Uttarakhand Matrimony

Nilkantha Peak

Situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Nilkanth or Neelkanth peak stands at a towering altitude of 6,596 meters over the Alaknanda valley and the town of Badrinath. Legendary mountaineer Frank Smythe described the peak as "second only to Siniolchu in Himalayan beauty.” The Satopanth Glacier lies on the northwest side of Nilkanth.

HISTORY
Nilkanth (Neel = blue, kanth = throat) is one of the many epithets of Lord Shiva, one of the most revered Hindu deity. According a legend, there used to be no Nilkanth mountain earlier. A route would connect the temples of Kedarnath and Badrinath. However, due to the sins committed by the priest, Lord Shiva was displeased and erected a sky-high mountain between Badrinath and Kedarnath.

With its steep ridges and faces, Nilkantha resisted seven climbing attempts, beginning with Frank Smythe in 1937.The generally accepted first ascent was made in1974 by Sonam Pulzor, Kanhiya Lal, Dilip Singh, and Nima Dorje of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).  They reached the summit via the north face.

CLIMBING ROUTES


HOW TO REACH

The trek to Nilkanth commences from the holy town of Badrinath in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The trek route is as follows:Badrinath – Mana – Hanuman Chatti -- Laxmi Van -- Neelkanth Peak Base Camp

Posted by: eUttaranchal/ Brijmohan Bisht
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