A large number of glaciers edge their way into the Gangotri region from all sides. Many mountaineering parties have visited this area since it was opened to foreigners about two decades ago. The famous peaks here are Thalay Sagar (6904m/22652ft), Bhrigupanth (6772m/22219ft), Shivling and Satopanth. At the head of the main Gangotri Glacier rise the peaks of Chaukhamba. Its Peaks 1 - (7138m/32420ft), 2 – (7068m/23190ft), 3 - (6974m/22882ft), and 4 - (6854m/22488ft) have proved a challenge for the best climbers. Kedarnath Peak (6940m/22770ft), on the southern divide of the Gangotri Glacier, has also been climbed from its southern approach, which is more difficult. The Gangotri temple is a popular pilgrim destination too.
Another landmark in Garhwal is Kamet, which stands tall over the Saraswati Valley. Kamet peak was attempted several times and finally in 1931 Frank Smythe and Eric Shipton reached the summit. RL Holdsworth, who was with them, famously smoked a pipe on the summit.
Toward the north is the Jadh Ganga Valley, surveyed by JB Auden in 1939. It was visited again in 1990 when Trimukhi Parvat East was climbed. The next year an army team climbed the main peak.
The valleys to the extreme west of the Garhwal have some lovely peaks, where many students and mountaineers have trained. The Bandarpunch (6316m/20722ft) have been climbed a couple of times. This area is very convenient for a quick trip from Delhi.