How Do Mountain Peaks Get Names?

Survey of India decides the names for the peaks located in the Indian Himalayas. The peak christening is however a time consuming process. The first successful mountaineering team on a virgin peak is generally allowed to suggest a name for the peak. The maiden summiteers usually name the peaks after villages, gods, or deities of the area. However, peaks are also named after famous people from different fields. For example, recently, Girippremi Mountaineering Institute in Pune has suggested name for Point 5,260 in the Hampta Pass area: Mount Nalini after Nalini Sengupta, a well-known Indian mountaineer from Pune.

Indian mountaineers, Bhupesh Kumar and Arjun Vajpai, scaled an unnamed virgin peak (6,180 meters), located in the Spiti Valley, in alpine style in the last quarter of 2015. They named the peak to commemorate achievements of APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India. Mount Kalam is located in vicinity Bara Shigri Glacier in Himachal Pradesh. The peak affords spectacular views of the Himalayan range.


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