Mount Climbing

Mount Climbing in Ladakh

Ladakh, being mountainous region has ample opportunities for mountaineering as there is no dearth of mountains to climb. Ladakh is also called the mountaineering paradise but mostly it is reserved for the dare devils and experienced people. It needs extreme levels of fitness and fully alert mind and body.

It is best to acclimatize for two to three weeks before attempting to climb. There are two favourable periods for climbing and they are:

  1. Mid-May to mid-October, and
  2. June to September (Ladakh is almost unaffected by the monsoon, which largely focuses on the Himalayas)

The Difficult and Challenging Peaks for Climbing

The Suru and Zanskar valleys do provide some of the most difficult but spectacular climbings in Ladakh. The Nun Kun Massif is one of the most frequented climbing area of the region and is already booked out for months ahead and even sometimes for years, by registered climbing expeditions.

The Himalayan mountain ranges overlook the vast expanse of Ladakh and these ranges call every mountaineer sincerely. Since this region, divided into segments of the Karakoram and Zangskar mountain ranges, the mountaineering in Ladakh is an unending business.

Approaching The Climbing Peaks

The approach to the twin peaks of Nun Kun is from the Kargil-Padum Road, which is about 70-km south of Kargil. The main approach is usually from Tangole or Gulmadong respectively. Some expeditions have also tried out from Parkutse along the Kangri Glacier. For reaching the base camp for Kun the climbers need to cross the Suru River.

The Nun Kun Massif, which stays on the great Himalayas, is the highest peak in Ladakh at 7,077m. Other known peaks within the Suru and Zanskar areas are Pinnacle at 6,930m, White Needle at 6,500m, Z1 at 6,400m and D41 at 5,600m.

Tips for Safe Mountaineering and List of Essential Equipments

Mountaineering is not the usual adventure activity which everyone indulges in. There are some 12-13 essential things which everyone should carry along. They are:

  1. a map,
  2. compass,
  3. extra clothing for changing,
  4. Sturdy Shoes
  5. Extra string
  6. matches or fire starter like a gas lighter,
  7. knife or multi purpose camp tool,
  8. sunglasses,
  9. extra food and water,
  10. first aid kit,
  11. headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries,
  12. sunscreen, water filter or other method of water purification, and
  13. a loud whistle as a crucial security item to enable attract attention


Compulsory Permission from Indian Mountaineering Foundation

Whenever you try to climb peaks over 6,000 feet, you need to approach them for obtaining the permission. A booking fee, based on the height and popularity of the allotted peak, is charged and after that, a Liasion Officer is assigned to every climbing team. One should apply at least six months before starting the expedition because then it is the task of the federation to arrange for adequate rescue coverage in the events of accidents and illness.

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