The state government of Uttarakhand has opened 10 high altitude trekking routes and 30 unclimbed peaks for trekkers and mountain climbers. This decision comes in the wake of the revival of tourism in the region. According to some information, most of these peaks rise above 6000 m.
Peaks that would be open to climbers will include Rishi Pahar (6992m), Garur Parbat (6504m), Devtoli (6788m), Manda II (6529m), Manda III (6510m), Rishi Kot (6236m), Avalanche (6443m), Kali Dhang (6373m) and Bhirgu Parbat (6041m).
Also, the 10 new trekking routes will include Nanda Lapak, Yan Buk, Ratangarian, Mahalay Parbat, Bhagnyu, Pawagarh, Lamchir, South Lamchir, Nar Parbat and Narayan Parbat. The move comes after the central government decided in August 2019 to open 137 Himalayan peaks across Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
Although there was a proposal to open 51 such peaks and treks in Uttarakhand, the state decided to keep 11 peaks out of the reach of climbers after analyzing the peaks and their importance to the ecosystem and national security.
Reports also state that according to a communication from Additional Secretary Dharam Singh Meena to the Head of Forest Force, he said that to ensure the peaks are not littered with non-biodegradable waste, climbers will be required to submit INR 10,000 per team and , when they return, show them the waste for the money to be returned. Mountaineering and trekking activities will be carried out with the help of local eco-development committees, which will in turn contribute to improving the livelihoods of people living in remote and border areas.
The statement further adds that only 12 teams of 10 members each can climb the peak only twice in a calendar year, while all standards set by the Forestry Department and the Uttarakhand Mountaineering Association must be strictly adhered to.
Referring to this, Principal Secretary of Uttarakhand Forestry Department RK Sudhanshu said the move will attract more climbers and provide income especially to remote villagers.
- When is the best time to visit Uttarakhand?
March to April and September to October are considered the best time to visit Uttarakhand
- What are some of the must-see destinations in Uttarakhand?
Some of the must-see destinations are Auli, Chopta, Kedarnath, Rajaji and Corbett, Dehradun and Mussoorie National Parks.
- How to reach Uttarakhand?
Uttarakhand is well connected by trains, flights and roads.