Nun Peak Expedition
Nun Peak is a gorgeous mountain top in the Suru Valley elevated at 7135 metres. The expedition is packed with an adventure and physically enduring for seasoned trekkers. The moment you arrive at Leh, you can see the glittering presence of Mount Nun, the higher peak in Nun Kun massif.
Nun Peak Expedition – Long Itinerary
Day 1:- Arrival in Delhi
You will arrive in Delhi and check-in at the hotel. After lunch, you will have to mandatorily visit Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) for a briefing. You can also rent essential equipment from the IMF at a nominal fee. You will stay overnight in Delhi.
Day 2:-Delhi to Leh
Altitude: 3500 m
You will fly from Delhi to Leh in an early morning flight. Leh is a high altitude region, you must get acclimatized to its climate for a challenging trek. You can spend your day for acclimatization. Overnight stay will be in Leh.
Day 3:- Acclimatization and sightseeing
Today, you will spend time getting acclimatized to Leh’s climate and sightseeing. You can visit Leh’s Old Town that is dominated by the ancient Leh Palace. You can also check out the ancient Buddhist monasteries around Leh like Thikse, Namgyal Tsemo, Hemis, and Sangam and Hemis. These are perfect places to find some inner peace and relaxation.
Day 4:- Leh to Kargil
Altitude: 2676 m
Your road trip starts early morning from the guest house after breakfast. Driving through spectacular cold desert highlands, you will take National Highway 1 that connects Kashmir to Ladakh. On both your sides, you will have stunning visuals of the Great Himalayan mountains.
You will cross the confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers. This point is about 6km from Nimo, a village where you can have your packed lunch. You will see Magnetic Hill, Gurdwara Pathar Sahib and Lamayuru Moon Land on the way. After driving for about 7 to 8 hours through the stunning landscape, you will reach the guest house in Kargil.
Day 5:- Kargil to Tangul
Altitude (3700 m)
You will drive through Suru Valley to the little hamlet of Tangul. It will be a 5-hour drive covering about 75 kilometres. Kargil is a crowded little town that lies between the high passes of Zozi La and Fotu La. You can shop for essential things in the local market for the expedition.
Day 6 & Day 7:- Tangul to Base Camp / Acclimatization
Altitude: 4600 m
The first day of the trek will be for 5 to 6 hours from Tangul to the base of the Nun-Kun massif. The path is snow-free but you will feel biting-cold weather. You will reach the base camp by evening and rest. The next day is dedicated for acclimatization as it is essential for the challenging expedition.
Day 8 to Day 18:- Base Camp to Summit / Back to Base Camp
Summit (7135 m)
From Day 6 to Day 15, you will have the camp in three spots – Advanced Base Camp (5400 m), Camp 1 (5800 m), and Summit Camp (6400 m). The trail opens to a moraine ridge that steeply slopes up. You will run into a glacier where the ridge slope ends. You might take a break on Day 8 at Camp 1 depending on the trekking scenario.
From advanced base camp, you will descend to base camp and return up again to ferry goods in two phases. You will traverse along the baseline of the Nun mountain from the advanced base camp. You will continue to 600 vertical meters on fixed rope equipment. It would take approximately 6 hours to cover. At 5800 metres, you will reach camp 1 and descend back to the advanced base camp for overnight stay.
Ahead of Camp1, there will be a technical climb that continues to a subsidiary peak’s summit. You will be challenged with steep snow slopes and a downward expedition from a crevassed col. Camp 2 will be set on a plateau of ice at 6400 meters below the summit climbing stretch of Nun. The final summit climb would be reserved over two days, considering several attempts and resting gaps.
The closing 2300 feet of the summit has a steep and narrow snow ridge that is to be climbed with a fixed rope. There will be equal days returning to base camp. You will reach base camp by day 16. There will be a contingency day.
Day 19:- Base Camp to Tangul
You will descend for about 4 to 5 hours from Base Camp to Tangul road head. A camp would be set up there.
Day 20:- Tangul to Leh
Early morning, you will begin the day with a drive from Tangul road-head to Leh. This will be a 12-hour leisure journey after the strenuous trek. You will stay in a hotel and your Nun Peak expedition ends here.
Day 21:- Leh to Delhi
You will take an early morning flight and fly to Delhi. Your overnight stay will be in Delhi.
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