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Nun Kun Trek


Nun Kun stands at an elevation of 7135 meter, this peak in Suru Valley watches over the entire Zanskar area. In the Upper Suru Valley, the Nun-Kun massif overlooks the skyline- the highest peaks in the Zanskar range of Ladakh the Kun peak being the lesser of the two at 23, 218 ft. A trenched plateau separates the two peaks, extending to about 4 km. This is one of the key areas when climbing the Nun-Kun peaks jointly. The higher peak in the Nun Kun massif, Mount Nun’s glittering presence could be felt from the moment you set foot in Leh with the twin peaks manifesting brilliantly along the road to Kargil. Intensive glacial formations, icefall slopes, thoroughly crevassed surfaces, knife-edge cliffs, vertical ice walls, and unpredictable weather beset the expedition to Nun with thrills of a thousand kinds.


Short Itinerary

  • Day 1     Day 1 of the Nun Kun Trek :Arrival in Leh
  • Day 2     Day 2 of the Nun Kun Trek :Leh – Kargil
  • Day 3     Day 3 of the Nun Kun Trek :Kargil – Tangul
  • Day 4     Day 4 of the Nun Kun Trek :Tangul – Base Camp
  • Day 5     Day 5 of the Nun Kun Trek :Rest and acclimatization at Base Camp
  • Day 6     Day 6 of the Nun Kun Trek :Base Camp – Advanced Base Camp (5400 m)
  • Day 7     Day 7 of the Nun Kun Trek :Advanced Base Camp – Camp 1 (5800 m)
  • Day 8     Day 8 of the Nun Kun Trek :Camp 1 – Summit Camp/ Camp 2 (6400 m)
  • Day 9 & 10     Day 9 & 10 of the Nun Kun Trek : Acclimatization
  • Day 11     Day 11 of the Nun Kun Trek :Summit Camp/ Camp 2 – Camp 1
  • Day 12     Day 12 of the Nun Kun Trek :Camp 1 – Advanced Base Camp
  • Day 13     Day 13 of the Nun Kun Trek :Advanced Base Camp – Base Camp
  • Day 14     Day 14 of the Nun Kun Trek :Base Camp – Tangul
  • Day 15     Day 15 of the Nun Kun Trek :Tangul – Leh
  • Day 16     Day 16 of the Nun Kun Trek :Departure from Leh

Day 1 : Arrival in Leh

Landing at Leh is an adventure in itself as the airport strip is between mountains on both the sides. Leh airport is around 6 km from Leh city. Leh is at an altitude of 10,000 feet so acclimatizing yourself to high altitude is important to enjoy trekking in Ladakh. Rest for the first half of the day and in the evening go for a walk to the Leh market.

Day 2 : Leh – Kargil

Our trip starts early this morning after breakfast from Leh. Meandering through a spectacular expanse of cold desert highlands, the Great Himalayan rises and falls starkly on both sides of the road dramatically, a view from which it is hard to take your eyes off. Latter we run into a beautiful blend of aquamarine colors at the confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers. At 30 km off Leh, we will follow through the “magnetic hill” road towards Kargil. As a cautionary measure, come equipped with medicine for motion sickness as the snaky turns of this long journey can make any unaccustomed traveler oozy in the stomach. To beat the threats altitude sickness, make sure to stay thoroughly hydrated. After nightfall we will reach our guest house in Kargil.

Day 3 : Kargil – Tangul

We will leave from Kargil early morning; we will off on our way through Suru Valley to the little hamlet of Tangul. On a parallel with the Indus-tributary of Suru River we will inch closer to our mighty destination. The Nun-Kun massif by now will be eclipsing the sky along with the other presences of Zanskar range. A few otherprominent villages that line this way are- Sankhoo, Panikhar and after Tangul, village Parkachik. As we move along towards Tangul, the vision of Nun-Kun magnifies, the details of them revealing. In Tangul, by the end of the road head, we will pitch our first tent in the expedition.

Day 4 : Tangul – Base Camp

This day of trek is scheduled for 5-6 hour from Tangul to the base of the Nun-Kun massif at 4600 m. The path is free of snow but the experience of the weather will be biting cold. The challenge of today will be our tryst with heavy load carriage and setting up facility at the base.We will be done with the set up by late evening and make sure to remain well rested through the night to start off next day’s challenging expedition.

Day 5 : Rest and Acclimatization at Base Camp

We stop for rest and acclimatization at Base Camp

Day 6 : Base Camp – Advanced Base Camp (5400 m)

The route opens to a moraine and ridge sloping steeply up. Where the ridge slope ends, we will run into a glacier, initiating gearing with our technical climbing equipment. Our advances hereon will be on fixed line, and the major challenge in this area will be to tackle an icefall of 200 meters on harnessed walk. Post the precarious icefall region, we will fall into a glacial plateau from where Nun will overshadow. Our advanced camp will be set here in this plane.

