Piti Dharr Ice Climbing Festival is a community-based initiative setup for the development of ice climbing in the Indian Himalayas.
Ice climbing in India is at a very nascent stage with just a handful of climbers with the right technical know-how. With the help of a festival we hope to bring about more diversity and exposure for the existing climbers by facilitating an exchange of skills and knowledge. Our aim is to foster a culture where climbers are aware of the opportunities around them and have the ability to pursue them. Navigating on steep technical terrain will also give Indian climbers the confidence to open technical routes and attempt new lines in the Himalayas.
In our endeavor we also hope to identify and nurture local young talent from within the valley. The festival also gives an opportunity for sustainable tourism for the people of Spiti during the lean winter months.