Moving through icefall on way to Camp 2. MM collection
Buddhist monks, young and old, in Leh. MM collection
Basecamp for the climb. MM Collection
Approaching camp low on mountain. MM collection
Camp 1 on the mountain. MM collection
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Climb Nun Peak


 Elevation: Guided climb to 23,409 feet / 7135 meters

See Map of the Ladakh Region

The Nun Kun mountain massif consists of a pair of Himalayan twin peaks: Nun, 7135 m (23,409 feet) and its neighbor Kun, 7077 m (23,218 feet). Mt. Nun is located in the remote landscape of the Zanskar ranges in northern India and is the highest mountain in the region. Climbing this peak is a great chance to get high altitude climbing experience on a classic expedition. Easy accessibility by road and the shortest possible approach march to reach base camp makes Nun one of the most attractive mountaineering destinations in the Western Himalaya. The climbing period in the region extends from June-August when most of the rest of the Himalaya remains inaccessible due to the monsoon. 

The Ladakh region of India where Nun is located lies in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. To the east, Ladakh shares a border with Tibet and the region is heavily influenced by Tibetan culture. After arriving in Dehli we fly to Leh, the former capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh and one of the few remaining Buddhist strongholds in South Asia. Leh provides opportunities to visit “off the beaten track” ancient sites, villages, colorful markets and the abandoned royal palace. During this trip we will visit Buddhist monasteries steeped in history, and explore the stark landscape of the Indus River Valley and the surrounding Himalayan Giants. 

Trip Highlights
  • Spectacular adventure travel, introduction to big peak expedition climbing, and training for 8000 meter mountains. 
  • Non-technical ascent to break the 23,000 foot barrier.
  • Travel to a remote section of the Himalaya in classic Madness style.
  • Explore an ancient section of India off the beaten track - Buddhist culture, ancient monasteries, dancing, local cuisine, and historic townships along the ancient Silk Highway.