21 findings about foreign and Indian mountaineering expeditions to Indian Himalayas in 2014

This post compares foreign and Indian mountaineering expeditions to the Indian Himalayas in 2014 and highlights differences and similarities if any:

 

  Features Foreign Expeditions Indian Expeditions All Expeditions
1 Peak fees by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) Yes. INR 970,355.88 @ 50% discount IMF does not charge peak fee to Indians INR 970,355.88 @ 50% discount (Fig 1)
2 State-specific fees by Uttarakhand Yes. INR 1,347,000 for 20 climbs Yes. INR 153,000 for 13 climbs. INR 1,500,000 for 33 climbs   (Fig 2)
3 Number of Total Expeditions Forty-one (41) Fifty-seven (57): 39% more than the foreign expeditions Ninety-eight (98)(Fig 3)
4 Number of Total Peaks Attempted Thirty-three (33) Fifty (50): 51.52% more than the foreign mountaineers Eighty-three (83)(Fig 3)
5 Peaks Attempted in Jammu Kashmir Fourteen (14) Fourteen (14) Twenty-eight (28)
6 Peaks Attempted in Himachal Pradesh Four (4) Twenty-five (25) Twenty-nine (29)
7 Peaks Attempted in Uttarakhand Fourteen (14) Nine (9) Twenty-three (23)
8 Peaks Attempted in Sikkim Zero (0) One (1) One (1)
9 Total Number of Days Spent in Indian Himalayas 1,372 (49%) 1,446 (51%) 2,818   (Fig: 4)
10 Peaks Attempted by both foreign and Indian expeditions Bhagirathi-II, Nun, and Satopanth Bhagirathi-II, Nun, and Satopanth
11 Source of Expeditions Seventeen (17) countries, including 12 European nations Nine (9) Indian states: mainly from north, west, east
12 Maximum expeditions as per Country or State of mountaineer Britons organized ten (10) expeditions. Bengali mountaineers led thirty-three (33) expeditions.
13 5000-5499 meter Peaks attempted One (1) peak in Jammu and Kashmir Zero (0) peaks One peak
14 5500-5999 meter Peaks attempted Two (2) peaks in Himachal Pradesh Eight (8) peaks in Himachal Pradesh (HP), one on border of Uttarakhand and HP, and Uttarakhand Ten (10) peaks
15 6000-6499 meter Peaks attempted Sixteen (16) peaks in 3 Himalayan states: JK, HP, and UK Thirty-one (31) peaks in 4 Himalayan states: JK, HP, UK, and Sikkim Forty-seven (47) peaks
16 6500-6999 meter Peaks attempted Six (6) peaks in JK and UK Seven (7) peaks in JK, HP, and UK Thirteen (13) peaks
17 7000-7499 meter Peaks attempted Eight (8) peaks in JK and UK Three (3) peaks in JK and UK Eleven (11) peaks
18 7500-7999 meter Peaks attempted Zero (0) peaks One (1) peak in UK One peak
19 Successful Expeditions About 39% About 44% About 42%(Fig: 5)
20 Unsuccessful Expeditions About 29% About 46% About 39%
21 Season July-October (Peak season) July-September (Peak season) April to November (8 months)

 

Fig 1:

Total Discounted Revenue Earned by IMF in INR

 

Fig 2:

"Additional Fees Revenue Earned By Uttarakhand

Fig 3:

"Indian vs. Foreign Expeditions to Indian Himalayas

 

Fig:4

Indian Mountaineering Market 2014

 

Fig:5

"Success and Failure Rate of All 98 Expeditions to Indian Himalayas

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