India - Be in the Rendezvous land of color, culture and fauna - Mountaineering in India is a fabulous form of adventure sport which will enable one to conquer the lofty mountain peaks. Himalayan mountain ranges are mostly famous as the ideal mountaineering destinations in India.

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Whats Mountaineering!

The Sport of walking, hiking, trekking and climbing up mountains is known as Mountaineering. Also known as Alpinisim it has branched out into specializations like rock craft, snow craft and skiing.Fitness of body and mind along with good athletic and technical ability is required to conquer this sport.

Ötzi the Iceman, was the first person to land at 3000ft, about 5,300years ago.Also known as Frozen Fritz, his well preserved Mummy was found in 1991 in the Schnalstal glacier in the Ötztal Alps, between Austria and Italy. It is considered to be the beginning of the Sport called the Mountaineering.

The world's highest mountain (above mean sea level), Mount Everest (8,848 m) was first climbed on May 29, 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay from the south side in Nepal.

Famous Mountaineering Places :
Mountaineering K2
K2 lies on the border of China and Pakistan, touching India.he first westerner who saw the peak was probably Lieutenant T.G. Montgomerie. In 1856, he was surveying the mountains in the area and spotted the extraordinary peaks of Karakoram, which he gave temporary names: K for Karakoram plus a number for each peak, e.g. K-1, K-2, K-3 and so on. Today it is supposed to be one of the toughest peaks to climb.

Climbing Mount Everest
Mount Everest
The Flight to the Mount Everest seems impossiible from a distance, but the people have dared to touch this peak too. Not a childs play, it dares the dent of the Mountaineers.

Climbing Mount Everest

The Mountaineering Pack and the Hazards

» Snow : Rough, hard snow with spikes is one of the major dangers which one encounters. For such hard non - crushed snow, Crampons 10-12 point spikes which are attached to the mountain boots are used on the hard snow. Snow Shoes can be used to wlk through the deep snow, skis can be used everywhere boots can be used.

» Ice : Ice can be dangerous in the sense if one slips, then there is no stoppage. But then there are methods to stop the Snow. Pickets or screws can be used if the terrain is slippery. Each climber on the team must clippast the anchorand the last climber picks up the picket. This is known as Simul - Climbing. If the terrain is vertical then normal ice climbimg technique is used.

» Glaciers Crevasses : These ( deep slits or chasms) are a g reat danger while walking on Glaciers. These giant cracks are not always avialable as the snow can be blown and makes the difference impossible for the ametures to decide.For this Crampons and Ice Axes are used. The team of two to five climbers tie themselves into a rope equally spaced. The members of the team enact a Crevasse rescue to the fallen climer, if any.

Avlanches : These are the biggest dangers in the ice clad mountains.There are two types of avlanches:

# » Hard slab avalanche : Formed by hard packed snow in cohesive slabs which are very hard to break, sometimes impossible.It results in large blocks tumbling down the mountain.

» Soft Slab Avlanche : This sort of Avlanche ice tends to break easily. It is very dangerous one as it can knock down th eclimber instantlyor sweep them over a cliff into a terrain trap.

Places For Camping India

Gulmarg, K2 , Mount Everest, Himalayas, are some of the places which are best known as Mountaineering grounds in India. Here is a list of the popular mountaineering places India
  • Leh - Upshi - Chumathang Sikkim
  • Mount Everest
  • Kanchanzonga or K2
  • Nanda Devi
  • Zanzkar Vally Jammu and Kashmir
  • Lahaul in Himachal Pradesh
  • Darjeeling in Himachal Pradesh
  • Karakoram Ranges
  • Garhwal Himalayas
  • Gulmarg J& K
  • The Himalayas
  • Num and Kun Jammu & Kashmir

  • What To Take

    There are certain dangers while mountaineering which one should remember -
  • Be beware of the high altitude sickness.The best treatment is to descend easily. Remember high altitude sickness can lead to HACE( High Altitude Cerebral Edoema) and Hape (High Altitude Pulmonary Edoema). Both of them can be fatal, if not cured within 24 hrs.
  • Whatever you carry , the basic idea is - the lighter the better, be it your knife or your boots.
  • There are vey less chances that you will get to bathe in the entire expedition, so carry the smallest soap in the market.Shampoo, sachet. Toothpaste, sachet. Deodorant all of them the trial sizeYour sunblock, lotion, muscle pain medication, and cologne, repack them into tiny plastic containers used to keep the camera film rolls.
  • Pack your clothes as per the events and not by the type. ITS NOT GOING TO BE A PARTY OUT THERE, so get to the lightest and the warmest here.
  • Take the instant food as much as possible. Get Margarine oil instead of Cooking oil. Eveything frozes on the top of the hill except the Margarine.
  • Pack your trash while leaving the mountains. You cannot and are not permitted to leave your trash on the top of the hills.So take one or two sparce plastic grocery bag to get your trash back.

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