Mapping the Western Himalayas

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Welcome to a centralized portal on the Western Indian Himalayas which until now was non existent making it difficult to explore this beautiful region. During the 2020 Covid lockdown we mapped 2000+ Himalayan passes & hiking routes, alpine lakes, peaks and 20+ thousand remote farming hamlets across the Western Himalayas creating a true treasure trove for the independent, alpine style hiker.

Data was consolidated from various sources, accurately geo-referenced and geo-tagged into the Open Street Maps (OSM) project. The information can viewed through standard OSM map viewers and mobile apps. We also built a custom map which highlights all info relevant to the hiking community:

Hiking routes – 2055
Named passes – 1181
Unnamed passes – 1002
Alpine lakes – 727
Peaks – 1622

Hiking Routes

A custom map created in QGIS with an OpenTopoMap base layer highlighting hiking routes, passes, lakes and peaks relevant for the Himalayan hiker covering J&K, Ladakh, Himachal and Uttarakhand. Zoom in and out to reveal more/less details and click on the layers to filter out different types of information.

Settlements

Twenty+ thousand settlements were mapped across the Indian Western Himalayas into Open Street Maps:

Villages – 4033
Hamlets – 15987
Dwellings – 5012
Towns – 176
Localities – 531
Temples – 883
Campsites – 473
Shelters – 799

Waymarked Trails Map

This is a standard map view on hiking routes defined in Open Street Maps (real-time). It shows intercontinental, national, regional and local routes as you zoom in and out of the map. As of now 400 GPS recorded routes have been uploaded for the Western Himalayas. You can click on each route to see an elevation profile and download a GPX file for navigation.

Open Street Maps

Enable the public GPS traces in the standard Open Street Maps (osm.org) window to see 50 thousand kilometers of digitized hiking routes from various legacy map sources across Uttarakhand, Himachal, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir. Accuracy is not 100% but sufficient enough to explore these many beautiful hiking routes, record them accurately and upload them onto OSM:

5 thoughts on “Mapping the Western Himalayas”

  1. I appreciate your work to my limits of appreciation. Indeed a deserve a salute. But to make the use of these maps while in the outdoors , I would want to print it. Would you tell me how to print this topography maps in large scale ?

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