Sport and Exploration
Source : NASA Landsat-7 Image
Discovering marine life propelled us to explore the ocean floor, the urge to see the view from on top of a mountain drives us to scale every conceivable height.
Exploration and sport are therefore linked. The explorer, creator and discoverer in us needs to play and break new ground.
The Himalayas have inspired awe and presented beauty in equal measure. Together the Himalayan mountain Range is the world’s highest and home to the eight-thousander peaks Mount Everest and K2. Climbing the Everest is a dream for people all over the world. To comprehend the enormous scale of this mountain range, consider that Aconcagua, in the Andes, at 6,962 metres (22,841 ft) is the highest peak outside Asia, whereas the Himalayan system includes over 100 mountains exceeding 7,200 m (23,622 ft). The challenges that these mountains present to our sporting instincts are therefore many. Aside of trekking, mountain climbing and skiing, the river systems with a variety of gradients and bends present incredible rafting, and water sport opportunities. The terrain itself affords great experiences for motor sport such as the Himalayan car rally and cycling. Little surprise therefore that the locals are predisposed to such activities. However the lack of high quality infrastructure and sports management facilities means that the area is a sports treasure trove waiting to be explored. Some of the adventure sports available in these mountains in Himachal are listed below. Most of the private establishments running these sports are small ventures run by enthusiastic locals. The organizers are generally well aware of the terrain and local knowledge, however as of now the infrastructure and safety systems are still being developed.
|Adventure Sports in Himachal Pradesh|
|Himalayan Motor Sport||Ice Skating|
|Mountain Cycling||Mountaineering & Rock Climbing|
|Vehicle Safaris||Water & River Sports|
In addition to the sports there is also a significant opportunity to exploring the flora and fauna. The wildlife and vegetation of these mountains. Treks in the Middle and Inner Himalayas offer breathtaking views and unique experiences. The warmth and friendliness of locals you encounter on the way is helpful on a terrain packed with dangerous cliffs, valleys towering mountains and bitter cold in the winter. Developing a methodical and synchronized infrastructure to support Sport and Exploration is a huge potential opportunity.