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137 Mountain Peaks in four States opened for mountaineering and trekking

The Ministry of Home Affairs has approved a proposal to open 137 mountain peaks for foreigners desirous of obtaining Mountaineering Visa. According to the information released by MHA, those foreigners who want to apply for Mountaineering Visa (‘MX’) in India can visit these peaks located in four states.

All these 137 mountain peaks are located in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Jammu-Kashmir. Most numbers of 51 peaks have been opened in Uttarakhand while 15 in Jammu-Kashmir. This step can promote adventure tourism in the country, Prahlad Singh Patel, Tourism Minister said.

List of Major Peaks

Jammu & Kashmir – Cerro Kisthwar, Tanak and Barmal Chomochior, Eiger, Kailash, Agyasol, Golapkangri, Umasi among others.

Uttarakhand – Bharigu Parbat, Chirbas Parbat,  Bhrigupanth, Balakun, Avalanche,  Kalidhang are some of the peaks opened up in the state

Sikkim –  Kabru North, Kabru Dome, Forked peak, Jopono, Gocha peak, Kabru Soth and Kangchenzunga South.

Himachal Pradesh – Kullu Pumori, Parbati South, Kullu Eiger, Kullu Makalu, Fluted peak and Pyramid mountain.

The Indian Adventure Tourism Guidelines 2018

  • The Indian Adventure Tourism Guidelines-2018 include air, water and land-based activities which includes paragliding, kayaking, trekking, mountaineering, bungee jumping, scuba diving, snorkelling, river rafting and many other sports.
  • The objective of these guidelines is to help adventure tour operators understand and execute safety guidelines in a better manner.
  • The Indian Adventure Tourism Guidelines-2018 have been framed for 15 Land Based, seven Air Based and seven Water Based activities.

Land-based Adventure Tourism comprises 15 activities – Motorcycle Tours, Wildlife Safaris, Bird Watching, Artificial Wall Climbing & Abseiling,  All Terrain Vehicle Tours (ATV), Skiing / Snow Boarding, High Ropes Courses. Bungee Jumping, Trekking, Cycling Tours, Camel Safaris, Horse Safaris, Jeep Safaris,  Mountaineering, Personal Light Electric Vehicle Tours and  Zip Wires.

Air-Based Adventure Tourism comprises 7 activities – Kite Boarding, Hang Gliding, Air Safaris, Hot Air Ballooning, Ski Diving, Parasailing,  Paragliding and Para Motoring.

Water-Based Adventure Tourism comprises 7 activities – Rafting, River Cruising, Scuba Diving, Kayaking / Sea Kayaking, Water Sports Centres and  Snorkelling.

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