I have already discussed supply side for top four Indian mountaineer states and top five foreign climber countries. In this article, I will review the supply side of the Indian mountaineering market as a whole, i.e. for all 491 expeditions that took place in the study period.
Ten Parameters Used for Analysis
I used ten parameters for supply analysis:
- Number of Peaks
- Annual Peak Rate (Total Peaks Attempted in 5 Years / 5)
- Number of Expeditions
- Annual Expedition Rate (Total Expeditions Organized in 5 Years / 5)
- Number of Attempts
- Total Expedition Duration
- Average Expedition Duration (Total Expedition Duration / Number of Expeditions)
- Overall Success Rate
- Success Share
- State-Specific Success Rate
Top 4 Peak Providing States
The analysis showed that Himachal Pradesh topped in six of above parameter categories and scored second position in four categories.
Jammu and Kashmir led in three categories: number of unique peaks, peak rate, and state-specific success rate. It scored second position in three categories and third position in four categories.
Uttarakhand topped only in one category: total expedition duration. The state stood second in three categories and third in six categories.
Sikkim scored fourth position in all ten categories. There was substantial difference between Sikkim expedition figures and the figures of other three states.
Thus, four popular mountaineering destinations in the Indian Himalayas are
- Himachal Pradesh
- Jammu and Kashmir
There was neck and neck competition between JK (72) and HP (70) for peaks. On average HP expeditions were the shortest (26.20 days).