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Leh to Leh
Mt. Nun (7135M), the highest peak of the Nun Kun massif is located in the upper Suru Valley. Being the highest peak in the Zanskar Range and on the Indian side of the Line of Control, the twin peaks of Nun and Kun (7077M) are separated by a 4km long snow plateau. Mt. Nun and Kun along with Barmal, White Needle and Pinnacle Peak are shaped like a horseshoe over the Suru river along the Kashmir and Zanskar border. The expedition to Mt. Nun is for experienced mountaineers only aspiring for 8000M+ peaks. Prior knowledge of technical and mountaineering techniques such as the use of ice axes, roping up procedures, crampons, and jumar climbing is a must. Due to the technical ascent to the summit along with extreme and unpredictable weather conditions and rough terrain demands aspirants to be physically fit with high mental endurance. This expedition serves as a preparatory expedition for many 8000M+ peaks and helps you transition from trekking peaks to climbing summits. Mt. Nun expedition is perfect for those mountaineers who have already done 6500M+ peaks. Stay on this page for information on Mt. Nun expedition - Itinerary, Routes, FAQs, and eligibility criteria.
Arrive in Leh
Arrive in Leh and check into your hotel. The rest of the day shall be spent resting and exploring the local markets. Explore the cultural and natural beauty of Leh. This will make you familiar with the town and also help in acclimatize to the weather. Leh is the centre point of Laddakh and also a major town from where all expeditions begin. It is also a culturally rich place. There are dozens of monasteries and ancient temples that you can go around. They are located in and around the town. Enjoy the local cuisines which are major attraction for travellers.
Rest and acclimatization in Leh
Today will be spent resting and acclimatizing to the high altitude of Leh. You can explore the beautiful town at your own pace.
Leh to Chang Ma (13,090 ft) via Stok village (11,800 ft)
We will hike to Stok Kangri Base Camp before starting our Nun climb to help us acclimatise thoroughly to the high mountains of Ladakh. This is the day when we would enjoy a great drive and have an enjoyable trekking experience. If you haven’t trekked in Laddakh before this day will come as a surprise. The beautiful landscapes of region will give you an out of the world feeling. The rocky mountain peaks all around look so perfect as if they have been painted on a canvas. The day will be difficult mostly because it is your first day of walking in this region. Over the next few days as your body will get acclimatized you will feel much better while hiking. At the start of the drive from Leh, we would go through many exotic and beautiful scenes. The drive to the Stok village is an adventurous one and is full of natural beauty with sight of lush green trees. The weather is generally fine in the summer season. The Stok village lies to the south of Leh and it is well known for a royal palace. Inside the palace there is a small museum which has beautiful and religious artefacts. We will setup camp as soon as we reach Chang Ma. We will settle in camps after a small acclimatization walk.
Chang Ma to Mankorma (14,200 ft)
Today is a fairly easy trek along a river. We will cross water streams a couple of times. The real beauty of Ladakh will start showing today. Mankorma has a big Parachute café. We will pitch camps & settle in after a short acclimatization walk. Camping in Mankarmo is a lovely experience.
Mankorma to Stok BC (16,300 ft)
After a few hours trek from Mankorma, we reach the base camp. It’s a grassy patch of land with a number of water bodies in the form of lakes & streams. Utilize the day to walk upto the upper area to enjoy the surrounding views. Insight are some beautiful peaks like Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri, and many others. You would get sufficient time to get acclimatized to this altitude. This is very important as in the coming days, you would find a drastic increase in the altitude and experience thin air and lack of oxygen. Keep yourself warm with proper clothing as temperature can be very low here.
Stok BC to Leh via Stok Village
Today, we will retrace our steps back to Stok village. From here, we will board a vehicle to Leh. Check into your hotels and finish any last minute shopping. Tomorrow, we will leave for Kargil.
Stay in Leh
Today we will rest in Leh and prepare for the upcoming expedition to Mt. Nun
Leh to Kargil (8780 ft)
We start our road journey from Leh to Kargil. Stay overnight in hotel at Kargil.
Kargil to Tangol (12139 ft)
We continue our road journey towards Tangol. Today we get our first view of Nun Kun Massif.
