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Apr092010

India opens 104 peaks

I think many of the larger peaks have been climbed already but it is good to see restrictions being loosened and access to the Siachen zone becoming possible.

104 new mountain peaks have been removed from the restricted list, and opened up to climbers for the first time. Most fall in the Leh and Ladakh regions, along India's border with both China and Pakistan. Because of their close proximity to the disputed Kashmir region, only ten previous mountaineering expeditions, primarily made up of Indian climbers, have made their way into the region. This means that the vast majority of those mountains have not yet been climbed. Climbers looking to claim a first ascent will find plenty of altitude to challenge them. Many of the peaks top out above 22,000 feet, including Saser Kangri I, II, and III, which stand 24,327 feet, 24,649 feet, and 24,590 feet respectively.

http://in.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idINIndia-47561120100409

http://www.indmount.org/virginpeakseastkarakoram.html

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