Mountain Climbing

The area most frequented by foreign climbers is the "Nun-Kun" massif in the Great Himalayan range. Its easy accessibility from the Kargil-Padum road & the shortest possible approach march to the base camps makes this massif the most attractive climbing destination in the Himalayas, necesitating advance booking years ahead. Among its six known peaks accessible from the Suru Valley, Nun (7,135 m.) & Kun (7,077 m.) are the highest summits. The area nearest to Leh is the Stok-Khangri massif in the Zanskar mountains, south of Leh. The base camp for the various peaks of this massif is about two days trek from the village of Stok. Among its known peaks, Stok-Khangri (6,150 m.) is the highest. It offers a spectacular perspective to the central Indus Valley which it dominates. Other peaks in the area include Gulap Khangri (5,900 m.); Matho West (5,950 m.); & Kantaka (5,275 m.) The much higher Konglacha peak (6,700 m.) lies south-west of Leh & is reached via Rumbak on the first leg of the Markha valley trek from Stok. North of Leh, across the Ladakh range & the Nubra valley, lies the Karakoram range. It soars to a number of known peaks, which are, however, within the restricted area & so, not freely accessible to foreign climbers. The most prominent summits in this range, which are accessible from various parts of the Nubra Valley include Saser-1, Saser-2 & Saser-3, having respective heights of 7,415 m., 7,513 m. & 7,495 m. The climbing season extends from mid-May to mid-October, the ideal period being from June to September. Foreign climbing expeditions are required to obtain permission from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation for climbing all listed peaks.