How was the year 2015 for the Himalayan Peaks in India?
Mood for mountaineering was upbeat in the year.
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Trends in Peaks Attempted during 2010-15
- The number of Himalayan peaks attempted in India recorded a double digit increase (28%) in 2015 over the last year. The yearly increase was the highest in the last six years. Foreign and Indian mountaineers attempted 96 peaks, just four less than a century.
- Only 61 peaks, the lowest in the 6-year period, received mountaineering expeditions in 2013. The year also witnessed the highest decline (-15.28%).
- Both increase and decrease were double digit in the period, in which total 449 peaks were attempted.
- 75 peaks attempted / year
Here is the state wise list of 96 unique peaks attempted in 2015:
Kang Yisay East
Kang Yisay West
Saser Kangri III
Ali Ratni Tibba
Behali Jot (S)
Chandra Bhaga (CB) 13
Chandra Bhaga (CB) 14
Hanuman Tibba I
Koa Rong Range (KR) II
Koa Rong Range (KR) III
Koa Rong Range (KR) VI
Koa Rong Range (KR) VII
Mulkila (M) IV
Mulkila (M) V
Mulkila (M) VI
Tidu (T) 4
Nanda Devi East
State Wise Peak Distribution
- The mountaineers did not select even number of peaks from the four Indian Himalayan states in 2015. They preferred maximum peaks from Jammu and Kashmir (38).
- 31 peaks were selected from Himachal Pradesh.
- One quarter peaks (24) attempted were in Uttarakhand.
- Just 2 peaks were in Sikkim.
Altitude Wise Peak Distribution
- The mountaineers preferred 62.50% peaks from 6000-6499 meter altitude category in 2015. The category also accounted for the highest share (51.85%) of total number of expeditions.
- Least popular category was 5000-5499 meter (3.13% peaks | 2.22% expeditions).
- They attempted just 7.29% peaks from the 7000-7499 meter category in 18.52% expeditions.
- In case of the first three categories covering altitude ranging from 5,000 to 6,499 meters, share of number of peaks attempted was higher than the share of corresponding number of expeditions. (Mini table)
- Peak expedition ratio of 7000-7499 meter category was 7:25.
- Overall peak expedition ratio = 32:45
Favorite Altitude of Foreign and Indian Mountaineers
- Although first altitude preference of both foreign and Indian mountaineers was 6000-6499 meter, their second choices were different.
- The foreign mountaineers favored two altitude categories:
- 6000-6499 meter (19 out of total 45 foreign expeditions | 42.22%) and
- 7000-7499 meter (16 | 35.56%).
- They did not attempt any peak from 5000-5499 meter category. Only one peak from 5500-5999 meter category was attempted by them.
- The Indian mountaineers loved 6000-6499 meter category for which they organized 51 expeditions (60% of total 85 Indian expeditions). Their second preferred category was 6500-6999 meter (18 | 21.18%).
- Indians organized expeditions to all 5 peak altitude categories. However, the share of expeditions to 7000-7499 meter category was the second lowest (5 | 5.88%). The 5000-5499 meter category received just 3.53% Indian expeditions (3).
Top 3 Peaks
- 7 peaks shared top 3 peak spots based on total number of attempts in 2015.
- More than half of top peaks (4 | 57.14%) are in Uttarakhand. The remaining are in Jammu and Kashmir (2 | 28.57%) and Himachal Pradesh (1 | 14.29%).
- Kun registered the highest attempts (9).
- Nun and Deo Tibba shared the second spot. Each of these peaks was attempted 7 times.
- Bhagarathi II, Bhagarathi III, Kedardome, and Satopanth shared third spot because each peak was attempted same number of times (5).
Data Source: Data is collected from various issues of Indian Mountaineer, a journal by Indian Mountaineering Foundation.