Mountaineering or rock climbing is a favorite sport for many adventure lovers and where else but the Himalayan ranges of Darjeeling can be the ideal spot to carry out such adventurous mountaineering feats and the excitement is heightened when one is able to scale higher peaks. Mountaineering requires a proper coordination of zest, strength, energy and balance which are demonstrated by good climbers. The Himalayan peaks in Darjeeling provide the most beautiful and difficult peaks to climb. The higher the climber scales, the more spectacular view of different peaks of Singalila range, Kanchenjungha, Makalu and Mount Everest are revealed.
June to September is considered the ideal time for mountaineering as the climate remains clear but it takes few days for the climbers to acclimatize with the weather conditions before starting the climbing expedition.
The Mountaineering Institute of Darjeeling which lies at an altitude of about 6800 feet provides all sorts of training to the climbers to scale difficult and stunning peaks. Set against a beautiful backdrop of the Himalayan Ranges, the institute itself is an important landmark of Darjeeling. This institute offers training to the climbers of various levels with a course fee of about 100$. The quality of training, sumptuous food, good administration along with best equipments has helped the institute to earn worldwide reputation.
The adventure courses also train the climbers to scale the glaciers carrying loads of different weights. The training from the base camp progresses through beautiful locales of Himalayas like Yuksum, Bakhim, Dzongri and Chowrikhang located in Sikkim. These spots present grand view of the Kanchenjungha and other peaks. From the base camp of Rathong glacier the advanced training course starts.
The most common route to mountain climbing starts is the Singalila trek and climbing the Sandakphu ridge proves the climbers' mettle. Trekking through the alpine forests among the glorious Rhododendron and Magnolia bushes and the wide variety of orchids is a memorable experience. After climbing the Sandakphu ridge the snow dazzled peaks of Kanchenjungha and Mount Everest gives ultimate satisfaction and joy to the climbers.
Trekking towards Yumthang valley, Peling in Gangtok through Phalut also involves considerable rock climbing but the sheer joy of exploration helps to overcome all the hurdles and fatigue of the climbers.
One should carry some essential things while rock climbing like special rock climbing shoes, harnesses, helmets, rock climbing ropes, safety devices etc. Extra clothing for changing, first aid kit, sunglasses, extra batteries for light, sufficient dry eatables, fluids and water must be carried while starting off for mountaineering.
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