Kashmir - the next big destination for adventure tourism?
04 June 2010 09:09
The north-west Indian region of Kashmir could become popular among adventure tourists in the near future.
Indian officials are to open up a number of high-altitude mountain peaks to travellers in a bid to boost tourism in the area, which could be beneficial for people who like to see the world and do plenty of climbing while they're at it.
The peaks range from 3,000 metres to 7,800 metres and there will be as many as 100 to choose from, with most being in the mountain range of Ladakh.
Brad Atwal from World Expeditions said he thinks the new climbing routes will be a big hit among Britons, as Kashmir is a stunning part of the world.
"Over the past decade adventure travel has been the biggest growth sector of travel and as more of the public experience a trekking holiday, it is natural for them to want to up the challenge for their next adventure," he pointed out.
The expert said these trekking peaks will be ideal for people who have already experienced a high-altitude climb and want more.
For anyone who doesn't fancy Kashmir but would love to try climbing a mountain, Lonely Planet list of the best peaks to scale without a porter could be useful.
It lists Russia's Mount Elbrus, Greece's Mount Olympus and Switzerland's famous Matterhorn among its top ten thanks to their fantastic views and the sense of achievement afterwards.
Brad's comments on adventure travel becoming more desirable are echoed in a recent report from ABTA, which showed that many Brits are no longer satisfied with a bucket and spade break.
Instead, they increasingly want to do something exciting while they are abroad, with Africa a popular destination in which to do so.
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