Adventure Travel Blog Magazine | Nov-Dec 2015 | Contents While analysing Indian mountaineering data of five years (2010-14), I observed that the activity concentration was maximum in July-October. But actually climbing season began in April. And even two expeditions started as early as February and March. 3 Popular Months to Start Expedition August July September 3 Popular Months to End Expedition August September October
Indian Mountaineering Market 2010-14
Adventure Travel Blog Magazine | Nov-Dec 2015 | Contents Actual length of the Himalayan mountaineering holidays varied from four (4) to sixty-seven (67) days during the study period spanning from 2010 to 2014. To make this vast range more comprehensible, I have calculated an average duration. But surprisingly, I did not find any direct relationship between the altitude and expedition duration, state and expedition duration, and mountaineer’s nationality and expedition
During the half decade, mountaineers spend 13,817 days in the Indian Himalayas. That means more than thirty-seven (37) years or about 454 months. In these many days, the earth completes more than 37 revolutions of the sun. Indian mountaineers accounted for slightly more than 59% of the total days. The foreign climbers accounted for the remaining. The number of days spent by foreign mountaineers continued to fall until 2013. The
During 2010-14, total 212 peaks were attempted in the Indian Himalayas. Out of these twenty five (25) peaks satisfy our definition of popular peaks. All popular peaks are located in three Himalayan states: Jammu and Kashmir (JK), Himachal Pradesh (HP), and Uttarakhand (UK). Share of 4 States in Top 25 Peaks HP and UK accounted for 40% each of top twenty-five (25) peaks during the study period. The remaining 20%
During 2010-14, only three peaks were attempted in the Sikkim Himalayas: Jongsong Tingchen Khang Unnamed-6078 Neither of these satisfied our definition of a popular peak nor attracted foreign climbers. Indian climbers made total five (5) attempts on the three peaks.
Climbers from India and abroad selected sixty-five (65) peaks in the Uttarakhand Himalayas during 2010-14. The peaks were attempted 175 times; average climbing frequency was 2.69 attempts per peak. The peak climbing frequency range was broad: 1-18. 10 Popular Peaks Satopanth Bhagirathi II Shivling Kamet Kedardome Rudugaira Thalay Sagar Thelu Trishul I Gangotri I Performance Comparison of Top 4 Peaks Satopanth was the darling of climbers during the period.
Climbers attempted seventy (70) peaks during the period. Out of which ten (10) peaks were attempted five or more than five times. Four peaks were member of three different peak groups: Chandra Bhaga (CB) (2 peaks) Koa Rong Range (KR) (1 peak) Hanuman Tibba (1 peak) The remaining six peaks were individual peaks. Deo Tibba, an Individual Peak Foreign and Indian mountaineers attempted Deo Tibba twenty-four (24) times. Foreign attempts
Definition of a Popular Peak: I have used total climbing frequency as the yardstick to rank peaks. For this analysis, a popular peak means a peak that was attempted five or more than five (>=5) times in the half decade 2010-14. 5 Top Peaks The mountaineers visited the following five peaks in the Jammu and Kashmir Himalayas >=5 times: Kun Nun Stok Kangri Chamser Kangri Lungser Kangri Chamser was the
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
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.