area most frequented by foreign climbers is the Nun-Kun Massif in the
Great Himalayan Range. Its easy accessibility from the Kargil-Pudum
road and the shortest possible approach march to the base camps makes
this massif the most attractive climbing destination in the Great
Himalayas, necessitating advance booking years ahead. Among its six
known peaks accessible from the Suru Valley, Nun (7,135m) and Kun
(7,077m) are the highest summits.
The area nearest to Leh is 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 expanse of the Indus valley,
which it dominates.
Other Mountaineering Options
Other peaks in the Ladakh area include Gulap Khangri (5,900 m), Matho
West (5,950m) and Kantak (5,275 m). The much higher Konglacha peak
(6,700m) lies southwest of Leh and is reached via Rubak on the first
leg of the Markha Valley trek from Stok. Many un-named peaks in the
altitude range of 5,500 metres and 6,400 metres are also available for
climbing in the same region. This entire area falls well outside the
Inner Line, or restricted area.
North of Leh, across the Ladakh Range and the Nubra Valley, lies the
Karokoram range. It soars to a number of known peaks which are,
however, within the restricted area and so not freely accessible to
foreign climbers except with special permission from the Government of
India. The most prominent summits in this range which are accessible
from various parts of the Nubra Valley include, Saser-I (7,415 m),
Saser -II (7,513m) and Saser III (7,495 m).
Time To Climb
The climbing season extends from mid - May to mid -October, the ideal
period being from June to September because during this time only
Ladakh remains unaffected by the monsoon, which holds sway over most
of the Himalayas. Foreign climbing expeditions are required to obtain
permission from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation for climbing all
listed peaks. A booking fee, based on the height and popularity of the
allotted peak, is charged and a Liasion Officer is assigned to every
climbing team. The minimum period required for processing applications
is six months. Every authorized expedition is provided with adequate
rescue coverage in the events of accidents and illness.
MARKHA VALLEY TREKS(Durations
LADAKH TREKS (Durations