2019 Athletes

2019 Athletes

‘Piti Dharr, International Ice Climbing Festival has been envisaged as a platform where Ice Climbers both Pro and amateur would be travelling from around the world to gather at Kaza, Spiti to contribute to and celebrate the growing sport of Ice Climbing in India. It’s a platform seeking to teach and inspire climbers of all abilities within India to achieve greater heights in this nascent sport. World class training through instruction by accomplished and experienced ice climbers and alpinists helps steepen the learning curve of the Indian climbers. The distinct feature of this festival has also been about exposing the local Spiti kids to Ice Climbing through a program of mentorship and facilitating their training by providing them with gear and other facilities for free of cost during this period. Giving the locals ample opportunity to provide services and earn from this event too was kept in mind. The aim of this festival along with Ice Climbing has predominantly been to keep the locals and their main interests and sentiments in mind.

The first edition of the Piti Dharr International Ice Climbing Festival was successfully held on the 5th January to 15th January, 2019. It saw the participation of 4 International athletes –

Karsten Delap
AMGA Guide and athlete for Petzl and La Sportiva

Ari Novak
Athlete for La Sportiva, Trango and Cilo Gear

Austin Schmitz
Guide at Fox Mountain Guides and Adventure Photographer

Jacob Raab
Freelance Adventure Photographer

Bharat Bhushan

Prerna Dangi

Karn Kowshik

Anil Belwal

Ishani Sawant

Anne Mathias


Sonam Norbu

Tenzin Saldon


Nawang Dolma

Rohan Kapur

Tenzin Sonam

Tenzin Wanchuck

Chhering Dolma

Tenzin Bodh