The ATOAI will host its first Himalayan Mountaineering and Adventure Tourism Meeting from January 31 to February 2, 2023

The ATOAI will hold its opening Himalayan Mountaineering and Adventure Tourism Meet from January 31 to February 2, 2023 in New Delhi.

The initiative was taken to promote the extreme perspective presented in the Himalayan region of northern India. The Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) has been pushing for this meeting to end India’s mountaineering sites and experience locations. Captain Swadesh Kumar, founding chairman of ATOAI, who now heads the rock climbing expedition promotion committee, said there is an immediate need to promote India’s Himalayan terrain. For more than a century, mountaineering has supported many activities such as trekking, rafting, skiing, camping, etc.

Mr. Vaibhav Kala, the official Chairman of ATOAI, discussed the potential of unexplored places in the Northeast to enhance mountaineering by pointing out some places in the Northeast that can be well advertised for mountaineers to explore. Places like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Ladakh and Sikkim are already on the books for mountaineering worldwide, but places like Arunachal Pradesh, the undiscovered peaks of Gorichen (6,858 m ) and Kangto (7,060m). These places can be promoted by placing international security measures and guidelines concluded by Mr. Vaibhav Kala.

Commenting on the resumption of the competition, Mr. Vinayak Koul, Honorary Secretary of ATOAI, expressed his joy in the revival of the competition which was first declared in the 1970s as a means of promoting and highlighting the India on world mountaineering maps. It was started by Air India, MOT, IMF and some of the adventure tour operators. The exposure that will be brought by the Indian and international markets will be exciting to see.

Communicating his dissatisfaction with international climbers choosing Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan and China over India, Captain Kumar added that they would include the arrival of top international climbers and journalists who cover tourism of adventure to participate in the event to showcase the true capabilities and skills of India.

The three-day event is expected to host around 250-300 national envoys and 100 international delegates, including adventure travel journalists, photographers and mountaineers. However, the event will welcome mountaineers, tour operators, equipment manufacturers and anyone with a keen interest in the adventure tourism industry.