Mountaineers from West Bengal attempted almost 100 peaks during 2010-14.
99 Indian Himalayan Peaks that Mountaineers from West Bengal Attempted during 2010-14
Number of Peaks
They attempted 99 peaks, one less than a century. More than 45% peaks were in Himachal Pradesh. There was neck-and-neck race between Uttarakhand (26.26%) and Jammu and Kashmir (24.24%) in selling peaks to Bengali mountaineers.
All top 10 peaks preferred by the mountaineers are in Himachal Pradesh except one (Chamser Kangri) that is in Jammu and Kashmir.
Favorite Peak Altitude: 6000-6499 meters
They attempted peaks with altitude ranging from 5,500 meters to 7,999 meters. However, with an increase in altitude the number of expeditions fell.
They liked peaks with an altitude range of 6,000-6,499 meters. Their strong liking for this peak altitude range reflected in two important figures: total number of days spent (3,084 days | 62.11%) on these peaks and total number of expeditions (113 expeditions | 63.84%) attempted these peaks.
In altitude categories, total expedition duration did not increase with an increase in total number of expeditions or vice versa. For example, six (6) expeditions to 7500-7999 meter peaks took 214 days and twelve (12) expeditions to 7000-7499 meter peaks took 372 days, whereas thirteen (13) expeditions to 5500-5999 meter peaks took 294 days.
With an increase in peak altitude, average expedition duration climbed up.
Attempt Success rate: Out of total 207 attempts made by the mountaineers from West Bengal, 112 were successful and 90 were unsuccessful. The success rate thus was more than 54%.
Success rate for attempts made on Sikkim peaks was one hundred percent. Jammu and Kashmir recorded the second highest success rate (60.53%), followed by Himachal Pradesh (54.33%). The success rate of attempts made in Uttarakhand was the lowest (44.74%) and even lower than the total success rate of West Bengal (54.11%).
Expedition success rate also followed the above trend. About 8% (14) expeditions had mixed results, successful on one peak and unsuccessful on other peak. These expeditions were multi-peak expeditions.
Favorite Mountaineering Destination
Although they attempted peaks in all four Himalayan states during 2010-14, they spent most of the mountaineering holidays in Himachal Pradesh (3,037 days | 113 expeditions).
The second most favorite mountaineering destination was Uttarakhand (1,062 days | 36 expeditions).
Jammu and Kashmir (760 days | 25 expeditions) was the third popular destination.
Sikkim (74 days | 2 expeditions) was the least popular destination despite being the neighbor of West Bengal.
So the conclusion is that distance between the home town of the mountaineer and the peak does not impact the expedition decisions. So which factors influence the selection of the peak? This is an interesting question requiring further research.
They organized total 177 expeditions in 4,965 days, more than thirteen (13) years.
Peaks Attempted per Expedition
They preferred 1-peak expeditions (149 | 84.18%). The share of 2-peak expeditions was 14.69% (26) and that of 3-peak expeditions was negligible (2 | 1.13%).