Elevation (feet): 21,466
Elevation (meters): 6,543
Continent: Asia
Country: India
Range/Region: Garhwal Himalaya
Latitude: 30.880259
Longitude: 79.063324
Difficulty: Major Mountain Expedition
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1974
First successful climber(s): Hukam Singh, Ang Tharhay, Pemba Tharkay, Laxman Singh, Pasang Sherpa
Nearest major airport: Delhi, India
Convenient Center: Hardwar, India

Thanks to Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Shivling, "the phallus of Shiva", may be the most stunning peak of the Garhwal region. It rises as a sheer pyramid above the snout of the Gangotri Glacier. Its spectacular form is often compared to that of the Matterhorn. Though Shivling remained unclimbed until 1974, it is a popular climbing peak today due in part to its easy access.

Official Web Sites

Indian Mountaineering Foundation

Shivling postings on climbing newsgroups (dejanews)

Dutch Shivling Expedition 1999

An Expedition to the East Pillar of Shivling - by John Bouchard, Sep 1996

The Garhwal Himalaya West - by Karamjeet Singh

Shivling, Gangotri Group - photo by Laurence Gouault

United States Government Resources

U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet - India

CIA World Factbook - India