Rimo Expeditions was quoted in a feature article in The Economic Times recently with the provocative headline “Why India lost out to Nepal, Pakistan, China in mountain adventure.”
In the article Yangdu said:
India still has the maximum number of unclimbed and technically challenging peaks in the world in east Karakoram and Garhwal regions. International climbers find these very exciting but often shy away because of the amount of paperwork.
At Rimo Expeditions, we’ve been pushing the boundaries of exploration in the Indian Himalaya for almost two decades, always advocating for a more streamlined approach to the amount of paperwork, permits and various visas that often accompany an attempt to climb our mountains.
Despite the challenges we’ve succeeded and pioneered many first ascents on mountains such as Padmanabh (7,040 metres) on the Teram Sher plateau and Chongkhumdan II (7,080 metres) and glaciers such as the South Terong, Shukpa Kunzang and Arganglas. We were also involved in the first ascent of Saser Kangri II, until last year, the second highest unclimbed mountain in the world.
We’re happy that the ministry of tourism, the Indian Mountaineering Foundation and the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India are coming together to promote the Indian Himalaya as part of the Incredible India campaign.
Much work remains to be done.