Are you an enthusiastic mountaineer or a nature-loving environmentalist? Do you always get this excited when someone mentions trekking, hiking, mountain climbing, scrambling, and sports climbing? Well, then December 11 is your day.
The United Nations General Assembly announced December 11 to be celebrated as International Mountain Day in the year 2003. The aim of this celebration is to encourage people to know more about the lofty summits and work for the sustainable development of these majestic landscapes.
There are numerous mountains in the world. While some of them have been explored, there are many that are yet to be conquered. Mountains are nature’s one of the most beautiful terrains standing tall, overshadowing the countryside’s, facing the storms, engulfing the beauty of stunning valleys and giving hikers a new zeal to reach the zenith.
Mountains are also the source of many minerals and they offer abundant resources for the production of products such as coffee, cocoa, spices and more.
Here are India’s 5 highest peaks that you can scale on this International Mountain Day:
- The Kangchenjunga – It is the highest peak in India and the third highest in the world with an elevation of 8586 m located at the border of India and Nepal. This summit is the part of the great Himalayan range in the state of Sikkim in India. The word ‘Kangchenjunga’ means the five treasures of snow.
This mountain is known for the breathtaking views of Darjeeling, a town in the state of West Bengal. It is also famous for changing the colors of its peak during different times of the day.
- The Nanda Devi peak – It is the second highest peak in India with an elevation of 7816 m located in the state of Uttarakhand. It lies in the Garhwal Himalayan region. The name of this mountain is dedicated to the patron Goddess and it means ‘Bless-giving Goddess’. The peak is well-known for encompassing the Nanda Devi sanctuary, which is a home to beautiful flora and fauna.
- The Kamet – It is the third highest peak in India with an elevation of 7756 m. It is located in the Garhwal Himalayan region in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is also known as the hidden mountain as it is not very accessible than the Himalayan peaks. The beauty of this peak lies in the shape of its top, which appears to be as a giant pyramid.
- The Saltoro Kangri Peak – The Saltoro mountain ranges lie in the Karakoram Range, the biggest range of the Himalayan region. The Saltoro Kangri peak is located in the northern state of Jammu & Kashmir and has an elevation of 7742 m.
- The Saser Kangri Peak – This is the fifth highest peak in India and 35th highest in the world. It has an elevation of 7672 m. It is the highest peak in the Saser Muztagh in the Karakoram Range. The western peak of Saser Kangri has been explored by many mountaineers, but, the eastern peak still remains unclimbed.
We hope that you enjoy conquering these highest peaks of India on this International Mountain Day. However, be sure to carry all your safety gear including health insurance and travel insurance policy so that you are covered for any financial setbacks that may incur while climbing these sky-high peaks.
You can also check out our Global Personal Guard Policy, which covers you for adventure sports such as hiking and trekking.