Neelkantha Peak

Neelkantha Peak, also known as the “Garhwal Queen,” is a majestic mountain located in the Garhwal region of the Indian Himalayas. It stands tall at an elevation of approximately 6,596 meters (21,640 feet) above sea level. The name “Neelkantha” translates to “Blue Throat,” referencing the blue hue the peak takes on during certain times of the day, especially at dawn and dusk.This stunning peak is known for its challenging climbing routes.

Neelkanth Peak
Parent range
Garhwal Himalayas
Altitude 6,596 meters (21,640 feet)
First ascentIn 1974 By Sonam Pulzor, Kanhiya Lal, Dilip Singh, and Nima Dorje (ITBP)
Best time to visitMay, Jun, Sep, Oct

History related to Neelkanth Peak

The Neelkanth Peak, named after Lord Shiva (Neel = blue, kanth = throat), holds a captivating mythological history. Legend has it that originally there was no Neelkanth mountain; a pathway connected the temples of Kedarnath and Badrinath. However, due to the transgressions of a priest, Lord Shiva, displeased, raised a towering mountain between Badrinath and Kedarnath. This majestic peak, characterized by its steep ridges and formidable faces, withstood seven climbing attempts, commencing with Frank Smythe in 1937. The Neelkanth Peak not only stands as a testament to nature’s grandeur but also carries with it the echoes of a divine intervention in response to human actions.

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