Mountaining Uttarakhand
Travel Tips

The mountaineers climbing the peaks in Uttarakhand need to pay an expedition feedepending on their summit. It includes peak fee payable to state government, camping site fee and trail management fee, environmental levy, service or handling charges of state government. The group is divided into three sections. Any foreign group making below 6,500m summit need to pay INR 60,000 in total. Any trip between 6,501-7000m need to pay INR 65,000 in total. The trail more than 7,001m requires to pay INR 80,000 as expedition fee. An additional amount of INR 2,000 need to be deposited if the expedition route goes between the National Parks and Sanctuaries of this region. To lessen the waste disposal, the government has made a rule to charge INR 10,000 for foreign expeditions and INR 5,000 for local expeditions as security deposit. This is refundable at the end of the expedition in exchange of non-biodegradable waste. Those who want to film their expedition need to pay INR 100,000 as security deposit and INR 20,000 per feature film per day. Documentary makers can film after paying INR 50,000 as security deposit and INR 2,500 per documentary film per day.

Mountaineering activity is incomplete without the proper mountaineering gears and accessories. One must acquire the skill before they try out any adventurous journey. Because these peaks are not suitable for amateur expeditors. The technique of climbing by maintaining the proper safety is beneficial to avoid any unknown accidents. Mental and physical strength is important to achieve the success.

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The land of the Gods, Uttarakhand is known to for its huge number of Hindu temples and pilgrimage places around the region. Himalayan ranges of this high altitude area are drawing a large block of tourists for several purposes like mountaineering, hiking, skiing and etc. Dehradun is the capital of this 27th state of India. The state Uttarakhand is situated north of another Indian state Uttar Pradesh, south of China and adjacent to Tibetan Autonomous Region and Nepal on east. Garhwal and Kumaon are two divisions of this state. Garhwal areas are composed of high altitude areas while Kumaon is full of greenery and lush valleys. Most of the state is covered by mountains and forests. High Himalayan peaks and glaciers are situated on the north. The heart line of India, Ganga is beginning its journey from the Gangotri glacier present at this state. Her sister Yamuna is taking its course of journey from Yamunotri glacier also. The land is popular among the worldwide mountaineering lovers because of its high offerings in mountain climbing. Most of the challenging peaks of the world are scattered around this state. Starting from Nanda Devi east, Nanda Ghunti, Chaukhamba I, II, III, IV, Trishul I, II, III, Nilkanth, Bandarpoonch, Dunagiri, Kamet, Kedarnath, Kedar Dome, Bhagirathi I, II, Vasukhi Parbat, Shiving, SudarshanParvatare standing proudly in Uttarakhand.


Necessary items like woollen clothes, long and short innerwear, woollen socks, sunglass, sunscreen and climber’s boot are essential for all the travellers. A waterproof jacket and waterproof watch is handy during the gush of rain or snow which is common in the zone. A first aid kit with important medicines need to be carried by all.

Mountaineering activities require mountaineering harness, climbing sling with locking carabineers, ice-axe, ice screws, climbing helmet with headlamp, nuts and hexes, telescopic ski-sticks, crampons, pulleys and ascenders, crampon accessories, quick draws, Prussic loops. All the trips require night stay. So camping gear and equipment like sleeping bags, sleeping tents, cooking stoves, lamps and other camping items should be included in the list of items. Other accessories like binoculars, navigation tools are important to provide proper direction during the mountaineering activity. Some of these equipment can be borrowed in exchange of money in Uttarakhand’s Dehradun or Haridwar. One must check the items about their functioning capability to ensure its safety before setting for the trip. One can conduct their journeys with mountaineering agencies present in the state also. Beginners can take mountaineering training also.

Places to Stay

How to Reach

  • Jolly Grant Airport in the state capital Dehradun is the only airport in the state. Limited flights are connecting Nainital though. Dehradun is touched by all the major public and private airlines of the country. International travellers can take their journey through New Delhi airport or via Mumbai to Dehradun.
  • The state has railway stations connecting the place with al over India. Dehradun, Kathgodam and Haridwar are three stations. They are connected with national capital New Delhi and other metro cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and etc. railway service is suspended in these three stations due to the treacherous and hilly areas of this state.
  • The roads of the state are the heartline of this state. The mesh of roads are connecting all the parts of the Uttarakhand with other places of India including New Delhi. Regular bus services are plying the tourists in their private, deluxe and state run mode.

Surrounding Attractions

No one can cover the state within a single visit. Garhwal and Kumaon are equally beautiful in their respective ways. Char Dham is the top most attractions among the domestic and local tourists. Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are alluring tourists in a large sum. Five prayags or confluences of river Ganga is equally giving the enthralling experience to the tourists. Karnaprayag, Vishnuprayag, Nandaprayag, RudraPrayag and Devprayag are the five points where five rivers are mating with river Bhagirathi to form Ganga at the end.Jib Corbett National Park, Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Valley of Flowers National Park, Rishikesh, Mussorie, Haridwar, Almora, Mukteshwar, Lansdown, Kausani, Bageshwar and Nainital are other attractions of this place. Jim Corbett is famous for its stories related to the hunting of man-eaters. Mussorie is the queen of hill stations sitting amongst the white clouds. Haridwar is incomplete without the mention of Har-ki-Paurighat on the bank of river Ganga. The evening prayer of this place draws all religions in a large number. Nainital is famous for its lakes or tals. The pear shaped emerald coloured Naini Lake is offering several articrafts like handmade candles, wooden crafts and woollen clothes.KumbhMela and MaghMelaat Haridwar catches the attention of the tourists during the season also.

Emergency No.

  • Secretariat Telephone Numbers, Dehradun: 0135 - 2712042, 2712043, 2712045-49, 27112051-54.
  • Railway Enquiry, Dehradun: 0135 - 2622131, 131.
  • Fire Services, Dehradun: 0135 - 2650101.
  • Head Post Office, Dehradun : 0135 - 2657168
  • Roadways Enquiry, Dehradun : 0135 - 2653797
  • Superintendent of Police : 01364 - 233387