Mountaineering may be just a sport for many but it is a passion for those love scaling new heights. Mountaineering requires a fitness level and skill that may not be necessary for other adventure sports. But to be able to climb mountains one needs to be fully fit and well equipped to face all the challenges that mountains pose to a mountaineer. In short mountaineering is an art that requires skill, strength and stamina.
Mountaineering in India was introduced by the Europeans in the 18th century. It was the time when new regions were either explored or conquered. Mountaineering as an adventure sport at this time was just taking shape. But later on, mountaineering became a serious business and man's quest to conquer new heights took him close to many high peaks around the world. This quest for challenging the might of mountains and the curiosity to explore what lies in the upper reaches of snow capped peaks has virtually made man a conqueror. Today there is hardly any mountain or peak left in the world that has not been scaled.
India offers an exciting mountaineering experience to an adventure sport lover. The Himalayas that stretch from north-west of India to far north-east offers a number of high rise peaks that are considered ideal for mountaineering. Some of the wonderful places for mountaineering in India are Leh Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, Garhwal and Kumaon Himalayas in Uttaranchal, Kullu valley and Lahul Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, and Sikkim and some other parts of north-eastern region.
Finally, when it comes to hitting the road to a mountain or a peak, there are certain basic facts that need to be followed. It is ideal to get the medical fitness done before you embark on your journey. Know how to handle high-altitude sickness and use of first aid box in case of emergency. Take all precautions to avoid snow blindness, sun burning and frostbite.
Maps are quite handy when you are travelling. It is ideal to understand the topography of the region and the places around, when you plan to take a mountaineering expedition. Gather as much information as possible about the region you plan to tour. Overweight and people suffering from high/low blood pressure should avoid mountaineering. High altitude acclimatization is a must before you hit the mountain trail.
Summer is the best time for mountaineering. At a time when mercury rise in the plains, the high-rise mountains in the Himalayas offer cool climes. Adventure Tours of India offers complete information on adventure travel in India. To know more on adventure travel or to book adventure tours to India, please fill up the form given below.