Whoever has heard about India, whether he or she is a resident of the country or lives abroad, knows the subcontinent for its diversity — not only culturally and lingual but also in terms of natural terrain, including valleys, mountains, rivers, flora, and fauna. Our country is also home to the mighty Himalayas — the highest mountain range in the world, which has some of the highest peaks as well. The Karakoram ranges, Garhwal Himalaya and Kanchenjunga are home to the highest peaks in India, such as Kanchenjunga, Nanda Devi, and Kamet, to name the top three.
As far as the states are concerned, most of these towering peaks are located in Sikkim and Uttarakhand in the northern and north-eastern parts of India. Below, we have outlined the highest peaks in India, all of which have their homes in the mighty Himalayas.
Kangchenjunga – 8,586 m
Image credits- Pixabay Kanchenjunga( Highest Mountain in World after Mount Everest And K2)
Right after Mount Everest and K2, Kanchenjunga is the highest mountain peak in the world. In fact, it holds the rank of the highest peak in India. Located on the border that divides India from Nepal, the highest mountain, Kanchenjunga, graces Sikkim, which makes it a tempting tourist spot. Literally, the meaning of the word Kanchenjunga refers to “The Five Treasures of Snows” (namely gold, silver, gems, grain, and holy books). Its entire section contains five peaks and the region has 12 more peaks over 7,000 m (23,000 ft).
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Nanda Devi – 7,816 m
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Taking up the second position among the highest peaks in India is Nanda Devi and ranks 23rd on the planet. It is situated in the Garhwal Himalayas region in the state of Uttarakhand, where it boasts holding the maximum height in the state. In fact, if you consider in entirety, Nanda Devi can be said to be the highest peak in the Indian mainland, because Kanchenjunga lies on the border regions of India and Nepal. Until 1808, it was believed to be the highest mountain in the world. Only after the western surveyors discovered Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest were discovered.
Kamet – 7,756 m
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Kamet, which forms a part of the Zaskar Mountain Range, is located in the Garhwal region in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand. It ranks as the highest summit in Garhwal Himalayas holds the position of the third highest mountain peak of India. Surrounded by three other towering peaks, it is situated quite close to Tibet. Additionally, Kamet is located north of the main range, making it a remote and rugged site for access and trekking activities.
Saltoro Kangri – 7,742 m
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Dubbed as the highest mountain in the Saltoro Mountain ranges, Saltoro Kangri comes at a staggering height of 7, 742 meters. Saltoro Mountains, gracing the center of the mighty Karakoram, is a subrange of the Karakoram range, the biggest range of greater Himalaya mountains. Saltoro is home to some of the longest glaciers in the world, namely the Siachen Glacier. It is ranked as the 31st highest independent mountain peak in the world.
Sasser Kangri – 7,672 m
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The Sasser Kangri comprises a group of five magnificent summits, located in the Saser Muztagh range in the states of Jammu and Kashmir. It is one of the sub-range of the great Karakoram range lies and is situated at the southeastern direction from the Karakoram range. Sasser Kangri I is the highest mountain peak among all five peaks and is ranked as the 35th highest mountain in the world.
Mamostong Kangri – 7,516 m
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Next on our list, taking up the sixth rank is the Mamostong Kangri, the highest summit in the sub-ranges of Rimo Mustagh of the Great Karakoram range. It holds a towering height of 7,516 m (24,659 ft) and is also in the vicinity of the Siachen Glacier. Mamostong Kangri is recognized as the 48th independently highest mountain on the planet.
Rimo – 7,385 m
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The Rimo, which graces the northern side of Rimo Muztagh is again a part of the great Karakoram ranges. The Rimo mountain series comprises four peaks, with Rimo I being the highest among them. To the northeast of the Rimo Mountains is the Karakoram Pass, one of the vital trade routes in central Asia. Rimo forms a part of the Siachen Glacier and holds a staggering elevation of 7,385 m (24,229 ft). It holds 71st rank in the world.
Hardeol – 7,151 m
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Hardeol famously referred to as Temple of God, is one of the most renowned summits in the Kumaon Himalaya, which is located in the northern parts of the Kumaon Sanctuary and borders the Nanda Devi. Hardeol peak graces the Milam valley of Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand. It is quite close to another important peak, namely Tirsuli.
Chaukhamba – 7,138 m
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Taking up the ninth position among the highest peaks in India is the Chaukhamba summit. It is the highest mountain in the Gangotri group, located in the Garhwal Himalaya region of Uttarakhand. The Gangotri Group comprises four peaks, with Chaukhamba I holding the position of the highest among them. It got its name because of the arrangement of the four peaks, so close to each other.
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Trisul – 7,120 m
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Rounding up the list in the 10th rank is Trisul, one of the three mountain peaks comprising a certain group of summits, situated in the mountainous regions of Kumaon in Uttarakhand state. The highest among them, Trisul has a height of 7,120 m. The trio got their name from the Trishul weapon of Lord Shiva. The group is located in close vicinity of the Nanda Devi sanctuary.
You must have noticed by now that, almost all the highest peaks in India are located in and around The Great Himalayas Mountain, which are known as the world’s highest mountain range. Above, we have outlined the heights, location and some enlightening points about the peaks. Home to plenty of snowfall throughout the months, diverse wildlife, rare flora and fauna, magnificent glaciers, spectacular landscapes, and rugged terrains, these locations attract plenty of tourists, trekkers, and explorers every year. And we hope our information shall help you in planning your next adventure calendar as well. Be bohemian when you are visiting India.