The Highest Mountain Peaks of Himachal

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Reo Purgyil is the highest peak of Himachal Pradesh, standing tallest at 6816 metres above the sea level.

Reo Purgyil in all its glory. Photo by: Mariam Dholkawala
Reo Purgyil in all its glory. Photo by: Mariam Dholkawala

Lying deep in the district of Kinnaur is this jewel of Himachal Pradesh. “Purgyil” is the name by which the people at Nako know their presiding spirit. In simple words, ‘Reo Purgyil’ is the abode of Purgyil. In some regions, the peak is referred to as Leo Purgyil after Leo, a large village by the Spiti river, which you pass and leave behind as you ascend the road towards the last village, Nako.

 

The first ascent on Reo Purgyil (6816 m) was by the l.T.B.P. in 1971. This massif consists of three peaks; two peaks to the north are peaks 6791 m and 6770 m.

 

How to get there: Nako can be accessed from Shimla. It lies at a distance of around 200 kilometers from Shimla. Public transport (bus and taxis) are usually available until Reckong Peo and further ahead you will have to hire 4WD to Nako villages. As Nako lies close to the Tibetan border, it’s a restricted area for which you need an Inner Line Permit. You can avail the permit in Reckong Peo, Kaza or Shimla to get in and around.

 

Gya

Gya, at 6794 m, is the highest peak in Spiti and the second highest in Himachal Pradesh. Located on the tri-junction joining Tibet, Spiti and Ladakh, it is one of the most demanding peaks in the Indian Himalaya and unclimbed till date.

Photo: Kulbhushan Singh
Photo: Kulbhushan Singh

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