Adventure Skiing in
their vast open spaces, above the snowline, the Garhwal and Kumaon hills of Uttaranchal,
offer a plethora of ski locales. For the avid skier, cross - country runs of 10-20
km are now available, with the added advantage of fresh powder snow.
Due to their awesome height and spread, Garhwal and Kumaon, like other areas in
the Himalayas, offer the thrills of exploratory long distance skiing, round the
year. Winter skiing in Garhwal is, now, professionally conducted at the Auli slopes.
The usual season is late December to early March, depending on the snow
conditions. » Skiing at Uttaranchal
The large slopes
of Garhwal and Kumaon covered with seasonal snow become an ideal place for skiing
in the winter months . One can feel the adrenaline levels rising as one negotiates
the challenges of the steep gradients and traverses unimaginable distances .
» Skiing at Auli
, 16km from joshimath is an ideal winter resort. The natural advantages of auli
's slopes, coupled with state - of the -art facilities provided by gmvn have made
it comparable to the best in the world. The snow capped slopes of auli are flanked
by stately coniferous and oak forests which cut wind velocity to the minimum .
» Ice Skating in Shimla
The Shimla ice-skating rink
has the largest open-air area with naturally frozen ice in this part of the world.
The Ice Skating Club has already celebrated its Diamond Jubilee. Ice-skating normally
begins in early December and carries on to February. Clear skies and low temperatures
provide series of uninterrupted sessions. There are two sessions every day, in
the morning and in the evening.
Rock Climbing India
Climbing in India, initially began as training for mountaineering and turned into
an exciting sport about 15 years ago. Rock-climbing is largely balance and not
strength. Balance also determines the value of strength by how much energy you
spend actually climbing
Sheer rock faces, ideal for rock climbing, can
be found in many areas. The Aravali hills have good climbing faces at Dumdama,
Dhauj and Nuh, all situated near Delhi. The Western Ghats have Mumbra and Dudha
beyond Pune. Himachal Pradesh offers the Manali Valley, Manikaran and the Rohtang
Pass. Rajasthan has Mount Abu and Sariska which have gentler rocks. In Karnataka
there are the Chamundi Hills.
High-altitude climbers will enjoy the
rock faces at Sonmarg in Kashmir and Gangotri in Garhwal, Uttaranchal. These trips
are advisable in the summer and autumn months. Certain climbs can often prove
gruelling and tough, but the magic of the beautiful landscape, the cool weather
and pure air keeps the climber's spirit up.
Most climbs are graded from
1 to the 30's. The highest grade climbed is currently 32. Serious climbing starts
around 10. Beginners normally do the early tens and then move upwards.
Rock-climbing can become complex because it involves the interplay of many elements:
you, your gear, your skill and technique. Best
October to February. Monsoons should be avoided.
Climbing is relatively
safe, but that shouldn't stop all climbers from taking precautions. Climbers are
not oblivious to heights. As a climber, you cannot afford to suffer from vertigo
or a lapse of judgment. Specialist equipment such as ropes is often used to protect
climbers from falls.
Mountaineering in India
you're fired by the spirit of adventure, let the sparks in your heart fly......
in India, a land blessed with lofty snow-clad peaks, crystal glaciers, rolling
meadows, jagged rock faces, verdant valleys, meandering rivers, cascading waterfalls,
dense forests, and hospitable people, blessed with a rich culture - a land perfect
for mountaineering, trekking, and rock climbing. Seasons:
While the mountaineering season tends to be concentrated around the April-November
period, a number of climbs are also attempted in winter (December-March) which,
though much colder, allows for clearer climbing days. Categories:
Mountaineering routes are graded, according to the degree of difficulty and accessibility.
Prior medical examination is essential. The permanent snowline, generally being
in the region of 5,200 m, the degree of difficulty of mountaineering routes, can
broadly be defined as : Moderate:
Requiring knowledge of basic
mountaineering techniques, such as those imparted by the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering
at Uttarkashi, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute at Darjeeling, and the Western
Himalayan Institute of Mountaineering at Manali. Advanced:
For this category of peaks, it is necessary to be in top physical condition, and
to possess advanced mountaineering skills, either through the advanced courses
of mountaineering institutes, or through expedition experience.
this category, further demarcation is possible, till the highest degrees of difficulty.
The main mountaineering locales, are in the Garhwal and
Kumaon regions of Uttar Pradesh. In Garhwal, the areas, include the Tons-Banderpunch
region, the Gangotri glacier system, the Nanda Devi sanctuary (presently closed),
Arwa glacier area, Kamet and Abi Gamin. The roadheads for these at Taluka, Gangotri,
Joshimath, and Malari, can be reached in two or three days from Delhi. In Kumaon,
the areas include the Kalabaland glacier system, the Panch Chulhi, Rajrambha,
and Chaudhara peaks, and the peaks of the Nandakot basin, on the eastern flank
of the Nanda Devi sanctuary. Equipment:
Equipment can be
hired, either from clubs, or purchased from one of the agencies selling it. Prior
to setting out, all equipment must be tested, and team members must familiarize
themselves with its use. Kerosene must be carried, so that the fragile mountain
environment is not further degraded, by cutting any wood. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas
Nigam has a full-fledged mountaineering and trekking division, based at Muni-ki-Reti,