What is Mountaineering?

Mountaineering can be referredto as mountain climbing, but it clearly indicates travelling a snow covered mountain, or a glacier to reach the peak or summit. You may often picture a pair or more climbers roped together in a single file and climbing up a snow covered mountain to reach the peak, whenever you come across the word mountaineering. Although it is considered to be one of the most challenging activity of its kind, itinvolves hiking, climbing, or just simply walking, on hilly or a mountainous terrain that is usually covered with snow. And of course you need to make use of technical equipment to do so.
India is one of the main destinations for many mountaineers around the world as it is dotted with high mountains. And the Himalayas is the main mountain range, where many mountaineering expeditions are organized under supervision, where both amateurs and highly trained professional can participate and take pleasure of this thrilling sport.

Equipment used

The basic gear required for mountaineering sports, includes mountaineering boots or crampons, and a mountaineering kit that usually involves rope, harness, helmet, ice axe, belay etc.

Sites in North India that offers the sport

  • Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Kamet and Dunagiri in Uttarakhand.
  • Kamet and Dunagiri in Uttarakhand.


  • You must be mentally as well as physically prepared for the climb. If you have planned and prepared for the ascent before actually starting off with your venture, then you definitely will have a successful and joyful climb. Plan your route and ensure you have your equipment well prepared before hand.
  • Invest ina good pair of rugged mountaineering boots or crampons.
  • Carry energetic food and plenty of water with you. There are many types of prepackaged food available that are high in energy and light in weight.
  • Always make it a point to get a local weather forecast before embarking on any mountaineering trip, since you will have little or no options for retreat.

Medical concerns

You need to be physically fit if aspiring for mountaineering because attempting to high peaks can actually push your body to its limits. Therefore you need to be very sure that you are in a perfect health for climbing a high mountain. Since it is an exhilarating activity, your physical fitness in every aspect is paramount.

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Subhash Verma

Mountaineering Instructor

Subhash Verma

Mountaineering Instructor