Is There a Shortage of Open Mountain Peaks in Himalayas?

Mountain peaks are lucky because their wide waistlines are not a cause of concern. But being a petite peak is a curse in the world that always emphasizes on vertical dimensions. And, a “small inventory” of open peaks also annoys many climbers.

However, the numbers tell a different story. Out of officially available peaks, only fifty-two (52) were attempted by the Indian mountaineers in 2016, i.e. less than 20% of the available peaks. The remaining vertical grounds of ice, rock, and snow await the delicate sheep that crave for more but always prefer popular places.

In view of this love for numbers, I am trying to put the numbers about the vertical world in a perspective, a business perspective.

Let’s have a look at the numbers in detail.

Jammu Kashmir (JK): Available Peaks vs Peaks Attempted by Indian Mountaineers in 2016

Indian mountaineers attempted only seven (7) peaks in Jammu and Kashmir although more than 100 peaks have been opened recently. Only 5% of the officially available peaks have been thus attempted. The peak inventory of JK, in fact, is the biggest in the Indian Himalayas.

The seven peaks were attempted for ten times. Out of these ten attempts, three were on Nun and two on Saser Kangri-I.

Himachal Pradesh (HP): Available Peaks vs Peaks Attempted by Indian Mountaineers in 2016

They attempted just 24 peaks (35.82%) out of total available 67 peaks. Moreover, this count of available peaks is not complete yet. Actual number of available peaks will be higher.

More than 64% peaks were not even attempted.

These 24 peaks were attempted 30 times. The highest number of attempts were made on Deo Tibba (4), followed by Cheema (2), Indrasan (2), and Manirang (2). The remaining 20 peaks were attempted just once. 

Uttarakhand (UK): Available Peaks vs Peaks Attempted by Indian Mountaineers in 2016

The peak inventory of Uttarakhand is almost equal to that of HP. However, only 28% (19) of the UK peaks were attempted. Gangotri-III and Nanda Ghunti received two expeditions each. The remaining seventeen peaks were attempted only once.

Many available open mountain peaks have not yet been christened. They are just referred to as peak (Pk), point (Pt), or unnamed peak. These common names are suffixed with the height of the peak.

So, where is the shortage of thrilling adventure destinations that challenge both body and mind?


Here is an infographic, Open Mountain Peaks in the Indian Himalayas vs Peaks Attempted by Indian Mountaineers in 2016

Data Source: Indian Mountaineer, an annual publication of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF). Number 52, 2016

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