Calling the opening of 137 new peaks for mountaineering, a welcome step, the Indian Mountaineering Foundation has proposed opening 405 new peaks in the Himalayan area to promote mountaineering and provide a boost to adventure tourism in the country.

Keen to promote mountaineering and boost India’s tourism prospects as an adventure tourism destination, Union minister of state for tourism and culture, Prahlad Singh Patel, held a review meeting with nodal institutions of mountaineering and adventure tourism. The Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) also gave a presentation on adventure tourism activities.

Representatives of the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, National Institute of Water Sports and Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering also participated in the meeting.

During the meeting, the tourism minister reviewed various activities for promotion of adventure tourism in India.

While reviewing the activities, Patel said that India has a great potential in mountaineering and we should promote mountaineering in our country.