Tangol to Nun BC (15,090 ft)
Today, we start our trek towards Base Camp. The route initially goes through scree and rockfall area till a small col. After descending the col, we start climbing gradually on the lateral moraine of a glacier. Stay overnight at Base Camp.
Rest and acclimatisation at Base Camp
Rest and acclimatisation at Base Camp
Base Camp - Camp 1 (18,045 ft) - Base Camp
Today, we open the route and ferry loads to Camp 1. Route from BC to C1 starts with around 500 m ascent on scree slopes and the lateral moraine of Sentik glacier coming down from the Nun glacial plateau at 5500 m. After the scree and moraine slopes, the route follows the middle of the glacier for 200 m on 50° ice, then 200 m on 30° snow. This is followed by a 4 km glacier walk on a snow covered plateau just below the west ridge. Return to Base Camp for the night.
Base Camp - Camp 1
The entire team moves to Camp 1 today.
Rest and acclimatisation at Camp 1
Rest and acclimatisation at Camp 1
Camp 1 - Camp 2 (20,015 ft) - Camp 1
Ferry loads to Camp 2 today. From Camp 1, the route consists of 600 m of mixed scree, rock, snow and ice between 30° and 50°. The route steepens after crossing the bergschrund, after which ropes need to be fixed. Just below Camp 2, there is a steep rocky section. Return to Camp 1 for the night.
Camp 1 - Camp 2
The entire team moves to Camp 2 today.
Camp 2 - Camp 3 (Summit Camp - 21,325 ft) - Camp 2
Some members of the team open the route to summit camp today. The route from Camp 2 traverses the edge of the upper icefall. It starts with 250 m ascent on shallow 30° snow that gradually steepens to 50 m of hard neve. At about 6400 m, the route descends around 30 m to a crevassed glacier gradient reduces before ascending 100 m of low angled snow. Secure loads at a suitable site and return to Camp 2.
Camp 2 - Camp 3
The entire team moves to summit camp today.
We start early for our summit attempt. From Camp 3, which is close to the summit wall, the route traverses upward towards the left on 300 m of 40° - 60° ice to access the west ridge. After gaining the west ridge, the route follows the ridge on 300 m of 40° - 50° snow. The summit ridge is fairly sharp as well, and thus ropes need to be fixed right to the summit. Return to Camp 3
Camp 3 - Camp 1
Today, we retrace our steps back to Camp 1
Camp 1 - Base Camp
Return to Base Camp
Base Camp - Tangol - Leh
Today is our last trekking day. Return to Tangol. We drive back to Leh today. In the evening, we have a celebratory dinner and do any last minute shopping.
Depart from Leh
In accordance with the rules and regulation set forth by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) for mountaineering expeditions, out of 12 seats per batch:
- 6 seats are reserved for aspirants with a certificate in Advanced Mountaineering Course (AMC)
- 4 seats are reserved for aspirants with a certificate in Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC)
- The remaining 2 seats are reserved for aspirants with previous trekking experience of expeditions above 6000 meters
Foreign Nationals - Due to a specific set of guidelines for Foreign Nationals it is recommended to call our support team to gain information on the list of documents and procedure involved in booking a mountaineering expedition with us.
Nun Expedition is made only for trekkers with previous mountaineering experience and wants to test their limits. The challenges faced in the expedition should not be underestimated. You should attempt this expedition only if you have already done climbs over 6000 m and have completed a Mountaineering Course. It is recommended not to opt this trek if you cannot get acclimatized in the high altitudes of Ladakh. The climb required expeditionary tactics and experience with glacier trek which is a strenuous endeavor. Besides you need to have a strong physical endurance to complete this trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
A basic mountaineering course is recommended though not mandatory in case of people who have previously been on an expedition to a technical 6000 m peak. At least 4-5 challenging treks along with 30+ total trekking days in the Himalayas. Experience with glacier trekking and high altitude mountaineering are essential for Nun. Medical fitness certificate from CMO of a recognized hospital.
