partly in Sikkim. It holds great ritual and mythological value for the local inhabitants. For this reason, expeditions have been banned by the local government, therefore all expeditions are organised from Nepal.
The mountain receives heavy snowfall during summer season so if you are planning to visit, the best season is winter. The trek is considered one of the most challenging but incredibly scenic routes. Throughout the journey from Yuksom base camp to summit, trekkers are left awestruck and overwhelmed by the beauty of waterfalls, rivers, forests and animals.
Nanda Devi (25663 Ft., 7824 m)
Nanda Devi is a part of Garhwal Himalayas, located in Uttarakhand. It is the second highest peak in India. The peak is named after a goddess the local people used to worship. Adventurers planning to climb Nanda Devi peak and planning to reach the summit will not be disappointed at the top. The view is fascinating.
For beginners, it’s recommended to try other peaks first because Nanda Devi can be a little dangerous. Most people take the south ridge route, which starts from Milam valley and passes from Lawan Glacier.
The journey to base camp passes through several villages including Martoli, Nasanpatti and Munsyari. There is also an alternative route that starts from base camp and passes through sanctuary. May to June or September to October are the best times to visit Nanda Devi.
Mount Kamet – (25446 Ft., 7756 m)
The third highest mountain peak in India is situated in the Garhwal Himalayas on the Indo-Tibetan border. Vasudhara Tal is the base camp for climbing Mount Kamet, and it takes approximately four days to reach the summit.
The route to base camp is from Niti to Shibuk, and passes through Rainka Kharak. After reaching the base camp, the climbing route follows four camping at East Kamet Glacier. The best season is from July to September for peak climbing, but weather is always unpredictable on Mount Kamet so be prepared for all situations.
Saser Kangri I – (25,171 Ft., 7672 m)
Saser Kangri is a mountain range located in Jammu and Kashmir. It lies towards the North-western end of Saser Muztagh. This massif has a range of five majestic mountain peaks, and the name Saser Kangri means path to heaven.
The five peaks includes the fourth highest mountain peak of India, which lies between Nubra and Shyok river valleys. The route through the valley is sandy with no vegetation and hot winds. Travelling through the valley is actually more like travelling through a desert.
Mamostong Kangri – (24,659 Ft., 7516 m)
Mamostong Kangri is the highest peak in Rimo Muztagh. It is located in Karakoram ranges, near the border with China. The unpredictable weather conditions make it very difficult for travellers. The base camp is at Thangaman glacier, but it has not seen a great deal of visitors due to military and political disturbances.
Saser Kangri II – East at (24,665 Ft., 7518 m) & Saser Kangri II – West at (7,500 m)
The mountain ranges of Jammu Kashmir includes the sixth highest mountain peak of India, Saser Kangri II. Out of the five majestic mountains, Saser Kangri II can be climbed from both east and west. The east side of the mountain has a higher elevation.
The cities near this mountain peak are Hassanbad, Kishtwar and Dharamshla. The route to the peak is filled with beautiful scenery and wildlife. The forest view is a particular highlight of the trip.
Saser Kangri III – (24,590 Ft., 7495 m)
Saser Kangri III is the seventh highest mountain peak in India. Trekking from base camp to the summit is filled with snow and rest areas to enjoy camping in nature. Cities nearby include Hassanbad, Kishtwar and Dharamshala.
Mountain Climbing Tips
Peak climbing is a very challenging task, but here are a few tips to turn the adventure into an experience.
- Be sure to pack the right clothes (e.g. thermal clothing, hats, waterproof gear).
- Manage your health and hygiene.
- Always carry a first aid kit.
- Train and get in shape before starting a trek.
- Learn camping skills.
- Plan and organise your tour accordingly.
Mountain climbing is a life changing experience and it will enrich your soul with the beauty of nature. The stunning landscapes will leave you speechless, and hiking up one of the top seven highest mountain peaks in India is a lifetime achievement. So, pack your bags and get ready for a wild adventure.
Rohit is a travel writer by profession. He loves to take a first-hand experience in adventure sports across India and share his experiences on Trans India Travels.