Shivling peak requiring mountaineering skills accounted for thirteen attempts, the sixth highest number of attempts on any peak in the study period. This conical peak is named after Hindu god Shiva. Highlights of 2010-14 Shivling recorded thirteen attempts in equal number of expeditions in 431 days. Foreign expeditions (69.23% | 9) were more than double than the Indian expeditions (30.8% | 4). Foreign expeditions originated from eight different countries in
Indian Mountaineering Market 2010-14
The word Satopanth literally means a good path. Satopanth peak shared the fifth spot with Yunam during 2010-14. Both were attempted eighteen times. However, Satopanth received both foreign and Indian expeditions unlike Yunam. Satopanth is a technically challenging peak whereas Yunam is a non-technical peak. Highlights of 2010-14 Uttarakhand received Satopanth expeditions every year except 2013 during the study period. The number of expeditions went up from five in 2010
Stok Kangri and Yunam, the 4th and 5th popular Himalayan peaks, have something in common. Both are six thousanders. Neither of the peaks could lure both foreign and Indian mountaineers during the study period. Stok Kangri attracted foreign expeditions in the study period, whereas Yunam drew attention of Indian expeditions only. This non-technical peak with an altitude of 6,113 meters / 20,055 feet is located in Lahaul Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.
The highest point of the Stok Range, Stok Kangri (Kanglhajhal), does not require mountaineering skills during summers. Seasoned trekkers can easily conquer this six-thousander in the season. The peak offers beautiful views of the Greater Himalayas. For example, the peak commands views of Kun, Mount Kailash, Nanga Parbat, and Nun. Highlights of 2010-14 Stok Kangri that recorded twenty-one (21) attempts in the study period was the fourth popular Himalayan peak.
About one fourth of foreign expeditions (24.47% | 46) were joint mountaineering expeditions that had climbers from more than one country. The number of these multi-country expeditions increased from eight in 2010 to twelve in 2012, an increase of 50%. However, the number fell by 25% in 2013, and 9.9% in the next year. Countries that Organized Joint Mountaineering Expeditions Twenty-two (22) countries organized forty-six (46) expeditions and made fifty-three
Asian, Australian, and European mountaineers attempted Nun twenty-two times during the study period, making it the 3rd popular peak. However, there were no expeditions from Africa and Americas. Highlights of 2010-14 Asian, Australian, and European mountaineers attempted Nun twenty-two times during the study period. The twelve mountaineer countries organized twenty-two expeditions in 586 days (1.61 Years). The Indo-Irish joint expedition took the shortest time (11 days) to complete the
Deo Tibba, the meeting place of gods, was the second most popular Himalayan peak during 2010-14. The peak was attempted twenty-four times during the study period. More than 91% attempts were made by the Indian climbers. Highlights of 2010-14 The Indian mountaineers attempted the mountain every year during the study period. However, their foreign counter parts attempted Deo Tibba mountain in 2011 and 2012 only. French and Japanese climbers spent
Bhagirathi II was the sixth top peak in the study period. Chamser Kangri and Hanuman Tibba I shared eighth spot on the basis of total number of attempts made. Here are peak infographics for more details. Click on an image to watch slideshow.
Kamet is the highest peak of the Zaskar Range and the 2nd highest peak of the Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand. Since the peak is located in vicinity of the Indo-Tibetan border, it can also be accessed and viewed from Tibet. Highlights of 2010-14 Four countries took 451 days to complete twelve (12) expeditions to Kamet. Average expedition duration was 37.58 days. The mountaineers organized on an average 2.4 expeditions per year.
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