Day 7 : Advanced Base Camp – Camp 1 (5800 m)

From advanced base camp, we will negotiate descending to base camp and coming back up again, thus ferrying goods in two phases. Advanced base camp will make way for a traversing along the base line of the Nun Mountain, continuing to 600 vertical meters on fixed rope harness. The time calculates for covering this area is approximately 6 hour. At a 5800 m, we will establish camp 1, followed by a descent to advanced base camp for night stay.

Day 8 : Camp 1 – Summit Camp/ Camp 2 (6400 m)

Further ahead Camp1, a fully equipped technical climb continues to the rocky summit of a subsidiary peak. The highlights of challenge in this stretch will be steep snow slopes and a downward jaunt from a crevassed col. Camp 2 is to be set on a plateau of ice at 6400 meters, in an open area just below the summit climbing stretch of Nun. Ice slope ascent on fixed rope is the most difficult aspect of reaching in high plateau.

Day 9 & 10 : Acclimatization

The final summit climb will be reserved over one/two days, taking into consideration unsuccessful first attempts and resting gaps. The closing 2300 feet of summit landing is characterized by steep and narrow snow arête which is to be tackled on a fixed rope climbing.

Day 11 : Summit Camp/ Camp 2 – Camp 1

Finally coming back to Camp 1 from the Summit Camp at a very steady speed is necessary. We have to cross steep snow slopes and a downward jaunt from a crevassed col. So, over-night stay at Camp1 is required.

Day 12 : Camp 1 – Advanced Base Camp

Starting early in the morning, for descend from Camp1 to Advanced Base Camp.

Day 13 : Advanced Base Camp – Base Camp

Getting back to the Base Camp from Advanced Base Camp, via same route gives you fantastic and eye catching views.

Day 14 : Base Camp – Tangul

From base camp, we will descend to Tangul road head and set up camp there.

Day 15 : Tangul – Leh

Starting early in the morning, we will drive from Tangul road head to Leh, a journey full of reminiscing to span over 11 to 12 hours, concluding with a well rested night stay in 3-star establishment.

Day 16 : Departure from Leh

Departing back from Leh with nostalgic and memorable moments.


  • All road transport by private ac cars (airport transfers/ from Srinagar to base camp and back).
  • Arrival/ departure 2 nights Deluxe Houseboat or Hotel accommodation in Srinagar (full board), unless specified.
  • 2 nights tented accommodation (full-board) mountain camps.
  • All trekking gear included: tents, toilet tent, sleeping bags, mats, blankets, trekking poles.
  • English Speaking Kashmiri Local Guide and a Cook.
  • All cooking utensils including cooking LPG stove.
  • Horses to carry backpack (except day sack), group equipment (tents/ stoves/ fuel) to the higher camps.
  • All meals included (vegetarian meals including eggs and cheese, unless specified.
  • Trek/ Wildlife Permits.
  • First Aid including Medical Oxygen Cylinder.
  • All applicable taxes


  • International or domestic flights
  • Visa.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal clothing and equipment.
  • Any medical costs incurred by you, or costs associated with a medical incident, such as your evacuation from the mountain and/ or hospitalization (for which you should have travel insurance).
  • Optional trips or excursions.
  • Tips for local staff and guides.

We Provide

  • Qualified and experienced trek Leader
  • Services of guide, cook and support team

You need to get

  • Ruck sack bag with rain cover
  • Hand torch with spare batteries
  • UV-protection sunglasses
  • 1 Litre water bottle
  • Pair of light weight slippers/sandals (for the campsite)
  • 2 quick-dry, warm lowers or track pants
  • 4-5 full sleeves T-shirts or sweatshirts
  • 4-5 pairs of thick woollen socks
  • Thermal body warmer (T-shirt and pants)
  • 8-9 undergarments
  • Warm jacket closed at wrist and neck
  • Full sleeves sweater
  • Rain wear (jacket and pants)
  • Pair of warm gloves
  • Woollen cap
  • Sun-shielding hat
  • Personal toiletries kit (towel, toilet paper, paper soap, bar soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, cold cream, etc.)
  • Sunscreen lotion (small pack)
  • Lip balm
  • Utensils: small size, light weight and leak-proof lunch box, plate, spoon, tea/coffee mug
  • Camera (optional)
  • Dry fruits, nuts, chocolate bars (optional)

What to Wear

  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Trekking boots
  • Warm clothing

What not to Wear

  • Expensive jewellery or watches
  • Sports shoes/floaters/slippers
  • Restrictive clothing

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