Uttarakhand to open 42 more peaks for adventure activities soon

Uttarakhand to open 42 more peaks for adventure activities soon

In some good news for trekking and mountaineering enthusiasts, the Uttarakhand government will soon open 42 more mountain peaks for adventure activities, adding to the existing 83 peaks that are accessible to mountaineers and trekkers.

This follows a directive from the ministry of home affairs that was issued in 2019 but was held up for implementation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sources in the Uttarakhand tourism department said with the situation now normalizing slowly, the move to open up the peaks in the state has started.

“The MHA, after reviewing the border situation across the country, had allowed four states to open 137 mountaineering peaks, of which 61 are in J&K, 51 in Uttarakhand, and 13 in Sikkim to name a few. The process to get clearances for opening up the peaks in our state has begun,” said Ranveer Negi of Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB).

“The peaks to be opened up in the state include five peaks of Panchachuli mountain range in Pithoragarh, Janhukut in Uttarkashi, and Chirbas Parvat in Uttarkashi.

We are in touch with the forest department to coordinate for a single window
system for approvals and permission for tourism activities on these peaks,” Vivek Singh Chauhan, joint director of UTDB, told TOI.

Of the around 125 peaks in the Himalayan state, 12 are currently open for trekking while the rest are for mountaineering activities.

Rajiv Bhartari, head of the forest force of Uttarakhand, said in order to provide clearance to the 42 peaks for tourism activities, the state forest department had a few days ago formed a four-member committee headed by the chief wildlife warden.

He added that “present norms of mountaineering and trekking in the areas where the peaks are located are quite stringent due to the sensitive location and threat to the biodiversity of these areas from poachers.”

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