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Uttarakhand will soon open 42 more peaks for adventure activities | India News

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DEHRADUN: In good news for hiking 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 hikers.
This follows a directive from the Interior Ministry that was issued in 2019, but its implementation was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sources from the Uttarakhand tourism department said that with the situation now slowly normalizing, the movement to open the peaks in the state has begun.
“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 of obtaining authorizations to open the peaks in our state has begun, ”said Ranveer Negi from the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB).
The peaks that will open in the state include five peaks of the Panchachuli mountain range in Pithoragarh, Janhukut in Uttarkashi and Chirbas Parvat in Uttarkashi. We are in contact with the forestry department to coordinate a one-stop-shop system for approvals and permits for tourism activities in these peaks, ”Vivek Singh Chauhan, Deputy Director of UTDB, told TOI.
Of the around 125 peaks in the Himalayan state, 12 are currently open for hiking, while the rest are for mountaineering activities.
Rajiv Bhartari, head of the Uttarakhand forestry force, said that in order to clear the 42 peaks for tourism activities, the state forestry department formed a four-member committee a few days ago headed by the wildlife director. He added that “current mountaineering and trekking regulations in the areas where the peaks are located are quite strict due to the sensitive location and the threat to the biodiversity of these areas from poachers.”

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