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When it comes to adventure sports there is no better place than the Himalayas. It is also known as the trekkers' paradise. Here is some information on mountaineering in the Himalayas.

Himalayas : Adventure : Climbing the Heights

Climbing the Heights

Adventure Sports in Himalayas
For adventure sport enthusiasts and mountaineers it is really difficult to resist the attraction of the Himalayas. For mountaineers it is a paradise. Its awesome beauty and vastness fascinates the climbers for ages. Some of the famous peaks of the Himalayas are Mount Everest, K2, Nanda Devi, Kanchenjunga, Annapurna. The major region is the India and Nepal zone. The highest altitude of the mountain peak is 8,848m. The best time to visit the Himalayas is between April to November. Himalayas is the best option for mountaineers and adventure sports lovers. There are various mountaineering institutes and adventure sports clubs at Uttarkashi in Uttaranchal and at Manali in Himachal Pradesh. And there are various other institutes located all over India, which offers short courses on rock climbing, etc.

Mountaineering in the Himalayas is quite a difficult task. It is not for common people you have to be trained before you go for climbing. Apart from being trained it is also an expensive option. The actual time spent on the climbing is relatively a small proportion of the total time taken by the mountaineers to get to the mountain. In the expedition the Sherpas accompany you and you have to carry various items like tents, cooking utensils sleeping bags, etc. The expense can be curtailed if you carry hired equipments from various clubs and organizers. You have to take various precautions before you go for mountaineering. It involves a lot of risk so you need to be totally prepared and accompanied by experienced climbers.

Popular Mountaineering Sites in the Himalayas are:

Jammu and Kashmir

Ladakh: here the Zanskar and Suru valley offers some great climbing experience. Here the Nun Kun Massif is one of the most climbed areas of the region and it is booked through out the year. The way to the twin peaks is from the Kargil-Padum Road, which is about 70 km south of Kargil. Pir Panjal mountaineering range is another such option, which is situated south of the Himalayas.

Even mountaineering in Manali, Himachal Pradesh is also a great option. Places like Garhwal and Kumaon Himalayas, Uttaranchal can also be tried. This region contains some of the most challenging peaks like Chaukhamba, Nilkanth, Bandarpoonch, Trisul, Dunagiri, Kamet, Nanda Devi, etc.

In Sikkim Himalayas mountaineering is just great fun. Its beauty is just incomparable. In the southwestern part of Sikkim, in the main Himalayan range, is the Kanchenjunga, which rises to an altitude of 8,585 m or 28,169 ft above sea level. Among the other famous peaks in Sikkim there are Kirat Chulior Tent Peak, Kabru, and Sinolchu.

In Nepal the Everest region is the most famous trekking and mountaineering region. So listen to the call of the mountains and pack your bags for the great Himalayan expedition.

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