Tatakooti Peak, also known as Tatakuti Peak, stands tall at an impressive elevation of 4,760 meters (15,620 feet) on the border of Budgam and Poonch districts in the picturesque region of Jammu and Kashmir, India. As the highest peak of the Pir Panjal range, it proudly guards the southwestern boundary of the enchanting Kashmir valley.
The allure of the Pir Panjal Range beckoned early explorers, with Thomas Montgomerie and Godwin Austen embarking on their expedition in 1856. However, it was not until 1901 that the intrepid climbers, C. E. Barton and Dr. Ernest Neve, achieved the first successful ascent of Tatakooti Peak.
In the recent years, Tatakooti Peak has witnessed several remarkable summits, adding to its legendary status. In 2018, the local Kashmiri adventure club, Alpine Adventurers, led by Aadil Shah, accomplished the southern summit of the peak, leaving the main peak unconquered.
A series of notable achievements followed in the subsequent years. In 2021, a courageous team from Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports, led by Everester Iqbal Khan and Everester Mahfooz Illahi, ascended the formidable main peak. This feat marked a significant milestone in mountaineering history.
On September 24, 2022, the Jammu Kashmir Mountaineering and Adventure Club (JKMAC) made a triumphant third ascent of Tatakooti Peak. Led by Gh. Mohd Wani and Arashid Majid, the expedition comprised a group of nine intrepid climbers. The successful climb was not only a testament to their skills but also the first civilian-led summit of this awe-inspiring peak.
An Impressive Joint Expedition:
Collaborative efforts in mountaineering have proven to be instrumental in scaling the most challenging peaks. On October 16th, 2022, a joint expedition of All Jammu Kashmir Mountaineering Foundation, The North Col, and Hike The Trails Adventures Pvt. Ltd. saw a group of eight determined mountaineers led by Everester Mohd. Iqbal Khan. It marked the second lead climb for Everester Khan, following his first ascent in 2021. The team’s success further cemented the peak’s reputation as a formidable yet rewarding challenge.
Tatakooti Peak stands as an emblem of the indomitable human spirit and a testament to the passion for conquering nature’s highest frontiers. With each successful ascent, this majestic summit continues to attract mountaineers from across the globe, drawn by the allure of its untamed beauty and the exhilaration of reaching its lofty heights. As more adventurers take on the challenge, the legend of Tatakooti Peak grows, forever etching its name among the giants of the Pir Panjal range.