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
How to use an Ice Axe
How to use Climbing boots & Crampons
How to rope up & follow queued climbing/descending
How to self-arrest using an ice axe
Knowledge of Basic First aid
The best climbing season for Nun Peak is from June - September when most of the rest of the Himalayas remain under monsoon. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold in winters make this expedition impossible.
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The Nun peak expedition begins from Leh in Ladakh. The best travel option around Leh is by air.
By air: Jet Airways, GoAir, and Air India provide daily flights from New Delhi to Leh. It is recommended that you make your flight bookings well in advance not only to save on the price but also for a confirmed seat. You can also take an alternate flight route to Srinagar. Fly to Srinagar from Delhi and then drive to Leh from Srinagar. The 10 hour road journey from Srinagar to Leh can be covered by hiring a shared taxi which will cost you around INR 3000-4000. The drive route from Srinagar to Leh is scenic. For coming back, you can either take a direct flight from Leh to New Delhi. Or take the same route via Srinagar. Flights from Srinagar to Delhi are cheaper than Leh-Delhi.
By road: You can take the route from Manali to Leh. Travel from Delhi to Manali by a HRTC Volvo bus. From Manali get a seat in a shared taxi (INR 2500-3500). If you are on a tight budget, There is also a bus from New Delhi to Leh (via Manali) with one side fare of INR 1365. The bus journey begins at 2:30 pm from Delhi ISBT reaching Keylong next day at 1:30 pm. After an overnight halt at Keylong, it reaches Leh the next day. The another route to Leh can be taken through Srinagar. There are shared taxis from Srinagar to Leh available at cost of INR 3000-4000. If you are an ardent biker, you wouldn’t mind taking a bike trip from Delhi to Leh and back.
BSNL has the best connectivity in Leh-Ladakh region followed by Airtel. However, all the mobile networks like Idea and Vodafone also work in Leh. Please note that only postpaid numbers work in J&K state, prepaid connections will cease to work as soon as you enter Ladakh region. On & Off network coverage is available throughout this trek (BSNL mostly).
There are so many enchanting places to visit in Leh-Ladakh. During your acclimatization period, you can roam around the town and visit the monasteries; Diskit Gompa, and Lamayuru Monastery. Drive up to the Magnetic Hill and experience the crazy magnetic phenomenon on the hill. The picturesque Nubra Valley will take your breath away. The green oasis villages, the monasteries, the ruined palaces- Turtuk and Bordang; there is a whole different culture in this place. It is 150 km away from Leh. You can take a shared taxi to this route. How can you leave Ladakh without seeing Pangong Lake, the sapphire blue lake? Also, visit Gurdwara Pathar Sahib and Leh Royal Palace.
Guesthouse / hotel accommodation will be provided on Delhi, Kargil and Leh on Days 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 23, and 24 as per our itinerary. During the expedition, accommodation will be in 4 season tents on twin sharing basis.
We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accommodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees Celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.
Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek. These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.
Since this is a technical climb at extremely high altitudes on snow and ice, all required technical equipment such as Ropes, Helmet, Ice Axe, Crampons, Mountaineering Boots, Jumar, Descender, Harness will be provided. You can refer to the inclusions section for more details.
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfill the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread, and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on the journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.
You can rent the following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack.
You can expect temperatures to drop to as low as -15°C to -25°C at higher camps on the climb. The more altitude we gain the colder it gets. However, the weather is always unpredictable so be prepared with all the essential layers required to keep yourself warm and dry.
Since this is a technical climb at 7000 m, you can expect snow and ice on the expedition.
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior to the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However, offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.
A team of participants will be led by an IMF certified mountaineering guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain a 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
Yes, the trekking pole is necessary. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.
Yes, there are stores/shops in Leh from where you can buy necessary stuff. Though it is recommended that you come prepared with all the stuff. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for a solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing a tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
You will be picked from and dropped to your hotel in Leh.
Expect to be free by the afternoon on the last day of the expedition. So plan all your journeys post 1800 hours or from the next day.
ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried), Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) and Photocopy of ID Proof and passport size photos are the mandatory documents required for the trek.
The minimum age limit is 16 years. However, minors aged 16 and 17 years should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking and mountaineering.
Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.
For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.
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