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10 Peaks in India That You Can Actually Climb

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How difficult is it to conquer a peak? Well, technical peaks require prior experience, clearances and so on. Luckily, there are many trekking peaks in India where all you need to reach the top is determination, zeal and a strong will.

Here is taking a look at the 10 mountains in India that you can climb even if you are not a seasoned trekker.

  1. Chandrashila 
    Trekking to the Chandrashila summit in Uttarakhand is a wondrous experience for more than one reason. The staggering views of the many peaks in India, including Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba, are equally matched with the splendid Deoriatal Lake en route. The trek takes a divine form during winters when the peaks are covered with snow and the lake is frozen.

           Altitude: 12000ft

           Experience: Not required

A small temple atop Chandrashila
A small temple atop Chandrashila. Image source
  1. Kedarkanth 
    Located in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Kedarkanth trek in western Uttarakhand is most definitely a beginner’s trek. Try the climb during winters when the snow carpets the mountains and the campsites are surrounded by pine forests and vast meadows.

          Altitude: 12500ft

          Experience: Not required

Trekkers make way to Kedarkanth
Trekkers make way to Kedarkanth. Image source
  1. Nag Tibba – Also known as the Serpent’s Peak, Nag Tibba located in the Garhwal Himalayas makes for an ideal weekend getaway. The trek through thick forests and meadows, the stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges coupled with the fact that the trek follows a circular route, provides surprisingly beautiful views all throughout the hike.

          Altitude: 9915ft.

          Experience: Not required

The Serpent's Peak in the morning light
The Serpent's Peak in the morning light. Image source
  1. Mount Shitidhar – Peak climbing the Shitidhar in the Pir Panjal range is a challenge. It usually takes a week to complete the trek and one passes through the Beas Kund and many other magnificent meadows before reaching the summit. However, the trek is worth for the amazing views of the Pir Panjal and Dauladhar ranges.

          Altitude: 17220ft

          Experience: Required

The splendid Shitidhar
The splendid Shitidhar. Image source
  1. Stok Kangri – One of the most challenging mountains in India, Stok Kangri is not for the faint-hearted. Acclimatizing to the weather and altitude, this peak in Ladakh’s Stock range awakens the fighter within you to dare to reach its summit. However, in spite of its many tests, this peak in India offers some of the most stunning views of the surroundings.

           Altitude: 20080ft

           Experience: Required

A trek along the stoic Stok Kangri
A trek along the stoic Stok Kangri. Image source
  1. Kang Yatze 2 – A distinct peak in the Markha Valley, the Kang Yatze 2 is perfect for climbers who want to stay away from the crowds of Stok Kangri. On a clear day you can view the K2, Broad Peak, Nun Kun and Zanskar range from its summit.

           Altitude: 20505 ft

           Experience: Required

The resplendent Kang Yatze 2
The resplendent Kang Yatze 2. Image source
  1. Mount Bhanoti – One of the most encompassing peaks in India, Mount Bhanoti has it all. Rocks, sand, snow and meadows, all are a part of this trek, making it a delightful trekking experience.

          Altitude: 18450ft

          Experience: Required

Mount Bhanoti in the Kumaon Himalayas
Mount Bhanoti in the Kumaon Himalayas. Image source
  1. Friendship Peak – Out of the many peaks in India, the Friendship Peak in the Solang Valley is a great peak climbing experience for unseasoned trekkers. A glacier needs to be navigated en route, however, the low altitude of the mountain makes it a good practice climb.

          Altitude: 17348 ft

          Experience: Not Required

The friendly Friendship Peak
The friendly Friendship Peak. Image source
  1. Anamudi – If you want to give the Himalayas a break, then the Anamudi mountain located in the Sahyadri ranges or the Western Ghats is a perfect trek. Located between the Palani and Anaimalai Hills, the Anamudi offers pleasant views of the green-carpeted vegetation all around.

               Altitude: 8842 ft

               Experience: Not Required

Anamudi - The highest peak in the Western Ghats
Anamudi - The highest peak in the Western Ghats. Image source
  1. Patalsu Peak – The Patalsu Peak is one of the most beautiful treks among the mountains in India. Located in Kullu Valley, the lush meadows, inviting apple orchards and gushing streams provide for a soothing picturesque trek.

           Altitude: 14000ft

           Experience: Not Required

The petite Patalsu
The petite Patalsu. Image source

Peaks in India are fraught with climbing opportunities and it is hence no wonder that trekkers seek the mountains to unite and explore with the grandest of nature.

As very aptly said, ‘Chasing angels or fleeting demons, go to the mountains.

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