India May Ease Access to Peaks in Ladakh
According to news reports, the Indian defense ministry has agreed to open as many as 104 mountains in Ladakh to climbers. The final decision must come from the Ministry of Home Affairs. Recently, officials relaxed the Protected Areas Permit Regime to allow foreigners to visit the village of Turtuk in the high-altitude Nubra Valley, near Jammu and Kashmir’s disputed northern boundary.
Many high peaks in Ladakh remain off-limits to climbers because of the area’s central role in India’s long border dispute with neighboring Pakistan. No details have been released on which peaks might be opened. The list of peaks in Jammu and Kashmir for which permits currently may be obtained can be found at the Indian Mountaineering Foundation website.