“The jewels of India”, a term that truly describes the top 10 highest mountain peaks of India. These snow capped mountains attracts thousands of visitors from across the globe for various exploration and expedition projects. Since time immemorial the Himalayas have attracted millions of tourist because of its mountain peaks and snowy glaciers. The two major mountain ranges of North and North East India are Karakoram Range and Himalayan Range. These two ranges are home to few of the India’s highest peaks which are also the part of top 100 highest peaks of the world.
10. Abi Gamin – (24,131 ft, 7,355 m) :
Abi Gamin or Ibi Gamin is one of the highest peaks located in Chamoli district of the Indian state Uttrakhand . It lies on India-Tibet border just 2 km away from mount Kamet. It is also the secong highest peak of the region after Kamet. This peak is a part of Himalayan Range and is situated on the watershed of the upper Alaknanda and Dhauli.
9. Ghent Kangri – (24,281 ft, 7401 m) (ranked 69th) :
Ghent Kangri (or Mount Ghent, Ghaint I) is a high peak at the north end of the Saltoro Mountains, a subrange of the Karakoram range. It is located west of the Siachen Glacier in an area under Indian control since 1984. Mount Ghent stands at an elevation of 7401 meters (24281 ft) and is ranked 69th in the list of highest mountain peaks of the world.
8. Saser Kangri IV – (24,331 ft, 7416 m) :
The Saser Kangri massif consists of four main peaks and Saser Kangri IV being the smallest of them all. This mountain is located on Saser Muztagh Range that is a sub-range of Karakoram Range.
7. Saser Kangri III – (24,590 ft, 7495 m) :
At no. 51 in the list of top 100 mountain peaks of the world is Mount Saser Kangri III that stands at an elevation of 7495 meters (24,590 ft). This mountain is located on Saser Muztagh Range that is a sub-range of Karakoram Range.
6. Saser Kangri II – East at (24,665 ft, 7518 m) ; West at (7,500 meters) :
Another magnificent peak in the Saser Muztagh is Saser Kangri II. The eastern elevation of the peak is 7,518 m (24,665 ft) and the western elevation is 7,500 meters. Saser Kangri II is ranked 49 in the top 100 mountain peaks of the world.
5. Mamostong Kangri – (24,659 ft, 7516 m) :
Mamostong Kangri or Mamostang Kangri is the highest peak in the remote Rimo Muztagh range, which is a subrange of the Karakoram range in India. The Karakoram Range is spread in three countries namely Pakistan, India and China. Mount Mamostong lies in Indian part of Karakoram Range. The mountain stands at an elevation of 7,516 meters (24,659 feet) and is raked 48th in world’s highest peaks.
4. Saser Kangri I – (25,171 ft, 7672 m) :
Saser Kangri I (or Sasir Kangri) is the highest peak in the Saser Muztagh, the easternmost sub-range of the Karakoram range in India. This massif lays toward the northwestern end of the Saser Muztagh, at the head of the North Shukpa Kunchang Glacier, a major glacier, which drains the eastern slopes of the group. The mountain stands at an elevation of 7,672 m (25,171 ft) and is ranked at no. 35 in world’s highest mountain peaks.
3. Kamet – (25446 ft, 7756 m) :
Kamet is the second highest mountain peak in Garhwal Himalayas. It lies in the Chamboli District of Uttrakhand. It is the third highest peak in India (according to India however, the rank is much lower as it includes in its list of mountains all those in Pakistan occupied Kashmir). The Kamet mountain peak is the 29th highest in the world.
2. Nanda Devi – (25663 ft, 7824 m) :
Nanda devi is the second highest mountain peak in India. This is the highest peak (entirely) in the country, as Kanchenjunga lies on the border areas of India and Nepal. It was the highest known mountain in the world until 1808 when western surveyors discovered Dhaulagiri. The mountain stands tall at an elevation of 7824 meters (25663 ft).
1. Kanchenjunga – (28169 ft, 8586 m) :
Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world and 1st in India. Kanchenjunga stands tall with an elevation of 8,586 meters (28,169 ft). The literal translation of Kanchenjunga means “The Five Treasures of Snows” and these treasures are gold, silver, gems, grain, and holy books. Kanchenjunga is a group of five peaks out of which four are over 8450 ft.