Mountaineering in Kashmir

Come winters and Sonmarg is hidden under a blanket of snow and becomes a hotbed of snow related adventures.


Mountaineering in Kashmir

For mountaineering in Kashmir, you need to take permission from the Government of India through the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF). The relief and terrain of Kashmir offers exciting opportunities for mountaineering in the state. High peaks of the Himalayas attract thousands of adventure sports lovers to the state. These mountains can be categorized as Alpine and Himalaya. The four important mountaineering zones in the state of Jammu and Kashmir are Kashmir, Zanskar, Kishtwar and Ladakh. With the mighty ranges of the Himalayas towering 10,000 to 28,000 feet above the sea level, mountaineering options in Kashmir are almost unlimited. The Pir Panjal, Karakoram and Zanskar ranges are the mountaineer's delight. Add to that the charm of the green pine forests, the rich plants and animal life on the mountains. The peaks of Sonamarg facilitate quick ascent and decent, while the lower peaks of Kishtwar are more challenging owing to their ruggedness.

Foreign climbing expeditions are required to obtain permission from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation for climbing all listed peaks. Application forms for booking along with other requisite documents can be obtained from the Director, Indian Mountaineering Foundation, Benito Jurez Road, New Delhi-110021.The climbing season extends from mid-May to mid-October Ladakh is the paradise for mountaineering as there are so many peaks and mountains to climb. Only dare devils can dare to climb these. Climbingand conquering the lofty peaks of Ladakh needs extreme fitness.However, before attempting to climb any peak acclimatisation to weatheris necessary. Climbing peaks in Ladakh may require one to three weeks. If you are an adventure sports enthusiast and love exploring nature then Kashmir is the place for you. There are numerous mountainous peaks and ranges in Himalaya towering from 10,000 to 28,000 feet from above sea level and thus the valley offers huge opportunities of mountaineering in Kashmir. The major mountaineering zones can be divided into four areas:

Kashmir

  • • Kolahoi (known as the Matterhorn of Kashmir)
  • • Harmukh
  • • Tattakuti
  • • Sunset (highest peak in the Pir Panjal range)
  • • A number of small peaks in Sonamarg and Pahalgam.

Kishtwar

The small Himalayan peaks are quite difficult to climb. Some popular peaks are:

  • • Sickle Moon
  • • Eiger
  • • Brammah-I
  • • Brammah’s Wife
  • • Crooked Finger
  • • Flat Top
  • • Ca-thedral
  • • Barnaj-I
  • • Barnaj-II
  • • Arjuna
  • • Agyasol
  • • Shivling etc
  • Zanskar

    The well known peaks of Zanskar Range are Nun-Kun, White Needle, Pinnacle, Z-1, Z-2, Z-3, Z-8, D-41, N-8, Bien Guapa, Bobang, etc.

    Ladakh

    The peaks of Stok area come under Ladakh. The main peaks of this area: Stok Kangri, Parcha Kangri, Gulap Kangri, Kang Yissay, etc