Share of Indian and Foreign Expeditions in Total Mountaineering Expeditions to Indian Himalayas during 2010-14

India cooked a 2-flavor small thin mountaineering pie despite a tall pile of available ingredients during 2010-14. Local flavors dominated the pie because Indian mountaineers contributed more than 60% (303) of the expeditions.   Himachal Pradesh (H.P.) Slice H.P. with total 177 (36.05%) mountaineering expeditions prepared the largest slice of the pie. However, the state slice lacked foreign flavors. The Indian mountaineers contributed majority of the expeditions (86.44%). Uttarakhand Slice

Did a tragedy every year discourage climbers from visiting Indian Himalayas during 2010-14?

One after another, disaster struck some or other part of the lofty range during 2010-14. A seismic scare in Sikkim in 2011 A curse of cloudburst in Uttarakhand in 2013 A foul play by floods in Jammu and Kashmir in 2014 An anxiety-triggering avalanche in Jammu and Kashmir in 2010 and 2012… These disasters reduced the accessibility. Maybe some of these disasters might also have created fear in some climbers.

Indian Basic Minimum Standards for commercial mountaineering expeditions

This is the third and the last post discussing Indian Basic Minimum Standards (BMS) for climbing tours in the Indian Himalayas. Today I will list the three remaining standards.   1. Documentation   The adventure tour operator must have the following documents:   Complete curriculum vitae (CVs) of guides and instructors Feedback from the clients about guides and instructors Copies of permissions and permits obtained for current expeditions Copies of

Indian Basic Minimum Standards for commercial mountaineering expeditions

According to the Indian Basic Minimum Standards (BMS) for Mountaineering, the adventure tour operators must define and update standard operation procedures (SOPs) for commercial climbing expeditions to the Indian Himalayas. The SOPs should also be vetted by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF). What is a SOP?   In the simplest words, “An SOP is a procedure specific to your operation that describes the activities necessary to complete tasks in accordance

Indian Basic Minimum Standards for commercial mountaineering expeditions

India defined Basic Minimum Standards (BMS) for commercial mountaineering expeditions to peaks of 6,000 meters or comparable in 2009. The BMS are divided into the following seven categories: 1.      Documentation 2.      Emergencies and rescues 3.      Equipment 4.      Guides / Instructors 5.      Inspections and maintenance procedures 6.      Risk mitigation 7.      Standard operating procedure (SOP) and operating instructions   This post focuses on three standards: guides / instructors, equipment, and inspections and

In 1980, Indian mountaineering expeditions attempted sixty-one (61) peaks in the Indian Himalayas, whereas foreign expeditions attempted seventy-two (72) peaks. Only three (3) peaks were attempted by both foreign and Indian expeditions: Hanuman Tibba (Himachal Pradesh), Kedarnath Dome (Uttar Pradesh / Uttarakhand), and Mrigthuni (Uttar Pradesh / Uttarakhand).   Besides the above three peaks, foreign and Indian mountaineers preferred 18 other peaks out of total 130 peaks. Based on climbing